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Published: October 5, 2016

Pilgrims Group has won a three year contract to guard the premises and operations of another UK based pharmaceutical company.

The medicine manufacturer asked Pilgrims to review its existing security arrangements and develop a “future proof” security operation, as it seeks to buy more premises in a planned growth strategy.

Pilgrims has replaced the company’s in-house security team and is now recruiting up to 18 new staff to operate the contract. As part of the operation, Pilgrims will upgrade and install new technology throughout the client’s network of premises to create a single, effective, company-wide security monitoring system.

“The client is a rapidly growing business and needs an independent service provider to manage their security requirements,” says Anthony Wisdom, Senior Operations Manager of Pilgrims manned guarding division. “They asked us to review their existing provision and propose security improvements, including measures that will last long into the future.”

The new contract adds to the growing Pilgrims Group portfolio of clients in the pharmaceutical sector, where security risks can include single interest-group protests, pranks and hoaxes, as well as ordinary criminality.

“Our challenges include making sure boundaries are protected, to screen employees and temporary staff, and to protect against opportunist theft from criminals. Our team will have to be alert to and investigate any activity out of the ordinary that might be suspicious,” says Wisdom.

“We’re delighted to have secured this prestigious UK contract,” says David Freear, Pilgrims Group Chief Operating Officer. “It represents further development of our market share within the pharmaceutical sector and is testament to our solid track record with businesses of this nature over many years.”