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.
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 100’s 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.
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.
FGH Security achieves the ACS Contractor Accreditation
FGH wins a major contract to supply Manchester Pride.
Peter appeared on Dragon's Den to secure a loan to grow FGH. He received offers from all 5 dragons, but after reviewing the paperwork decided not to pursue the deal.
FGH open their second office in Manchester City Centre.
FGH wins a major a contract to supply one of the worlds most iconic festivals in the heart of Somerset.
FGH wins a major contract to supply Albert Schloss in Manchester.
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 FC winning the UEFA Champions League.
FGH Security are recognised as a Sunday Times Top 100 Best Company to work for.
A BID in London which covers Oxford Street, Regent Street and the surrounding areas.
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 2020 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.
25 years experience in Industry as Finance Director/CFO
Leading and transforming teams
Raising finance, mergers & acquisitions
Governance & Compliance
Personally I’m not a runner so completing a half marathon in Las Vegas on my 40th Birthday was awesome!
Professionally many achievements but being part of the team to restructure a $2bn US Nuclear company in readiness for sale to private equity was very stressful but extremely rewarding.
I left school at 16, started work at 17 as office junior with a local Volvo dealership. Was ambitious so developed and undertook an apprenticeship programme with whilst at the same time went to night school for 6 years to qualify as a chartered accountant. Joined British Nuclear Fuels HQ in corporate finance at 29. Worked in senior finance roles in the Nuclear Industry for 20 years including working in Japan. Recent role was European FD of a $2bn multi national American corporate.
My dad and he told me never to start something you don’t intend to finish.
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
Pg-Dip/MA in Human Resource Management
CIPD (Chartered Status)
I am very passionate about HR and enjoy being part of the professional development of an individual’s career or process that will support the business
In my day job, I have been fortunate enough to work within a variety of organisation’s from public, private and not-for-profit and gained a wealth of experience along the way Outside of work, I train horses with my daughter and very proud to compete amongst some of the top riders/producers in the country
I started my working career with Emirates, been lucky enough to have worked in Dubai back in the day (when Dubai had more desert than hotels). I worked in London for 8 years for Worldspan/ Traveltek as an Account Manager where I fell into HR after managing a large team of Account Executives. Since venturing into HR, I have worked for Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service, University of Manchester, BwD Council, Peninsula Business Services as a Paralegal, Global Baggage Solutions and Greenwich Leisure Ltd in a variety of HR Change/Project and Employer Relations roles.
BSc Management and Human Resources
MA Human Resources and Consulting
I’m an advocate for best practice and so I take pride in doing things diligently and with a passion.
Funding my own MA degree by working whilst actively studying.
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.
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.
BSc Criminology MSc Psychology
All things screening!
It would have to be organising a charity day for SANE where we raised just over £1k in a day through a football tournament and family fun day. Or 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 2021 I moved to FGH as a Screening Officer.
MBA – Masters in Business Administration
Ba Hons- English Literature
Running successful campaigns to raise brand awareness and convert opportunities. I enjoy creating thought leadership pieces to raise FGH’s profile within the industry.
I love that marketing is constantly changing, no two days are the same!
Lancashire Fire and Rescue service
Fluent in 3 languages other than English: Gujrati, Hindi, Urdu
Moved to England in 2007, studied secondary education in England. Worked several jobs before joining the fire service and army reserves, joined FGH Security in 2017 and moving in to a logistics role at FGH in April 2021.
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.
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.
Police Studies (BA)
Worked on Op Rescript at beginning of pandemic with Reserves to distribute PPE
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
– 5 years experience working as an Aviation Security Officer at Manchester Airport
– SIA Door Supervision
Recruiting the best people, for the best places.
Has to be landing this job, I want to see results and improvements in the Manchester office and I feel I am already doing that!
In my spare time, I go therapy shopping have girlie lunches and catch-ups with a few glasses of well earned crisp cold white wine…
There is one saying which I love and reminds me of my Father and that is “ You’ll Never walk alone “ he lived in Liverpool and he took me to watch a match but that saying is so poignant to so many situations.
Cappuccinos are my go-to drink if they ever stopped doing them I would have to invent my own! Life is nothing without a nice Cappucino first thing in the morning on the way to work.
Level 4 Spectator Safety
Getting to know the staff and listening to their feedback and experiences
I oversaw the security operation for One Love Manchester Arena Tribute Concert, With only 6 days notice 781 staff were resourced and deployed for the largest publicised music concert Manchester has ever had
I started working in security 12 years ago, I started as a steward working at Haydock race, I gained my SIA license in 2010 and then in early 2011 I gained my level 3 and became a supervisor in the security industry. In 2012 I successfully applied for a trainee operations managers role and 6 months later was again successful in my application for an operations manager role, In 2021 i was appointed as the Regional Manager for Lancashire and Cumbria with FGH.
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.
AET level 3
Conflict management level 3
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!)