A significant new chapter has been added to Metro Security (GB) PLC’s 40+ year trading record by its acquisition of established Wigan-based systems installation provider Argus Fire and Security Ltd. The move acts as a springboard for expansion of Metro’s operations in the north of the country, complementing its presence further south – based out of the company’s Romford, Essex, HQ.

As the Wigan area’s largest independent installer of fire detection and alarms, alongside security equipment including CCTV surveillance, door entry and integrated systems, Argus’s reputation has grown steadily since the company’s formation in 1995. Its operational credentials include both Fire and NACOSS Gold approval for services including the design, installation and maintenance of electronic security systems such as access control, intruder and hold-up alarms – awarded by the National Security Inspectorate (NSI), the UK’s leading UKAS-accredited independent certification body. Argus also boasts BAFE fire scheme approval covering fire detection and alarm systems.

Argus’ team of around 30 staff serve its growing range of customers in the residential, commercial and public sectors. The company’s clients range from Hovis Bakery in Bradford to Marks and Spencer’s distribution centres in Glasgow and Stoke, Peaks and Plains Housing Trust in Macclesfield, the Macdonald Kilhey Court Hotel in Wigan, and Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

As an NSI Fire and NACOSS Gold-certified installer itself, Metro Security has also won a 2019 Queen’s Award among a variety of other accolades. Metro operates an in-house security and fire alarm monitoring centre alongside other business activities including innovative retail analytic software solutions which maximize loss prevention, assist store management, and improve marketing opportunities. The company’s multi-functional Metro Analytic Retail System (M.A.R.S) digital technology is successfully used by Frasers Group retail outlets both across the UK (e.g Sports Direct, Evans Cycles, Flannels and Game), and around Europe – in 19 other countries, from Austria and Cyprus to Lithuania and Poland.

Commenting on the acquisition of Argus Fire and Security, Metro Security’s MD, Trevor Wallace, describes the positive outcomes: “We are delighted to be working with such a first-class team of people and are looking forward to not only integrating with the Argus business but liaising with the staff there to optimise future opportunities.

“There is an obvious ‘fit’ between our two operations – particularly in relation to the demonstrable competencies we offer, such as the important third-party approvals provided jointly for the benefit and reassurance of our customers.

“In terms of both security services and fire safety systems, the legal and other regulatory landscape is changing rapidly, with implications for on-going insurance-related stipulations. The proven strengths of our combined business will help all of our customers to navigate their responsibilities in terms of these tightening requirements.”