Core Training and Security Ltd and its learners found themselves centre court this spring after being chosen to provide security for the wedding on the tennis champ Andy Murray.
The Lanarkshire-based training provider, which was established earlier this year by director Tony Hendry, was asked to step in for Scotland’s wedding of the year between Wimbledon-winner and London Olympics gold medallist Andy Murray and long-term partner Kim Sears.
Tony Hendry said, ‘ As a successful HABC approved centre specialising in security qualifications, I decided that instead of passing my students onto other security suppliers I would set up my own security company. I’ve been working within the industry many years so had many contacts.
Which is why earlier this year in January I started trading as Core Training and Security Ltd, formerly GTS Training, and hit the ground running by taking over the security contracts in the West of Scotland from my previous employer.
At the end of February, my office got a call from a hotel in Perthshire asking if I could supply security staff for an event they were holding in April, and if I could join them for a meeting. I went to the hotel along with one of my senior colleagues. I delivered a presentation on what we do, and they seemed impressed by our experience in the industry, how we trained our own staff and the obvious quality of my team.
At first, they were very coy about what the event was and told me that if I was engaged to carry out the job, I would be entrusted to keep quiet about the event’.
He continued, ‘Having worked on the proposal and tendered for it, I received an email to say it been successful and I was invited back to the hotel to go over details with the client.
You can imagine my shock when I walked into the meeting and met with Miss Kim Sears , her family , wedding planners and representatives of world famous tennis star, Andy Murray. I realised that this was no ordinary job.
Many weeks of planning went it the wedding from our side. It started off supplying management and staff at the Cromlix hotel, the wedding venue, but as the event grew, so did the security demand. It ended up a four-day job, at various locations, including Dunblane Cathedral, from the Thursday through to the Sunday, involving a total of 52 staff for the full event.
The event was a major success and the plaudits from the client and the families are still ringing in our ears. We’ve received many letters of thanks and congratulations from parties associated with the event for our efforts in ensuring the security of the wedding and the safety of the families was prioritised’.
For more information on Core Training and Security Ltd, go to www.core-office.co.uk