The outstanding 2020 result is a 26% increase on 2019’s revenue and APEM’s CEO Dr Adrian Williams comments,

“Our reported revenue of £14.3m in 2020 is a tremendous result for us and puts us in a solid position for 2021 and our further growth plans. Despite the issues that we have all faced, we have maintained our dedication to quality by adapting our ways of working to continue to deliver and support our clients.”

“Opportunities for APEM continue to present themselves across the globe, and with advancements in technology and our investment in both the latest remote sensing equipment as well as lots of fantastic people across the whole of APEM, we aim to safely and expertly support our growing global client base.”

In early 2019, APEM completed a management buyout with the backing of WestBridge Capital, whose investment has been instrumental to the achievements and growth of APEM throughout the past twelve months. APEM’s ambitions for continued growth and development include further expansion into global territories and an increase of service offerings.

Valerie Kendall, Founding Partner of WestBridge noted,

“The APEM team have always been innovative, and this has been invaluable as they have adapted to the Covid environment. They have continued to provide a first-class service to their clients whilst also putting the building blocks in place to deliver further success.”

Several milestones were achieved in 2020 that contributed to the outstanding revenue figure and exceptional growth, and included:

January – We opened our ninth office in the UK in Southampton, a location in the south of England specifically chosen to be nearer to clients such as Southern Water and Wessex Water.

February – APEM were listed in Environmental Analyst’s Top 30 environmental consultants, a huge honour which further cemented our reputation within the environmental community and attracted new clients.

March – We all entered the first lockdown and started to feel the impacts of COVID-19. Staff were quickly deployed to work from home where possible, and we were able to invest significantly in equipment and IT to ensure our scientists and technical experts could work seamlessly. Overnight our laboratories were reconfigured to ensure all social distances measures were in place and a business-as-usual level of sample analysis was up and running in a matter of days.

April – APEM formally launched H2OVER® and COVER+®, an ultra-high resolution (1.5cm) digital aerial survey and modelling service. These new services were shortlisted for the Most Innovative New Technology of the Year at the Water Industry Awards.

May – Yorkshire Water appointed APEM and partners HIFI and Stantec as one of a small number of suppliers on its AMP7 Environmental and Ecology Framework. By the end of 2020, APEM were on a total of 10 AMP7 Frameworks helping Water Companies across the UK to deliver and meet the Water Framework Directive requirements for sustainable abstraction, heavily modified water bodies and to assess the risk of Invasive Non-Native Species spreading through water transfer schemes.

June – APEM were awarded the contract to conduct aerial surveys for one of the largest infrastructure projects in the UK. The Strategic Pipeline Alliance appointed APEM to perform aerial photogrammetry surveys of the 500km pipeline route on behalf of Anglian Water.

July – Several new services were added to our portfolio including biodiversity net gain (BNG) and natural capital following the appointment of several industry experts. We also bolstered our engineering and design capability and established terrestrial ecology as a mainstay of our offering and expertise.

August – Gillian Sutherland joined as Divisional Director of Marine Wildlife & Ornithology. APEM’s ambitious expansion plans will be strengthened by delivering industry leading global best practice for offshore wildlife surveys, compliance and consultancy services.

September – APEM Ireland opened with an office in Cork. Headed up by Dr Eliot Taylor, the office looks to support Ireland’s green agenda by providing best in class environmental consultancy services.

October – APEM once again achieves a perfect score in its latest Achilles UVDB Verify assessment.

November – United Utilities commissioned APEM to map a pipeline route approximately 12km in length near Alston (north of Preston), maximising the use of digital remote sensing technology.

December – Vineyard Wind confirmed the appointment of APEM to complete a second year of monthly surveys for their OCS-A 0501 lease area, located off the coast of Massachusetts.

Despite the impacts of COVID-19, both at home and overseas, APEM have continued to support clients, safely and securely. With more projects completed and further commissions, we are continuing to increase our global client base. In the past year, projects were completed in the US, Vietnam, Australia, Morocco, Ireland and throughout Europe including The Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, France, Spain and Scandinavia.

Now a consultancy of over 180 staff, APEM are continuing to recruit for technical experts, both in the UK, Ireland and the US.