Sentry Fire Safety Group recognised among the UK’s fastest-growing businesses

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Overview of the achievement

Sentry Fire Safety Group has been acknowledged as one of the fastest-growing investment-backed businesses in the UK.

This recognition is part of a landmark report by BDO LLP, which examines value creation and growth acceleration within the sector.

Sentry Doors, under the ownership of Cairngorm Capital, has demonstrated significant performance advancements in the UK’s competitive manufacturing landscape, particularly in fire safety and security doorsets.

Details of the report

The inaugural Private Equity Value Report, authored by Real Deals on behalf of BDO, highlights that the 435 qualifying businesses showed an average combined EBITDA and Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of over 100% between 2020 and 2022.

Sentry Doors not only exceeded these benchmarks but also secured impressive rankings within regional and sector-specific categories.

Growth and expansion strategies

Since Cairngorm Capital’s acquisition in 2019, Sentry Fire Safety Group has seen exponential growth.

With a £3 million investment enhancing their manufacturing capabilities and the strategic acquisition of E. & S. W. Knowles & Company Limited, Sentry has significantly expanded its production capacity and diversified its product range.

This has enabled them to address the increasing demands of new fire safety legislation effectively.

Employment and training initiatives

The company’s growth has also led to a substantial increase in employment, with the workforce expanding from 28 in 2019 to 200 in 2024.

Sentry prioritises employee development through robust training programmes, contributing to a knowledgeable and skilled workforce.

This commitment extends to supporting the local economy by maintaining a strong network of local supply chain partners.

Sentry Fire Safety Group’s commitment to sustainability

Sentry has embarked on a sustainability journey, implementing eco-friendly practices such as waste sawdust recycling and innovative heating systems in their facilities.

Their commitment to environmental responsibility is further demonstrated by their engagement with sustainability initiatives and certifications.

Industry insights and quotes

Ty Aziz, CEO of Sentry Doors, expressed his enthusiasm: “It’s fantastic to be named alongside so many impressive businesses and is a testament to the support of our investors and the hard work of our team.

“It’s important to shine a light on the positive impact that external investment can have on business’ ambitions and their contribution to their industries and the economy.”

Additionally, Nick Millward from BDO LLP remarked on the resilience and dynamism of PE-backed businesses, emphasizing the value created through concerted efforts of investors and management teams.

IFSJ Comment

The recognition of Sentry Fire Safety Group as one of the UK’s fastest-growing businesses reflects the company’s strategic planning and execution excellence.

Their significant contributions to employment and regional manufacturing capabilities, coupled with a focus on sustainable practices, position them as a leader in the fire safety sector.

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