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Kee Safety

Kee Safety is a leading global supplier of components and bespoke systems for railings, barriers, roof edge protection and fall prevention, and safe access equipment for working at height.

Established in the UK in 1934, the West Midlands-based business employs around 300 people and sells its products in over 50 countries. Kee Safety’s customers range from multi-national corporations, to major contractors, distributors and installers, and it now has offices in the US, Germany, Canada, France, UAE, China and Singapore and more.

LDC invested in the company in 2011 and worked with the management team to develop a strategic growth plan which succeeded in growing turnover by 37% and employee numbers by 50%. 

LDC sold its stake to Dunedin in a management buyout in December 2013 (LDC reinvested for a minority stake) who in turn sold it to Investcorp in October 2017. During Dunedin's ownership, Kee Safety embarked on an ambitious strategy which saw it make 12 acquisitions, significantly growing its international presence.   

Kee-Safety

Private equity impact

  • SUPPORTED PRODUCT INNOVATION TO ENSURE BUSINESS REMAINS A MARKET LEADER

  • ESTABLISHED A GLOBAL BRAND THROUGH INTERNATIONAL EXPANSION, WITH OFFICES ACROSS THE WORLD AND SELLING IN MORE THAN 50 COUNTRIES.

  • ORGANIC GROWTH AND THROUGH ACQUISITIONS

  • SALES GREW BY MORE THAN 100% BETWEEN 2010 AND 2015

Chris Milburn, CEO, Kee Safety

“Dunedin has been a highly supportive investor and partner. As a management team, we knew what we wanted to achieve and we looked for an investor who would really take the time to understand those objectives and go the extra mile in supporting us to meet them. That has very much proved to be the case, as the growth of the business shows.”

Achievements

WINNER - BVCA MANAGEMENT TEAM AWARDS 2015

  • MID-MARKET PRIVATE EQUITY-BACKED MANAGEMENT TEAM OF THE YEAR – MIDLANDS



Location
Cradley Heath, West Midlands

Backers
LDC: 2011 - 2013
Dunedin: 2013 - 2017


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