Babcock sells its health and safety training and product group for £4.5m to VP firm Hire Station.

Babcock has sold the Pivotal Services Group to Hire Station, a subsidiary of Vp for £4.5m.

The Pivotal health and safety training and product supply business had a turnover of £7.9m in the period to 31 March 2005. It was acquired by Backock in June 2004 from Peterhouse Group.

Babcock chief executive Peter Rogers said: ' Pivotal was not a core business for Babcock and its future should be more secure with Vp who have an excellent reputation in the health and safety equipment and training markets.”

“We are now well on the way to completing the exit from the health, safety and environment businesses.”