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Security specialists GMS Group win contract to support real estate global leader Colliers

Colliers, a global leader in corporate real estate services and investment management company, has appointed security specialist GMS Group as its partner across the West Midlands.

GMS will support Colliers with security services for landmark sites including Birmingham Wholesale Market, Mercia Park in Swadlincote, Red Rose Shopping Centre in Sutton Coldfield, Old Square Shopping Centre in Walsall and the Castle Mill office block in Dudley, along with car parks and industrial estates.

GMS will provide a mix of manned guarding services, mobile patrols, opening and locking properties, key-holding and vacant property inspections.

Commercial Director Lisa Nicholson said: “We are thrilled to take on the provision of security services for Colliers as their partner for the West Midlands, having demonstrated our customer focussed approach and agile ways of working across dynamic portfolios as well as our committed working culture.

“Throughout the tender process we listened to Colliers stakeholders to provide a solution which guaranteed a consistent approach to their properties and showed we have a pool of talent from high profile customer contracts in the region.

“The transparency which has earned us great client loyalty will continue in our work for Colliers, along with the investment in our staff which ensures colleagues meet high standards and develop in their roles.”

Sourcing Manager for Colliers, Stacey Gray, added: “It is fantastic to work with GMS across our Midlands portfolio, who stood out throughout the tender process. Their service offering combines exceptional levels of technical ability, staff development, and a strong commitment to ESG values, all of which are fully aligned with our strategy to elevate the built environment.

“During contract mobilisation, GMS has demonstrated their focus on customer service, agile culture and high levels of professionalism. From our point of view, the process has been seamless and although it’s early days, they have already surpassed our expectations.”

GMS, which has its HQ in Tividale, has built a reputation for being an innovative group of security specialist companies, delivering practical solutions based on trust, integrity and reliability through joined-up services.

The company employs 500 staff delivering security solutions across the UK for leading brands including Jaguar Land Rover, Aston Martin, CEMEX UK, Neovia, Kerry Foods and Avison Young.

Leading on the Colliers partnership will be Simon Williams, who recently returned to GMS having previously worked for the security specialist for five years until August 2022, primarily on its contracts for JLR and the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

Simon has been appointed to the newly created role of National Contracts Director as part of plans to strengthen the GMS leadership team for their next phase of growth.

The Colliers contract success comes on the back of an extended period of growth for GMS, with highlights including successfully supporting the Commonwealth Games and securing a number of new clients.

GMS won the Apprentice of the Year and Best Marketing Campaign prizes at the 2022 Express & Star Business Awards and was named for the first time as one of the UK’s top 45 security companies by leading industry title Infologue.

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From left, Andrew Barnes, general manager of Birmingham Wholesale Market, with GMS national contracts director Simon Williams and commercial director Lisa Nicholson

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