History

GUK is a national provider of security services throughout the UK with a reputation for quality and service. Established in 2003 we’ve grown rapidly with over a £24 million turnover whilst retaining our core value of ethical entrepreneurialism . We manage nearly 1500 sites across the UK and employ around 800 staff.

GUK is a modern organisation offering high quality security solutions across multiple sectors built on family values and traditions.

We currently have under our protection in the region of £40bn worth of assets around the UK. From commercial, corporate and residential we work across numerous industry sectors including the Crown Estate, retailers, property owners & management agents, airports and airlines.

Here are key milestones in our story so far.

Timeline

GUK launches

Michael Rust launches GUK with just two employees covering a 24-hour a day security operation at a countryside property

February 2003

London office

The team sets up a permanent office in the BIC London office building

November 2003

Frank Quigley

Frank Quigley joins as Director of GUK

May 2004

First major contract

GUK secures its first major contract looking after the Co-op

January 2005

SIA licences

All GUK guards are awarded SIA licences

January 2006

£15million

Over £15million turnover

April 2012

Reception UK (RUK)

Reception UK (RUK) launches expanding our client services

February 2013

IFSEC & Firex awards

Awarded IFSEC & Firex awards for guarding service delivery

May 2013

The London Stock Exchange Group’s 1000 Companies to inspire Britain

GUK are listed in The London Stock Exchange Group’s 1000 Companies to inspire Britain

July 2013

GUK Aviation

GUK Aviation launches expanding our client services even further

August 2013

ACS Champion of the Year

GUK shortlisted for the ACS Champion of the Year at the very prestigious Security & Fire Excellence Awards 2015

October 2015

Michelle Smith

Michelle Smith becomes GUK, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

November 2015

Airport Meet & Assist

GUK acquires Airport Meet and Assist operation

February 2016

Achilles audit

GUK achieve an official score of 99% after successful completion of Achilles audit

September 2016

ACS top 0.5%

GUK awarded a score of 171 out of 174. Putting GUK in the top 0.5% of ACS accredited companies.

October 2016

Approved security services provider for the CWEIC, Maritime Connects Initiative

GUK chosen as the approved security services provider for the CWEIC, Maritime Connects Initiative

March 2017

GUK Technical Services Launches

GUK Technical Services launches, expanding product offer to our client base

April 2017

What Our Clients Say

“GUK consistently deliver excellent security solutions adapting easily to our evolving needs, gaining valuable on-site knowledge so they can provide 24 hour security at the remotest of locations. They show commitment to our security challenges at every level, utilising previous experience and long-standing site knowledge to develop security solutions that other firms have not been able to achieve.”

Jonathan Hannibal, Partner, Asset and Property Management – Glenny

“Performance against target is visible throughout the operation. GUK makes good use of modern technology and is an innovator when it comes to the deployment of use of technology.”

SSAIB assessor part of the ACS Report

“GUK have proved to be diligent and effective with the basics of guarding, but also very helpful in finding solutions to tricky problems. Communications between the company and us are excellent and their directors have strong personal involvement and interest in the jobs and the goals of our company generally.”

Andrew Thomson, Commercial Manager – Freshwater Group of Companies

“I personally received a call from Town Sgt Hughes of the Met Police who has expressed his total commendation to our team for their professionalism and the way that they handled the incident yesterday that has led to all gang members being arrested. Not only their actions, but their statements, evidence and CCTV footage has been absolutely top.”

Ian Welland, Centre Manager – Palace Exchange, Enfield

“I have found GUK to deliver a far superior service to any of the other security companies I have dealt with. Their senior management are always available however small an issue may be. They have always been reactive and also proactive, looking at more efficient ways of providing manned guarding to save cost.”

Richard Gammie, Partner – Montagu Evans LLP

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