This corporate security company started out with the founder Steve Delia, an ex-special forces man, being asked to look after a building for an overseas investor. Today, it has a turnover nearing £25m. “We’ve carved out a niche in the security industry by dedicating our services to the financial sector,” explains the company’s MD Phillip Anthony.
Knightsbridge Guarding now handles the security for 30 blue-chip and financial services companies in the City of London, including two of the biggest merchant banks in the world. “It’s a very reactive industry, so we’ve based our head office within 15 minutes’ walk of the City,” says Anthony. “The reason we have been able to grow so quickly is because we haven’t spread ourselves too far and wide. If you look at the top 20 competitors in our marketplace, all of them, bar one, are UK-wide.”
Anthony says that due to the 24/7 nature of the industry, Knightsbridge doesn’t work usual office hours: “We worked closely with the police after the 7 July terrorist attacks and we were working day and night.” The fear of terrorism has led to an upsurge in demand – seeing sales grow 62 per cent a year from £5.8m in 2004 to its current £24.6m.
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