Mayor opens doors to firm’s new TeesAMP facility

Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen officially opened the doors to a leading security
firm’s new state-of-the-art offices and training facility.

Close Protection Security’s new unit is based at TeesAMP, the £22.5m cutting-edge
technology park supported by £7.65m from Tees Valley Combined Authority.
Close Protection Security was set up by Glenn Bartlett in March 2017 with just two
staff and, following a period of huge expansion, the company now employs more
than 70 personnel with new opportunities to grow further.

The firm works extensively across the Tees region and has recently secured major
contracts with local businesses such as Middlesbrough FC, Psyche, AV Dawson and
Teesside International Airport.

The growth of the business, which now turns over more than £1m per year, has
meant that it quickly outgrew its former premises. Its new high-quality business
accommodation features an onsite gym for employees as well as meeting rooms and
training facilities.

To meet its ambitious growth plans, the forward-thinking security company has
further signed an agreement with Middlesbrough College to deliver accredited
courses in security, leading to a route to employment for people interested in the

It provides all aspects of accredited security training courses from door supervision
to advanced close protection along with first aid at work and physical intervention

Mayor Houchen said: “I’m delighted to see another local business, growing rapidly
and delivering a fantastic service and product to other high-profile local businesses.
“This new facility is superb and brilliant example of a business within Teesside,
Darlington and Hartlepool succeeding and growing through innovation and ambition.

“Glenn is a prime example to be able inspire others. This new training facility, in
partnership with Middlesbrough College, will be of huge benefit to the region
delivering close protection and security accreditation to meet the growing demands
for such jobs.”

Glenn Bartlett, Close Protection Security’s managing director, added; “I’m delighted
that Ben took time out to come and open our superb new facility here at TeesAMP.
Close Protection Security are growing from strength to strength and that is in part
down to the many new opportunities that are arising here in Tees Valley.
“We’ve been fortunate to win some great contracts at the likes of Teesside Airport,
AV Dawson and to supply brand ambassadors to help launch the UK’s first e-

“We’re really excited for our future, working with Middlesbrough College, to get our
first cohort of students through our doors and to keep raising the standards of
security for Tees Valley and beyond.”