SECURITY firm Safer Scotland has appointed a new managing director to lead its expansion plans.
Phil Bunting has been charged with accelerating the Paisley-based business’s UK expansion and breaking into European markets within his first year.
Working alongside Safer Scotland founder Ryan Clark – who steps up to the CEO role -Bunting will oversee the Safer Security Group throughout the rest of the UK and Europe.
The immediate growth plan includes the doubling of turnover to £4m in the coming year, with £8m and £12m projected for the succeeding years.
The company is also on the lookout for new premises of more than six times its existing square footage to accommodate its new ambitions.
Clark said: “I am delighted that we have been able to attract Phil Bunting, one of the most sought-after leaders within the industry, and for good reason, to the role of managing director.
“Phil has an exceptional track record of leading innovation over decades and possesses an unrivalled knowledge, both of the sector and the ingredients for success.
“Key to our success will be ensuring that we are well prepared for our growth plans and Phil is the ideal addition to our business at this stage.”
Bunting, from Sheffield, began his career as an electrical, electronic, and mechanical engineer.
He founded his own company, Camwatch, in 1993 and pioneered the visual confirmation of intruders using the then most current video technology.
After turning Camwatch into one of the largest CCTV monitoring operations in Europe, he sold it in 2014 to the multinational VPS Group, where he became Group Technology Director in charge of creating and deploying technology solutions across Europe.
He said: “I am pleased to be joining the team at the Safer Security Group.
“It is an amazing business which has done exceptionally well since it was established in 2016. I have worked with Ryan in my previous roles, and I have great respect for what he has achieved in such a short space of time.”
Safer Scotland has been employed on hundreds of flagship projects for construction, civil engineering, and housing developers across Scotland.
It also provides security guards, void property protection, key holding and other risk mitigation services.