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Join The Team!

by Paul Harbord



The Steadfast Group are seeking a Full-time Security Control Room Supervisor.

As The Steadfast Group’s Security Supervisor you will undertake a crucial role within the organisation ensuring consistent service delivery, directing all security matters from performance management of officers to controlling incidents in a professional and timely manner. You will be at the forefront of coordinating Security Operations to keep our community safe and secure whilst conforming to Steadfast’s Standard Operating Procedures.

We are looking for a High Quality, proactive Security Supervisor to lead operations from our new purpose built Security Control Room.






The Steadfast Group attend SAFC’s Fixtures breakfast!

by Paul Harbord

The Steadfast Group’s Security Director and Security Manager, Paul & Simon attending SAFC’s Fixtures breakfast yesterday. The panel, hosted by BBC’s Jeff Brown, included Sunderland AFC Managing Director Tony Davison, Sunderland AFC Academy Director Paul Reid, former Sunderland AFC player Lee Howey as well as a representative from ‘Wise Men Say’ podcast.

Paul and Simon at SAFC fixtures breakfast with Lee Howay (Former Sunderland Player)

Sunderland AFC will kick off their new season with a home game, welcoming Oxford United F.C. to the Stadium of Light.

The 2019-20 EFL fixtures were confirmed Thursday morning and the Lads begin their Sky Bet League One campaign on Saturday 3 August.

The first away day of the season is a trip to Portman Road to take on Ipswich Town F.C. on Saturday 10 August.

Over the festive period the Black Cats will play Bolton Wanderers F.C. onBoxing Day at the Stadium of Light and then Doncaster Rovers F.C. at the Keepmoat Stadium on Sunday 29 December.

The final league game of the 2019-20 season takes place on Sunday 3 May, when the Black Cats face Rotherham United at the New York Stadium.

The Steadfast Group are on the march again! This time it’s in aid of the ‘’First Light Trust’’.

by Paul Harbord

Saturday 17th August sees The Steadfast Group ‘’Yomping’’ around Kielder Water. A gruelling 27 miles all in aid of the ‘’First Light Trust’’, a charity close to the teams’ heart.

The Kielder Challenge Walk which encircles the Reservoir, has become one of the most popular challenge walks in Northumberland over the past few years.

The Charity

FirstLight Trust is The Steadfast Group’s new designated charity, and the walk is targeted with raising much needed funds to help the charity continue delivering their amazing work.

The charity supports:

  • Any veteran from the armed forces including reservists
  • Anyone who served in the emergency services
  • Any serviceman or woman who is about to leave or is going through transition

The help the charity provides comes in all forms from:

  • Housing
  • Making sure you have the right benefits, allowances and pensions
  • Getting you the right medical treatment
  • Sorting out debt problems
  • Rehabilitation and support for drug and alcohol problems
  • Volunteering work
  • Writing CVs to help in getting back to work

The Steadfast Group management visited FirstLight Trust’s Redcar branch last month and had the pleasure of speaking to the branches Trustee, Dorinda Wolfe Murray.

Dorinda spoke very passionately about the charity and how help from companies like the Steadfast Group, are helping homeless veterans who’ve fallen on bad times, get off the streets and get their lives back on track.

If you would like to know more about this Charity, please visit

We’ll keep you updated and inform you how you can support us on this challenge.

The Steadfast Group unveiled as new sponsors of Consett FC.

by Graeme Anderson

THE Steadfast Group has announced a sponsorship of Consett FC as the Northern League Division One side bids for promotion.

The company is supporting the table-topping North West Durham side in what is hoped will be a successful season but is already in talks over a long-term commitment to the Steelmen.

The move will see Steadfast banner boards around the Belle Vue Stadium, mentions in the club programme and a link on the club’s website.

Steadfast’s business development manager Mike McGaun, believes the move will be important in raising the company’s profile west of the city of Durham.

He said: “I come from out that way and I know that there are a lot of businesses in that neck of the woods who could benefit from our security, storage and haulage services.

