Longmoor Security ("Longmoor" or the "Company"), the Close Protection (CP) and Risk Assessment division of the Westminster Group Plc ("Westminster" or the "Group"), is pleased to announce the opening of the new Longmoor Training Academy (the "Academy").
The opening of the Academy is in response to the increasing demand for Longmoor CP courses and will enable the Company to further expand the range and scope of its courses, both residential and non-residential. New courses offered will include: expanded ship's security officer training, conflict management, hostile environment awareness advanced trauma medical, hostage rescue and survival training, major incident management and communications.
The Academy is a 19,000 sq ft, 30 bedroom, self contained training centre comprising of a number of training rooms, lecture halls, catering and leisure facilities all set within 442 acres of grounds in central England with easy access to the M40. The Academy has been secured on a leasehold basis of an initial 12 month term with the option to extend for a further 4 years. The unrestricted access to the facilities will allow for significant operational efficiencies to be achieved resulting in a wider range of courses being offered and at better potential profit margins.
The Academy is extremely well appointed; all bedrooms are en-suite, there are various size training rooms and lecture halls to suit varying class sizes and the facility offers delegates unrivalled leisure facilities including an indoor swimming pool, squash courts, tennis courts, gymnasium and golf course.
Commenting on the opening of the Academy Peter Fowler, Chief Executive Officer of Westminster Group, said:
"I am delighted to be announcing the opening of the Longmoor Training Academy which we believe is the best training facility of its type in the country and offers tremendous potential for the expansion of Longmoor's training services. Enquiries for the Longmoor training courses are running at an all time high and this new facility will enable us to run simultaneous courses as well as introducing additional courses, all increasing revenue and achieving greater cost efficiency.
"The market in personal protection has grown significantly with the much publicised increase in kidnap, hostage taking, ransom demand and targeted theft of wealthy and high profile individuals. Ex military and ex Police delegates recognise the enhanced career options available to them having completed the Longmoor Security Industry Authority (SIA) accredited course. Without such accreditation an individual cannot legally work within the UK private security industry.
"In addition we are receiving enquiries for our courses from our growing international network of governmental clients and the establishment of this new Academy will be of significant benefit in building on these opportunities by enabling us to run high level discrete residential courses for governmental organisations such as police and Special Forces."
For further information please contact:
Westminster Group plc
Tel: 01295 756 300
Peter Fowler (Chief Executive)
Ian Selby (Chief Financial Officer)
Fairfax IS Plc (NOMAD + Broker)
Tel: 020 7598 5368
Stuart Gledhill / Katy Birkin
Winningtons Financial (Financial PR)
Tel: 020 3176 4722
Tom Cooper/Paul Vann
0797 122 1972
Westminster Group plc is a leader in the supply of system solutions and products to the security, defence, fire protection and safety markets worldwide.
Westminster's principal activity is the design, supply and ongoing support of advanced technology security solutions, risk assessments and close protection services. These can range from product only assignments, such as the supply of specialised scanners, to the design and implementation of an integrated system solution such as a border detection and surveillance system. The majority of its customer base, by value, comprises governments and government agencies, non governmental organisations and blue chip commercial organisations.
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