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Close Protection Security directors Chris Petty, Glenn Bartlett and James Wilcock with AV Dawson procurement manager Jayne Cruddas.
Jane Imrie

Security firm secures £1m turnover success with six-figure contract win

A Teesside firm has hit £1m turnover in its first year after signing a six-figure contract with logistics giant AV Dawson.

Close Protection Security (CPS) has secured a two-year contract with the logistics group to provide round-the-clock security at five of the firm’s sites.

CPS managing director Glenn Bartlett expanded: “Securing a deal with AV Dawson is testament to our professionalism and fast-growing reputation for setting the bar much higher than customers often associate with the security sector.

“Not only do we provide a first point of contact for those arriving at AV Dawson’s gatehouse but we also provide port facility security, assisting the client with checks on vessels arriving at what’s known as the hard area.”

Jayne Cruddas, AV Dawson’s procurement manager, added: “When reviewing our security needs, it was paramount that we partnered with a company that was adaptable and able to offer a bespoke service to suit our individual requirements.

“As a port operator it is crucial to operations that we maintain the highest level of security. CPS have delivered this in a professional manner providing a visible and reliable security presence on site.”

Run by directors Glenn Bartlett, Chris Petty and James Wilcock, CPS now has a team of more than 50 staff, operating from a base on grounds of Teesside International Airport.

The firm, which has recently secured deals with Middlesbrough FC, haulage firm Scott Bros, has further plans for expansion in 2020.

CPS director Chris Petty commented: “We’ve won work from another blue chip client because we’re bringing a new level of expertise and reliability to the much-maligned security sector.

“We’ve had an exciting year – but we’re planning for better still over the next 12 months.”

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