South Yorkshire security company Doyle Consultants says it has taken on dozens of extra staff after business shot up by more than 25 per cent.
The Barnsley firm says it has been inundated with requests for help during a “manic” few weeks and turnover has risen to £3.68 million – almost back to pre-credit crunch figures.
Doyle Consultants provides monitored CCTV systems and licensed security officers for customers including local councils, construction companies and other private firms, a health trust and Barnsley Football Club.
Contracts manager Andrew Everitt said the slump in the construction industry led to the company’s turnover dropping from an all-time-high to just £2.8m in 2009.
“It was a difficult time when the recession hit, but now we look back and see it was a blip and not a full blown slump,” said Mr Everitt.
“It’s been manic over the last few months. We got to the point where we turned short notice, short term business away because of a shortage of good quality staff. So we have had a big recruitment drive and now have more than 160 full time officers. A couple of years back we only had about 100.”
Mr Everitt puts some of that success down to advice the company received from support organisation Enterprising Barnsley.
“Thanks to Enterprising Barnsley we have improved our focus on sales and marketing now and I think that will help us build the business even more,” said Mr Everitt.
One area of Doyle’s work that has recorded a big increase in turnover is monitored CCTV systems. The company started supplying monitored CCTV systems two years ago, since when annual turnover has gone from £120,000 to £260,000.
“There will always be a demand for guards and patrols, but for some companies a robust CCTV system makes more economic sense. So it is an area that we have moved into with growing success,” said Mr Everitt.