Security consultancy changes hands following successful MBO

Jeff Lee and Chris Cowell

Live event security, training and consultancy, CSG (Controlled Solutions Group) has completed a management buyout by its chief executive officer, Jeff Lee and chief operating officer, Chris Cowell, for an undisclosed sum.

CSG protects global brands, their teams, fans, guests and venues.

Based in Manchester, the business was launched in 1989 and now serves a roster of blue-chip clients both nationally and around the world.

CEO, Jeff Lee, who led the buyout, said: “This MBO heralds a new era for the business.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to build on CSG’s fantastic legacy and bring our vision for the next chapter to life.”

CSG founder, Henry Kirkland, is retiring. Lee said: “We’d like to thank Henry for his hard work in establishing CSG as a leading player in the sector.

“It’s a superb business to be taking forward and we wish him all the best for the future.”

COO, Chris Cowell, said: “We are honoured to be leading our hugely talented and experienced team as co-owners of the business.

“Handing the baton to the existing leadership team means we can secure a seamless transition for our clients, employees and the hundreds of security professionals that work with us on a weekly basis. It’s an exciting time for everyone.”

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