How it all began

Allcooper was founded in the spring of 1987 by father and son, Gary and Gerard Cooper. At the time, Gary had recently retired from a 35 year career with Unilever, whilst Gerard was working as a qualified electrician for a company that sold electronic alarm systems.

Inspired by his experiences of fitting and repairing alarm systems, Gerard set out to create a family business, specialising exclusively in security. With the support of the family and a small business start-up allowance, Gerard and Gary began ‘Allcooper Alarms’.

Allcooper was founded over 30 years ago

Early Years

Only a few months after the company was registered, Gerard’s brother, Roman Cooper, joined the newly-established family firm as an apprentice. Whilst Gary focused on sales and developing the business, Gerard and Roman worked together installing and maintaining the systems.

The company wanted to provide the best customer care, use the best tools and equipment for the job, be flexible, responsive, right first time and available 24/7. With these values at the forefront of the Allcooper business, in the years that followed, the company grew steadily in size and reputation, introducing new products, gaining industry accreditations and moving into its first premises.


GROWING THE BUSINESS

As the company grew, Allcooper took on its first staff members from outside the family. Subsequent growth in sales and customers meant the business could work towards gaining further accreditations and relocating to a larger office space in Gloucester.

Several high-profile projects were awarded to Allcooper during this time, expanding the client base outside of Gloucestershire - to the surrounding counties, London and even the South of France.

Natural growth across the company was supported by the acquisitions of Meridian Surveillance Systems (2013) and Executive Security (2015).

Present Day

Fast forward to present day, Allcooper has grown to become a widely-respected and well-known fire and security provider. Fully-accredited to NSI Gold standard and employing over 100 staff, the business continues to develop and expand whilst protecting thousands of homeowners and businesses. The company retains its status as a family business, with 10 members and three generations of the Cooper family employed within the business, occupying a variety of roles.

Allcooper announced in 2015 that it had acquired a new premises at Kingsholm, Gloucester, which would become its new head office. The business relocated in June 2017 following a major refurbishment of the site, a former car dealership just a drop-kick away from Gloucester Rugby's famous Kingsholm Stadium.

MILESTONES

1987 - Allcooper Alarms was established in Gloucester by father and son, Gerard and Gary Cooper

1987 - Gerard's brother, Roman Cooper, joined the family business as its first apprentice shortly after it was established

1990 - Allcooper moved into its first permanent premises in Oxstalls Way, Gloucester

1993 - Relocated to Insley Gardens, Hucclecote, Gloucester

1994 - Allcooper awarded the Gold Standard for security systems by the National Security Inspectorate (NSI)

1996 - Relocated to New Chambers, Hucclecote, Gloucester

2008 - Winners of Coutts Family Business of the Year award

2013 - Acquisition of South East-based security business, Meridian Surveillance Systems

2015 - Opening of London office in Marble Arch

2015 - Acquisition of West Midlands-based security business, Executive Security and office in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire

2016 - Launch of Allcooper Garrisons and Gerard Cooper Security Consultants (private client security solutions and consultancy divisions)

2017 - Celebrated 30th anniversary and relocated to current head office at Kingsholm, Gloucester

Read more about the opening of Allcooper's Kingsholm office and 30th anniversary celebrations

To find out more about Allcooper, call 01452 372626

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