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Regent Cleaning enters security services market

Britain’s fastest-growing contract cleaning provider, Regent has diversified into the security services market with the acquisition of leading Midlands service provider, Premier Security Services.

£3.5m turnover Leicester-based Premier specialises in tailored security services for commercial and retail environments spanning guarding, patrols, keyholding and systems.
Its consultancy and advisory service additionally devises security programmes tailored to individual client requirements, mixing ground-breaking technologies with traditional, established methodologies.

Coventry-based Regent’s entry to the security market draws both on the successful service model established within its cleaning business and from the security market expertise inherent within its parent company, Samsic Group.

Security is just one of a range of services offered by the £1 billion turnover company, France’s second largest cleaning contractor.

Since its creation in 1986, Samsic has grown into an international force with more than 54,000 employees operating from nearly 230 locations across Europe on behalf of a client bases totaling over 20,000 organisations.

Samsic Security is a £130m turnover business employing 3400 employees at 11 offices across France, providing a wide range of services including guarding, electronic surveillance, fire risk assessment and prevention; porterage and reception staffing, training.

The operating structure of Premier Security Services will be unchanged by the Regent acquisition and the company continues to be managed by directors Andrew Hallam and Gary Sheffield.

"We are very pleased to have Premier Security Services joining us under the stewardship of Andrew and Gary and look forward to progressing our mutual aims for business development in an exciting and challenging marketplace," said Regent joint managing director Jonathan King.

The UK market for security is expected to increase by 1% in nominal terms this year (2010) to nearly £3.3 billion, partly offsetting the 3% decline recorded in 2009, according to the UK Manned Security Market Research Report from MBD.

Slightly stronger annual growth of between 3% and 5% was reported in the years 2006 to 2008, reaching a peak in market value of £3.34 billion in the latter year.

Growth has mainly been driven by the expanding CiT and custodial services sectors, as well as by security guarding companies increasingly offering more integrated security solutions.

The value of the security guarding market is anticipated to increase throughout the five-year forecast period up to 2015, with annual growth levels expected to fluctuate between 2% and 4% in real terms.

In 2015, the value of the market is forecast to reach around £3.75 billion (at 2010 prices), equivalent to an overall growth of 14% in real terms.

"Security is a natural service development for Regent," says Jonathan King.

"We are already proven in successful skills management within a wide range of commercial and public sector environments, an increasing number of whose owners are realising new benefit in sourcing services with complementary needs such as security from a key existing partner."

Premier Security Services (Midlands) Ltd, Leicester Business Centre, 111 Ross Walk, Leicester LE4 5HH Tel.0116 268 9480 email

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Issued October 2010 by
petermuir public relations
Whiteleaf Business Centre, Buckingham Industrial Park, Buckingham MK18 1TF, UK
tel 00 44 (0) 1296 715228 Contact: Peter Muir

About Regent Cleaning

Operating from ten UK locations with 4500 employees, £26 million turnover Regent Cleaning is a major supplier of cleaning to private and public sector accounts in the commercial, leisure, healthcare and educational sectors. Founded in 1986, the company has grown by over 20% in the last year alone. Recent gains include the expansion of Regent's provision to the Ministry of Justice's Courts, the NHS BT (National Blood Service) premises, and Matthew Boulton College. In 2008, Regent Cleaning expanded market share and extended geographical reach with the acquisition of Birmingham-based Exclusive Support Services, which also has offices in London, Harwich and Manchester. In 2010, it entered the Scotland cleaning market with the acquisition of Precise Cleaning Services, brining it a further four regional offices. Further information at

About Samsic Group

Founded in 1986, Rennes-based Samsic fields over 40,000 employees from 200 locations on behalf of more than 10,000 clients across Europe. The company also owns subsidiaries in Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Spain and Portugal. Highly regarded for the quality of its service professionalism, Samsic has expanded from its core cleaning offer to undertake tasks ranging from security to recruitment and home domestic services on behalf of a wide customer base. Further information at  

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