Remarkable growth of security firm celebrated by old TA pals as Mayor calls in to mark milestone

An East Yorkshire security specialist is celebrating 20 years of protecting businesses and organisations from crime, having gone from a small team to 600 employees working across the North.

Shield Security initially offered property guarding patrols to businesses in Hull and East Yorkshire.Now it covers Yorkshire, Manchester and Newcastle, and has marked the milestone in spectacular fashion, with turnover having passed the £10 million mark.

Covering almost every aspect of security and surveillance, clients include local authorities, NHS Trusts and many of the leading local business names.

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Managing director David Frank, who established the company with business partner Phil Mackay in 2003, said: “After 20 years the business is performing as well as ever and this has been one of our best years, which reflects the success we continue to have. We’ve evolved over the years to ensure we have remained at the forefront of the industry, and that has meant that we’ve added many extra services in that time.

“Our business was established as a guarding service, and that remains an essential element of our work today, particularly in the retail environment and also in the NHS at doctors surgeries, but a huge part of our work now is the installation of CCTV and alarm systems, which we monitor in our 24-hour control room, providing immediate response when required.”

Mr Mackay said the success of the business has been down to instilling values, which have essentially been focussed around being ‘a good company to work for and with’.

“We’ve always tried to just be a good business, and by that we mean a good business that our staff enjoy working for, and one our clients enjoy dealing with. We’ve had a ‘can do’ attitude from day one and that is reflected in how we provide responsive, flexible and innovative services,” he said.

Staff celebrate 20 years of Shield Security with directors and the Mayor of Hull.
Staff celebrate 20 years of Shield Security with directors and the Mayor of Hull.

To celebrate the milestone of 20 years a celebration event was held at the company headquarters in Priory Park East, Hull, attended by Lord Mayor of Hull, Cllr Kalvin Neal, who was a former colleague of Mr Frank and Mr Mackay in their days in the Territorial Army, before Shield was formed. Cllr Neal unveiled a plaque and handed out long-service awards to staff who have been with Shield for 15 years or more.

“It was really nice to get our staff together and celebrate all the business has achieved over the past 20 years, as is the staff who make us what we are,” Mr Frank said. “We are a team who come to work to do a good job, but also enjoy what we doI think that has been the secret to our success.

“To be presented the plaque by Kalvin, given our background together at the TA when myself and Phil met and worked together in the local recruiting team made it extra special. It was good to be able to catch up and celebrate what we have achieved.”

Original artice – https://business-live.co.uk/all-about/yorkshire-humber

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