Founder John Harvey has returned to the helm at The Protector Group as Chief Executive 20 years after he launched the business – and in time to oversee its successful work at the recent Commonwealth Games.
The Gateshead Company’s significant contract to secure three separate Glasgow venues, follows its successful operation to secure equestrian events at the London 2012 Olympics.
And, last weekend it began its latest high-profile sporting contract – providing surveillance and security staff for the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy.
Harvey founded the company in September 1994 which means this year is their 20th anniversary, and watched it grow to an £8m a year business, employing over 200 people.
Earlier this year he was persuaded by Lord Stevens and other investors to return as chief executive officer, as the company experiences a healthy return to steady growth.
Harvey, who served as a Royal Marine for six years, said: “It’s great to be back at the helm, and even more so as it comes at a great time for the business in winning and successfully completing the Commonwealth Games contract.
“The Protector Group provided security for three separate venues and received no performance penalties whatsoever and met strict standards for each of the days at the event.
“It was a superb demonstration of the capabilities we have in the company. The Games’ organisers have been in touch to thanks us for exemplary performance and this follows similar comments we received after the London Olympics.”
The Protector Group, which is based on the Team Valley, employed 198 security officers at the three Glasgow venues: Kelvin Grove for the outdoor bowls, a 30 acre transport space where dignitaries were transited to and from the Games, and the city’s Glasgow Festival entertainment and music venue which ran alongside the Games and attracted almost 250,000 people.
Protector provided security and stewarding for the venues, some of which was completed using high specification Rapiscan equipment commonly used at airports.
“Our reputation for undertaking these major jobs is helping us win legacy business as the new security contract for the equestrian games in France demonstrates.”
At the 2012 London Olympics, with senior members of the royal family among the 25,000-strong daily crowds at Greenwich Park, Protector’s bespoke security camera network ensured the competition passed without incident.
The 2014 World Equestrian Games in France follows on from Protector’s success securing the 2010 games in Kentucky, and it has now undertaken around a dozen such jobs for the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) in conjunction with London-based security company Quest.
Protector is now stepping up its in-house training offering which will help it upskill own workforce in health and safety, customers service and other skills whilst bidding for contracts with local authorities and licensed security companies.
The company’s improved performance has seen sales rise from £6.2m to £6.9m in the year ending September 30, 2013 and revenues are expected to top £8.2m by the end of September this year.
As well as its Gateshead head office it has branches in Hull, London, and Manchester Scotland and employs over 200 staff.
Harvey is supported by joint managing directors Derrick Halliwell and Ken Slater, working alongside chairman Lord Stevens.
Protector places a strong emphasis on using the latest technology and has developed a sophisticated suite of electronic security equipment, supported by remote monitoring.
It employs 40 skilled engineers at its Gateshead headquarters and has developed its own IP designs which include the Bastion CCTV system, a stand-alone column-mounted CCTV camera offering, and the robust Lewis Trailer which provides portable standalone security coverage. The Company also works alongside its customer base to assist in reducing carbon footprints by deployment of battery operated CCTV systems.