Three more businesses join the JLA Group as fire and HVAC growth accelerates

Leading critical equipment supplier and servicing partner JLA has welcomed another three new businesses into the Group, bringing the total to six in six months. Stafford-based Astral Fire and Security and Preston-based firms T. Jolly Services and Atlas Sterile Services, are the latest companies to have been acquired.

Helen Ashton, Chief Executive Officer at JLA said “I am thrilled that Astral Fire and Security, T Jolly Services and Atlas Sterile Services have joined the JLA Group – and they join us at a great time. Our unrelenting focus on service and technology to deliver real customer value is revolutionising our industry. With Total Care, we have created a scalable platform that enables us to become the trusted single supply and service partner that UK businesses are crying out for. We’re looking forward to working with all three businesses as we expand further throughout 2020."

Astral Fire and Security has a strong presence in the fire and security solutions market, offering everything from the design, installation and maintenance of fire alarm systems, fire doors, signage and extinguishers through to fire risk assessments and training, as well as specialising in security products such as access and entry systems, nurse call systems and CCTV.   

T Jolly Services and Atlas Sterile Services provide HVAC maintenance and repair services, as well as compliance testing for cleanrooms. With a recognised presence in the hotel groups, care homes and retail stores markets, as well as serving major UK Universities, T Jolly has an enviable reputation as a high quality, national service provider. 

The existing management teams will continue to run the respective businesses.  Rob Harris, former owner and Managing Director at Astral said “We are delighted to be joining the JLA Group. With experience in tailored, bespoke systems for large multi-national businesses and smaller independents, the fit with JLA felt right. This opportunity and investment will allow us to develop our business alongside JLA, while maintaining the fantastic service our customers are used to.”

Commenting on the T Jolly and Atlas deals, former owner Paul Riley said: “The sale of the businesses provides an excellent platform for future growth as an integral part of a large organisation with a broad range of commercial interests, including a fast-growing heating division, focussed on a range of planned and reactive maintenance services.”

With decades of experience, JLA understand their customer needs and how to deliver the right solutions. Removing any hassle from their customers is a key factor in the critical asset services they now offer and the expansion into fire and heating was a natural progression. As trusted partners to over 25,000 customers, the ability to cover more critical areas of their customers’ businesses is proving more and more valuable.

JLA continue to look for complementary businesses within the HVAC and Fire Safety sectors. If you are a business who wants to discuss this further, you can contact the Mergers and Acquisitions team. 

JLA is the UK’s leading provider of critical asset solutions. The range of commercial laundry, catering, heating and fire safety solutions are suitable to a variety of markets in both the public and private sector. Alongside market-leading commercial equipment, JLA’s unique Total Care offering gives customers an unparalleled level of breakdown cover, including a four-hour call out which is the fastest response rate in the industry.  With a nationwide network of over 450 engineers, 25,000 customers and a 24/7 customer helpline, JLA is the ideal critical asset partner.

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