There’s a certain irony in the fact that establishing BCM Security Associates Ltd meant Richard (Millar), Zane (Cole), and Gavin (Beatty) giving up secure jobs.
It’s the dilemma that faces many would-be start-up companies. Play it safe, or take the plunge. Of course, that momentous decision was perhaps made a little easier with BCM’s trio of directors able to call upon more than 50-years of experience in the public and private sector security industry
“Sometimes you have to take that leap of faith and just go for it,” Richard explained. And boy did they go for it! Establishing a partnership in July 2015, forming a limited company four months later, securing lucrative contracts, and providing full-time employment for 12 staff (soon to increase by another six) and 25 more on an ad hoc freelance basis.
With premises secured, and a contract to provide a comprehensive security package for RiverRidge Recycling, Richard and his colleagues were at a more advanced stage than most fledgling companies when they decided to register with the Go For It - Regional Start-up Initiative at Roe Valley Enterprises. However, an essential element in the application process for an SIA contractor’s license (affording BCM the opportunity to tender for council and government projects) was a cogent business plan.
“Roe Valley Enterprises really helped us with the business plan and its correct format. From financial projections to a strategy for marketing, they left no stone unturned. It’s been important for us, right from the start, to do things in the correct way, to ensure we possess all the accreditation required to move the company forward.”
Despite being the new kid on the block, BCM Security Associates (Ltd) has made quite an impression on the industry. They’ve drawn plaudits for their handling of event security, proven their expertise in the corporate and construction sectors, and provided peace of mind for myriad businesses reliant on proficient and professional security staff.
‘Your source for security’ is the BCM slogan, and in a relatively short space of time this progressive local firm has become the ‘go to’ for security conscious companies in both Northern Ireland and the UK mainland. Richard, Gavin, and Zane have already surpassed initial financial projections (achieved within six months of going operational) and despite no longer being in the full flush of youth, this talented triumvirate warrant the tag of poster boys for successful business start-ups.
For more information on how to register for the Regional Start Programme contact us today on 028 777 62323.