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Andover security company celebrates major racecourse contract 

Andover security provider, Venture Security, one of the south coast’s leading independent security companies, is celebrating after securing the security and stewarding contract for Newbury Racecourse.

From April, Venture will be supplying all event stewarding, crowd management and hospitality security services for the racecourse, including for the high-profile Coral Gold Cup, Betfair Super Saturday, and the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes. Venture’s experienced team will be providing year-round security services for the site, including 31 popular racedays held at the racecourse each year, the largest of which will require a mobilisation of up to 180 security and stewarding staff on the day.

The contract was awarded to Venture following a competitive tender process. Newbury is the second racecourse to call on the team’s services, with Venture having been the security provider of choice for Salisbury Racecourse for the last eight years.

Commenting on the news, Duncan Robertson, head of events at Venture Security, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be working with the internationally renowned Newbury Racecourse. Being such a professional and well organised course, we look forward to adding value through our high-quality security provision and to working with the team there to support a positive customer experience.”

He added: “It’s testament to the expertise and dedication of our team that despite being a small independent security company, we continue to secure contracts from world leading companies, sporting venues and historic sites across the region; including Stonehenge, the Roman Baths, and now Newbury Racecourse. It’s fantastic to see the capabilities and quality of smaller security companies increasingly being recognised.

Newbury Racecourse is a Grade 1 racecourse and ranked among the top 10 racecourses in the UK. The racecourse has a long history of racing, having been in operation for more than 115 years and welcoming around 180,000 visitors annually. The site also boasts one of the largest conference and events centres in Berkshire, with over 3,800 sq. metres of event and exhibition facilities.

Amelia Gray, Head of Operations at Newbury Racecourse, said: “’We’re excited for another busy year at Newbury Racecourse with a number of high-profile racedays – as well as live performances from Olly Murs and Sir Tom Jones – arriving in the coming weeks and months. Providing memorable experiences for those attending racedays and events at Newbury Racecourse is our top priority and we look forward to working with Venture Security as we continue to enhance the raceday and event experience we’re able to offer in 2023 and beyond.”

Venture Security was founded in 2006 and provides a range of professional security services for customers across Hampshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Dorset and Surrey. The company is ranked in the top 1% of UK providers by the Security Industry Authority (SIA).

As well as working with private and public sector organisations, ranging from large businesses to event organisers, Venture’s officers can also be spotted in towns and city centres across the region helping to tackle anti-social behaviour.

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