Security firm to create 150 jobs after lockdown contract success

Reshma Sheikh

Nottingham-based protection specialist Octavian Security UK is set to create 150 jobs after being chosen to deliver safety and security for Covid-19 test centres across multiple locations.

The firm is providing its services at testing centres in numerous locations across the UK, including Nottingham.

The company has also been successful in securing contracts to protect everything from castles to priceless pieces of art since the second lockdown started in England at the beginning of November.

Reshma Sheikh, managing director of Octavian Security UK, said: “Since the start of the pandemic we have been supporting large retailers, local councils, logistics, distribution, corporate and health/medical organisations with all their security guarding needs, including manned or static guards, mobile patrols, keyholding and alarm response, car park management and enforcing government guidelines such as social distancing and the wearing of face masks.”

During the first lockdown in March, Octavian revealed that it had created 150 new jobs – now the company says it is on track to do the same again.

Sheikh added: “Due to the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, our security guards have received additional training to change their tactics and behaviours to acclimatise to changing times.

“Providing protection to vital Covid-19 test centres is without doubt some of the most vital work we’ve ever undertaken, but we take it as a huge compliment that we’ve been entrusted with these contracts.”