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Report shows UK companiestest defy slowdown

Plimsoll Publishing : 21 September, 2007  (Technical Article)
UK survey indicates security companies remain confident despite an economic slowdown
The UK security industry is seeing a mini resurgence, despite recent jitters on the domestic and world markets, according to leading business analysts Plimsoll.

"Our summary of the market finds 59% of companies in the sector in a surprisingly confident mood," says David Pattison, senior analyst at Plimsoll. "This has been fuelled largely by their latest results, but we have identified a group of 98 companies which are the driving force behind the resurgence, having increased their sales by 24% and lifted their profitability from 3.7% last year to 7.3% this year.

"We always knew that for many companies 2007 was a make or break year, but with all the talk of a slow down in the UK economy the figures from this elite group of companies are really refreshing. A lot of hard work during the past couple of years is finally starting to pay off."

Also apparently flying in the face of economic scare stories is the fact that levels of investment are increasing for the first time in five years.

Says David Pattison, Senior Analyst at Plimsoll: "Bad publicity in the shape of job losses has led people to believe that the industry is in decline, but this is not the case. Total output from the sector continues to rise, while sales are up 6%. But for many, those sales increases are reaching 10%. Behind all this is increased productivity and capital investment. Successful companies have been chasing new levels of efficiency to compete on the UK stage."

Not all the results are good, and the main cause for concern, according to Plimsoll, is the failure of 61 companies in its analysis to cope with these new levels of business performance. Worse still, David Pattison warns, some of them will struggle to survive if, as expected, the wider economic picture results in a bumpy ride during the next six months for UK business in general.

The latest Plimsoll analysis of the UK security industry contains a fully updated individual assessment of each of the UK's top 1500 security companies. The latest report analyses each company in the industry individually as well as providing in-depth market analysis.

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