Our History

Steadfast Security was founded by managing director Michael Harbord, his family and business partners in the early 1990s to provide security for businesses and companies.



STEADFAST Security was founded by managing director Michael Harbord, his family and business partner Dave Watson in 1991 to provide protective security for businesses and organisations. Although based in the North East of England, the company has expanded nationwide and added a range of other services over the years, to complement the core businesses of manned guarding and automatic security systems.

With most key personnel drawn from military or police backgrounds, the company has long prided itself on core values of service, reliability, loyalty and integrity. Together, these qualities have made us Steadfast. Now rebranded as The Steadfast Group, the company has added all forms of electrical contracting services, including green energy to its portfolio, as well as a secure storage and haulage division. Despite our progress, we pride ourselves on remaining a family-orientated firm with good values.

Still based in East Durham, we have grown from modest beginnings, to employing close to 150 members of staff with plans to expand further in the near future. Steadfast has delivered proven, reliable security systems - human and technological - to business and company premises across the UK for more than two decades now. Our latest link-up is a business partnership with Sunderland Association Football club, looking after and protecting facilities including the Stadium of Light and Academy of Light.

Satisfied clients agree that we compete with the best of the best whether it be in keeping your assets safe, providing electrical, green energy work or any other of the services we offer. Our diversity across various industries gives The Steadfast Group the ability to offer clients either a single area of expertise or a bundle of services at best value for money.

In security systems and services we offer everything from manned guarding and mobile patrols, to CCTV installations and remote monitoring; from corporate surveillance to key-holding services; from fire detection systems to access controls and alarm responses. Beyond that we offer electrical contracting including NICEIC inspection and testing, PAT and fault testing, lighting design & installation, green energy. There is also secure storage - commercial and domestic - including secure vehicle storage, secure offices and haulage, transport and delivery services. Together these different business services combine to create The Steadfast Group - professional and precise 24/7; providing customers with peace of mind.


Members of the Steadfast family in the boardroom. From left to right: Alex Hall office manager, Paul Harbord, associate director, Dave Watson managing director, Michael Harbord managing director, Graeme Anderson media manager, Dave Whinfield sales manager and Ian Harbord. head of security systems, electrical contracting and green energy.



THE Steadfast Group is a leading supplier of security industry services. We constantly engage in the pursuit of excellence by delivering quality, bespoke solutions to our customers, suppliers and community through committed effective relationships. We operate with fairness and integrity, ensuring we meet all legislative requirements under equality and diversity, health and safety and environmental controls.

We operate and endorse and equal opportunities policy which is aimed at treating every member of staff and each job application received, equally, regardless of colour, creed or sexual orientation. As a company it is our service delivery and our strategic principles which helps differentiate us from other providers. Experience, innovation, quality, flexibility, response, safety and trust - these are all qualities and values which characterise The Steadfast Group.

Beyond that, our positive attitude as a ‘Can Do’ company marks us out as a company which overcomes obstacles and challenges to provide top quality service at competitive prices. We also have a wealth of experience across a diverse range of other industry sectors which we can put at clients’ disposal. With the assurance of competence and reliability, The Steadfast Group has consistently delivered high service standards to support the financial situation and operational requirements of our clients. And the well-established vetting and training process we have in place across our industrial, commercial, retail and domestic portfolio ensures excellence in all divisions. (The Steadfast Group is also committed to health & safety and environmental principles, having gained accreditation in a number of disciplines.)