Swindon firm's vital role in covid testing effort

By Barrie Hudson - 28 July 2020


A Swindon security firm has deployed hundreds of officers to coronavirus testing centres across the UK.

  • Mike Lloyd, a partner with Haines Watts (left) with Guy Dungworth, a shareholder in SSGC and David Stubbs, managing director of SSGC.

    Mike Lloyd, a partner with Haines Watts (left) with Guy Dungworth, a shareholder in SSGC and David Stubbs, managing director of SSGC.

Their mission is to secure and marshal the testing programe aimed at fighting the pandemic.

SSGC is currently in the midst of an expansion strategy which has so far seen a six-fold turnover increase.

It has now appointed national accountancy firm Haines Watts to manage its financial affairs.

Many of the security officers sent throughout the country by SSGC are former military personnel returning to front line duties of a different kind as part of the coronavirus effort.

Managing director David Stubbs said: “Reinforcing our front line in the fight against Covid-19 has meant making some sound decisions as we rise through the ranks of security firms to be part of the top flight of specialist businesses – and appointing an equally top flight accountancy firm was always part of our long-term planning.

“Growth has always been a major part of our strategy, but our ability to demonstrate a robust response to the Government’s needs during covid lockdown suddenly accelerated those plans.

“We had already established a good relationship with Haines Watts, so a complete move to take advantage of a strategic finance partner that complements our own direction of travel will definitely help us shape our future direction.”

Mike Lloyd, partner with Haines Watts, said: “We provide services to thousands of businesses, many of which, like SSGC, are going through a phase of significant growth in a short time. 

"Expansion presents new and exciting challenges and secures SSGC as a major corporate player – a target they were already headed towards before current events arose.

“Accountancy services fall broadly into two distinct areas – compliance and planning. From the compliance side we can make sure they meet all of the legal and tax requirements while with planning we can help optimise around areas such as tax management, financial modelling and scenario forecasting to maximise the financial fluidity of the company under growth. 

“We are already busy working with the directors on both fronts and looking forward to working alongside them at this key time in the company’s evolution, and ongoing.”

A signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant (AFC), SSGC prides itself  on being an ethical business committed to supporting the military community through remobilisation projects, and is also being supported by other key partners in Skipton Business Finance and Squire Patton Boggs (SPB) solicitors in delivering on the Government’s call to action. 

Mr Stubbs, himself a former military police officer, added: “This is a very exciting time for the business as we transition into the next phase of our development. Working with Haines Watts helps provide seamless access to the financial services and expertise we will be leaning on this year as we execute the next phase of our growth”.   

More information about SSGC can be found at www.ssgc-net.com

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