Former family firm Allcooper could become part of £3.24 billion business

Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 08 October 2020 7:00

Former family firm Allcooper could become part of £3.24 billion business

Long-standing and respected former family business Allcooper’s story continues with plans for the business following its takeover by Securitas last year now becoming clearer. 

The Gloucester-headquartered firm, founded by the Cooper family, which still plays a role in the running of the business, became part of the world-wide operations of the Swedish security giantin early 2019. 

Hovering in the air since has been what this means for the well-established Kingsholm business, but Securitas has now started to reveal “ambitions to double its global electronic security business by 2023 – with Gloucestershire set to play an important role in the UK”.

If this comes to fruition it would make the Gloucester business part of a global operation worth approximately £3.24 billion by 2023.

“Since the acquisition was announced last year, we have been delighted with the progress made to build on the strong foundations laid by Allcooper for the future growth of our electronic security offering in the UK,” said Arthur Agnew, who heads up Allcooper’s Electronic Security division, supported by a management team that includes former owner, Roman Cooper. 

“Our focus is all about specialisation, that will not only give existing and new staff opportunities to develop their careers, but offer new services, customised solutions and cost-effective packages to our new and existing clients.” 

Allcooper was the first UK acquisition of an electronic security company made by Securitas, a deal which followed a six-year partnership that saw the two companies work together to deliver a number oflarge and complex security projects. 

It was the success of this collaboration that demonstrated the potential of combining the Gloucestershire firm’shigh quality technology installations with Securitas’sindustry leading mobile security response and alarm monitoring capability.

Since then, Securitas has continued to invest in its electronic expertise by implementing a specialist Electronic Security (ES) division, with Allcooper’s Gloucester office and local legacy at the centre of its UK growth plans”, said the statement. 

Mr Agnew (pictured above) said: “By combining our electronic security specialism with other physical services such as alarm response, keyholding and on-site guarding, we’re truly able to be a single security partner for our clients. 

We’re also harnessing our ability to deliver a host of remote services, which have proven to be vital for clients who have been forced to close their premises and work from home during the COVID-19 lockdown. 

Securitas also providesprotective services including fire and safety, remote security, mobile security, on-site security and corporate risk management. 

Allcooper was founded in 1987 by Gary and Gerard Cooper, who were joined shortly afterwards by the latter’s brother, Roman.

Pictured: Back in 2017 outside the then new offices in Kingsholm, directors Roman Cooper, Gary Cooper, Dave Phillips and Gerard Cooper

The company went on to establish itself, first at its then Oxstalls Way premises, then from Hucclecote, as a respected provider of electronic security and fire systems to homes and businesses across Gloucestershire, the UK and overseas. 

Its footprint spread in the 1990s and early part of the new millennium with the acquisition of Meridian Surveillance Systems in 2013 and Executive Security in 2015. 

An office in London, in Marble Arch, opened in 2015 with the firm celebrating its 30th birthday in 2017. When it came under the wing of Securitas it has 100 staff on its books.