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RME managing director Luke Kitchen (left) with Edgar Chibaka of FRG © FRG

17 May 2018 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal

Leeds-based security and FM provider First Response Group (FRG) has acquired 100 per cent share capital of Harrogate-based Robinsons M&E (RME) – creating a group with a £25 million turnover.


The acquisition by FRG, led by owners Jamal Tahlil and Edgar Chibaka, forms part of a 10-year strategic business plan that seeks growth both organically and through acquisitions.


Buying RME allows FRG to offer a wider range of services to its existing and expanding client-base and complements its business ethos of providing customers with the best service and innovation.


Robinsons M&E was established in 1963 and has become one of Yorkshire’s leading commercial boiler, air conditioning and electrical installation firms.


In 2017, the company relocated its HQ to Bishop Thornton, near Harrogate, to occupy 2,170 square feet of space at Oakwood Park Business Centre.


The firm’s recent mechanical and electrical installation projects include works at a £1 million factory for Saint-Gobain, a £1.3 million care home for The Fisher Care Group through Marshall (Building Contractors), and £1.7 million of work for the University of Leeds through Sewell Construction and Henry Boot.


FRG, founded in 2007, has a nationwide presence with eight branches including sites in London and Cardiff. The company has a £15 million turnover.


FRG director Chibaka said: “This is an exciting acquisition for First Response Group. We wanted a business that fitted seamlessly with our facilities management solutions company, and Robinsons M&E’s exemplary client care record and varied portfolio have positioned it at the forefront of Yorkshire’s commercial building services solutions.”


RME managing director Luke Kitchen will leave the business after a period of consultancy. Engineering directors Andrew Jackson and Joe Lee will remain as part of the management team.