Security giant takes over at Game of Thrones set
One of the world's largest security firms has taken over guard duties for Game of Thrones after the collapse of the Northern Ireland company responsible for the film sets.
Almost all of Select Management and Security's contracts and 300 staff have been transferred to G4S Northern Ireland.
A spokesman for Select said: "Ninety-five per cent of our work has gone over to G4S. Our full-time staff are now in employment with them. Almost all of the staff are moving into secure jobs."
He added that any staff or casual employees still owed wages would receive payment shortly.
G4S is based in England but operates worldwide, employing almost 620,000 people. It has around 1,750 staff based here. Recently, the company invested £3.4m in a new monitoring centre in Belfast which co-ordinates responses to incidents or alarms across the UK.
Brendan Flynn, operations director for G4S Secure Solutions Northern Ireland, said: "We're pleased to be able to step in and secure these contracts for our new customers and the jobs of our new colleagues. We have a strong business in Northern Ireland and we're proud to be adding some prestigious contracts to our portfolio."
The Belfast Telegraph revealed on Wednesday that Select was to cease trading after running out of money. Its managing director Andrew McQuillan admitted that he had been left penniless and was devastated at losing his business.
Mr McQuillan's mother - the former company secretary at Select - is another casualty of the collapse. Heather McQuillan, who resigned as company secretary in April last year, loaned the firm £180,000 to help it trade through its cashflow problems. It's not clear if she will receive any of this money back after the administrators have liquidated the assets.
It has emerged that the company's credit facilities were withdrawn with no warning last Friday. A Select spokesman declined to name the financial institution involved, but said it had dealt a "death blow" to the company.
"We never saw this coming," he said. "We expected to trade through the cashflow problem. In fact, we were planning ahead for work, including security contracts on a number of major film sets in London next year. We went for receivership to protect our staff and clients."
Select was set up by Andrew McQuillan (29) in 2006 and was the biggest film industry security firm in Northern Ireland, working on several series of Game of Thrones, as well as the BBC drama Line of Duty.
The company also provided security guards and stewards at many major events, the Irish Open at Royal Portrush and North West 200.
Number of staff G4S employs in Northern Ireland