We’re the first and only manned security company in the UK to make it as a Times Top 100 Employer. Ranked as the 89th Best SME in the UK to work for.
We are a Recognised Service Provider at the Real Living Wage Foundation.
3-star accreditation from Best Companies for our exceptional workplace engagement. We are the only security company in the UK to gain this accreditation.
Proud to be Disability Confident committed by ensuring our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible to all.
FGH Security was founded on 27th March 2003 with the mission and purpose of raising the standards in the UK Private Security Industry.
In early 2003, our very first customers were Grizedale and County Colleges at Lancaster University; we provided a team to work one night only for the Extravaganza parties.
At the time, Door Supervisors were still called Bouncers, and many wore bomber jackets and tracksuits and would smoke on the door. Extreme, unnecessary violence was commonplace, and it was not unusual for teams of Bouncers to meet for a few pints prior to starting work!
The training was different back then too; Door Supervisors took a one-day course and then applied for a licence with their local council. It cost £40 per year for the licence. Security Guards nationwide had no licence or training given.
We aimed to raise these standards. We created many new courses, implemented hundreds of procedures, and developed best practices in hospitality, security and incident management.
In 2005 we took on our first major Event Security contract – a small 800 capacity event in Kendal named Kendal Calling – little did we know at the time it would grow to the incredible 30,000 capacity event it is today.
Our team onsite at Kendal Calling has grown from just 15 in 2005 to over 350 at the 2019 festival.
2006 saw us establish a Security Guarding division, our first customer being Lancashire County Council. It also saw the introduction of the SIA and the SIA Approved Contractor Scheme. We helped pilot the scheme and played a part in drawing up the first workbook for the SIA. We were one of the first companies in the UK to hold SIA Approved Contractor Status – there are around 850 now. We continue to be SIA Accredited Contractors for the provision of Door Supervision and Security Guarding.
Since then we have continued to progress and make our mark on the industry to become the FGH you know today. And we like to think that we continue to play a leading role in raising the standard of the Security Industry.
We are the most decorated Private Security company in the UK and are the only Security Company ever to be recognised as a Times Top 100 Employer. As we continue to grow, we want to stay faithful to our vision and continue to Keep People Safe.
Peter Harrison gets his Door Licence and gets his first job on the door of Tiger Tiger, Manchester.2001
FGH Security is launched with the intention of raising the standards of Door Supervision at Lancaster University where Peter was studying.2003
The first office for FGH Security was opened in Lancaster in 2004.
FGH Security expands into Security Guarding with Lancashire Council being the first guarding customer.2005
FGH attended their first ever festival at Kendal Calling. Although this started as a smaller the job it now has a capacity of 30,000 and FGH are still their main supplier.2006
FGH Security achieves the ACS Contractor Accreditation
FGH wins a major contract to supply Manchester Pride.2008
Peter appeared on Dragon's Den to secure a loan to grow FGH Security. He received offers from all 5 dragons, but after reviewing the paperwork decided not to pursue the deal.2010
FGH Security open their second office in Manchester City Centre.2012
FGH Security wins a major a contract to supply one of the worlds most iconic festivals in the heart of Somerset.2015
FGH Security wins a major contract to supply Albert Schloss in Manchester.2015
Keeping People Safe mission statement agreed.2017
FGH Security opens their London office.2018
We have placed an order to secure three Tesla Cyber Trucks as soon as they are released in the UK. They will primarily be for use on our festivals and will be allocated to Operations Managers.2018
FGH Security wins contract for the Liverpool Cup Parade; the celebration of Liverpool winning the UEFA Champions League.2019
FGH Security are recognised as a Sunday Times Top 100 Best Company to work for.2019
A BID in London which covers Oxford Street, Regent Street and the surrounding areas.2021
FGH Security provide security provision for Europe's biggest Christmas festival.2021
FGH Security is selected as an Official Stewarding Provider for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.2022
We have a recruitment policy to attract the best possible candidates, often from outside the industry, and then retain them.
