Since its foundation in 2000 by its CEO, Anthony Whittle, Tailored Fire & Security has expanded to become one of the largest privately owned fire and security companies in the UK. As well as impressive growth, it has also attracted industry recognition after being named Security Installer/Integrator of the Year at the Fire & Security Matters Awards 2022.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have won the award for Security Installer/Integrator of the Year and are so proud of everyone involved who contributed to our success,” explains Mr Whittle. “The recognition means so much to us, as we have previously been nominated for awards but never won one. This was our time to celebrate.
“Our National Contracts Team delivered the multi-disciplined installation projects that won us the award. These projects included the installation of the fire alarm, CCTV, access control and disabled WC systems at the new Hyatt Palace Hotel in Whitechapel, London; and the installation of the fire alarm, intruder alarm, CCTV, access control and disabled WC systems at the new RHS Garden Centre in Worsley, Manchester. Thanks to the efficiency and quality of work our National Contracts Team displayed, we received some fantastic references from our customers.”
The award success is just another positive landmark for Tailored Fire & Security since its humble beginnings in Bolton. It started out as a fire alarm systems installer, providing solutions to businesses locally, before expanding into the security sector and securing projects throughout the North-West. Due to the rate of growth it was seeing, in 2007 it moved out of Bolton and into offices in Trafford Park, Manchester. During this period, it secured contracts with major retailers such as JD Sports and the Co-op, which further propelled its growth and, after ten years at Trafford Park, it purchased £1.3m offices and facilities in Oldham.
As its forward progression continued, in 2017 Tailored Fire & Security secured a contract with a major international bank for security maintenance and installation projects for over 50 sites across EMEA. This contract enabled the company to grow its international presence and other contracts have since been secured for clients with multiple international sites. These include retailers and data centre clients.
In terms of recent significant developments within Tailored Fire & Security, one of the biggest has been the opening of its overseas offices to support its growing international activities. Whilst it has worked on projects across EMEA for several years, it did not have its own international offices. Following considerable investment, it now has teams working out of offices in Asti in Italy, Fethiye in Turkey and Cork in Ireland. A workforce of over 100 people across its four sites, enabling the company to generate turnover in excess of £15m each year.
In other exciting news, at the beginning of the year the company launched a new website making it much easier for customers to view case studies of its work and find out more about the services it offers.
Thanks to the infrastructure it has developed, Tailored Fire & Security is increasingly well placed to make the most of the opportunities that are becoming available, as Mr Whittle outlines: “Since the outbreak of Covid-19, the industry has shifted with new technologies emerging all the time. For example, we now often get asked for touchless access control solutions such as facial recognition to stop the spread of germs.
“We now work across a variety of sectors, but we have been providing services to the NHS for over 20 years. Some of our most significant contracts within the NHS involve the fire maintenance work for all hospitals within the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group and the recent fire and security installation project at the new Christie Centre at Macclesfield Hospital. In addition, we currently hold the contract with a major international bank for security maintenance of all their sites across EMEA and new site installation projects.”
Despite the growth it has seen and the subsequent expansion of the business, Tailored Fire & Security still has to contend with plenty of challenges. “This is an extremely competitive marketplace, especially in a post-Covid world where everyone is fighting for the same contracts,” adds Mr Whittle. “We try to overcome this by working closely with our existing customers to truly understand their needs. Through effective customer engagement we can build a picture of where the market is now and where it is heading. We also invest heavily in our people and believe in offering all our staff opportunities for progression and development. As part of this, we have a successful apprenticeship scheme and have recently had two new apprentices join our team.”
With a strong workforce in place and a growing market presence, both at home and abroad, Tailored Fire & Security is striving to keep the momentum going. “Our main aim for the business is to maintain the levels of growth we have seen over the last ten years,” concludes Mr Whittle. “The short term goal is to continue securing new works around the locations of our international offices. Longer term, we want to open more regional offices to serve customers all over the world.”
Given the success it has enjoyed since its creation in 2000, Tailored Fire & Security certainly looks well placed to achieve these objectives moving forward.