SIRS acquired by Carnoustie Resources Ltd
Strategic Intelligence and Risk Services (Europe) Ltd, commonly known as ‘SIRS’ (or SIRS Europe), has announced that it is the latest addition to the fast-growing Carnoustie Group, headed by Chris Phillips.
And the positive news is that the current SIRS MD Keith Stowell will continue to be at the helm of the business, so all current customer services will continue, together with the SIRS name, and so it will be ‘business as usual’ but with some added value coming from the wider product offering.
SIRS specialise in all-round investigation, tracing of people, companies and assets worldwide and work for a large number of customers including UK Government departments, local councils, Government Insolvency Service, legal firms, insurance companies, insolvency practitioners, regulatory bodies, compliance specialists and firms across commerce, finance and industry. This deal will mean that SIRS can provide an increased product offering to both existing and new clients.
Carnoustie Resources Ltd trading as CARN Global was formed in 2011 by a combination of professionals with experience in online intelligence gathering, marketing and brand management.
Powered by unique data gathering and information discovery technology and supported by an expert team of data investigators, CARN works with clients in a range of sectors including Legal, Insolvency and the Financial Sectors.
Based in Kent and Devon, its experienced investigative team are experts in the use of Open Source intelligence for security, fraud investigations, due diligence and business intelligence. The business supplies cutting-edge web intelligence technology and ‘Big Data’ analysis solutions to key decision-makers.
Keith Stowell set up his first company in 1971 and the business quickly developed into the largest all-round investigation, tracing and collections business in the UK, processing hundreds of thousands of cases of all descriptions.
Due to various mergers and acquisitions, it changed its name to Strategic Intelligence and Risk Services in 2010, which is the business that has been acquired by Carnoustie Resources. SIRS has offices in London, Surrey and Leeds.
Keith Stowell said: “It is fantastic to have joined forces with another Investigative Group and I believe that between us we will become a ‘formidable force’. The joining together of different skills and experience within the same industry provides for a brilliant future together. All SIRS staff will be retained and the deal will mean that I will keep control of the customer facing elements of the business whilst allowing the CARN Group to grow the combined business’ in new markets.”
Welcoming Keith Stowell to the CARN team, Chris Phillips said: “SIRS are experts in their field and represent an important addition to the Carnoustie Group, and now the combined offering will be good for both ours and their customers moving forward. Keith is almost legendary in the investigation sector and it will be good to have his expertise onboard.”
Notes to editors
Keith Stowell: Keith has a military background and entered the world of investigation more than 40 years ago.
Initially becoming a specialist undercover operator for four years, he worked, amongst other things, as a gold and silver bullion porter, truck driver and croupier.
He then gained valuable experience with London’s then leading detective agency, in most forms of private and commercial investigations. He led many surveillance operations across the world, altogether in more than twenty jurisdictions. His undercover assignments resulted in a number of successful convictions.
SIRS: The company’s key customers include government insolvency service/insolvency practitioners; local councils and government departments; regulatory bodies/compliance specialists; the legal profession; commerce and industry; insurance companies; high net worth individuals and the finance industry.
CARN: With the Head Office in Kent, UK, and now bases in the South West of England and Gibraltar, CARN Global has the knowledge and accessibility of a regional company, combined with the capability and reach of an international organisation