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Manned Security (Industrial Report) - UK - October 2014

"Building in services additional to guarding, which exploit intelligence gathered from integrated electronic systems could help to improve sales for specialist firms facing a competitive threat from facilities management operators"
– Ben Harris, Industrial Analyst

This report discusses the following key topics:

  • Challenging trading conditions still restricting security demand
  • Guarding sector’s share of the market declines further
  • Central government continuing to seek outsourced prison and custodial solutions

For the purposes of this report, the manned security market includes three main sectors: manned guarding, cash-in-transit and custodial services. The manned guarding sector is the largest of the three, while the CIT and custodial services markets are still relatively small sectors. The following definitions are used in this report:

  • Manned guarding, which includes uniformed guards and guard patrols, with or without dogs, and either permanently or periodically on site. Also included are guards and plain clothes detectives in retail premises, keyholders, as well as personnel monitoring and responding to alarms. The manned guarding market also includes personnel involved in air traffic security, such as airport guarding, and baggage, cargo and mail screening. Diplomatic and anti-terrorist security, involving vehicle escort services, anti-bug sweeping and the detection of explosives, is also included in this sector.
  • Cash-in-transit, which primarily involves the transportation of cash and valuables. This sector includes the counting and processing of money and the restocking of bank and building society cash dispensers.
  • Custodial services, which includes the design, construction, management and financing of private prisons, together with prisoner escorting and curfew enforcement via electronic monitoring.

There has been an increasing trend for facilities management companies to provide manned security services, while the reverse is also true, with an increasing number of security companies offering facilities management services. However, as these contracts are often bundled with other services and are provided under one facilities management contract, it is not always possible to analyse the value of the manned security aspect. The value of such facilities management contracts is not included in this report. Facilities management services are analysed separately in the MBD report, The UK Facilities Management Market Development.

With such a high level of industry fragmentation it is not possible to review all the companies in a report of this type. The company profiles included are not a directory of industry participants, however this report covers most of the major operators.

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Table of contents

  1. Executive Summary

      • The market
        • Challenging trading conditions still restricting security demand
          • Figure 1: UK market for manned security, 2010-14 (£ million)
        • Guarding sector’s share of the market declines further
          • Figure 2: Segmentation of UK market for manned security, 2014(£ million)
        • Central government continuing to seek outsourced prison and custodial solutions
          • Figure 3: Public expenditure on contracts for electronic monitoring and privately managed prisons, 2010-14 (Million)
        • Market factors
          • Regulatory changes delayed to 2015
            • Unlocking the value of human touch key to security operators
              • Companies
                • Axis Security pioneers systems partnership
                  • Wilson James going from strength to strength
                    • What we think
                    • Introduction

                      • Issues in the market
                        • Definitions
                          • Methodology
                            • Abbreviations
                              • Market positioning
                                • The regulator
                                  • The customer
                                    • The supplier
                                    • UK Economy

                                      • Overview
                                        • Inflation
                                          • Interest rates
                                            • House prices
                                              • Consumer spending
                                                • Manufacturing
                                                  • Business investment
                                                  • Market Factors

                                                    • Key points
                                                      • Market factors
                                                        • Increase in construction sites and service sector activity generating demand
                                                          • Figure 4: UK economic output, by sector, 2012-14 (Quarterly percentage change in output value)
                                                        • Retail stores and factory numbers have declined since the start of the recession
                                                          • Figure 5: Number of business premises in the UK, 2009-13 (Number of outlets)
                                                        • Large scale infrastructure projects on the rise
                                                          • Figure 6: Number of projects and programmes in government infrastructure pipeline, 2012-13 (Number)
                                                        • Prison and probation service outsourcing continues
                                                          • Prison population stalls as sentencing guidelines take effect
                                                            • Figure 7: Average prison population, England & Wales and Scotland, 2010-14 (Number)
                                                          • Cash-in transit security demand boosted by increase in outsourcing and cash machines...
                                                            • Figure 8: Number of cash machines in the UK, 2009-14(Number)
                                                          • ...but cash transactions are in decline
                                                            • Figure 9: Total volume of cash payment transactions in the UK, 2003, 2008 and 2013 (Billion)
                                                          • Crime against persons and households continues to fall...
                                                            • Figure 10: Total crime levels in England and Wales, 2004-14 (Thousands)
                                                          • ...while the retail sector suffers most from commercial crime
                                                            • Figure 11: Experience of crime in the last 12 months, in England and Wales, 2013 (000 incidents)
                                                          • Minimum wage growth has slowed since the recession
                                                            • Figure 12: Minimum wage level in the UK, 2000-14 (£)
                                                        • Market Size

                                                          • Key points
                                                            • Market size
                                                              • Figure 13: UK market for manned security, 2010-14 (£ million)
                                                            • Growing bias towards larger operators
                                                              • First half reports from 2014 may indicate domestic slowdown
                                                              • Segment Performance

                                                                • Key points
                                                                  • Custodial services sector continues rapid expansion
                                                                    • Figure 14: Segmentation of the UK market for manned security, by type, 2010-14 (£ million)
                                                                  • Real terms decline for guarding sector as competitive pressure increases
                                                                    • Cash-in-transit operators fighting decline in cash transactions
                                                                      • Probation contracts to provide revenue surge for the custodial services sector
                                                                        • Figure 15: Public expenditure on contracts for electronic monitoring and privately managed prisons, 2010-14 (£ million)
                                                                      • Guarding sector dominates licenses
                                                                        • Figure 16: Segmentation of the UK market for manned security, active licenses by sector, 2013 (Share of total)
                                                                    • Market Trends

