Acquisition of Guardian Security & Fire Ltd

Kent-based Guardian Security & Fire Limited has been sold by founder, Managing Director and sole shareholder Ian Golding to the former Managed Support Services plc Chief Executive, Simon Beart and business partner Thomas Howard.


The UK FM merger and acquisition specialist Morphose brokered the deal, which completed at the end of June.


Former owner and founder, Ian Golding retained Morphose in late 2011 to seek buyers. After receiving several attractive offers, Golding accepted an excellent offer from Beart and Howard in May 2012.


Golding said:

“Morphose’s ability to source real buyers in a professional and confidential way enabled me to achieve the maximum market price by using their expertise of transactions involving small to medium sized companies and their wide ranging networks and direct personal experience. Their ongoing support during the process was invaluable.”


Guardian is a long established, local market leading, security, fire systems and equipment management and maintenance business based in Canterbury. Specific services include intruder alarms, CCTV, fire protection and access control with NSI NACOSS Gold accreditations.


Ian Golding will continue to work alongside the new owners and assist them in their plans to build a leading fire and technical security maintenance-based business in the South East.