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NorthEdge Capital backs Orbis Protect’s bolt-on acquisition of Optosafe

Private equity-backed property, site and people protection specialist Orbis Protect has made its first acquisition following a strong period of growth despite the UK-wide lockdown. The business has bought Glasgow-based Optosafe, the 360-degree CCTV tower provider with which it has partnered for the last three years.

Orbis Protect employs more than 400 staff across 19 UK depots, working with clients across the private and public sectors. Its services include vacant property management and securing such properties so that they are ready for re-occupation, as well as site security for commercial offices, construction and other vulnerable sites. The business also offers a lone worker monitoring solution, supporting 35,000 workers annually with personalised alarm services.

The deal follows NorthEdge’s initial backing in 2018 and two years of strong organic growth for Orbis Protect, which has achieved consistent year-on-year organic EBITDA growth in excess of 20% since 2016. Earlier this year, the business ranked eighth in the Sunday Times’ Profit Track and, following this acquisition, is expecting to achieve in excess of £8 million EBITDA in the next financial year.

During lockdown, Orbis Protect has seen rapid grown of its decontamination services. In March, it had six team members trained to deliver specialist cleaning services, which include fogging technology to remove traces of COVID-19, with a further 60 being trained throughout lockdown to meet customer demand.

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Supporting the client base

Guy Other, CEO at Orbis Protect, said: “During lockdown we have been able to adapt quickly to support our clients. This approach to spotting new opportunities for our business has been key to us continuing to report strong organic growth. NorthEdge has been supportive of our ambitions since backing the business, and its backing in terms of our first acquisition has been invaluable.”

Other added: “Over the last few years we have managed to develop a strong partnership with Optosafe on a range of client projects. The specialist insight which the team can provide makes this deal a key part of our ongoing strategy and will help us to further accelerate our growth.”

Optosafe CTO John Robertson has now joined Orbis as managing director of the Optosafe division and will continue to focus on delivering customer solutions, while at the same time driving new product development opportunities.

Robertson told Security Matters: “We know our markets well and are aware of the high demand for Optosafe’s services. It makes monitoring and security for areas like construction, infrastructure and the utilities much safer and more reliable than traditional security systems, which is key for clients who own and operate such assets. Working with Orbis Protect will allow us to accelerate our ongoing R&D work in order to develop new services for our customers.”

Details of the deal

The acquisition was funded in part thanks to financing provided by Clydesdale Yorkshire Bank. Orbis was supported on the acquisition by Deloitte (corporate finance), Browne Jacobson (legal), BDO (financial due diligence), Fairgrove Partners (commercial due diligence) and Better Basics (operational due diligence).

Kevin O’Loughlin, investment director at NorthEdge Capital, explained: “Orbis Protect has performed exceptionally well in the harshest of trading environments presented by COVID-19. The acquisition of Optosafe provides Orbis Protect with additional penetration into the high-growth CCTV towers market and underpins the exciting growth strategy which management has in place for the business.”

Ian Mansell, senior director at Clydesdale Yorkshire Bank, added: “We are delighted to have worked with the team at Orbis Protect and alongside NorthEdge Capital to deliver what is a highly strategic acquisition. To have completed this deal against such a challenging backdrop is testament to the resilient and highly sustainable performance seen across the core business, which should be further enhanced through this acquisition. We look forward to continuing to support Orbis Protect on delivering its ambitious plans for future growth.”

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ASSA ABLOY Door Hardware & Access Control to exhibit latest access control solutions at SiX 2019

ASSA ABLOY Door Hardware & Access Control will be exhibiting its latest security and integrated access control technology at SiX 2019. The show – which is organised by Pro-Activ Publications (publisher of Risk Xtra, PSI and Benchmark as well as The Paper) and runs at EventCity in Manchester from 5-6 November – is the UK’s only trade event dedicated to serving the ever-changing needs of security integrators and installers.

ASSA ABLOY Door Hardware & Access Control will be exhibiting on Stand B8 alongside Abloy and HKC, highlighting the efficiency and ease-of-installation of its innovative access control solutions.

Among the products on show will be the eCLIQ, CLIQ Go, SMARTair and Aperio solutions, as well as the company’s electro-mechanical offering.

eCLIQ: the key to electronic locking

eCLIQ is a fully electronic key management system that delivers flexible and secure master key management to businesses, in turn solving key control concerns. The compact eCLIQ locking cylinder offers the highest levels of security. Featuring the widest range of different cylinder types, the system’s designed for every kind of use, from company entrance gates to securing alarm systems, lifts, doors and cabinets.

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eCLIQ also helps solve the issue of lost keys, with end users able to update access authorisations when required. It’s easy to install, too, with no drilling required, and also offers a maintenance-free solution for up to 200,000 cycles.

As such, eCLIQ is “the only master key system a building will ever need”.

CLIQ Go: access control at your fingertips

CLIQ Go is a fully electronic locking system based on the highly successful and efficient CLIQ technology. The CLIQ Go app provides a high level of security and data protection, enabling control over building security from a mobile device. The flexibility of key management on offer here is said to be “unrivalled” when it comes to master keying for building security.

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CLIQ Go provides both security installers and business owners alike with the capability to manage access control on the go. This end solution is achieved via a quick installation that requires no waiting at the door. Operators can also easily revoke access rights via the CLIQ Go app, thereby minimising the risk of lost keys.

SMARTair: easy access control

SMARTair is a wireless online or offline fully scaleable access control system that keeps end users in touch with who enters the building and where and when they do so, ensuring complete control of site security.

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Also presented at SiX 2019 will be the new mobile app Openow, which becomes a smart phone’s secure virtual credential.

Aperio: cost-effective, integrated access control without wires

Aperio enables mechanical locks to be wirelessly linked to an access control system in a convenient and cost-effective way. With products meeting BS EN 179 and BS EN 1125 standards, Aperio can help schools, universities and commercial environments cut energy costs, reduce the time and money spent on maintenance and help deliver a flexible access control solution that can be easily adapted and updated when needed.

Part of the Aperio range, the new H100 door handle will also be on display. Packing the power and flexibility of wireless access control into one slim and cleverly designed door handle, the Aperio H100 offers easy retrofitting to almost any interior door. It integrates seamlessly with all the existing Aperio integrations and can work within an online access control system or offline as a standalone device.

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David Hodgkiss, director of access control for ASSA ABLOY Door Hardware & Access Control Group, said: “SiX is an ideal platform to showcase our cutting-edge technologies and solutions for security installers and integrators. We’re thrilled to be exhibiting at the event. Our latest solutions allow installers to specify products that meet the challenges of a world in which security threats are increasingly widespread and complex. They form an unrivalled range that’s used around the world: one-in-ten lock and security installations use our solutions globally. We look forward to welcoming all visitors to the show at Stand B8.”

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