Chester’s GBG sells background check business

GB Group CEO Chris Clark

Chester-based identity data intelligence company GB Group (GBG) announced it agreed to sell its Employ and Comply business unit to First Advantage, a global provider of technology for background and employment screening.

“The sale supports GBG’s strategy of focusing on its core global capabilities of Location Intelligence, Identity Verification and Fraud Prevention,” said GBG.

“GBG’s Employ & Comply business is focused on the UK market.

“Employ and Comply will become part of a global leader in employee screening, providing it with the focus, scale and investment necessary to continue its corporate development.

“First Advantage is one of the largest screening providers in the world, conducting over 75 million screening checks annually, with over 35,000 customers globally. 

“Employ and Comply is currently part of GB Group’s Identity segment and accounted for approximately 3.4% of Group revenue in FY20.”

GB Group CEO Chris Clarksaid: “We recognise that employment screening services require specialist market capability.

“First Advantage has a global capability in background screening services and is a business that shares many of our values. 

“We believe we’ve found a great home for our customers and our people who will bring great expertise, energy and capability to First Advantage in the UK.”

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