Multi-million pound security specialist expands its presence to Scotland


A MULTI-million pound security specialist is hoping to capitalise on the raft of regeneration in Scotland, and potentially create up to 200 jobs, by opening its latest office in the centre of Glasgow.

Servo Group, which already has offices in Leeds, Manchester and London has targeted the Scottish security market as key to its expansion, following a raft of recent contract wins which include Glasgow and Inverness and a wealth of new opportunities in the pipeline.

Its new office is based in Regent Street, in the heart of Glasgow city centre and it will be an accessible point of contact for the multi-service provider’s current Scottish contracts, which are growing exponentially, and some of the new work it is currently tendering for.

Servo is a fast-growing multi-service provider, offering SIA-licensed guarding, CCTV, and cleaning to a host of national clients. The firm has enjoyed national expansion since its inception, doubling its turnover and boosting its portfolio with the addition of high-profile clients in the rail, energy, construction and local authority sectors. As part of its growth into Scotland the firm hopes to win some major, multi-year contracts which it predicts could create around 200 jobs in the next two years.

Jack Hill, Servo’s Commercial Manager said: “We’re excited by the regeneration opportunities which are taking place in Glasgow, and Scotland as a whole at the moment given the recent announcement of ‘levelling up’ funding which should encourage enhanced regeneration and a major boost in industries such as construction, transport and renewable energy, which form a significant part of our client base. We have recently enjoyed new client wins in Inverness and Glasgow, and our new office will give us a pivotal base to develop these contracts along with further expansion. As a business, Servo has contributed massively to the local economy in other parts of the country, particularly Yorkshire and the North-West, through some major security and facilities management contracts, and London and the South East through our rail contracts. We’re looking forward to having a similar impact in Scotland and I’m incredibly excited about this new opportunity.”

It was recently announced that six key projects in Scotland, will benefit from more than £110 million worth of levelling up funding, including a £15 million boost for Glasgow City Council to improve its connectivity into Drumchapel town centre, along with retail opportunities, and £37.4 million that is being invested in the creation of new commercial buildings, cycling and walking routes and electric vehicle infrastructure across North and South Ayrshire – the second highest single project award in this round of the UK Government’s levelling-up fund.

Scotland has also enjoyed huge growth in the energy sector, with its renewable electricity market almost tripling in the past decade and now employing over 2700 people. With recent contract wins with global renewable energy firm Orsted and independent power producer Conrad Energy, this is an area of expansion for Servo Group too.

As part of its expansion, Servo is also keen to expand its social value initiatives into the Glasgow area, targeting collaborations with local charity initiatives and sustainability projects, which is an integral part of its own focus as an ISO 14001, and Alcumus Gold accredited company.

Leeds-headquartered Servo, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this month, now employs over 1500 operatives working around the UK, and its new office in Glasgow will be the sixth that it opens.

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