We know we are only as good as our people on the ground.
We know if we look after our people then they will look after our customers.
Local causes in the areas we operate in. We aim to make a real difference in the communities we operate in and help to support a number of localised charities, from Unique Kids through to CancerCare.
Over the years this has included a range of initiatives ranging from working with homeless charities through to donating and distributing toys to children’s charities at Christmas time.
Such as Movember which aims to raise awareness of the issues effecting men’s health in the UK. It’s not just about growing moustaches though as each year we organise a charity climb.
Our Evading Violent Encounters (EVE) scheme is a course which is completely funded by FGH and open to all. It aims to raise awareness of women when out in social situations or who work in any industry where they deal with the public how to avoid and remove themselves from potentially dangerous situations. It is our aim to have delivered this to over 10,000 across the country by 2022 at a range of festivals, events and venues, completely free of charge.
We work with the Woodland Trust to fully offset our carbon footprint each year and reduce this by 10% each year. Through our ISO 14001 accreditation, we aim to reduce the amount of waste we produce as a business each year and actively encourage our employees to think about the impact which they have. Together we’re trying to make the planet better.
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Management
Masters in Business Administration
Level 5 Certificate Crowd Science
Level 6 Diploma in Event Counter-Terrorism Risk Management
Solving complex problems and impressing customers.
Applying academic theories and the latest management models to real-life scenarios.
Forming long term strategic plans and creating a winning culture.
This is a really tough one. I am very fortunate to have such an amazing team around me and to be constantly offered so many opportunities with both FGH Security and the Royal Marines.
Highlights so far:
1. Appearing on BBC Dragons Den,
2. Climbing Mont Blanc,
3. Running 72 miles coast to coast,
4. Gaining my Green Beret,
5. Standing on stage with my team every time we win a new award.
I founded FGH Security when I was a first-year student aged 19. I was sick and tired of security companies treating my friends really badly. It was meant to be just a little bit of pocket money whilst I studied. By the time I graduated we had 60 people in our team so I decided to pursue it full time.
We have been very fortunate to have some amazing customers that have taken us on their growth journeys over the past fifteen years.
Every day is just amazing at work. I am very lucky to be involved in so many projects and to work with so many really great passionate people.
Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA)
Diploma in Crowd Science and Risk Analysis
Diploma in Strategic Risk and Crisis Management (Ongoing)
Personal – Raising 2 children
Professional – 2012 and 2018 awarded Police Commendations for work done towards public safety and reducing violent crime.
Ben joined FGH Security in 2007 after a 6-year career in retail. Starting life at FGH as a frontline employee, Ben has undertaken almost every role in the organisation and joined the Senior Management Team in 2014. Following a successful journey through to Head of Operations, Ben was appointed Operations Director in 2020.
Day to day, Ben oversees service delivery – ensuring that the frontline team are supported, and FGH are delivering the very best service for our customers. Ben is an active member of the Security Institute (MSyl) and the Institute of Strategic Risk Management (M.ISRM), Ben also sits on the Security Industry Authority (SIA) National Steering Group for Nighttime Economy.
I never went to University, I’ve always learned on the job and from absorbing everything I see and hear. I have a Prince2 qualification, IOSH Managing Safely and of course my SIA door supervision licence.
I specialise in change, standardisation and project management. I’m lucky enough that this is the favourite part of my job and I really enjoy it. I love working events and festivals and will never say no to giving up my weekends to work in our Control Room.
Chartered Security Professional
BA (Hons) Economics
Specialist in working with public and private sector stakeholders at a strategic level to make things safer for people. The best job in the world is being able to see the impact you can have helping people go about their lives and enjoy themselves safely.
Best professional achievement – being responsible for the operational policing of one of the most iconic cities in Europe. Also, completing all my graduate and post graduate qualifications in my own time after the age of 30.
Best personal achievements – completing the Pennine Way when I was 16, when no teenagers were interested in hill walking and cycling from John O’Groats to Lands End, for charity, in 11 days.
