GCS Security Systems reflect on how receiving support from Launchpad has helped them to make their dreams of opening a physical showroom a reality.

Tell us about your company?

GCS Security Systems is a security systems provider and installer.

We offer state of the art CCTV, intruder alarms and access control systems offering a system for every situation and budget, should it be a domestic or commercial property.

When did you first decide to start up on your own and what inspired you?

We had thought about starting a business for a while but both felt the security of being employed offered stability and reassurance. However, when COVID-19 hit, we, like most people, revaluated where we were in life and what we wanted – and having served over 20 years in the industry we felt that we stood as much chance as anyone else to start up an honest, reliable and affordable security provider.

How has Launchpad helped you?

We thought we would have to start from scratch but we were pointed in the direction of Doncaster Launchpad, who provided everything we needed to get up and running. As part of our business model we wanted to provide a showroom to enable our potential  customers to physically experience the product and choose the correct one which would suit their needs best. Launchpad got us well on the way into our first shop by providing access to grants and invaluable assistance.

What are your hopes and aims for the business?

Our hopes for the business are to provide good, honest security solutions at an affordable price, and to become established and known for a one-stop shop for any potential customer who requires one of our services, as well as welcoming customers who have a troublesome system and need our help. Once established, we look forward to taking on additional staff to help us maintain our standards.

Launchpad advisor Debbie Richardson said: “It has been great working with GCS security Ltd  on the Launchpad Programme.  After approaching us for advice and support on how to develop his new business. Andy has found our workshops really useful to help grow and develop  his business. Andy has  shown a real passion for his business and we look forward to working with him further and wish him continued success. 

“Starting and growing a business is not easy and that’s why the Launchpad programme was created. Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and our partners means there is no cost to the entrepreneur, so we can get straight to work on turning those dreams into reality.

“Stop dreaming and do it. Contact us for information now on 03330 00 00 39 or email growthhub@sheffieldcityregion.org.uk