Mercury Security & Facilities Management (MSFM), an independent security provider and facilities management company has been awarded the all-Ireland security contract for home and garden retailer Homebase.

The company, which is headquartered in Lisburn with offices in Dublin, Limerick and London has a number of retail clients, including Smyth's Toys, Lidl, Harvey Norman, Lifestyle Sports, and a number of shopping centres.

Liam Cullen, Mercury's Regional Director UK and Ireland, said the company is delighted to be awarded the contract to provide security for Homebase stores in the north and south of the island.

"Over the past 15 years, we have invested millions in the latest technology and training available to enable us to provide innovative, integrated security solutions to our growing list of clients, many of whom are in the retail sector," he said.

Mr Cullen said during this time, the role of the so-called 'security guard' has transformed significantly.

"The days of the so called ‘grizzly bear’ standing at the front doors has gone from our perspective and our staff are now equipped and trained to handle a wide range of customer service roles, over and above the basic security requirement.

"This is particularly important in light of ongoing Covid-19 guidelines and restrictions, and a company’s ability to respect these in a sensitive and customer friendly manner," he said.