Over 30 years UK senior policing experience gained in the most challenging of environments, subject matter expert contributing to overseas policing reform.
Led on various aspects of transformation of private security regulation in the UK, in particular the development of standards for businesses operating in the industry. Contributed to the development of security regulation in the Middle East region.
A recognised ‘safer public space’ expert and keynote conference speaker with National Board experience for two Government recognised community safety accreditation schemes.
Business: business growth and diversification of a business from £50 – 95million.
Personal: has to always be my family and having a beautiful wife and three children I am very proud of.
After graduating with a degree in Retail Marketing from Manchester I spent 10 years working in retail including Aldi and opened the first 65 Lidl stores in the UK.
I then became the CEO of Carlisle Support Services leading that business for several years before moving as CEO to TCFM.
Most recently I owned until its sale in 2020 Bayleaf Facilities Management. Since then I have focused on developing a plural career acting as NED and advisor to several businesses.
Fellow of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
Post Grad Cert Psychology of Organisational Development and Change
Successfully managing two back to back TUPE of 500 staff to 7 different companies.
Getting planning permission for new student accommodation in Ambleside
Retiring at 55 then starting up my own business.
DSS/DWP Clerical Officer to Senior manager – 27 years
NHS – Executive Director of HR and Organisational Development 4 years
University of Cumbria – Executive Director of HR and Change – 3 years
Chief Operating Officer – 3 years
Whitworth Consulting Ltd – managing director 2017 to date.
MBA – Masters in Business Administration
Ba Hons- English Literature
Raising two children
I began my career working as a screening officer, responsible for vetting all new recruits to BS 7858. After this, I was promoted to project management and enjoyed learning about the business from a different perspective.
I recently took the role of Marketing Manager and am enjoying this new chapter of my career!
NEBOSH Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety
NEBOSH Diploma in Environmental Management
L5 Certificate in Leadership and Management
I really enjoy working across all areas of our business, provided pragmatic support and advice to help deliver our objectives. I have many years of broad ranging HSE experience across various sectors including security, retail, manufacturing and logistics. I’m particularly passionate about striving to achieve our Company Purpose – Keeping People Safe.
I’m really proud of serving my country as a Royal Marines Commando. I think I’ve effectively transferred many of the skills and experiences that I learned during my time in the military into my passion for HSE Management, supported by a number of academic qualifications.
Managing to balance my work life and home life (most of the time!) is definitely an achievement. I’m a very proud dad/step dad to 5 children ranging from 18 to 4 months
Having grown up in Lancaster (home of the FGH HQ) I ventured abroad to study Psychology at university in Oklahoma (USA). I returned to the UK and joined the Royal Marines in 2006. During my time in the military I served in Afghanistan before leaving after 7 action packed and enjoyable years. Its at this point I decided to specialise in Health, Safety and Environmental Management and enjoyed working in senior positions with organisations in the manufacturing, retail and security sectors.
A moveable Feast (Ernest Hemingway)
1st Class BSc Hons Accounting & Finance
Currently studying CIMA
Management Accounts Reporting
Professional – Helping set up in-house finance function
Level 3 Award in Education and Training
Level 3 Award in the Delivery of Conflict Management Training
Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Proccesses and Practice
Level 3 Award in First Aid at Word
Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment
Developing bespoke course development.
Personal: Keeping hold of Bob the ladies man
BA Hons- Business with International Management
My favourite side of Marketing is the analysis side.
Creating and implementing campaigns, and then being able to use data and figures to create new campaigns that outperform the previous one.
I’m also naturally quite creative, so coming up with ideas is a breeze.
My best professional achievement was the successful creation, translation and management of multiple websites in languages such as Norwegian and Portuguese for company partners located around the world.
On a personal level, I would say reaching the final 20 for a place on the ‘Young Apprentice’ when I was 14!
I graduated in 2017 from Northumbria University, and my first role was with an international company as a Global Web Content Executive, creating and running websites in multiple languages.
Since I’ve worked in Digital Marketing roles in both the tourism and housebuilding sectors.
