Published On: Tue, Apr 9th, 2019

Sentry Doors partners with Cairngorm Capital to accelerate growth strategy

Sentry Doors Holdings (Sentry Doors) has announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Cairngorm Capital Partners LLP (Cairngorm Capital), to accelerate its growth and consolidate its position as the industry leader in the timber fire and security door-set market. Cairngorm Capital is a specialist private investment firm that provides capital, strategic advice and operational best practice to ambitious UK companies to help them transform the growth potential of their companies. Established in 1989, Sentry Doors is a specialist manufacturer of timber fire and security door-sets for the social housing, public sector, commercial and residential markets. Operating nationally from a 32,000 ft2 facility in Doncaster, Sentry Doors has established a strong reputation for manufacturing products that meet the most rigorous quality and fire certification standards. Its commitment to regulatory compliance and high manufacturing standards has resulted in independent third party accreditations from BWF Certifire and BM Trada Q-Mark1.

As an expert provider of fire and security door-sets to the social housing sector, Sentry Doors works to ensure that its products exceed the highest levels of compliance and as such, is at the forefront of the industry’s support for regulatory change. This partnership will enable Sentry Doors to respond to the surge in demand for its products, driven by the increased focus on regulatory compliance and the significant retrofitting programmes. It plans to support its customers by increasing its manufacturing capacity, scaling production and improving geographic distribution.

The partnership was prompted by the decision of Founder and Managing Director, Gordon Yates and his wife, Carolyn, to be less involved in the day-to-day running of the business. Gordon will remain in the business in an advisory capacity. Ty Aziz, Sentry Doors’ long standing General Manager and Gordon’s deputy, is promoted to Managing Director. He will be supported by a strengthened board led by Jon Gatfield, who joins as Executive Chairman. Jon has considerable experience in manufacturing and logistics, including senior interim roles at Customade Group and National Timber Group. Gordon Yates, said, “I’m delighted that Sentry Doors and Cairngorm Capital will be working together, as our sector is on the cusp of considerable change. Although I am beginning to think about retirement, it was really important to find the right partner who had the vision and ambition to guide Sentry Doors to fulfil its potential. I wanted an investor who would be a good custodian of Sentry Doors in the future and who would provide opportunities for our exceptional employees. Cairngorm Capital has a really strong track record in accomplishing this so I am confident that Sentry Doors will go from strength to strength.” Jon Gatfield, Executive Chairman said, “I’m delighted to be invited to Chair a strong business with significant opportunities for transformational growth. In particular, I am looking forward to working closely with Ty and the rest of the management team as we build on the great company that Gordon, Carolyn and the team have created.”