From security guards at busy hospital wards to plain-clothed detectives in shopping malls, Manpower Direct supplies security services to the public and private sectors. Its clients include WHSmith and Jewsons and it supplies car-parking attendants to several NHS hospitals and county councils. It also offers specialist services, including health and safety evaluations, fire-awareness training and construction site security. The Essex company was founded in 2003 by university friends Muhammad Alam and Kashif and Sharjeel Bhatti. Its sales grew 58% a year from £1.9m in 2005 to £7.4m in 2008.
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