Lancashire fire suppression business acquired by London group

From left: Ranger bosses David Lee (CFO), Mark Bridges (CEO) Ian Teader (MD)

London-based Ranger Fire and Security has completed the acquisition of Rossendale-based national fire suppression business IPH Fire Solutions for an undisclosed sum.

The deal follows on from Ranger’s launch and subsequent three acquisitions of Amerex Fire International, Ignis Fire Protection and Haydock-based Syncro Group. The Syncro deal was concluded last month.

IPH Fire provides comprehensive packages of fire suppression systems, including their maintenance and removal.

Founded in 2014 by manging director, Niall Hackett, IPH Fire has continued to expand over the past decade, with the company specialising in designing custom fire suppression systems for all types of workplaces and commercial buildings, with a major focus on data centres, kitchens and restaurants.

Niall has been instrumental in the growth of IPH Fire, originally as an engineer driving across the country to service clients, before he eventually grew out the team with like-minded individuals to help grow the proposition he worked so hard to create.

He will join the senior leadership team at Ranger Fire and Security to support the group’s growth over the coming years. IPH Fire will play a critical role in Ranger’s wider strategy to provide a one-stop solution for fire and security services in what is currently a fragmented, highly specialised sector.

Prior to completion of the deal, IPH Fire has already been successful in sharing new opportunities within the Ranger Group and operating the shared-service proposition that has improved the customer service and experience.

The team is looking forward to continuing this going forward across all four of the businesses, and other new businesses as they join Ranger.

Ranger Fire and Security CEO, Mark Bridges, said: “IPH Fire is a very well known national business that will add a very complimentary service to the Ranger Group.

“IPH Fire provides Ranger with significant expertise and offers the most up-to-date and efficient fire suppression systems in the country. I have enjoyed engaging with Niall throughout the process and looking forward to working closely with him, as we share a similar optimistic vision for what Ranger can achieve in the fire and security industry.”

Niall Hackett said: “Our decision to partner with Ranger over other companies was carefully considered and intentional. While we were exploring many options for the future of the business, ultimately Ranger was the best partner for us going forward given our mutual values and shared focus on providing a high quality service for customers.

“Becoming part of the Ranger Group will enable us to further our scope of service and provide the best possible fire suppression offering. I’m looking forward to working with Mark and the rest of the team to enhance service delivery, explore new avenues for growth and foster collaboration.”

Ranger has secured backing from the private equity investment firm Hyperion. It said with ample resources at its disposal, Ranger is well equipped to pursue further investments, acquisitions, and enhancements, and is positioned for continued growth.

Ranger was advised by Cortus for financial and tax due diligence and Zum Mohammed and the Gateley team provided legal support on the transaction. PMM & Livingstons were acting on behalf of the sellers.

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