Belfast Telegraph

Security firm set to create 100 jobs with new venture

By Symon Ross

A Northern Ireland security company is planning to create more than 100 jobs over the next few months by setting up a new cleaning services business.

Federal Security, which was bought by Dublin-based Noonan Services Group in January, said it is putting together a specialist management team to run the new business and with two major contracts already secured and will start recruiting in April.

Federal also said it has plans to grow its security business by £3.5m in the next 18 months and said contracts currently being tied up could help it add another 200 jobs in retail and commercial guarding, CCTV and monitoring services by 2011.

The company was bought by Noonan after Newcourt Group, Federal’s parent, went into receivership last year.

The acquisition saved 400 jobs, while another 300 staff who worked on security for the PSNI, transferred to another security company after it was awarded the contract.

The company already has a number of high profile clients including Tesco, Meadows Shopping Centre, Semi-Chem Retail, Smyths Toys, Invista, Seagate, Coca-Cola, Northern Ireland Electricity and Harland & Wolff.

It said full Security Industry Association (SIA) training for new staff will be provided by Federal’s training department. Noonan Services Group is one of the Republic’s largest soft services and security firms, currently employing over 8000 staff.

Following its acquisition of Federal Security it has brought in a number of experienced managers to support managing director Brendan Flynn, including Mel Pengelly in business development, Ian Melanophy as head of operations, Maggie Hunter in compliance and training, Christel Bourdet in electronic security.

Mr Pengelly said: “Unfortunately last year Federals parent company went into administration leaving Federal, “a very strong profitable business”, in a very sticky situation. After four months of unstable times for all of the staff here at Federal, it was confirmed that Noonan would buy Federal and save them from being pulled under with their older parent company.”

He added: “This acquisition has done more than save 400 jobs in Northern Ireland, it has injected money into a strong quality business which now intends to clean up in Northern Ireland in the security and cleaning sectors generating new jobs across Northern Ireland.”

Belfast Telegraph