We stay professional and are passionate about fire safety compliance

MARK WILLIAMS

CEO and Owner
Checkmate Fire Solutions Ltd

Our History

1989 – The Company was Founded

Established by the previous management team, offering firestopping, linear gap sealing, air sealing, acoustic sealing, intumescent paint spraying, cladding to structural steels, installation of fire barriers in roof, ceiling, raised floor and curtain wall.

1997 – The staff and scope of services grew

Building on the first decade’s success in new construction sites the company focuses on fire stopping and fire boarding as part of cross-market growth strategy driving an increase in market share.

1999 – Expanding into Hong Kong

1999 saw the company diversify internationally in to Hong Kong, with Checkmate Fire providing significant works for Hong Kong airport.

2003 – Management Buyout

This year saw a management buyout of the founders, while the company continued to grow from strength to strength. Building on a strong foundation in occupied buildings, such as the NHS, there was a change in focus to grow the business through other services such as dry lining. By this time the company had established a portfolio of clients within local government, education and healthcare sectors. A large portion of business came from repeat business from our ever-growing client base that includes Great Ormond Street Hospital, The National Archives and University College London.

2005 – First venture in to Dubai

This year saw our first venture in to the middle east, offering air sealing and other services in Dubai and shortly afterwards, 2008/09 into Bahrain.

2008 – Further growth during the economic slowdown

As the building industry carried the burden of the economic slowdown, the focus shifted again to that of a client lead business targeting the healthcare, education and housing sectors while diversifying into new product offerings with fire resistant glazing, fire door survey, remediation & installation and fire and smoke damper surveys and maintenance.

2013 – Introduction of fire door services

Due to continued growth of the passive fire compartmentation services; a natural progression was to offer fire doors services; survey, remediation and new installation – all certified to the respective LPCB/BRE certification scheme. Fire door services form an integral part of Checkmate Fire’s service offering.

2014 – Introduction of Alufure, fire resistant glazing systems

The introduction of fire-resistant glazing systems installations through our partnership with Alufire. Checkmate Fire are the sole supplier and installer of Alufire systems in the UK and Ireland. It has shown steady growth since being offered as a Checkmate Fire service offering.

2016 – Another management buyout

Following strategic targeting and diversification since 2008 the company saw significant growth from £3 million to in excess of £10 million through significant increase in market share across the healthcare, education and housing sectors. This year also saw another management buyout and restructuring with great investment positioning the company for future growth.

2018 – Growth and expansion, plus another management buyout

Earlier this year the CEO bought out his business partner. So, as you can see, Checkmate Fire has come a long way since 1989. Now providing the full range of passive fire protection services (including Glazing). Both our Yorkshire Head Office and South East branch have moved to much larger premises to accommodate their ever-growing teams and to provide improved services across all sectors throughout the UK.

This year also saw us open two new offices in the Midlands and South West respectively to enhance and compliment the two main offices but also to focus on delivering more local services to these areas.

2019 and beyond

Checkmate Fire aim to deliver even greater geographic coverage to both current and new customers across the UK. We plan to open an operational centre in Scotland, as well as and adding another London operational office to our portfolio.

To find out how Checkmate Fire can help protect your people and property, get in touch.

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