Welsh Enterprise Awards 2020

19 | Welsh Enterprise Awards 2020 Oct20795 Best Fire Safety & Compliance Consultancy Business 2020 FireRite provides fire risk assessments, fire safety training and consultancy, technical expertise and industry leading advice to organisations UK-wide, offering a complete compliance solution. With all services being third party certified through external UKAS accredited bodies, customers have complete peace of mind that they are engaging a competent contractor. More than 20 years’ experience working with fire safety regulations means that FireRite can provide innovative, effective and efficient solutions, created especially for specific environments and to address an organisations’ needs. “We’re passionate about life safety,” explains Director, Gareth Selway. “This passion is driving us to help make the world a safer place for everyone.” Having more than 24 years’ experience in the fire industry, Gareth began his career on the shop floor and has worked his way through every level of management to become director of the fast-growing firm. With his unique insight into this industry, Gareth leads his team with pride and expertise, and oversees all departments from operations to sales and development. FireRite comprises of four main divisions, these being: Consultancy, Active, Passive and Maintenance of fire safety, from plan stage inception to the buildings complete fire lifecycle. It’s proactive staff base, with their knowledge of fire safety legislation, enables a structured approach to fire safety compliance with technical knowledgeable employees and supporting software to enable a level of unapparelled service in this field. It is this level of excellence that helps position FireRite as a leader in its field. “We have developed a Management Team that is second-to-none,” enthuses Gareth. “Especially when it comes to experience, knowledge and a passion to deliver excellence through customer service and a reassurance based on competent sound advice. “We offer certified assurance through all of our services that enables a one-contact one-solution for fire compliance, and we work collectively in partnership with customers.” The major trend within the fire safety industry comes from the fallout of the Grenfell Tower inquiry and the changes that will be coming following the Dame Judith Hackett review. Gareth believes that FireRite will see a major overhaul of fire safety in the UK and he wants to be at the forefront of this change. Gareth himself sits on the committee of the Fire and Security Association (FSA) as the lead for Wales, a role which involves reporting and advising on pending regulations within the Fire industry and advising and informing Electrical Contractors Association (ECA) members in Wales, something of which he is immensely proud. “We are proud of our Welsh routes and want to change the landscape of fire safety with a positive impact, having a devolved local Government that is proactive in implementing change in the fire safety industry (such as the sprinkler measure 2016) is a major plus for the principality.” FireRite is also working with its local Government body on competency criteria, training initiatives with major forces in Wales (such as the NHS, Local Authority, and Social Housing) to provide higher standards in Life Safety Services. “We have a seen major success within the social housing sector as they turn to FireRite for their fire safety compliance. The reason is our commitment to deliver fire safety compliance keeping residents, staff and building users safe.” Despite lockdown threatening to halt trade across the UK for many industries, Gareth and the team at FireRite have actually seen their work, and workforce, increasing due to new contracts emerging. FireRite identified that there was a shortage of skill in the fire industry over the last few years and has put into place an apprenticeship scheme as well as development pathways for its hardworking staff to flourish and grow along with the demands of the business. The future is looking flaming bright for FireRite and bringing the interview to a close, Gareth is keen to share the firm’s plans for expansion in the years to come. “We want to increase competence levels by driving the changes and inspiring organisations to see the value in engaging experienced certified contractors to deliver their Life Safety compliance,” he says. “We will together deliver changes and shape the landscape of fire safety forever to enable a safer world.” Company: FireRite UK LTD Contact: Gareth Selway Web Address: www.firerite.co.uk Making the world a safer place to be is the main objective for fire compliance company, FireRite. Director, Gareth, tells how working with local government is key in helping to mould the future of life safety.

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