EA-RS Group acquires Surefire Services Ltd further accelerating one solution offering

EA-RS Group, a provider of intelligent, sustainable, compliant fire and security systems and services, today announced that Surefire Services Limited (Surefire), a leading business offering high quality design, engineering, installation and maintenance of fire protection systems, has joined the Group.

Surefire is the eleventh company EA-RS Group has acquired since February 2021, following the successful acquisitions of CCSS Fire & Security, AST London, UK Fire & Security Doors, Crane Communications, Firesec Compliance, Air Projects, Essex Fire Sprinklers, Vulcan Fire, and APW Fire, and Positive Control.

Based in High Wycombe, Surefire provides national UK coverage, working extensively to provide top class fire prevention, detection, suppression, and evacuation systems. The delivery of their exceptional service spans multiple industry sectors, including Critical Infrastructure, Education, Healthcare and much more. Surefire have curated many strong client relationships throughout their 30 years as industry leaders, a credit to their leading reputation and exceptional service offering.

Surefire will be a fantastic asset to EA-RS Group, contributing significantly to our growing maintenance base, alongside our other service and maintenance businesses. This acquisition accelerates our strength as a Group and pushes us towards achieving our One Solution Offering across the whole of the UK and Ireland.

Guy Ellis, Partner at Rockpool said, “The acquisition of Surefire Services provides EA-RS Group with significant opportunities to develop their service and maintenance base, and growing client list. The addition of Surefire will allow EA-RS Group to continue to grow its geographical coverage, complementing the M&A strategy greatly. Rockpool welcomes the team at Surefire to the Group”.

Alan Wheal, CEO of EA-RS Group said, “A very warm welcome to the team at Surefire Services. Surefire is our eleventh acquisition since 2021, and will be a fantastic asset to the Group, especially as they provide national coverage across the UK. In addition to the expansion of our geographical reach, the team at Surefire will provide additional specialist services that greatly complement our growth strategy”.

Peter Kemp, Chairman of Surefire said, “I am incredibly excited to have Surefire Services become part of the EA-RS Group family. We are in the company of many other fantastic businesses, all sharing Surefire’s core values, and I am reassured that this new venture will provide many benefits for our employees and customers. I look forward to seeing how this next step in Surefire’s journey will drive new successes and opportunities”.

In 2021, EA-RS Group was backed by Rockpool Investments and RCL Partners, with both investors providing capital to deploy into the Group’s buy and build strategy to consolidate the UK fire and security market. EA-RS Group greatly appreciate the support and hard work of the teams who assisted with this deal.

Financial due diligence was provided by Jenny Serridge at Knight Transaction Services Ltd; Legal support and due diligence was provided by Jonathan Greenwood and David Hollier at Mills & Reeve. Insurance due diligence provided by Daniel White at Consort; and Management due diligence conducted by Jim and Cora Lyn Rathbone at Rathbone Results. In addition, Gorvins Solicitors were appointed, and supported the sell-side on legals.