                                                                      • Key points
                                                                        • Market trends
                                                                          • Delay to regulatory change leaves cloud of uncertainty over business licensing
                                                                            • Emphasising the human touch
                                                                              • Employment transfer changes shift cost-benefit calculations for acquisitions
                                                                              • Industry Structure

                                                                                • Key points
                                                                                  • Industry overview
                                                                                    • Takeover activity continues in 2014...
                                                                                      • ...but acquisitions didn’t prevent growth in the size of the sector
                                                                                        • Figure 17: Analysis of changes in the UK private security activities industry, 2009-13 (Number of businesses and establishments)
                                                                                      • Structure by turnover
                                                                                        • Figure 18: Analysis of the financial structure of the UK private security activities sector, 2012-13 (£ 000 and number of companies)
                                                                                      • Structure by employment
                                                                                        • Figure 19: Analysis of the employment structure of the UK private security activities industry, 2012-13 (Number of employees and number of business outlets)
                                                                                    • Advance Security UK

                                                                                        • Recent company activity
                                                                                          • Figure 20: Financial analysis of Advance Security UK, 2009-13 (£ million)
                                                                                      • Axis Security Services

                                                                                          • Recent company activity
                                                                                            • Figure 21: Financial analysis of Axis Security Services, 2009-13 (£ million)
                                                                                        • Carlisle Security Services

                                                                                            • Recent company activity
                                                                                              • Figure 22: Financial analysis of Carlisle Security Services, 2009-13 (£ million)
                                                                                          • CIS Security

                                                                                              • Recent company activity
                                                                                                • Figure 23: Financial analysis of CIS Security, 2009-13 (£ million)
                                                                                            • Corps Security

                                                                                                • Recent company activity
                                                                                                  • Figure 24: Financial analysis of Corps of Commissionaires Management, 2009-13 (£ million)
                                                                                              • First Security

                                                                                                  • Recent company activity
                                                                                                    • Figure 25: Financial analysis of First Security (Guards), 2009-13 (£ million)
                                                                                                • G4S Cash Solutions

                                                                                                    • Recent company activity
                                                                                                      • Figure 26: Financial analysis of G4S Cash Solutions (UK), 2009-13 (£ million)
                                                                                                  • G4S Secure Solutions

                                                                                                      • Recent company activity
                                                                                                        • Figure 27: Financial analysis of G4S Secure Solutions (UK), 2009-13 (£ million)
                                                                                                    • GEO Amey Pecs

                                                                                                        • Recent company activity
                                                                                                          • Figure 28: Financial analysis of GEO Amey PECS, 2011-13 (£ million)
                                                                                                      • Kingdom Security

                                                                                                          • Recent company activity
                                                                                                            • Figure 29: Financial analysis of Kingdom Security, 2009-13 (£ million)
                                                                                                        • Loomis UK

                                                                                                            • Recent company activity
                                                                                                              • Figure 30: Financial analysis of Loomis UK, 2009-13 (£ million)
                                                                                                          • Mitie Care and Custody

                                                                                                              • Recent company activity
                                                                                                                • Figure 31: Financial analysis of Mitie Care and Custody, 2010-14 (£ million)
                                                                                                            • Securitas Security Services

                                                                                                                • Recent company activity
                                                                                                                  • Figure 32: Financial analysis of Securitas Security Services (UK), 2009-13 (£ million)
                                                                                                              • Shield Guarding Company

                                                                                                                  • Recent company activity
                                                                                                                    • Figure 33: Financial analysis of The Shield Guarding Company, 2009-13 (£ million)
                                                                                                                • Sodexo

                                                                                                                    • Sodexo Justice Services
                                                                                                                      • Figure 34: Turnover of Sodexo Justice Services, 2009-13 (€ million)
                                                                                                                  • Vision Security

                                                                                                                      • Recent company activity
                                                                                                                        • Figure 35: Financial analysis of Vision Security Group, 2009-13 (£ million)
                                                                                                                    • Wilson James Group

                                                                                                                        • Recent company activity
                                                                                                                          • Figure 36: Financial analysis of Wilson James Group, 2009-13 (£ million)
                                                                                                                      • Forecast

                                                                                                                        • Key points
                                                                                                                          • Market size
                                                                                                                            • Figure 37: Forecast UK market for manned security, 2015-19 (£ million at 2014 prices)
                                                                                                                          • Polarisation of the market to accelerate in the coming two years
                                                                                                                            • Segment performance
                                                                                                                              • Figure 38: Forecast segmentation of the UK market for manned security, by sector, 2015-19 (£ million)
                                                                                                                            • Outsourcing trend to spur growth in prison and custodial services sector
                                                                                                                              • Manned guarding sector to consolidate further
                                                                                                                                • Short-term prospects hide big picture constraints for cash-in-transit sector
                                                                                                                                  • Industry
                                                                                                                                    • Foreign focus as mature UK market struggles to deliver margin growth
                                                                                                                                    • Further Sources and Contacts

                                                                                                                                      • Trade associations
                                                                                                                                        • Trade magazines

                                                                                                                                        Companies Covered

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                                                                                                                                        Manned Security (Industrial Report) - UK - October 2014

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