nZero Group Ltd was formed by a group of British business people, passionate about engineering solutions to change the UK domestic and industrial energy landscape – and beyond. We invested in Thyson Technology in 2016 and invested in Orbital Gas Systems in 2022.
We feel passionately about ensuring everyone understands why we get up in the morning; life is short and we want our people to work together, striving to do something that matters.
Setting our Why is an important step in helping our teams, customers, partners, suppliers, and other stakeholders, understand the reason why we exist.
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We believe that the time is right to embrace the exceptional talent of both businesses and position nZero Group as the UK’s leading measurement and control partner across the natural gas, petrochemical, biomethane, and decarbonisation sectors.
The story so far...
As we emerge from the COVID pandemic, our markets are more attractive again and demand is increasing. Ofgem’s new investment cycle (RIIO2) has come to life, the new Green Gas Support Scheme in biomethane has been launched, and we are experiencing sustained higher oil and gas prices; all of which is leading to an increase in positive investment decisions in the midstream and upstream sectors.
In addition to this, the UK and many other countries are making significant commitments to tackle the climate crisis. This is creating a growing demand for companies like Orbital and Thyson to provide a blend of existing technologies and innovative solutions to decarbonise, supporting customers’ commercial and technological challenges to meet the targets they have set themselves or have been set by Government.
This increasing market demand will need to be met, and the most successful businesses will be the ones with exceptional talent and sufficient manufacturing capacity to deliver. Both the Ellesmere Port and Swynnerton operations are critical to our combined future strategy; an outstanding team striving for the same goal is vital to the success of both businesses and the Group.
nZero Group is the parent/holding company of both Orbital Gas Systems and Thyson Technology. The directors and shareholders of nZero Group are Matt Allen, Neil Stuchbury, Nick Maguire, Karl Daniel, Russell Brown, Ron Smith (non-executive chair), and Andy Leach (non-executive director), who represents our majority shareholder and funder NVM private equity, based in Manchester. They are the same directors who have been running Thyson, three of whom were previously long-standing employees of Orbital.
The opportunity to acquire such a well-established, dynamic and knowledgeable business with an outstanding history of successful B2B project delivery in the UK energy sector was unmissable, and one which made complete sense to the Group owners.
Both Orbital and Thyson have strong reputations in instrumentation, measurement, and control of gases across the Gas Distribution and Transmission Networks, Biomethane to Grid, Petrochemical, and Oil and Gas sectors.
Exceptional talent can be hard to find, and this transaction will strengthen the Group’s attractiveness as a major employer in our operational sectors. Equally, across the Group, we will be improving our knowledge and experience, which translates into providing higher quality customer service and an even greater desire to achieve a right first-time engineering experience for our customers.
Over the last decade, there’s been a crossover of people between Orbital and Thyson, with employees at all levels transferring from one business to another. In other words, there’s always been reasonable insight and understanding about what the other business is doing.
Orbital has a rich history in delivering operational technology such as gas quality measurement, fiscal metering and odourisation solutions to the UK natural gas industry, while Thyson’s pedigree was formed delivering complex integrated analytical solutions to a range of industries including offshore Oil and Gas,
petrochemical, and natural gas sectors. Both organisations have a significant installed base across the UK of biomethane to grid packages and share complementary firsts in hydrogen blending for gas networks and industrial fuel switching, with ambitions to serve the UK’s decarbonisation programme – and beyond.
Thyson and Orbital both have their strengths and opportunities to improve, and by creating an environment that promotes the sharing of knowledge and best practices, both businesses will improve their performance together.
To enable this to be achieved, the initial Group structure will bring together the sales teams, service teams, and support functions such as finance, IT, SHEQ and HR. The Engineering/Project Delivery teams will continue to operate as they did before this transaction, with the added benefit of sharing knowledge, best practices, and resources (skills and manufacturing space) between the two businesses.
Matt Allen will continue as Managing Director of the Group with overall responsibility for the direction and leadership of both Orbital and Thyson.
Neil Stuchbury will continue as Sales & Marketing Director of the Group and will lead the sales team and marketing partners across both Thyson and Orbital.
Russell Brown will continue as Innovation & Technology Director of the Group and will lead the service and maintenance activities of both Orbital and Thyson, supported by a new Customer Service Manager, Richard McDowell.
Karl Daniel will continue as a Director of the Group, and will assume the role of Operations Director at Thyson, leading the existing Thyson senior management team of Jim Smith and Neil Ayre.
Nick Maguire will continue as a Director of the Group, and will assume the role of Operations Director at Orbital, leading the existing Orbital Senior Management Team of Jonathan Smith, Tristan Roberts and Andrew Wood.
Jonathan will become the Head of Commercial for Orbital, with a longer-term plan to widen his role across the Group, whilst Tristan and Andrew will continue in their existing roles.
Simon Main will be promoted to Group Financial Controller, reporting directly to Matt Allen, and will gradually assume the responsibility for the finance and IT functions of both Thyson and Orbital.
This move will further sharpen the high levels of service, solutions, and collaboration each business provides to our customers, making both businesses more competitive through its quality of service and deliverability.
The most important factors here are our mutual clients’ wishes and preferences, ensuring that customers understand that the transaction strengthens each business’s ability to continue to satisfy their needs. We will discuss these matters in detail with each framework client and move forward in the best way possible.
Bids that have been submitted will run their natural course, but future bids will be decided on through a selection process managed by Neil Stuchbury and the respective sales teams. The two businesses will no longer be competing. Some clients may have a preference on which company or team they would prefer to work with, which we will listen to.