Sunderland fire safety firm blazes a trail

Graeme Dobson, Karen Haldane, Jackie Trafford, Karen Foley, Gareth McPhillips Andy Trafford.
Graeme Dobson, Karen Haldane, Jackie Trafford, Karen Foley, Gareth McPhillips Andy Trafford.
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A Sunderland fire safety firm has enjoyed a scorching year.

MacDonald Martin Fire and Security Ltd has seen its team and client list grow and turnover reach record heights.

This year has been transformational for MacDonald Martin.

Andy Trafford

The firm is now drawing up plans to expand into the security sector.

Leechmere Industrial Estate-based MacDonald surpassed last year’s turnover of £1.3million before the end of the third quarter and has added four new members to its team on the back of a number of client and project wins.

Director and owner Andy Trafford, who set up the firm in 2003, said the addition of new services was a response to growing customer demand for a full safety, security and electrical services package with quality service.

“This year has been transformational for MacDonald Martin,” he said.

“As well as taking on people ranging from apprentices to industry experts, we’ve expanded our offer to clients and started providing an all-in-one service putting us ahead of our competitors.”

The business provides fire safety services from risk assessments to installation of fire alarms, emergency lighting and fire extinguishers, and is now establishing itself in the security and CCTV sector, appointing Gareth McPhillips and Graeme Dobson in security, Karen Haldane as key accounts manager and Karen Foley to support administration.

Gareth is heading up the security and CCTV division of the business: “I’ve been in this industry all of my working life,” he said.

“The last 20 years have given me the experience I need to help MacDonald Martin drive this new facet of the company forward. It’s already thriving and it’s really exciting to be a part of that.”

The business has secured a significant 12-month contract extension with Circle Housing, and has added Graysons Properties, Meldrum Construction Services, and regeneration company Siglion to its client list.

Now specialising in security, door access and CCTV, as well as its regular fire safety and electrical services, MacDonald Martin has expanded into new areas, providing fire risk assessments and evacuation strategies for 22 care homes across the North East as well as winning a number of new-build and renovation projects in local schools and academies.

The business is also expanding into domestic security services.