Keybury Fire & Security, this year celebrating its 30th anniversary, has built on its Yorkshire-wide intruder and fire alarm business to develop a growing national presence in the UK shopping centre and water utilities sectors.

It has helped the Keighley-based company, which has consistently achieved year-on-year growth, to break through the £1.5 million turnover barrier.

Over three decades, Keybury has installed over 12,000 security systems in homes and businesses across Yorkshire. In 2006, it established a standalone fire division to help companies meet their legal obligations when the new Fire Safety Order came into force. CCTV business is also performing well.

Managing director Frank Gee explained: “We also developed an emergency communication system for shopping centres. It is now installed in over 60 major locations around the country, including White Rose in Leeds, Newcastle’s Metro Centre and, in London, Canary Wharf and the O2 Arena.

“Keybury has also developed a specialised anti-terrorist detection system to protect water reservoir sites, which is installed in over 500 locations throughout the UK.”

Founded in Queensbury in 1982 by Mr Gee and his wife Tricia, Keybury later opened a shop in Low Mill Lane, Keighley, before transferring to its present head office premises in Skipton Road in 1989.

It remains one of the longest established independent family-run fire and security companies in the region, and one of the first to gain National Security Inspectorate (NSI) top tier Gold installer accreditation.

Keybury director David Lalor heads up the fire division, while two recent additions to the board are HR director Karen Gee, daughter of the founders, and Patrick Beebe, who joined the company as an apprentice in 1987 and is now operations director.

Keybury Fire & Security has a 40-strong workforce and a network of regional offices covering Skipton, Ilkley, Harrogate and York.

Tricia Gee added: “We are in a strong position to respond to current and future growth opportunities.”

Key players – Keybury directors, from left, David Lalor, Patrick Beebe and Karen Gee.

Keybury joint founder and managing director Frank Gee.