As the new Marketing Manager at FGH Security, I am looking forward to the challenges and can’t wait to utilise my experience in assisting FGH Security for years to come.
L3 Business Administration
I enjoy being one of the first points of contact for potential employees to make them feel like part of the team before they commence employment.
Graduating 2 degrees without having a mid-life crisis.
I went to University in Newcastle for 4 years to study BSc Criminology and MSc Psychology. Throughout my time at University I worked in hospitality and once graduated I worked in the Nuclear Industry. In April 2021, I moved to FGH as a Screening Officer.
Introduction to Crowd Science (Square Metre Group)
Level 7 Diploma in Leadership and Management
BA (Hons): Religious Studies and Ethics
PGCE Secondary Education
SIA CCTV Qualification
Accredited AET trainer
Recruiting for specialized positions. Implementing new software and systems.
Working full time and creating 1.5 children (I’m currently pregnant).
I have been in hospitality for 10 years, started FOH but worked up to GM in chain and independent restaurants. I also was the ops manager for a kitchen collaboration with Deliveroo Editions.
Did my training with FGH, 2 years on the doors part time then took the jump into security as a full time career. Never looked back!!!
SIA Door Supervisor
APLH Personal Licence
IOSH Managing Safely
AET and Qualified Trainer
I enjoy working with the front line team, providing training and development and seeing people I’ve recruited and trained progress to supervision and management roles.
Professional – successfully running a Courteeners concert working with officers from 3 forces, experiencing zero major incidents.
Personal – completed two non-stop 100km+ endurance walks raising money for charity.
Worked in licensed trade management for nearly 20 years in a wide variety of premises. Whilst running Student Union venues, I had the time and opportunity to work security at festivals and worked part time front line for around 10 years, before making the switch full time just over a year ago.
Level 7 Diploma HR Management
BA Hons English Literature
Level 4 Award in Health & Safety
Level 4 Award in Internal Quality Assurance
I love to create precise and hopefully engaging word-based content and wage a one-man crusade against the grocer’s apostrophe, missing capital letters and the use of the word ‘bespoke’ in any context. It gives me the opportunity to wave business cards in the faces of those who told me I would never find a professional use for an English degree.
My proudest professional achievement is coming up with the phrase “Keeping People Safe” as well as being part of the management team that took FGH from a bunch of Door Supervisors in Lancaster to the embryo of what the company is today.
Personally, my greatest achievement is raising 4 wonderful children. It’s definitely not getting my first Black Belt in Aikido from the great Ulf Evenas back in 2012. Honest.
I have lived a super exciting life including graduating from Lancaster University, the University of Cumbria and the University of Central Lancashire (in that order) and working for a diverse range of high quality employers including FGH Security, myself and FGH Security again.
I first started with FGH Security in 2006 and I’ve spent most of my career in Learning and Development (15 years) and Security (12 years) note that some of these years overlap. I’m not that old. I have also spent a considerable amount of time raising 4 wonderful children and doing what my wife tells me to.
I also like outrageous geek stuff like Dungeons and Dragons.
I have also been informed by my 4-year-old that I like playing Om Nom Run with him. I dispute this claim.
Do you have a favourite mantra or saying?There is nothing good or bad but thinking makes it so.
I’d like to say Brothers Karamazov because I love it and it makes me sound smart, but I’d be lying. It’s Lord of the Rings.
Guiding potential employees by ensuring the recruitment process flows as smoothly as possible.
My best achievement was completing the Duke Of Edinburgh Award in 2015, an achievement I am particularly proud of.
I attended Lancaster & Morecambe College in 2015, and completed my NVQ Diploma in Performing Engineering Operations.
I have been using computers since I was 6 years old, and although I was enjoying Fabrication and Welding at the time, I decided to change course in my life and go for an administration role. I am very glad to have joined the FGH Security team.
Being the first point of contact for those who join FGH Security.
Starting my own cake company that I work on in my spare time.
