Fri, 06 Oct 2023 | BUSINESS SALE
First Response Group has expanded with the acquisition of ICS, a business that provides security services for Wembley Stadium. ICS, which was founded in 2003, employs over 800 security officers and has a track record of more than 500 events.
The company’s events include two UEFA Champions League finals, all areas of security for numerous high-profile concerts and tunnel and back-stage security when Wembley hosted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modri and former UK Prime Minister David Cameron.
The acquisition reflects First Response’s diversification strategy, with the company seeking to expand into the stadia, arena and leisure crowd safety sector. Post-acquisition, the company’s staff will be brought under the FRG brand.
FRG Chief Executive Simon Alderson said: "As we extend our national reach and our range of security offerings, it's important for us to identify trusted companies like ISC who have the resources and agility we need to meet our customers' most demanding requirements. For this reason, it made perfect sense to bring ISC into the FRG fold once the opportunity arose.”
"As an accredited, nationwide stadium security company we have responsive and adaptable resources to provide for the most complex of events. Bringing in the skills, and experience of ISC will allow us to provide even greater flexibility and peace of mind for our customers."
ISC director Nabeela Bhutta added: "We have long admired FRG, and the way in which it operates as a business. As a National Security Inspectorate (NSI) Guarding Gold certified company, raising standards within our industry has been of great importance to us. It has been vital that we develop our most valuable resources, our people, and in doing so, enable them to help shape the delivery of our services, rather than just supplying off-the-shelf solutions.”
"We knew that FRG holds to the same principles, and we are very much looking forward to being part of an expanding national group, and excited for the benefits this will bring."
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