Acquisitions & Investments

When CEO, Bob Forsyth joined KST in 2017, Kings Security (as the business was known back then) was centred on the brick and mortar retail sector, posing the potential for over exposure in a market which was contracting and seeing a change in buying habits from its core client base with online shopping starting to grow, making the old model less attractive.

The business had all the ingredients to move forward with its own Monitoring Centre, a large and still growing systems division (albeit in the lower end of the intruder-centric technical space), a Security Personnel department, keyholding and small Fire business. So, from here, Bob set out to create a more diverse business in other sectors and with a wider service offering.

The first step was renaming and rebranding the business to Kings Secure Technologies in 2018. After this began a change of approach and modernisation which has been an ongoing project ever since.

Acquisition Timeline

Thanks to our Acquisitions & Investments strategy, we now sit within a very different company.

The bricks and mortar retail sector is now a very small percentage of our overall revenues; we have been able to strive forward by launching new business investment such as DYMENSiON, our own process, trend and data analytics platform, and Cougar Protect – our vacant property protection business.

We have made acquisitions in Fire with Silver Group, and in Monitoring with Cougar Monitoring and, most recently, our game changing Fire Risk Assessment business; Quidvis.

We have grown our top line by over 50% and, with this, won some amazing new clients as well as retaining a number of our highly regarded strategic accounts such as Post Office and Howdens, all within the delays of Covid and a challenging economic landscape.


What our Customers say

We wanted a smart-looking, contactless approach to access control here at Little Dot. We love the Openpath solution proposed by KST; it’s sleek, simple to use and has excellent reporting features. What’s more, KST’s inhouse commissioning team remotely configured the software to meet our requirements - including who goes where and when, through which doors, the reporting we need and integration to our fire alarm system. Thanks to this we have saved the cost of two days labour on install!

Greg Rochford
IT Manager - Little Dot Studios

KST has once again exceeded all expectations with their outstanding service. Safety is our number one priority for both our Post Masters and customers, therefore we are always on the lookout for new technologies and new ideas. Morphean platforms, along with the installation and maintenance provided by KST, has been the perfect decision for us due to our existing knowledge of their excellent services and competitive prices.

Mark Dinsdale
Security Programme Manager - Post Office Ltd

The mobilisation was smooth with little involvement required from ourselves. Communication, in particular, has been extremely strong with regular meetings. Monthly management information has been circulated and Clipper are using the real time management information that KST have provided with their DYMENSiON software. We also have working action plans on each site focusing on improvements and change management. All in all I would be happy to recommend KST to any company looking at contract award; our experience has been very positive and I am happy to endorse them.

John Welsh
Head of Bonded & Secure Operations - Clipper

The whole process of mobilisation and onboarding to KST was conducted in an exceptional manner, from start to finish. The preparation for the move between City Plumbing Supplies and KST was comprehensive. Collaboration was very good. The days of transfer were event free and smooth - with no major issues. The branches’ onboarding onto the KST system during the 12 weeks following the mobilisation was completed fully with excellent communication sessions conducted on a weekly basis. We are now looking forward to a long and effective partnership with KST.

Steve Kemp
Security, Audit & Loss Prevention Manager - City Plumbing Supplies

We’ve been delighted with the partnership between ISS and KST and the approach to transferring the access control contract. The teams have gelled quickly to understand our estate and we’ve seen significant service improvements.

Andy Southern
Head of Security - Santander Bank

Everything from the initial engagement with Quidvis to meeting the Fire Risk assessor on site, to receiving all the reports back in the SLA timeframe was second to none. The communication throughout the whole process has been so easy and the working relationship does not stop there. We now have one central system where we can view reports, add relevant building certificates and policies. Colleagues can access this incredibly user-friendly system and navigate with ease. I have been informed by several colleagues how easy the portal is to use. Even those less tech savvy have been more than impressed.

Carrie Owen
Fire Safety Officer - Shropshire Towns & Rural Housing