I left school and started working in hairdressing, after a couple of years of studying I qualified as a Barber and started in a busy, city centre salon. I then decided to start my own cake business alongside working as a quality accessor in the Medical field.
BTEC QCF Double Diploma Business Level 3
Completing the Duke Of Edinburgh Award and achieving all distinctions in my business assessments.
I have just recently finished Cardinal Newman College after studying both BTEC Business and A-Level Sport.
Throughout my time at college I worked part-time for a traditional Sicilian restaurant in the kitchen making fresh pizzas. In September 2021, I started with FGH Security on a Business Administration Apprenticeship.
Level 3 in Award and Education in Training
Can also teach Conflict Management and Physical Intervention
Level 5 in Crowd Management
First Aid at Work – 1 day
Working towards Level 4 in Spectator Safety
Large scale events and festivals
Planning large deployments
L3 Award in Education and Training
L3 Award in Delivery of Conflict Management Training
L3 Award for Deliverers of Physical Intervention Training within the Private Security Industry
Physical Intervention Training and peer- assessing the delivery of fellow trainers
Facilitating the deployment of over 500 staff across our events division on our busiest weekends. The Birth of my Daughter and my wife agreeing to marry me.
I found myself in security without even realising this. Since then I have worked across the Door Supervision and Events industries and have moved into managing the delivery and staff of some of our larger events.
I also hold a lead role in supporting the training division, especially the physical intervention programme for the licence-linked qualifications.
FdA Crowd Safety Management BA (Hons) Crowd Safety Management MSc Crowded Places and Public Safety Management (currently studying)
Planning for crowded events all sizes and complex environments.
Also high energy front of stage crowds.
1st class honors at the age of 40
I always look to enjoy what I do from planning to delivery. Events are meant to be fun, does not mean hard work, but that hard work makes millions of people happy
Currently completing a BA (Hons) in Economics and International Relations at Lancaster University.
Achieved my Level 3 Certificate in First Response Emergency Care. Working towards my Level 4 Award.
Completed my Level 2 Spectator Safety Course – long term aim of completing the Level 5 Crowd Safety Manager Apprenticeship post-graduation.
Completing my Level 3 CMI Award with Lancaster and Morecambe College.
Operations – having recently joined the Operations Team, I enjoy being able to continually learn and develop my knowledge as to how the FGH Operations Team functions and how we can support our staff that we deploy all over the country.
Being deployed – I enjoy the ever-changing nature of being deployed and travelling to different events all over the country. With events coming back this summer, I cannot wait to be back in the fields and in the middle of all the fun. However, the Lancaster Student Union (Sugarhouse) will always be my go-to venue to work at as it’s a natural fit with me being a Lancaster Uni student.
Professional – being recognised by FGH management as an individual with potential to progress within the security and events industry and being asked to join the Operations Team.
Personal – being appointed School Captain by my peers whilst at Sixth Form in Hertfordshire.
Security Risk Management Consultancy Course (SRMC) Topics covered
Level 5 City and Guilds, Award for Professional Recognition Security and Risk Management Consultants.
Security Management Advanced, via Stonebridge Associated College. (Distinction Level Achieved)
Home Security Planning Level 3- Residential Security.
Level 3 Award in Education and Training.
Level 3 Award Conflict Management.
Criminology for Beginners Diploma, completed through Stonebridge College.
Cyber Security Modules, Hackers Exposed, Network Security and Anonymous Browsing. Completed through Udemy and Station X.
CPD Understanding Cyber Security and Insurance.
Institute of Place Management- Covid–19 Certification.
RED1 Crisis Management.
AoFAQ Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work.
Advanced Level Psychology.
Fitness Diploma, Personal Trainer / Fitness Instructor with Nutrition and Hydration.
Mental Health First Aider.
NVQ Level 2 Spectator Safety.
IOSH Health & Safety: Completed
HABC Level 2 Award PIT Barrier Operation:
EVA Chair Training
Close Protection, Asset Protection, Consultancy and Events.
