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BGF invests £9 million in fire safety business Triangle Fire Systems

BGF News 04.14.2022

Family-owned business Triangle Fire Systems, one of the UK’s industry leaders in the installation of fire sprinkler systems, has today announced a £9 million investment from BGF – the UK and Ireland’s most active growth capital investor.

Founded in 2006 by three brothers (Colin, Nigel and Steve Chantler), Triangle Fire Systems specialises in the design, installation, and maintenance of sprinkler systems in domestic, commercial and retail buildings across the UK. With a particular focus on residential developments and high-rise apartments, the business has achieved consistent year-on-year growth, emerging as an industry leader in an otherwise fragmented market.

In recent years, there has been an increase in pressure on contractors and developers to take responsibility for the fire safety of buildings. Regulation has also become more rigorous in order to ensure that all buildings have the appropriate measures in place.

Against this market backdrop, Triangle Fire Systems has delivered consistent growth and in 2020, the business achieved revenue in excess of £21 million.

The company was recognised as one of the ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ for the second year running in 2020. The report, by the London Stock Exchange Group, identifies the UK’s fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) highlighting the regional and sector diversity of the UK’s SMEs and the entrepreneurial spirit shown by these companies.

The investment from BGF will enable Triangle Fire Systems to expand its team of 100 specially trained staff and establish new service lines. The business will also look to pursue a targeted buy and build strategy to complement the business’ organic growth.

As part of the deal, Triangle Fire Systems has appointed Mark Castle to the role of Non-Executive Chairman. A Chartered Surveyor with a career spanning four decades, Mark has previously been Chairman of Build UK and has held senior leadership and board roles at Mace Group, Wates Group and StructureTone. He is also a Non-Executive Director of both Mace Group and Eleco Plc. His appointment follows an introduction from BGF’s Talent Network – the largest pool of non-exec talent in the UK and Ireland.

Colin Chantler, CEO at Triangle Fire Systems said: “We are delighted to announce the new funding from BGF and the appointment of Mark Castle to the board. The investment, alongside Mark’s unparalleled experience will help us grow our reach and expand our services across the residential and commercial property market. As a family-run enterprise, it was important to us that our investor understood this dynamic, and BGF’s track record of successfully scaling family-run businesses means that we can continue to grow in a way that works for us.”

Chris Jones, investor at BGF, said: “Triangle Fire Systems is the perfect example of a family-run business that is dedicated to exacting standards and quality which is reflected in their strong market position in the sprinkler systems sector. Their track record of growth and profitability in an expanding market means the company’s path forward looks destined for further success.”

Mark Castle added: I’m delighted to be joining Triangle Fire Systems as Non-Executive Chairman. I look forward to putting my experience of scaling businesses to good use as the company gears up for its next stage of growth.”