FALKLANDS veteran and businessman, Simon Weston OBE, has moved his security company, Weston Security, to Cwmbran.
Weston Security, whose clients include Peter’s Pies and Blackwood shopping centre, currently employs 44 people and provides security systems, such as onsite security guards and CCTV, to businesses across the UK.
Mr Weston and his business partner Paul Hartshorn decided to move their core operations team of three from Caerphilly to Torfaen to take advantage of the facilities offered by the Springboard Business Innovation Centre in Cwmbran.
The centre is set up to support new and early-stage technology companies offering them accommodation and access to business support.
Mr Weston said: “We are delighted to be moving into Springboard. It is a fantastic building with great facilities and its location is ideal for our clients.
“We started Weston Security in 2013 and already have a growing portfolio of clients. This move will give us the opportunity to grow the company even further and to tap into business support from Torfaen council, and the talent available at Springboard.”
Mr Weston, 53, who suffered 46 degree burns when his ship, the Sir Galahad, was bombed during the Falkland War, is well known for his charity work and in 1992 he was awarded an OBE in recognition of his efforts.
The leader of Torfaen council, Bob Wellington, said: “I would like to welcome Simon and his team to Torfaen and I am sure that they will be happy in their new office at Springboard.
“We are looking forward to working with them closely over the coming months and hope that this is the start of a working relationship that will create much needed jobs in the region.”
There are currently 23 companies based at the centre, while 68 companies so far have graduated from the centre since it was opened in 2006 and Weston Security will be the 92nd tenant.