London-based, security provider, Banham, continue to grow their business by acquiring British lock manufacturers, Guardian.
Founded in 1926, Banham remain the largest provider of home security systems in London and the South East of England. The British, family-run business, currently in its fourth generation of Banham family, has seen significant year-on-year growth over its 95 years in operation.
Banham have worked in partnership with Guardian for over 20 years, collaborating on the production of several of their iconic locks, such as the L2000. Their long-standing relationship has been built on sharing several key company values; championing British lock manufacturing and achieving excellence through using only the finest craftsmanship for their products. This acquisition formally consolidates this already successful working partnership and marks the start of an exciting new phase for both companies.
Guardian Lock and Engineering Company, founded in 1982, are the largest independently owned lock manufacturers in the UK owning three lock brands; Imperial, Benton and Worrall. Since 1984 they have occupied their 20,000 sq ft premises in the home of Britain’s lock-making industry, Willenhall, West Midlands.
Guardian will continue to be run as an independent company, as part of the Banham Group, with Director David Bate at the helm. David has been with Guardian since its inception and he will continue to lead the exceptional standard of manufacturing and work ethic the company has achieved for over four decades with their dedicated team of over 50 employees.
Charles Hallatt, Executive Chairman at Banham said: “Banham are delighted to officially welcome Guardian to the Banham Group family. We have worked with David and his team for many years and have a wonderful collaborative working relationship that has been integral to Banham’s success. Our shared values in British craftsmanship and championing UK manufacturing in our industry has been instrumental to producing some of our most iconic locks. This is an exciting development for Banham and we look forward to working closer with Guardian to combine our expertise and continue to lead the way in our industry.’
David Bate, Director at Guardian said: “ This is a very proud moment in Guardian’s history in joining the Banham Group and being part of one of the most iconic security providers in the UK. We have worked very closely with Banham for many years, almost since our own beginning, and we have always had a long and trusted relationship with them. Having built up Guardian over the last 40 years in Willenhall, we are very proud of everything that we have achieved and the benchmark we have set for British lock manufacturing. This partnership with Banham marks the start of a new phase in our company’s established history and we look forward to the wealth of opportunities that lie ahead.’