United Kingdom


  • Service: Advisory
  • Type: Press release
  • Date: 13/11/2012

Administrators appointed to Premier FireServe Limited  

  • On appointment, the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) contract with Babcock Critical Services Limited to ensure continuity of service for the London Fire Brigade



Rob Croxen and Richard Fleming of KPMG were today appointed joint administrators of Premier FireServe Limited and Premier FireServe Engineering Limited, the companies which manage and maintain London’s fleet of fire engines.


A contract has been put in place between Babcock Critical Services Limited (a subsidiary of leading engineering support services organisation Babcock International Group Limited) and LFEPA, where Babcock will now manage and maintain the London Fire Brigade vehicles.  Babcock Critical Services Limited have signed an 18 month interim contract with LFEPA thus protecting emergency services.  During the contract, LFEPA will be running a full competition for the services.


Premier FireServe Limited and Premier FireServe Engineering Limited, which were previously called AssetCo London Limited and AssetCo Engineering Limited respectively, were purchased by AB & A Investments Limited in August this year. 


Rob Croxen, joint administrator and partner at KPMG, commented:Deteriorating service levels from Premier FireServe Limited and Premier FireServe Engineering Limited, coupled with an unauthorised change of ownership, resulted in LFEPA exercising its contractual options and cancelling their contract, which has led to the appointment of administrators.


“Our appointment has allowed for the stable transfer of operations to a new provider.  It is business as usual for the London Fire Brigade, and jobs will be transferred with the contracts.  LFEPA and Babcock Critical Services Limited have worked with us to ensure this critical public service continues uninterrupted.”


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Notes to editors


For press queries on the administration, please contact


Sorrelle Cooper, Senior PR manager, KPMG: 020 7694 8527 / 07932 078218 sorrelle.cooper@kpmg.co.uk

Emma Murray, PR Manager London : 020 7694 6506



KPMG UK Press Office: 020 7694 8773


For press queries on the London Fire Brigade, please contact


Richard Stokoe, Head of Communications, London Fire Brigade: 020 8555 1200 / richard.stokoe@london-fire.gov.uk          


For press queries on Babcock, please contact


Amanda Fallbrown, Head of Communications, Mobile Assets, Support Services Division, Babcock International Group: 07979 506687


About KPMG


KPMG LLP, a UK limited liability partnership, is a subsidiary of KPMG Europe LLP and operates from 22 offices across the UK with over 11,000 partners and staff.  The UK firm recorded a turnover of £1.7 billion in the year ended September 2011. KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax, and Advisory services. We operate in 150 countries and have 138,000 professionals working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative ("KPMG International"), a Swiss entity.  KPMG International provides no client services.



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