‘Security with integrity’ a successful formula for fast-growing business

Security with integrity is proving to be successful formula for fast-growing business

The founder and boss of a Manchester-based security company is enjoying soaring growth as a result of its strong ethical values.

Aged just 28, Tony Bourke has grown StrongGuard Security UK into a company which now employs nearly 100 people across the UK.

The nightclub security worker-turned-managing director has worked many areas of security, including government, aviation, the prison service, secure forensic unit, consultancy and investigations before launching his company in 2011.

Bourke’s unique selling point was StrongGuard’s belief in offering “security with integrity”, he said.

“When I worked for Government security and the prison service, the corruption I encountered was horrendous,” said the Liverpudlian.

He said he was so disgusted by cuts being made to staffing levels in the prisons, he offered to walk out himself instead of longer serving employees being made redundant.

StrongGuard began with a turnover of just £5,000 before word spread and revenue has now increased off the scale, said Bourke.

A major factor in the company’s growth proved to be when StrongGuard began offering concierge and security services as part of a dual role in properties.

“This proved very popular,” said Bourke. “So much so it has now been copied by some of our main rivals.

“But I’ve found the way to succeed is to be an organisation which people can trust and which offers something that is valued and needed.”

The company’s impressive list of clients includes RG Group, LIV Group; Randall & Rittner; Delph Property; Hudson Bay, private health care sector and many more.

StrongGuard Security also works in the leisure industry at premieres, as bars, clubs, casinos and at small to large events with services including crowd management.

Its offering includes manned guarding, mobile patrols, concierge/reception security, construction site security, door supervision, retail security, keyholding and alarm response services.

The company is also planning to open an office in Spain as a platform to launch its services into Europe.

It is also opening up its security systems offering again in the summer offering CCTV, intruder /fire alarm detection systems, emergency lighting along with cleaning services.