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Sarah Spence

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North East security business just got stronger

A pair of security experts is helping to keep Sunderland free from thieves, violence and crime after launching a new business with help from the North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC).

Christine Poole who runs several martial arts clubs across the North East joined forces with friend and ex-soldier Dean Fox 18 months ago to form Globaltech Security, focusing on instructing people in high risk jobs, like the NHS, on how to protect themselves against aggressive and physical behaviour by teaching the breakaway technique.

The business partners had previously spent over 20 years working security in Sunderland and between them caught over 1,000 shoplifters in The Bridges, during this time they both also received Shop Watch Awards.

With such impressive combined portfolios the fledging business has gone from strength to strength not only securing a number of regional and national contracts including ensuring safe passage for the Olympic touch when it passed through the region but has recently added international security to their portfolio having been invited to review security for a major employer in the Far East.

Dean said: “When I was discharged from the army in 1991 after breaking my leg I went into security. I worked for nearly all the shops in The Bridges but when I worked for TG Hughes I found that it was closing down and this inspired me to take control of my own destiny.”

With the business permanently on the go Dean and Christine opted to take a virtual office at the North East BIC. Colin Turnbull, ICT Manager at the North East BIC said:

“Security is really important to us here at the BIC whether it is IT related or in the traditional sense, so it is wonderful to hear how successful a home grown security company has been in such a short space of time. I wish them all the best for the future.”

Christine added: “In 1987 I found my love for Marital Arts, being just 5ft 2 I knew I would need to get strong qualifications behind me. I was the first female door supervisor in the Sunderland, women in the industry was almost unheard of back then.

“Having spent my life attending self defence classes I know how important it is that people learn simple techniques that can enable the victim to detach without causing serious injury. Going into business with Dean has been amazing, he is like my brother and knowing that we enjoy what we do and can make a living out of it is wonderful.”

Globaltech Security offer a range of services from retail security, events stewards, door supervisors, manned guarding and CCTV any businesses interested in security please visit

The North East BIC offers a wide range of products and services to support the needs of anyone who wishes to start a new business, and assists over 150 enterprises in the getting off the ground each year. To contact the business support team call 0191 516 6149 or email

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Sarah Spence .

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