“There does seem to be a bit of a psychological divide between the east and west of Durham County and our sponsorship of Consett will help us bridge that gap and raise our profile in the area.

“Steadfast trades all over the country but sometimes you’ve got to be careful not to overlook the business that might be waiting on your doorstep and hopefully that’s the case here.

“It’s important we spread our good name in the region and partnering up with Consett FC was an obvious way to do that.

“I know from personal experience that the football club is very much a community club which puts people first and that’s very much like Steadfast, which is a family-run firm.

“I’ll be pushing the message that if you need it moving, protecting or storing in North West Durham and beyond, we’re your guys.”
Consett FC chairman Frank Bell said: “We are delighted to welcome Mike and Steadfast on board and hope they will enjoy a long and successful association with us.

“We will be looking to use their services and deepen our relationship over the course of time and can recommend them to our fanbase. Details of their services are already on the sponsors’ section of our website.”

Steadfast Storage on show at North East’s biggest engineering and manufacturing exhibition

by Graeme Anderson

STEADFAST Storage services will be showcased this month in the biggest engineering and manufacturing exhibition held in the North East.

For the first time, The Steadfast Group will be exhibiting at the well-established Durham Oktoberfest – this year being held in the XCel Centre, Newton Aycliffe, DL5 6AP, on Thursday, October 19.

And the Peterlee-based security,  systems, and storage company are delighted to be part of an event which generates business and awareness across the region.

Steadfast director Paul Harbord said: “We were only too happy to be part of this impressive annual event when we were approached by the organisers.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to get the message out there that we’ve got a huge storage facility in Peterlee which is safe and secure and cost-effective.

“We’re well known for the security services we supply to companies and also for the electrical systems with CCTV and alarms but the storage tends to get overlooked and it is right here on the doorsteps of business in the region with tens of thousands of square feet available.

“We’re looking to use the Oktoberfest to get that key message out there – that you know we do security and systems but did you also know we do storage?”

Paul Harbord

Steadfast director Paul Harbord looking forward to Oktoberfest


The Steadfast Group will be among 100 exhibitors demonstrating their services to the public and to other businesses and the company is dipping a toe in the event by appearing in the Incubator Zone.

Paul explained: ” The Incubator Zone is for companies that don’t have large numbers of employees, so rather than go into Oktoberfest as The Steadfast Group, we’re exhibiting as Steadfast Storage, which allows us to focus on that part of the business.

“We have plenty of companies that are taking advantage of our storage facilities but we feel many others are missing out simply they don’t know what is available and Oktoberfest is a great way of getting the message out there and hopefully benefiting not just our business but also plenty of other businesses who are seeking storage solutions.”

More than 1,000 visitors attend Oktoberfest every year and the organisers are hoping this year will be their most successful yet.


Steadfast safety inquiries surge after Grenfell

by Graeme Anderson

THE Steadfast Group has reported a surge in smoke detector and fire alarm installation inquiries in the North East in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Calls since the fire in mid-June have come from a range of businesses and not just those with multi-storied premises, as companies review their procedures.

Ian Harbord, head of systems at Steadfast, said: “You would understand anyone involved with tall buildings looking into their safety procedures but we are seeing it across the board and I don’t think that’s a bad thing.

“What happened in Camden at Grenfell was a national disaster and our hearts go out to all who have lost and suffered.

“But as we saw with the Hillsborough inquiry in football and other examples is that when you have an awful tragedy like this, lessons are finally learned and huge efforts are made by Government and local authorities, companies and individuals to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

“What we’ve seen in our small way is an effort to make sure potential fire hazards are being properly looked at.”

Steadfast supplies security and CCTV cameras to business across the region and beyond but also installs smoke detectors and state-of-the-art fire alarm systems and is offering a free fire risk check to any business looking to review its’ fire safety risks.

The company is also taking fire training of its’ own security guards to a higher level with additional training planned.

