BB7 are a trusted independent advisory firm that manages risk through the provision of strategic advice and innovative design, construction and management solutions. We specialise in fire and security to help our clients protect people, prosperity and our planet.
The team at Omega have built a strong position in the provision of Fire Safety Engineering and Computational Fluid Dynamics. Our vision is to become the leading fire and security advisory firm, and this acquisition adds scale, capabilities and additional locations; enabling us to better serve clients throughout the North of England and beyond.
Omega Fire has built a strong client portfolio across multiple sectors; working on varied projects from stadiums to student accommodation. It is a fast-growing specialist firm providing consultancy across the construction industry. The Company was set up in 2009 by directors Mark Egan, Mike Gilmartin and Dane Owen. Based in Manchester City Centre; Omega Fire currently employs 33 staff.
“I’ve known the Directors at Omega Fire for over a decade and our two firms have many cultural similarities. Omega Fire has a strong reputation in the North of England and we have built a strong reputation in the South. The combination of our two firms adds scale and capabilities to BB7 and we are set to continue our growth throughout England, Wales, Scotland and The Republic of Ireland”
BGF, the UK and Ireland’s most active investor in growing businesses, invested in BB7 to fund our buy-and-build growth strategy. The investment from BGF will support BB7’s longer-term growth strategy, providing the capital and experienced resource to accelerate our growth plans.
BGF was set up in 2011 and has invested more than £1.9bn in over 275 companies, making it the most active investor in the UK and globally by number of transactions. On average, BGF invested in one company per week throughout 2018.
BGF has £2.5bn to invest in UK SMEs and in Ireland, and an additional €250m to support Irish businesses. Earlier this year, Canada launched its equivalent – the Canadian Business Growth Fund – based on BGF’s funding model, and Australia is now actively exploring the approach as well.
BGF is a minority, non-controlling equity partner with a patient outlook on investments, based on shared long-term goals with the management teams it backs.