Family-run Kings Security Systems, is using its own tradesmen to fit out its new headquarters and operations centre in a former warehouse on Ripley Street. Director Anthony King, who joined the firm as an apprentice more than 20 years ago, has been rolling up his sleeves and helping with the work.
The new base will bring together five former depots and three offices scattered around the city and marks a big leap forward for a company that is celebrating its 40th anniversary.
Kings was started as a TV aerial installation business by Anthony’s father James, who is now company chairman. Kings Security Systems is now the largest wholly-UK owned business of its kind.
The growth has reflected Anthony King’s ambition to turn a local family business into a national operator. He said: “Like all twentysomethings I wanted to take on the world. With the confidence of youth I negotiated with National Tyres for a contract to cover 60 of their depots.”
“I think they gave us the most remote sites as far away from Bradford as possible to test us out as we only had 12 engineers at the time. But we took the job on and that opened the door to other major contracts.”
A contract with Domino’s Pizzas followed and now King’s provides security for many leading high street names. The Ripley Street base will incorporate one of the UK’s most advanced control rooms enabling Kings specialists to keep a constant eye on premises across the UK.
Further expansion is on the agenda, and Mr King wants to double turnover over the next three to five years.
This year Kings has recruited nearly 50 extra staff and now employs more than 200 people. Around 110 will be based at the new headquarters.
Mr King said: “Apart from being more efficient, being under one roof provides us with space for expansion. It also demonstrates the scale of operations, which was not so evident when we had premises all over the place. Kings Security Systems