44 jobs saved at Cardiff security firm

A Cardiff security specialist has been bought out of administration saving all 44 jobs.

Following discussions with the director, the business was sold as a going concern, safeguarding all 44 employees' jobs and offering a better return for the company’s creditors

Zenith Security Specialists Limited was set up in 2009 providing manned CCTV security systems to national and private firms, local authorities and small businesses.

Trading as Consortia Service Group, the company was based at Cardiff Bay Business Centre and was taken over in January 2015 by director Ozma Nasir with a view to expanding the business.

Administrators Kelly Burton and Joanne Wright from Sheffield business turnaround experts Wilson Field were appointed joint administrators on 17 May after the company faced mounting pressure from HMRC in respect of PAYE and VAT arrears.

Miss Masir took advice from Wilson Field and the business was sold in a pre-pack administration to Consortia Services Group Limited as a going concern saving all 44 employees’ jobs.

Kelly Burton from Wilson Field said: “Unfortunately, a number of the inherited on-going contracts were unprofitable. Despite attempts, the company did not have sufficient time to turnaround the business and was struggling to service both its on-going overheads and significant HMRC liabilities.

“Attempts were made to source further additional funding proved impossible and so the decision was taken to enter administration.

“Following discussions with the director, the business was sold as a going concern, safeguarding all 44 employees’ jobs and offering a better return for the company’s creditors than alternative options.

“The new company will be under the same management offering the same standards of service to its customers.”

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