Keybury TrioRecent contract wins worth in the region of £500,000 have prompted Keybury Fire & Security to expand its workforce.

The Keighley-based company has taken on new engineers and strengthened its head office administration and accounts team after experiencing high demand for domestic, commercial and specialist high security installations both regionally and nationally.

Managing director Frank Gee reported that Keybury’s intruder and fire alarm, and CCTV business across the company’s core West and North Yorkshire heartlands remains buoyant.

He said Keybury was also in major demand for specialist high security work nationally, both though its Shop Alert Plus division, which designs and installs retail communication and major incident management systems at UK shopping centres, and in the utilities sector.

The company has appointed three new engineers, Paul Franks and Craig Griffiths, both from Horden, Peterlee, who are covering the north-east, and Conrad Holness, of Dudley, who is servicing the midlands.

Sue Scott has joined as administrator at Keighley head office, with Susan Jarrett supplementing the accounts department. Both live in Keighley.

In addition, Robert Crossley, of Silsden, has been promoted from northern area manager to national contracts manager to oversee expansion of UK-wide business, with Andy Spence, Harrogate, now northern service engineer with the shopping centre division. .

Mr Gee said: “We service over 8,500 customers regionally through our Keighley, Skipton, Ilkley and newly opened Harrogate offices. Together with our expanding national high security business, we are well placed to achieve further growth during 2009.

“Investment in all areas of the business – security equipment and technology, quality and training – will be maintained to keep us at the cutting edge of the latest developments in our industry sector.

“We were one of the first companies in the region to gain top-rated gold intruder alarm installer approval from the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) and last year established a standalone department dedicated to fire alarms, offering both design and installation of new fire alarm systems, and maintenance of existing fire alarms

“This, too, is a major growth area and the new division has also embraced important new regulations governing the entire fire alarms industry.

“All Keybury design, installation, commissioning and engineering service personnel have undergone specialist training run by the British Fire Protection Systems Association to equip them with the skills necessary to guarantee compliance with the latest legislation.”

Mr Gee strongly advised members of the public looking to install or update their intruder or fire alarm systems to use only providers who hold the required industry-approved accreditations.

“Otherwise, they could risk falling pray to some of the more unscrupulous companies out there who are promoting systems at ridiculous knock-down prices that offer both sub-standard equipment and service levels,” he warned.