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Security PR specialist Catalyst Communications wins prestigious accolade at 2015 Business Excellence Awards

Niche PR specialist Catalyst Communications – an organisation serving several clients in the security sector – has won Acquisition International magazine’s Award for Excellence in Technology-Focused Communications, which itself is part of the Business Excellence Awards.

Voted for by a worldwide network of professionals, advisers, clients, peers and business insiders, the Acquisition International Business Excellence Awards celebrate those individuals and firms whose commitment to excellence sees them exceeding clients’ expectations on a daily basis while setting the bar for others in their industry.

“It’s a great honour to have won this prestigious award and we’re absolutely delighted,” said Vibeke Ulmann, managing partner of Catalyst Communications. “We’ve always aimed to provide our clients with the very best service and this Business Excellence Award obviously helps to highlight our communications strengths in the niche technology PR domain.”

Catalyst Communications has won a prestigious category at the 2015 Business Excellence Awards

Catalyst Communications has won a prestigious category at the 2015 Business Excellence Awards

Catalyst boasts a small but uniquely-experienced team that has delivered programmes for science and technology companies around the world through the simple process of listening to their needs and constructing individual PR campaigns that recognise their unique vision.

The company’s clients include operations in the security and surveillance sectors (among them AMG Systems and Navtech Radar), life sciences, imaging and microscopy, green technology, business intelligence and computing.

Nathan Angell, awards executive from Acquisition International’s Business Excellence Awards, said: “Our Business Excellence Awards are quickly becoming very popular, with businesses all over the globe eager to showcase the amazing work they’ve been doing to achieve stellar results for their clients while really setting the standards for what can be achieved in their sector.”

Angell continued: “We’re proud to include Catalyst among those being showcased as some of the most innovative and committed organisations from across the business world. This year’s winners can be rightly proud of the game-changing work they’ve been doing over the past 12 months.”

The Business Excellence Awards were launched to highlight and celebrate the outstanding performance and results achieved by the industry’s leading lights in what still proves to be an extremely competitive market.

Vibeke Ulmann: managing partner at Catalyst Communications

Vibeke Ulmann: managing partner at Catalyst Communications

The organisers always aim to identify and honour the most respected companies and their C-level executives, while at the same time recognising and rewarding outstanding success, innovation and ethics across international business communities.

*Find out more about Catalyst Communications at: www.catalystpr.com

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The Shield Group named UK’s ‘Security Solutions Specialist of the Year’

The Shield Group – the UK’s largest independent Total Security Solutions provider – has been named ‘Security Solutions Specialist of the Year’ at Acquisition International’s prestigious M&A Awards 2014.

Now in its third year, AI’s M&A Awards recognise and celebrate the stellar achievements of financial advisers, financiers and service providers pinpointed for demonstrable expertise in their specialised fields, with each award category being nominated for by clients and peers.

The awards are bestowed solely on the basis of merit to commend exceptional service over the last 12 months.

Acquisition International is a popular monthly financial magazine with a global circulation positioned to reach influential deal makers and senior financial professionals.

Leading national security provider

The Shield Group is an award-winning total security solutions company which has been at the forefront of the industry since its inception 25 years ago. The group has been recognised following a successful acquisition by India’s largest security company, Topsgrup, which was led by executive chairman Dr Richie Nanda.

Dr Richie Nanda: executive chairman at The Shield Group

Dr Richie Nanda: executive chairman at The Shield Group

In July 2012, Dr Nanda completed a £19.5 million acquisition of The Shield Group, initiated with a 51% controlling stake in 2008. The acquisition enabled the company to make vital in-roads into the regional UK security market, in turn transforming The Shield Group into a leading national security provider.

The company has since launched several new offices across the UK, including its regional headquarters in Manchester, increased staffing numbers to 2,500 and the number of customers it serves to 400.

In addition, The Shield Group has hired seven managing and regional directors, invested over £1 million to realise an NSI Gold certified Alarm Monitoring Centre in Preston and launched new business divisions – Shield Guarding and Shield Strategic Solutions with sub-verticals Shield Consults, Shield Monitoring Services and Shield Vetting – to offer bespoke security services to clients.

Furthermore, under Dr Nanda’s leadership the business has secured a number of high-profile contracts, including The Imperial War Museum and Bournemouth University.

All of these changes helped increase revenues from £61 million (2013) to £81million (projected for 2014).

With a growth in EBIDTA of 67% from the last financial year, the combined turnover for Topsgrup and Shield this financial year is expected to be £170 million.

Increased growth, new business wins

“We are truly excited to have been named the Security Solutions Specialist of the Year,” said Dr Richie Nanda. “We have had an exceptional 12 months with increasing growth and new business wins. This award is testament to the team’s remarkable work ethic and our world class services and products. Though this award brings great pride to The Shield Group, it also brings a lot of responsibility and we endeavour to uphold the trust and loyalty that our clients place in our services.”

John Roddy: CEO at The Shield Group

John Roddy: CEO at The Shield Group

Also speaking about the award win, John Roddy (CEO of The Shield Group) added: “This is great news. I’m pleased for everyone at The Shield Group. We place a lot of emphasis on our specialised security model, Total Security Solutions (TSS), which is paying dividends. The acquisition from Topsgrup has allowed us to combine expertise and innovative knowledge to better our offering to clients while at the same time benefiting from economies of scale. This is further endorsement of our benchmarking security solution offering, and we look forward to the challenge of continuing the tradition of pushing innovation within the sector.”

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