Continuing the legacy…
One of Northern Ireland’s most revered Fire & Security companies is commemorating over 50 years business success with a move to smart new premises and a fresh leadership succession.
SIA Fire & Security (formerly Stewart Intruder Alarms, formed in 1969 and previously based on Ballynahinch Road, Carryduff) now resides in Heron Wharf on the prestigious Sydenham Business Park near City Airport under the directorship of Brendan Martin and Andrew Cosgrove – following the recent retirement of original founder and the industry’s first professional contractor in Northern Ireland, Bob Stewart.
The company maintains the fire and security systems for many multi-national companies across the retail, hospitality and manufacturing sectors, with clients locally including Specsavers Opticians, the Oxford Innovation Factory on Belfast’s Springfield Road and Antrim-based sensors and electrical giant, Senasta Technologies.
SIA Managing Director Brendan Martin explains: “It’s been an honour and privilege working with Bob as, despite his modesty, he is a pioneer and legend within the security industry across Ireland and indeed the UK and we have learnt so much from him, especially on the ever-important compliance side of the business
“Bob was asked to form and chair the first National Security Inspectorate (NSI and the leading UK certification body for the security and fire sector) committee in Northern Ireland and is still widely acknowledged for his role in crafting the organisation’s regulations and legislation across the UK.”
Commercial Director Andrew Cosgrove adds: “We’re proud to be cut from the same cloth as Bob, in that we’re also engineers first and foremost – and that drives the quality and consistency of our work and what we’re renowned for. It’s really gratifying to continue Bob’s legacy, but we’re also looking to take the business to the strategic next level and that will include more specialist work in Dublin and mainland Britain as well.”
Bob Stewart says: ““Brendan and Andrew are both highly competent and decent people and I have a lot of confidence in their ability to grow and adapt as the business enters a new era. My old company is in more than capable hands and I’m pleased the re-born SIA will still hold true to the original values and ethics.”