10 Years of Trading!
Firewatch SW Ltd celebrate 10 years of Trading in January 2008
Firewatch South West based in Newton Abbot operating throughout the Westcountry, are celebrating ten years of serving the area.
Firewatch SW Ltd started trading in January 1998 in Newton Abbot with four employees supplying and servicing Fire Extinguishers. The company now offers the full range of Fire Protection services to include Fire Alarm & Emergency Light systems, Staff Training, Safety Signs and Risk assessments all managed by thirty three members of staff located across the South West. Last year they became the first company in the UK to be accredited with both the BAFE SP203 Fire Alarm modular scheme and the BAFE ST104 scheme for Fire Extinguisher maintenance.
Martin Smith (Managing Director) “We are pleased to have reached this landmark, any business owner will tell you, to survive in business you have to work very hard not only to get customers but even harder to keep them. I believe we have achieved this by giving all our customers whether large or small a quality driven reliable service we endeavour to develop a long term working partnership with all”
Martin added ……..
“I am extremely proud for my staff and fellow directors who have supported me over the ten years, without doubt much of the credit is due to them. With the (Regulatory Reform [Fire Safety] Order 2005) becoming law in October 2006, the majority of business and premises owners have found they need to get professional advice as they are now responsible themselves for fire safety; it is of course a requirement of the order that ‘competent persons/companies’ are engaged. We have invested a lot of time and money in the training of our operatives to ensure that the work they carry out is correct and in the best interests of our clients.
There are around 40,000 fires every year in commercial premises in the UK, a recent report by the Chief Fire Officers’ Association revealed that 60 % of businesses that suffer a fire cease to trade. So it is in companies’ interest to take fire more seriously, move fire safety up the agenda”.
As well as the success of the fire protection company, Firewatch also now has a sister company Total Event Hire with a further eleven staff hiring Catering Equipment and Furniture across the south west from the same base in Newton Abbot.