An ambitious security firm which helps businesses protect their assets in the UK, Middle East, and South America is thriving thanks to help and support from Business Wales, the Welsh Government’s business support service.
Set up by former Royal Marine Commandos Nathan Monshin and Peter Watts, and Richard Horn, formerly of the Parachute Regiment, S.I. Risk provides a range of specialist security services to businesses both at home and abroad.
Despite only trading since December 2014, S.I. Risk has already worked for a Middle Eastern royal family and a London borough council.
With support from Business Wales, it is now tendering for security contracts with the United Nations, having opened its operations base in Flint in March 2015.
Nathan said: “I was originally asked to put together a travel risk management service for a national UK company. It took about eight months of hard work to become fully formed, and I realised there was no reason why I couldn’t set up a similar business of my own.
“I was looking for advice on ways of accessing funding, and a contact told me about Business Wales, which has been absolutely invaluable in setting S.I. Risk up.
“They’ve been absolutely fantastic in everything I’ve approached them about, from helping us find an office for our operations room in Flint to support towards the ISO 31000 accreditation.
“Even though there aren’t many other businesses in the area that carry out our sort of work, Business Wales completely understood what we are trying to achieve and provided the help and guidance I needed.
“I’ve since spoken to contacts in England that are really jealous that we’ve had a resource like Business Wales to tap in to.
“Business Wales has been with me every step of the way, and I can’t recommend it highly enough. The support has been absolutely superb.”
All Business Wales services are free and delivered bilingually from offices in Bangor, St Asaph, Holywell and Wrexham.