HOVIP - Heads of the Valleys Innovation Programme

Heads of the Valleys Innovation Programme

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Secure Wales: Business Collaboration Secures the Future

Secure Wales members on site at The Works Ebbw Vale

Five firms from the Heads of the Valleys and South East Wales are securing their future by working together to help boost business and increase awareness of the expertise available in the region.


Secure Wales brings together five like-minded businesses involved in the security sector to increase their commercial potential and add value to the individual services offered by each member. Potential customers can access a wide range of specialist advice, products and services through one point-of-contact.

The Challenge:

Vince Price, lead member of Secure Wales, explains the challenges the businesses were facing. "As a group of diverse businesses, we all wanted to access new markets and new opportunities, but were struggling to find the best way to do it. It was evident that we had skills, services and contacts that were complementary, but no mechanism to maximise our potential."

Members of Secure Wales are:

Cynon Valley Crime Reduction Services Ltd a social enterprise based in Trecynon, Aberdare providing CCTV, intruder alarm systems, security lighting and systems and training development.

Design & Manufacture Ltd based in Merthyr Tydfil providing a wide range of security doors, gates and fences.

Spectrum Positive Identity & Training Ltd based in Sebastopol, Pontypool providing bespoke plastic and identity card printing and biometric security.

Rockfield Safety Ltd based in Caerphilly providing fire protection engineering and safety solutions and training.

Creating Media Ltd with offices in Llanharry, near Llantrisant and Portskewett, Near Chepstow, providing IT security and e-crime consultancy.

Alpha Projects Security Ltd - with a regional office in Tredegar, providing professional dog handling and training, as well as surveillance, man guarding and close protection security.

How HOVIP helped:

The cluster developed from an innovative idea originated by HOVIP and support was provided through PIA (Project Implementation Assistance) to facilitate the cluster development.

Vince Price continues, "Mike Warren from HOVIP worked with us to focus on what we wanted to achieve and how we could work together. The result has been to develop a viable cluster under the Secure Wales name."

Support was also provided to submit the first successful application to the Enterprise Networks Fund from the Welsh Assembly Government. This funding enabled Secure Wales to formulate joint bids, undertake market research to identify emerging products, services and markets, to develop a shared database of key contacts, design and corporate identity and website and to undertake measures to improve operational efficiency.

Key Benefits:

  • The value of business generated by Secure Wales, including referrals within the group, is in excess of £100,000, with further opportunities being developed. Each of the cluster members has benefited.
  • Good collaboration between the cluster members has resulted in faster response times to opportunities and better networking both face-to-face and across virtual networks.
  • The cluster members have shared best practice, reduced waste and improved profitability. New roles and responsibilities have been developed within the team to meet the additional demands of the cluster. Several new positions have been created, a number of apprentices have been employed and existing staff have been promoted.
  • Social responsibility is part of the culture of Secure Wales. The lead member is a Social Enterprise and all cluster members have diversity and social responsibility as a core value.

"The development of this cluster of security businesses is very exciting." said Ian Mabberley, South East Wales Regional Manager for the Enterprise Networks Fund. "Secure Wales demonstrates this new way of thinking about business and shows how firms in Wales are positioning themselves to be competitive in the future."

To find out more about Secure Wales, visit www.securewales.co.uk

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Heads of the Valleys Innovation Programme (HOVIP) aims to increase the capacity for innovation in businesses in the region. Phase 1 was KEF ESF Funded and hosted by Merthyr Tydfil College. HOVIP2 and HOVIP3 is supported by the Welsh Assembly Government HoV Regeneration initiative with the 5 HoV local authorities and is hosted by Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council.

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