Paul Harbord, director of security at Steadfast said: “Our guards are often the first responders on the scene at any event on premises and as such they have to be highly trained for every scenario.

“But in the wake of Grenfell we want to take that to a higher level and this week we have booked more than a dozen guards onto an intensive fire safety and warden course leading to certification.

“The courses will be rolled out across the company with a dozen or so guards at a time over the next few weeks to ensure all our guards are experts in terms of the correct way to deal with fire outbreaks and hazards.”

Any companies or local authorities, who would like free health checks of property and premises can call Steadfast on 0191 518 0837 or email:

Steadfast also supplies fire security wardens to properties or high-rise towers.

Steadfast Group guards’ quick-thinking helps save drowning man

by Graeme Anderson

TWO brave and resourceful Steadfast Group security guards saved the life of a drowning man off Hartlepool’s Headland.

Harry Jones and Jason Cooke were providing security for Hall Construction, which is repairing the sea wall at the Headland, when Harry spotted a man in the water.

They used scaffolding from the site as a makeshift ladder to reach the stricken man whose boat had capsized while fishing with his young nephew on Saturday, April 22.

Harry held the top of the pole in place while Jason edged down the rocks and helped pull the man to safety.



Steadfast Security’s Jason (left) and Harry, holding the scaffold pole they used in their rescue (pic courtesy of Hartlepool Mail)


That wasn’t the end of the rescue though because hypothermia was setting in and after helping pull him out of the water Harry and Jason acted fast to warm him up.

Harry, 64, from Blackhall, said: “At first I thought it might be debris but then I realised it was a person and nearby there was a capsized boat with another person clinging to it.

“I shouted for Jason and we ran down towards the water, we kept calling the coastguard but couldn’t get through because everyone else was calling them, having spotted the same incident.

“It was deep where he was and the tide was coming in. It was quite a height and the tide was hitting the sea wall.”

Eventually they got the distressed man, from Bishop Auckland and aged in his late 30s, out of the water and into a warm cabin where they removed his freezing clothes and wrapped him in coats to get his circulation flowing again before the ambulance arrived.

Jason, of Horden, added: “The coastguard managed to rescue the other person who was hanging on to the boat for dear life.

“But when they got to us they said we had done exactly the right thing in terms of preventing him suffering hypothermia.

“If he hadn’t got out of the water he could have drowned but if we hadn’t kept him warm he could have died of the cold.”

Paul Harbord, Steadfast security director, who passed on a reward from the company of football tickets and shopping vouchers, said: “They were really quick-thinking with the ladder idea. The lads did a great job and they went above and beyond and they are exactly the calibre of guards we want at our company.”

The incident was part of a major rescue operation, involving Hartlepool Coastguard Rescue Team, the RNLI and a pilot vessel, which was launched after a member of the public heard desperate cries for help coming from the boat.

A 999 call reported a small upturned boat and two people waving and shouting for help, close to the lighthouse.

The casualty’s nephew was taken to the lifeboat station before both were taken to University Hospital North Tees where they were treated for secondary drowning caused by water getting into the lungs.

Well done Harry and Jason for showing such alertness and quick-thinking.

Steadfast group supplies military veterans’ charity with auction gifts

by Graeme Anderson

GIFTS of a signed Sunderland shirt and signed Sunderland match ball have been donated by The Steadfast Group this week as part of efforts to raise money for military charity Veterans At Ease.

The items will be auctioned off as part of a major money-raising drive at the Mayor of Durham’s Civic Dinner at Durham Town Hall this Friday.


And Steadfast managing director Michael Harbord says the company is thrilled to be supporting such a worthy cause.

County Durham-based Steadfast is one of the top 50 security guard companies in the country, providing manned and electronic guarding to dozens of businesses across the country.

And many of their personnel – right up to boardroom level – have military and police backgrounds.

Veterans At Ease is a small locally-based charity which does tremendous work in the community to help veterans overcome the traumas of war after serving their country.


