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East Midland-based company, Foremost Security, are celebrating ten years in business this month. While lockdown may restrict their planned celebrations, a pandemic is only the latest challenge to be weathered, the firm says, pointing to how it’s become one of the largest independent security firms in the region.
The Nottingham-based company points to its seamless takeover of Cerberus Facilities Management. Having been approached by the Nottingham-based security provider in 2019 to discuss a possible deal, Foremost negotiated the purchase, and retained and secured some 80pc of Cerberus’s clients – despite them having been historically and significantly undercharged, Foremost reports. Foremost Security has seen an increase in revenue from £1.2m to over £3m.
Matt Prince, Sales & Marketing Director, says: “I had no previous experience in the industry, but thankfully there was enough expertise and commitment within the team to make sure I learned everything I needed – and more – in a short space of time. Every day is different, the people are great and the variety of clients we have is fantastic. What I initially thought of a ‘a job’ soon turned out to be a career and I quickly began to live and breathe Foremost!
“The team and I have a clear path for the future, and we have set the milestones we want to reach together. We achieved substantial growth in a competitive market despite some significant challenges, and this is in no small way due to the positive attitude and high values we apply to everything we do.”
As for the future, Matt and Managing Director, Paul Ritchie, see their key-holding and alarm response client base growing to over 1000 by the end of this year. Even with the modest growth on their current Manned Guarding hours of 4000 per week, the team still have a focus on further growing their other services – key holding, mobile patrols and ‘Lock and Unlocks’ across the East Midlands. With a goal to exceed £5m turnover within three years.
In the last 12 months Foremost have welcomed four new staff members, including a BDM (business development manager). They have added two new vans to their fleet, which now boasts eight professionally liveried vehicles. The company is reviewing their office location with a view to making a move in spring 2021.