1GS Security Ltd is one of the fastest growing London based security companies offering first class security and protection services for both residential and commercial clients across Greater London and the Home Counties. 1GS Security services offers 2 main categories of security – manned guarding and security products. Manned guarding comprises mainly close protection, mobile patrol, event security. The company also supplies and installs bespoke driveway gates, railings, and roller shutters as part of its security products category. The founder, Oded Loulay gave Herts Review the story behind the successful growth of the company.
1GS was founded in October 2010. Oded the founder had served in the Israeli Military Service before he moved into private security business. “I have been in the security business for over 22 years. After my stint in the military service, I moved into private security business in 2002. I ran a successful private security service for high net worth individuals and celebrities for almost 8 years. While I enjoyed the work, it was unpredictable as my services depended on the daily routine of my client. I needed to be available 24/7 for my clients. As my personal circumstances were changing, I felt I needed to utilise my skills and experience in a different way”.
Utilizing his skills and experience in security business and balancing life changes led to the birth of 1GS security Services Ltd. The company initially provided only manned guarding services to events, private residences, office buildings, construction development projects, bars and pubs but has recently diversified into security products for residential and commercial properties. “Our business is still mainly centred on manned guarding, but we are growing the security products division and want to see it account for a greater part of our business.”
Oded’s friend and partner, Assaf Touboul has a construction design and development background and has been instrumental to the growth of the security products division. “Assaf is our Operations Director. He is responsible for sourcing the right products and our installation service. He brings a wealth of experience from his construction background which has helped the business a lot. Today the supply and installation of security products accounts for 25% of our revenue and is growing.”
Aside the first few months of operations while the business was trying to establish itself and build trust with clients, 1GS Security had consistently grown year on year before the covid-19 pandemic and lockdown slowed down part of the operations of the business. “Prior to the pandemic, we had 80 full time security guards and 50 part time security guards. Due to the lockdown and restriction in movement, a lot of offices were shut so we lost almost 95% of our business. We are gradually recovering operating almost 60% of our business with 40 full time guards and 20 part time. It has been tough, but it is the same with every other business.
Despite the uncertainty due to covid-19, Oded is optimistic that there are other opportunities for 1GS Security. The company is looking to grow the security products division of the business as there is currently a growth in demand. “At the moment we have an installation team comprising 3 team members. Our goal is to double the size of the business and add at least 2 more installation teams in the next 6 to 12 months. At the moment we are fully booked for the rest of the year, so it is looking promising”.
The teams combined experience of over 100 years in security products and services, strong testimonials and reputation for excellent service delivery would serve the business well as it pursues its growth plans. “A lot of our business comes through recommendations from people we have worked with or people who have heard about our business. We are extremely proud of our brand and service excellence. We are close to our 10th anniversary and I could not be happier with the team and what we have collectively achieved”.
In the short term, Oded and the team are stabilizing the business and dealing with the uncertainty from covid-19 and are looking to a future where they can offer more of their services. If you are looking for quality security products or services by an expert team with high standards, then speak to the team at 1GS Security Services. See link to their website.