Double fire safety acquisition strengthens offering at JLA

Critical equipment supply and service partner JLA is accelerating growth in its fire and security division with the acquisition of a further two specialist businesses for an undisclosed sum.

Firewatch South West and ITS Fire & Security are the latest additions to bolster the business’s national capabilities.

JLA, which operates out of offices near Halifax, and in Manchester, said both companies, based in Devon and Surrey, respectively, provide a full breadth of key products and services from the design, installation and maintenance of fire alarm systems, fire doors, signage and extinguishers through to fire risk assessments and training.

ITS also boost JLA’s security credentials with services covering intruder alarms, CCTV and access controls.

Fire is a rapidly growing addition to JLA’s family of critical asset supply and service propositions which also include commercial laundry, catering and heating.

The company is a trusted partner to more than 25,000 customers across a diverse range of sectors including healthcare, care homes, schools, hotels and social housing.

Rob Harris, managing director of fire at JLA, said “Alongside our other acquired fire businesses, these two key industry players will expand our capabilities and national coverage significantly with the addition of 50 engineers, many of whom are cross-skilled.

Rob Harris

“As the newest critical asset division in JLA, we are proud to see the growth we have achieved in fire and security in just two years, and we are excited about the huge opportunities going forward with our national coverage.”

Tim Dyer, director at ITS Group, said: “JLA was the perfect fit for ITS. Becoming part of a growing national group will enable us to strengthen and expand our offerings to our clients and means we can provide a truly exceptional service across the country.”