Security and Stewarding Manager for the UFC and Liverpool Champions league showing held in Liverpool 2018. Also received Special Recognition award in 2018 for dealing with NYE ACC Car park fire.
My working life consists of meeting with clients and creating strategies for different events and peaks in the night time economy. Bringing new recruits into the business either through interview or training. Inducting and training all staff in the North. I also complete risk assessments and assignment instructions for all my sites. My weekend consists of visiting the team on the ground ensuring sites are fully covered and occasionally working the odd front line shift for high profile events or in peak season
LLB Hons: Law
BA Hons: Criminology
NVQ L4 Spectator Safety
L5 Crowd Management & Risk. Analysis
APLH Accredited Trainer
BA Hons History (2:1)
Ensuring people are having a great time whilst working the vast amount of Events that FGH put on throughout the year
I love going to various Event sites and working them, I have found that working festivals and events (Particularly Manchester Pride) is a rush like no other!
Professional – Being recognised by FGH as someone who has the correct attributes to supervise one of FGH’s oldest customers: The Sugarhouse in Lancaster.
Personal – Having not wanted to go to university initially, instead take up a career in the Armed Forces. I applied for Lancaster University the night before the UCAS deadline and was successful in my application. I went on to achieve a high 2:1 in History and International Relations (I am not bitter it wasn’t a first!).
I started FGH working the local venues in Lancaster while at University and ended up staying on post-university. During the COVID-19 pandemic i assisted with the Mobile Testing Units up and down the North-West. I am currently working in the office as a Operations Coordinator responsible for staffing some of our Winter Walks. I am still pining over the 2021 Summer events; they were truly fantastic!
It has to be the Boss: Bruce Springsteen
I enjoy reading political theory books &
watching rugby union
People who know little are usually great
talkers, while men who know so much say little. – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
As of quite recently, spiced rum and ginger
The Social Contract – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
HND Hospitality Management
I enjoy forming good relationships with our front line Security Officers, trouble shooting on-site problems and assisting our officers with their professional development.
Managing my own pub and following Sunderland throughout my adult life, despite the fact that my loyalty has not been repaid of late.
I worked as a financial advisor for many years before deciding crunching numbers was not for me. I moved into working in licenced hospitality before undertaking my HND.
I have worked for a variety of large and smaller companies and have worked at FGH on and off for around 7 years. I love the variety of work that it offers and the opportunity to meet new people.
Introduction to Crowd Science (Square Metre Group)
Level 7 Diploma in Leadership and Management
BA (Hons): Religious Studies and Ethics
PGCE Secondary Education
SIA CCTV Qualification
Accredited AET trainer
Helping save FGH at the start of the pandemic.
Scoring the winning try in a rugby match (quite the achievement for a front row player!)
– Certificate of higher education in Criminology and Law
– BA Hons Forensic Psychology
– MA Security, Risk Management and Social Sciences
– Level 3 Personal Trainer
– First Aid at Work, Conflict Management and Physical Intervention
I enjoy working with people from different backgrounds, building stronger relationships and helping the community in general. I specialized in the security industry to improve the environment for other people. Because of my military background I know it is important to have discipline in every aspect of your life to minimise mistakes and have a peaceful life.
I have been working in the security field since I was 18. One of my personal accomplishments was to go another country, learning the language and getting the chance to continue my passion, as well as expanding my career.
I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to be promoted to a more senior position and to have gained useful skills in FGH Security to further my career.
I am originally from Spain, but I have been living in London for seven years. I have moved many times in my life, and I have developed a natural ability to embrace change and build new relationships with people from other cultures.
I have an academic background in law and psychology, and for the last few years I have worked within the Security sector. I also spent a few years in the army as a police officer, learning important values such as discipline, resilience, and hard work, as well as how to excel in a collaborative environment.
Working as a security officer has given me the opportunity to improve my communication skills, learn from all kinds of situations and acquire important knowledge about how to deal with a diverse community.
I feel inspired and I enjoy being surrounded by people who have accomplished great things in their lives. This boosts my motivation to keep improving as a person and a professional.