Churches Fire acquires Fire Safety Services in move to strengthen national footprint

As part of the business’ commitment to realise even more comprehensive care for existing customers, Churches Fire – a provider of fully-integrated fire prevention services – has just announced the acquisition of Fire Safety Services, a complete fire safety provider based in Bedfordshire with national and local coverage in the UK.

David Murfitt, managing director at Fire Safety Services, said: “I’m proud of what we’ve achieved over the last nineteen years and I look forward to seeing the next phase of growth for Fire Safety Services by moving the business under the roof of Churches Fire. This move will develop career options for our employees and offer an enhanced national service for customers.”

For over 25 years, Churches Fire has provided services to over 30,000 sites countrywide, enabling UK businesses to better protect their staff, visitors and assets by reducing the risk of fire through long-term partnerships. Churches Fire supplies a large portion of the market by covering not only large and well-known corporate organisations but also smaller, local businesses. The company offers a full range of in-house products including fire alarms, fire extinguishers, sprinkler systems, emergency lighting and fire suppression systems.

Fire Safety Services will be Churches Fire’s 20th acquisition and supports its strategy of becoming one of the largest solution providers in the UK. This follows on from Lyceum Capital’s recent investment in Churches Fire to support its expansion through a ‘buy and build’ strategy.

Churches Fire and Fire Safety Services offer well-aligned services with a large concentration of regional customers and, together, are focused on being able to offer a better national service as a result of the merger.

Paul Topley, executive chairman at Churches Fire, explained: “I’m proud to announce this major acquisition for Churches Fire and look forward to what this can bring to help us become a leading national provider in the industry.”

Lorna Hayes, managing director at Churches Fire, stated: “Churches Fire and Fire Safety Services share like-minded customer-centric values providing the highest quality solutions possible and, together, will expand our network coverage, benefiting our customers.”

*For more information on Churches Fire visit www.churchesfire.com

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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