Former solicitor Sukhi Ghuman spotted a gap in the market when he founded Octavian Security in Nottingham in 2003. His company provides security staff from its bases in Britain, Canada and Spain to clients such as the BBC, Ikea and the Ryder Cup. It has also branched out into security services consulting. The company claims it was the first to employ former Gurkha soldiers and has worked with local authorities to combat anti-social behaviour. Sales grew 100% a year from £1m in 2005 to £8.3m in 2008.
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