Linear Group acquires stake in fire safety consultancy

Alan Macmillan, Andrew McClure and Stephen Holmes

LINEAR Group has acquired a stake in fire safety consultancy Kyle Management Solutions, to create Linear Fire Safety (LFS).

Based in the group’s Glasgow HQ, the move will see the appointment of three new senior fire specialists.

Linear said the launch of LFS reflects the growing importance and demand for specialist solutions in this area of building development, management, maintenance and safety.

Bill McDonagh, former assistant chief officer (director of operations) of Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, will take up the post of chairman of LFS. Alan Macmillan becomes MD, bringing over 30 years of experience with Strathclyde Fire and Rescue. Director Andrew McClure adds his own 30 years’ experience in local authority fire and rescue services to the team.

Bill McDonagh said, “Since we began working with Linear, we’ve consistently acknowledged a strong synergy and connection with our collective skills and experience and their vision for growth, in adding vital specialists to the client offer. Making this exciting move and joining the Group will enable us to build on our current client base, as well as provide comprehensive fire safety solutions to Linear’s existing, and future, clients.”

Stephen Holmes, CEO, Linear Group, added, “For some time, we have been working collaboratively with Kyle Management so we recognise the unquestionable value they add to our service offering. By taking a stake in the business and formalising it as a key part of the group, we are taking this a step further and ensuring this is integral to our business moving forward. Bringing such highly regarded and experienced talent into the team will truly set us apart, as Bill, Alan and Andrew are arguably some of the most respected, skilled and knowledgeable figures from the industry, both in Scotland and across the UK.”