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(l-r) David Lee (CFO), Mark Bridges (CEO)and Ian Teader (MD)

Newly launched Ranger Fire and Security announces first acquisitions

Ranger Fire and Security has announced its entry into the market with the acquisition of two high-performing industry businesses, as part of its mission to reshape the sector.

Founded by industry specialists and service business experts, the company will bring together high-quality fire and security businesses in partnership under a unified parent company. Ranger’s first two acquisitions will play a crucial role in creating a pioneering platform that delivers innovation to the UK’s fire and security sector. The businesses acquired are Midlands-based fire detection and security based business, Ignis Fire Protection Ltd, and vehicle and kitchen suppression service provider, Amerex Fire International Ltd.

The UK’s growing fire and security market is currently highly regulated and highly skilled, with many individual businesses focusing on specific areas within the industry instead of providing a full range of services. This has in turn led to fragmentation in the market, with an increasing number of players in a highly competitive landscape.

Ranger aims to overcome these challenges by creating a “collaborative and effective industry platform”, and says those businesses that join the group will “benefit from support in areas such as growth strategies, finance and pooling of expertise”.

Ranger also adds that bringing together top services providers in a partnership under one roof will also “create value” for the customers these businesses serve, while “retaining the relationships and culture of pre-existing service providers”. Corporate organisations, charities, and public sector bodies managing their fire, safety, and security regulatory obligations will be able to benefit from a comprehensive and best-in-class level of service.

Mark Bridges, CEO of Ranger Fire and Security, said: “The UK’s fire and security industry has undergone huge and rapid transformation in the last decade, and we strongly believe the best businesses in this sector can be even stronger together – working collaboratively to offer multiple high-quality services to their customers under one umbrella.

“Ranger aspires to not only be a collective entity but also a kitemark for high quality and reliability in the fire and security services industry. With the launch of this new company, customers will benefit from the peace-of-mind that comes with knowing all their fire and security requirements are being met by the best suppliers in the industry that can now be accessed all from one place.

“We are excited to welcome Ignis Fire Protection and Amerex Fire International to the team, and this is only the start. We are always looking to collaborate with fire and security entrepreneurs and businesses to whom we can offer support to help them scale in line with their ambitions, and we expect to announce more businesses joining our company very soon.”

Backed by private equity investors Hyperion, Ranger has a considerable runway for further investments, acquisitions, and innovations. The management team, composed of leading industry experts including CEO Mark Bridges and Managing Director Ian Teader, provides companies under the Ranger umbrella with access to specialist knowledge and experience.

These acquisitions are fundamental to Ranger’s vision of a holistic platform for high-quality fire and security services, while providing an opportunity for fire and security businesses to be a part of a collaborative network, the benefits of which include increased purchasing power when investing in skills and professional development training at scale.

Ranger is set for continued growth, with a robust strategy in place for future acquisitions throughout 2024 and beyond.

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