A FAMILY-RUN security company based in Andover has been awarded a contract by Wiltshire Council to be its ‘eyes and ears’ out of office hours.

Venture Security, based at Focus Way in Andover, has won a mobile security contract with the council, which will see its security officers keeping the authority’s buildings safe, while deterring theft and criminal damage, and supporting the secure movement of council staff, partners and contractors.

Venture’s officers will be locking and unlocking premises, carrying out checks and inspections of council buildings and vacant properties, responding to alarms and providing static security guard cover when needed.

Andover Advertiser: Venture Security director Sara Howe and and MD Paul HoweVenture Security director Sara Howe and and MD Paul Howe (Image: Contributed)

The contract was secured following a competitive tender process.

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Wiltshire Council joins several organisations across the region that already rely on Venture’s services, including Aster Group, Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury Racecourse, The Roman Baths and English Heritage at Stonehenge.

In addition, Venture has been active within Salisbury city centre for almost seven years, with the company’s specialist security officers supporting Salisbury Council to tackle antisocial behaviour.

It is a service Venture also provides in Swindon, Andover and Winchester. 

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Several of Venture’s officers have gone on to win awards for their handling of challenging incidents in the city centre, including medical emergencies, and detaining individuals armed with knives and other weapons.

James Barrah, Wiltshire council director for assets, said: “We’re pleased to be working with Venture Security following a rigorous tender process. We look forward to working with its team to help us manage our extensive asset base and to continue to deliver essential public services.”

Paul Howe, founder and managing director of Venture Security, said: “We are thrilled to be working with Wiltshire Council and to be expanding our operations within the Wiltshire area. With more than 85 customer sites already under our care across the county, we’re excited to be growing our footprint and remain committed to supporting the local economy through the creation of jobs and use of locally based suppliers.”