Walker Fire snaps up Stockport firm

LANCASHIRE-based Walker Fire UK, which provides fire protection equipment and services to business , has snapped-up Stockport Fire Protection for more than £1m.

The £5m-turnover Preston company – which has six offices in the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands – provides products such as fire extinguishers, hoses, dry and wet risers, fire blankets and fire detection equipment. As well as supplying, it installs and services products.

Stockport Fire Protection, based on Whitehill Industrial Estate, Stockport, specialises in portable fire appliances, fire alarm installation and maintenance, and fire marshal training. It has annula sales of around £500,000.

Stockport Fire Protection’s six staff have all been retained and previous owner Giles Payne will continue in an informal consultancy role.

David Filmer, head of the mergers and acquisitions team, said: “Walker Fire has grown considerably in recent years and this deal provides the business with another sizable increase in turnover. Walker Fire was already a supplier to the target business, so this was a natural bolt-on acquisition.”

David Cosgrove, managing director of Walker Fire, said: “Stockport Fire Protection is a very well-respected business within the fire safety industry and has an excellent customer base. This acquisition provides us with a further opportunity for growth and we will continue to offer Stockport Fire’s customers the best in fire safety products and the highest levels of service.”

Walker Fire is part of the Printbetter group of companies, which also includes the Moyne Roberts, Apex Fire and Smeba Brandbeveiliging brands.

Walker Fire was advised on the deal by the corporate teamof Lancashire law firm Harrison Drury.

David Filmer, head of the mergers and acquisitions team, said: “Walker Fire has grown considerably in recent years and this deal provides the business with another sizable increase in turnover. Walker Fire was already a supplier to the target business, so this was a natural bolt-on acquisition.”