DBD Group sees US expansion following five years of successive growth


WARRINGTON-based professional engineering and advisory firm, DBD Group, is now expanding into the US opening two new offices in South Carolina and Washington State after five years of consecutive growth since hiring a new CEO in 2017.

Standing for ‘different by design’, the firm provides engineering, project management and consultancy services to decommissioning and waste management projects in the nuclear energy sector.
In 2017, Thomas Keegan joined the business as CEO, following an international career in risk and advisory. Since his arrival, DBD has transformed its profits with five successive years of growth at a rate of 50 per cent year-on-year.
Operating across the globe, DBD Group has increased its headcount from 30 to 180 over the last five years, with plans to expand at pace into North America in the near future. This will help to bolster DBD Group’s international offering to its growing client base.

DBD Group is also planning to launch new capabilities around project delivery, supported by expansions across the UK, with a new office in the South West of England. Throughout its growth, DBD has been supported by JS, a North West-based tax and accountancy firm, which has provided strategic advice and consultancy. This has facilitated the diversification of DBD’s service offering within the nuclear sector, bolstering its position as a global leader in nuclear decommissioning.
Thomas Keegan, CEO at DBD Group, said: “Since joining DBD Group five years ago, I can’t speak highly enough of the team throughout this period of exceptional growth. Working in the nuclear sector is an exciting and intense environment, and performing well requires resilience and creativity. That’s when we decided to expand the service offering of the business to maintain our leading position in the industry.
Naturally with this came the need for a lot more support from a compliance and advisory perspective. This is where JS came in, they have provided strategic advice and guidance in providing financial support to facilitate our growth journey and turn our US ambitions into a reality.  We’re now looking forward to continuing our partnership as we expand further afield.”

Steve Crompton, Partner and Head of Tax at JS, said: “Working with DBD has been extremely rewarding. The core ethos of DBD is to be different, and the relationship we have built has allowed for an open and honest exploration of unique ways to support the growth of the firm, and we have seen it develop from strength to strength. This is a real testament to the work of Tom and the team, and we look forward to continuing the journey together.”


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