Arlene Foster – Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment in Northern Ireland – has officially opened a new Belfast headquarters for Securitas Security Services (UK), with the ceremony marking the company’s long-term commitment to the region.
The opening of the new 3,000 square foot building heralds Securitas Security Services (UK)’s positive impact on the local economy.
In a significant commitment to the region by the global industry leader, the Belfast premises will be home to Securitas’ 350-plus staff operating across Northern Ireland.
Minister Foster commented: “This office opening is a significant milestone for Securitas, and enable the company to strengthen its competitive position. Securitas has a strong and established presence in Northern Ireland, and the company’s continued commitment reinforces the message that Belfast is a good place to do business.”
Security solutions for over 100 businesses
Securitas has operated out of the city since 2002, and is the only company in Northern Ireland which can deliver province-wide key holding alarm response and patrols from its three bases (in Belfast, Limavady and Fivemiletown).
The new Belfast office cements the company’s presence in Northern Ireland, where it already offers a diverse range of security solutions to more than 100 businesses.
End users of Securitas solutions incloude Stena Line, Thales, Siemens, Sainsbury’s and the Northern Ireland Science Park, with Securitas personnel providing services including Front of House, retail and commercial security, controlled response and loss prevention support.
A recent contract win has placed Securitas wardens across Antrim Borough as part of a community safety project tackling anti-social behaviour in priority areas and reducing residents’ fear of crime. The contract will see Securitas staff engaging with local youths in evening patrols in a bid to encourage them towards more positive activities. Gathered intelligence will be fed through to the relevant statutory agencies.
Set to boost employment
With rapid deployment of security personnel a core part of Securitas’ business, the opening of the headquarters is expected to boost employment. Job creation is anticipated within six months.
Securitas has a policy of staffing 30% over all contracted personnel to ensure it can meet customer demand, which will lead to further employment opportunities moving forward.
City dignitaries (including Chamber of Commerce CEO Ann McGregor MBE) also attended the office opening. In an address to guests, McGregor said: “As CEO of Northern Ireland Chambers I’m delighted to see an organisation like Securitas, which is a globally-recognised brand, demonstrating its commitment to Northern Ireland.”
McGregor continued: “We’re dedicated to working alongside the Government to drive the economy. We launched a campaign last year called ‘Growing Something Brilliant’ to set a mood of confidence and optimism in the business community as a catalyst for change. Our core message is that the economy is on the up, but it will not gather momentum unless we each play a part. With more than 350 staff already employed here, and with these wonderful new premises, Securitas is already an example of a company growing something brilliant.”
Local experience: driving the business forward
Commenting on the new office opening, Securitas Country President Brian Riis Nielsen said: “It’s a fantastic recognition of the commitment and expertise of our Northern Ireland workforce that we are celebrating the launch of our Belfast headquarters.”
Nielsen added: “While Securitas is a global knowledge leader within this industry, it’s our local experience that defines success and drives our business forward. We look forward to building on our firm foundations in this region, and hope our long term growth plans will also help boost employment in the area.”