Midlands firm defies Brexit with record start to year

Contracts success for fire detection company.

Brexit uncertainty has failed to extinguish progress at Stourbridge-based Argus Fire after the leading fire protection and detection specialist recorded its best-ever start to a year.

The company, whose offices are at Hendglade House in New Road, has secured more than £5 million worth of orders from major UK-wide organisations in one month and joined a list of the 50 fastest growing businesses in the Black Country, as compiled by global accountancy firm BDO.

A booming order book has been accompanied by an increase to 110 in the number of Argus Fire’s staff and a projected turnover in excess of £20m for its latest financial year.

The new orders for the design, commissioning and installation of sprinkler systems have come from major hospitals in the Midlands and London, several office developments and in the form of repeat business from a leading Midlands motor manufacturer.

Argus Fire’s growth follows the completion of major fire prevention systems for the new EnviRecover energy to waste plant near Stourport and Wolverhampton’s redeveloped Mander Centre retail complex.

Simon Woodings, Vice Chairman of Argus Fire, said: “Winning more than £5 million of new orders in one month represents a fantastic start to the year.”

He added: “Defying the current uncertainty, our success is down to developing long-standing relationships with clients and having a highly trained and motivated workforce.”