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Stirling deal for social enterprise

Security firm GTS secures castle deal

Chris Thewlis: phenomenal honour

Britain’s only social enterprise security company, GTS Solutions, has secured a contract to provide protection at Stirling Castle.

The Edinburgh-based firm already has responsibility for Edinburgh Castle and is working at this year’s Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo for the first time.

It is carrying out bag searches on the esplanade and has been appointed by Historic Environmental Scotland to undertake a similar role in Stirling, along with event security and safety, taxi marshalling and door supervision.

Set up in August 2012, the company, the 90-employee company includes among its clients a number of local authorities, the Scottish Prison Service and the University of St Andrews.

Founder Chris Thewlis said: “It’s a phenomenal honour to be entrusted with the safety of the many international visitors at two of the UK’s most important and historic landmarks, as well as those attending one of the most internationally renowned and unique global events.

“Not only are these achievements great for GTS Solutions CIC, it is good for the whole social enterprise sector because it shows that it can be the model of choice at any level.”

Mr Thewlis is a director of Beer For Good CIC, the UK’s first social enterprise bar group responsible for Harry’s Bar in Edinburgh’s West End.

He recently launched a crowdfunding campaign to help with the redevelopment of the country’s first social enterprise bar – Southside Social –  in the capital’s Buccleuch Street.

It will be closing at the end of the month for a refit, reopening in September as Harry’s Southside.

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