Belfast Telegraph

Film sector boosts business for Northern Ireland security company

By Jamie Stinson

From Winterfell to Skyfall, one Northern Ireland security firm has shot to stardom on the back of the growing film industry in the province.

Select Management and Security Ltd is creating four jobs in Belfast and another 40 jobs at the home of James Bond - Pinewood Studios, in Buckinghamshire near London.

The business - which has been set up by Andrew McQuillan, son of the former acting deputy chief constable Alan - provides security assistance to the film and TV industry, with recent work including security on the set of BBC series Line of Duty, which is part-filmed here.

It has also worked on HBO's Game of Thrones, which is filmed across Northern Ireland, with Castle Ward in Co Down used for filming scenes set in the fictional Winterfell.

Select also has contracts with many of Northern Ireland's councils, the Lord Mayor's parade, and has also worked on major events such as the Irish Open at Royal Portrush.

The new jobs in Belfast will be for support staff, who are already in the positions, and the Pinewood work will include senior management, security officers, and location assistants.

While the Belfast-based firm has previously done some work in Great Britain, this is its first major investment to take place outside the province.

Andrew McQuillan, Select managing director, said: "The film and television industry in Northern Ireland has matured significantly and we are now competing on the international stage to bring the world's best productions here for filming.

"It is an absolute credit to the tireless work with Northern Ireland Screen that our company is able to expand in this way as the industry grows."

Mr McQuillan (28) established the company in 2006, after working on a casual basis in the events sector.

His father Alan is a consultant in the business.

"Our expertise is now sought after across the UK and Ireland, culminating in this new office and significant jobs growth," said Andrew.

The film and TV industries were given a boost in the Budget yesterday, when Chancellor George Osborne cut the minimum UK expenditure requirement for high-end television tax relief from 25% to 10%.

Mr Osborne also increased film tax relief to 25%.

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