A fast-growing Teesside firm has achieved a £1m first-year turnover after signing a two-year, six-figure fee to provide round-the-clock security at five sites owned by logistics giant, AV Dawson.
Close Protection Security (CPS) is providing 24-hour, seven-days-a-week security to the long-established Middlesbrough firm including manned security on AV Dawson’s main gate, mobile patrols, CCTV and port arrivals.
The AV Dawson contract follows similar CPS contract wins with blue-chip Teesside brands including Psyche, Middlesbrough Football Club, Teesside International Airport and Scott Bros.
The firm, who now have a team of more than 50 operating from the airport’s grounds, plans further expansion in 2020 after “a year of rapid expansion”.
CPS recently agreed a deal to provide on-site security staffing to Middlesbrough FC at both the Riverside Stadium and the Rockliffe Park training ground.
They now act as security partners for Psyche, the high-profile clothing retailer with stores in Middlesbrough and Durham.
They also provide patrols around the land side of the airport, along with an established security detail for the St George Hotel on the airport site and services to high-profile clients using the airport.
CPS also signed a six-figure deal to provide security services for sites in Haverton Hill, Stockton, and Grangetown, near Redcar, for Scott Bros, specialists in haulage, plant hire and recycling contract services.
Close Protection Security, which is run by directors Glenn Bartlett, Chris Petty and James Wilcock, has also provided protection for a number of high-profile celebrities on visits to the region.
Jayne Cruddas, AV Dawson’s procurement manager, said. “When reviewing our security needs, it was paramount that we partnered with a company that was adaptable and able to offer a bespoke service to suit our individual requirements.
“As a port operator it is crucial to operations that we maintain the highest level of security. CPS have delivered this in a professional manner providing a visible and reliable security presence on site.”
CPS managing director Glenn Bartlett said: “Securing a deal with AV Dawson is testament to our professionalism and fast-growing reputation for setting the bar much higher than customers often associate with the security sector.
“Our uniformed staff make a positive and professional first impression, we’re reliable, provide a first class service with a personal touch, and we’ve embraced technology too. We offer a mobile web interface that allows clients to check where our security patrols are at any single time.
“Not only do we provide a first point of contact for those arriving at AV Dawson’s gatehouse but we also provide port facility security, assisting the client with checks on vessels arriving at what’s known as the hard area.
Fellow director Chris Petty added: “We’ve won work from another blue chip client because we’re bringing a new level of expertise and reliability to the much-maligned security sector. We’ve had an exciting year – but we’re planning for better still over the next 12 months.”
CPS won the contract soon after Glenn was responsible for helping to respectfully move on a group of travellers who had broken into an AV Dawson site.
The firm is also providing facilities management to AV Dawson.
• Pictured top: Close Protection Security directors Chris Petty, Glenn Bartlett and James Wilcock with AV Dawson procurement manager Jayne Cruddas.