Security firm pushes ahead with growth

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A security firm which works on pub doors across Lancashire has opened a major new office.

FGH Security, which has its head office on the White cross Business Park in Lancaster, has opened an branch at Piccadilly 111, the new office development in central Manchester.

It also works for nightclub Revolution and local pub chains Amber Taverns and Mitchell’s Hotels and Inns.

Founder Peter Harrison said it had come across the new premises after carrying out a charity abseiling event in the summer.

He said: “We had been looking for a Manchester office for a while, then in August, ten members of the team abseiled 260-feet down Piccadilly 111 and we decided we had to get an office there.”

The business has grown by 20% in the past 12 months sparking the expansion despite the economic slowdown.

The owner said it would retain its head office in Lancaster where it has been based since 2004.

Mr Harrison said: “I do not want to have to worry about the cleaning, paying the electric company, parking problems or decorating and moving into White Cross in Lancaster has made sure we could do this.

“When we have grown, we did not need to move out, we just took over the adjoining offices.

“We have done this three times now and our initial office is now just a store room.”

County Councillor Michael Green, cabinet member for economic development at Lancashire County Council, said the park now housed more than 130 different businesses.

It owns the park through its Lancashire County Developments Limited, the authority’s economic development arm.

County Coun Green said: “Peter and the team at FGH have already had a lot of success with their business.”