Security matters are firmly at the forefront of everyone’s minds these days, including protecting our individual homes and businesses. This means that private security firms are in demand and now employ around half a million people in the UK, contributing approximately £6 billion to the economy.
Private security covers a wide range of companies and occupations, from locksmiths and alarm installers, to technicians fitting CCTV and uniformed guards that patrol business premises. While the specialist areas may vary, one basic principle underpins the whole private security sector – there's 'safety in numbers'. Becoming your own boss can often prove more successful if you are part of a security franchise network.
Private security services are dominated by a select group of companies who have built strong reputations, a large customer base and the most up-to-date services and equipment. Starting a new business as an independent can be daunting against this sort of competition. The good news is that you can become self-employed using the business model provided by a successful firm.
As a franchisee, your new venture can carry the branding of your chosen company, to help you attract customers. You could also get help with business management and marketing too – including a website. Training, favourable rates for equipment and vehicles, and preferential terms for insurance can all help you to build your profitability.
There are a lot of options, depending on your preferences. Here are just a few examples. Cava Guard Group provides a wide range of security services, including patrols, surveillance equipment and alarm systems.
Niche security opportunities include a Security Drivers franchise or joining the Lockrite locksmith network. Other examples include Jackson Fire & Security, supporting commercial premises, and Lakeside Security which sells and fits premises protection systems.