Sparta targets expansion after more contract wins

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A fast-growing security firm has revealed big growth ambitions as it continues to pick up major contracts across the Tees Valley.

Darlington-based Sparta Security says it hopes to create hundreds of new jobs and more than double turnover over the next two years after winning a raft of contracts throughout the North-East and Yorkshire.

Sparta’s ambitious founder and chairman, Francis Jones, believes he has set an achievable aim after growing his annual turnover to £1.5m.

With more than 25 years’ experience in security, he launched the business ten years ago, and now employs more than 70 full-time staff, made up mainly of his Task Force security team.

Sparta has also invested more than £300,000 in a fleet of high-tech vehicles in recent years – his latest an eye-catching hybrid truck – ensuring his staff are fully equipped to keep their clients’ properties secure.

“We continue to grow and we’re ambitious,” says Francis.

“At the rate we’re winning new work, it’s our aim to get to £3.5m turnover within the next two years – and we don’t think that’s insurmountable.

“Our reputation for providing a secure, professional service is growing – not just across the Tees Valley region, but throughout the North-East.”

That deal came hot on the heels of a contract with Volvo, based off Portrack Lane in Stockton, who have undertaken Sparta’s extensive preventative measures, as well as signing up for the reassurance of the day and night patrols at their showrooms.

From its Darlington roots, Sparta has branched out to a new bases in Hurworth-on-Tees, Newton Aycliffe and Leeds, where companies are queuing up to use its bespoke services, including a 20-man task force patrol team made up of exforces personnel, CCTV, guard dogs, 24/7 surveillance and the newest technology.

Sparta’s impressive client list on the vast Aycliffe Business Park includes kitchen manufacturer PWS, logistics firm Stiller Warehousing and Distribution and Warrens Group, which runs the waste-to-energy site formerly known as Emerald Biogas, as well as more than 20 other smaller firms.

And Sparta’s close links to Durham Police helped secure a firm ring around clients’ locked down premises, adding to the firm’s growing reputation.

Their presence was 24/7 and their white vans and SIA-certified guards, largely made up of ex-military personnel, constantly patrolled every street and corner of the area with the latest hi-tech equipment, CCTV and night and day patrols.

Further afield, Sparta looks after the Raby Estate, ISG International, EDF Energy, Bellway Homes and the Ministry of Defence, and has also recently won new contracts in Sunderland and Leeds.

Francis added: “We’re delighted with the new work, but we’re geared up for growth and we have the capacity and the manpower to take on new clients with premises of all shapes and sizes.”