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Pictured: RME MD Luke Kitchen (left) with Edgar Chibaka of FRG

FM business acquires building services contractor creating £25m group

Multi-service and security provider, First Response Group (FRG) has acquired Harrogate-based Robinsons M & E (RME) creating a £25million turnover Group.

The acquisition by FRG, led by owners Jamal Tahlil and Edgar Chibaka, forms part of a 10-year strategic business plan which seeks growth both organically and through acquisitions.

The acquisition of RME allows FRG to offer a wider range of services to its existing and expanding client base and complements its business ethos of providing customers with the best service and innovation.

Robinsons M & E was established in 1963 and has become one of Yorkshire’s leading commercial boiler, air conditioning and electrical installation firms. The firm’s recent mechanical and electrical installation projects include £1 million factory for Saint-Gobain, a £1.3 million care home for The Fisher Care Group via Marshall (Building Contractors) and a £1.7 million of work for The University of Leeds via Sewell Construction and Henry Boot.

Edgar Chibaka, Director of FRG, commented: “This is an exciting acquisition for First Response Group. We wanted a business that fits seamlessly with our facilities management solutions company and Robinsons M & E’s exemplary client care record and varied portfolio have positioned it at the forefront of Yorkshire’s commercial building services solutions, making it the ideal choice.”

RME Managing Director, Luke Kitchen, will leave the business after a period of consultancy. Engineering Directors, Andrew Jackson and Joe Lee will remain in the business and part of its management team.

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