Checkmate Fire

Passive fire protection services

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Deal type

Management Buyout

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"We are seeing strong growth for our services and the support from YFM has been instrumental in transforming the business to become the leading player in our sector."

John Lewthwaite, CEO of Checkmate Fire

The business

  • The UK’s leading passive fire protection company with clients across the public sector, healthcare, hospitality and other industries
  • Offers the most comprehensive range of built-in passive fire protection services in the market
  • One of a small number of fully accredited third party contractors in this fast-growing sector

The strategy

  • Revenue and profits have more than doubled since investment
  • The business has transformed from a regional to a national operator, with a broader suite of services to become the leading passive fire compliance business in the UK
  • Acquisition of an active fire business in 2021 to broaden service offer into active fire
  • Business is capitalising on an increasingly regulated market
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