It has made a massive impact on the lives of many ex-servicemen – helping veterans, reservists, serving military personnel and their families deal with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other combat stress-related issues.

The charity, which will help anyone who feels they need our support – whether they have been diagnosed with PTSD or not – has three offices, one in Jarrow (South Tyneside), one in Durham City (County Durham) and one in Newton Aycliffe (South Durham, Tees Valley).

Therapy is provided free of charge by trained therapists (all of whom have suffered themselves, been through treatment with Veterans at Ease and then gone on to qualify as therapy practitioners themselves).

Michael Harbord, who will be offering his support at the Civic Dinner, said: “It’s a tremendously worthwhile cause and one close to our own hearts.

“When we heard the Mayor of Durham, Cllr Edward Bell was holding his dinner in aid of Veterans At Ease, we were only too happy to help.

“We provide the security for the Stadium of Light and Academy of Light at Sunderland Football Club and as part of our partnership with them we have been able to give donate items which are highly sought after to the auction.

“Ironically, Steadfast will also be discreetly providing security for the event on the night, so we are supporting the Mayor’s Civic Dinner in more ways than one!”

Evidence has shown that the majority of servicemen and women do not seek help with regard to combat-related stress issues until 10 to 14 years after the event.

Considering the UK’s recent military commitments in Iraq, Northern Ireland and Afghanistan, the figure for those potentially suffering from their experiences whilst on active service is substantial.  And recent estimates show that as many as 90,000 people could be affected by PTSD in the North East alone.

Symptoms of PTSD include social isolation, paranoia, anger, depression, flashbacks and nightmares with suicide resulting in some cases.

Further information on the charity can be found at:

North East Security Company Breaks Into UK’s Top 50

by Graeme Anderson

THE STEADFAST GROUP has been ranked in the TOP 50 security companies in the UK for the first time.

The County Durham-based company, now in charge of  security at Sunderland Football Club sites, was given the ranking by The Security Industry Authority (SIA) – the Government watchdog which carries out site visits and a series of stringent tests of security companies.

The news is a massive boost to the firm, founded two decades ago, which only broke into the top 100 on its previous inspection but now has a nationwide reach.

The SIA assessment represents the gold standard in the industry and only the best earn the Approved Contractor certificate which Steadfast now has for work on manned guarding of premises and electronic and CCTV surveillance.

Last year SIA points rating saw Steadfast break into the top 100 UK security companies and this year’s assessment marks an improvement of more than 10 per cent overall.

Steadfast managing director Michael Harbord said: “We are thrilled by this latest result, it is credit to everyone involved in the company

“The main thing is to earn the SIA certificate in the first place because that’s the documentation all security companies should have.

“But once you achieve it, the SIA goes on to give you points totals which show where you stand in its rankings.

“For us to break into the top 100 security companies a couple of years ago and this year the top 50 is fantastic for us and shows we’re getting bigger and better all the time.

“But we don’t want to stop there.

“The incentive now is to keep on improving and the quality of our SIA assessment can only help contribute to that because the tests are so thorough and rigorous and set the benchmark in our industry.

“Before any company considers security at their premises – manned or electronic – it is always worth them checking their contractors are SIA compliant and if they are SIA approved contractors, all the better.”

The Security Industry Authority is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry.

It is a UK-wide independent body reporting to the Home Secretary, under the terms of the Private Security Awards Act 2001

It has two main duties.

One is the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities within the private security industry; the other is to manage the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme, which measures private security suppliers against independently assessed criteria.

SIA licensing covers manned guarding (including security guarding, door supervision, close protection, cash and valuables in transit, and public space surveillance using CCTV), key holding and vehicle immobilising.

Licensing ensures that private security operatives are ‘fit and proper’ persons who are properly trained and qualified to do their job.

The SIA’s Approved Contractor Scheme introduced a set of operational and performance standards for suppliers of private security services.

Those organisations that meet these standards are awarded Approved Contractor status.

This accreditation provides purchasers of private security services with independent proof of a contractor’s commitment to quality.