A CRACKDOWN on company bosses who flout fire safety rules has sparked a market opportunity for Firecare Solutions Ltd.
The firm helps an expanding client base stay safe and legal through risk assessments, training and advice, and the installation and maintenance of alarms and extinguishers.
Its growth strategy, steered by business consultancy MHL, reflects a rising trend towards prosecution of companies and individual directors in breach of fire regulations.
Firecare Solutions Managing Director Darren George said: “If you don’t comply with the legislation, you face prosecution and could end up with a hefty fine or even jail for corporate manslaughter. You need to know the recently introduced Regulatory Reform Order and how it applies to your premises. While it’s a tough economy out there, trying to cut costs on fire safety is treated as an aggravating factor when something goes wrong, not a mitigating one. People need to have an honest conversation about safety and have competent people helping them – don’t think you can do it all yourself.”
Mr George’s team includes Operations Director Scott Richter, who was a frontline firefighter at Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, plus other professional and qualified safety engineers. The two-year-old company is accredited by BAFE, the British Association for Fire Equipment.
Dorset clients include Dorset Chamber, Deacon Insurance and New Driver School of Motoring.
MHL, run by City-level consultant Sue Warden-Owen, is helping on various aspects of the growth strategy including a strategic business and marketing plan.
Mrs Warden-Owen said: “There must be very few companies who would not benefit from the help and attention to detail that Firecare Solutions provides as a one-stop-shop. My job is to help the firm stay focused on delivery as they strengthen their market capability and grow their turnover.”
MHL works with managing directors, owner business managers and CEOs who want impartial advice on aspects of business management. As well as a City background focusing mainly on mergers and acquisition, Mrs Warden-Owen has industry experience of running multi-million pound marketing budgets and providing PR services to blue-chip clients.