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First Response Group acquires 100% share capital of Robinsons M & E

16th May 2018

UK Security, Risk Management and FM Providers First Response Group (‘FRG’) has acquired 100% share capital of Harrogate-based Robinsons M & E (‘RME’)creating a £25m 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.

Founded in 2007, FRG provides Integrated Security, Risk Management and Total FM solutions nationwide from its eight UK branches. The company has a £15m turnover and, as an ACS Pacesetter, is ranked in the top 15% of firms accredited by the Security Industry Association’s ‘Approved Contractor Scheme’.

Simon Alderson, CEO of FRG said: ‘The acquisition of RME is a key component of our business growth strategy. By expanding our current FM services offering we can provide a total hard and soft FM solutions package, delivering increased supply chain efficiency and added value to our existing and expanding customer base. The acquisition also underpins our company ethos of providing innovative solutions and exceptional customer experience.

Robinsons M & E was established in 1963 and has become one of Yorkshire’s leading commercial boiler, air conditioning and electrical installation firms. In 2017, the company relocated to Bishop Thornton, on the outskirts of Harrogate, occupying 2,170 sq. ft. of ground floor space at Oakwood Park Business Centre. The firm’s recent mechanical and electrical installation projects include £1m factory for Saint-Gobain, a £1.3m care home for The Fisher Care Group via Marshall (Building Contractors) and a £1.7m 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 fitted 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 exit 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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