Southern Counties Lifts Services and Ace Fire Security Systems extend the UK-wide multi-service network of the andwis group

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The andwis group was launched in March 2023 with four industry-leading companies within the technical building services sector, including Classic Lifts, backed by lead investor, H.I.G. Capital. The group’s network has now expanded with further investment in Southern Counties Lifts Services Limited (SCL) and Ace Fire Security Systems (Ace).

SCL was founded in 1984 and is a lift maintenance service provider to customers across London and the South East. SCL manages 900 lifts across the healthcare, hospitality, housing association and FM sectors. The company will combine with Classic Lifts to add further scale to the group’s service-led Lifts division.

Adrian Crane, MD of the Lifts Division, said “the integration of SCL’s customer service ethos with Classic Lift’s established service processes and systems provides an excellent opportunity to further enhance future services to our wider customer base.”

Ace is the foundation of the andwis group’s Fire Protection division, a critical element of its multi-service offering. Founded in 1990, Ace offers fire protection, security system integrations, monitoring and maintenance across commercial, industrial, and public sectors.

Darren Gibbons, continuing in his role as Managing Director of Ace, said “we are delighted to join the andwis group, enabling us to expand our service offering to our clients while partnering with the other group companies to extend our geographic and technological reach.”

The andwis group is centred around guiding principles of integrity, dynamism and partnership under its promise of Expertise, built in. Alongside SCL and Ace, andwis will continue to invest in other industry-leading businesses as it broadens its service line and geographic presence across the technical services landscape. In addition, the group will invest in technology, training, development and skills across its direct network of experts.

Jonathan Simpson-Dent, Chair of the andwis group, said: “We are deeply committed to equipping our clients with safe, sustainable buildings that protect people and productivity. SCL further strengthens our national Lifts division and Ace provides a platform in Fire Protection services as we continue to build and expand the andwis group into a truly unique multi-service offering delivered through direct best-in-class networks.”

The andwis group looks forward to providing further updates on its progress to become the UK’s leading benchmark for technical building services.

For more details on SCL see the SCL website
For more details on Ace Fire Security Services see the Ace website
For more details on the andwis group see the andwis website

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