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BGF invests in BB7

BGF, the UK and Ireland’s most active investor in growing businesses, has invested GBP6 million in BB7, a high-growth fire sector specialist, to create what it says is the leading UK fire and security consultancy through acquisition.

This begins with the acquisition of Manchester-based specialist fire consultancy Omega Fire, which will broaden BB7’s geographic reach and service offering to customers.
BB7 is a fire safety and security consultancy with eight offices nationwide and 60 expert advisors. Founded by renowned fire expert Ben Bradford in 2009, it offers three core services to clients: fire engineering, fire risk management and security consultancy.
BB7’s client-base includes building developers, local authorities, housing associations and hotel and leisure groups. Ben is well-known in the industry for his contribution to professional bodies and work with the British Standards Institution.
Omega Fire is headquartered in Manchester and provides fire engineering, computational modelling and fire risk management services through a team of qualified engineers. It is a fast-growing and highly profitable specialist in its sector. The investment from BGF will support BB7’s longer-term buy-and-build strategy, providing the capital and support to accelerate its growth plans.
John Horgan, former non-executive director of AECOM EMEA and India and Driver Group, has been appointed as non-executive chairman.
Ben Bradford, CEO and founder of BB7, says: “I am extremely proud of the reputation the BB7 team has built in helping clients to navigate the complex regulatory environment in the new build and built environment spaces. Having BGF on board as our equity partner for the next step of our journey is a real a vote of confidence in our strategy and exciting plans for the future.”
“We’re delighted to welcome Omega Fire to the BB7 group. The business represents the very best in the market in terms of expertise and customer service and will help us to deliver an enhanced service to new and existing clients across the UK.”
Rahul Satsangi, an investor at BGF, says: “Ben and BB7 are well-regarded as industry-leading experts on fire safety, with a high level of repeat clients thanks to their service quality and deep understanding of the complex regulatory environment.”
“We’re delighted to support the team address the attractive market opportunity. The enlarged group will benefit from a stronger national presence, an ability to offer clients a wider range of relevant services and a strengthened operational team.”

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