Andover Security Specialist, Venture Security, is celebrating 15 years protecting homes and businesses, as it continues to expands its reach across Hampshire and Central Southern England.
The company was founded in 2006 by Paul Howe and his wife Sara. Born and bred in Andover, Paul, a former event security manager, saw an opportunity to “do things better”. From a team of three, Venture now employs around 100 people and is consistently ranked within the top 1% of UK security providers by the Security Industry Authority (SIA).
Despite the pandemic and a mass shift to home working, Venture has experienced sustained growth, supporting businesses to keep their empty premises secure during lockdown and pivoting to provide covid marshal duties in a number of areas.
Paul Howe explains: “When we founded Venture Security all those years ago, the UK security industry was a very different place. We’ve seen huge advances made in technology and also the transparency of security services, with customers able to see in real time what’s happening at their premises for the first time.”
He continued: “It’s hard work operating a business that provides services 24hours a day, 365 days a year but it’s also really rewarding and we’re proud to say some customers have now trusted us with their security for more than a decade.”
Venture works with both private and public sector organisations, ranging from small businesses to events organisers and many household names, including Stannah Group, Simplyhealth, Stonehenge, Salisbury Racecourse and the London Marathon.
Venture’s officers can also be spotted in action in towns and city centres across the region where they support local councils and Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), to help tackle anti-social behaviour. The Winchester BID Rangers scheme being one of the most well-respected schemes of its kind in the country. In 2019, two of Venture’s officers were given an award for the role they played in detaining a man armed with a knife in Salisbury city centre.
Paul added: “I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved to date. We have a strong team and the systems and processes in place that we need to scale up even further in the coming years.”