About Argus Fire & Security LTD
Argus Fire and Security are dedicated to pull out all the stops to supply our customers with effective security solutions to suit their requirements. As Wigan’s largest independent installer of Fire Detection and Security Systems, we have in house expertise to design and install Intruder and Fire Alarms, CCTV, Door Access and Integrated Systems at competitive prices. We are an NSI Gold approved organisation and issue NSI certification on all of our installation work. This ensures that your system is accepted by your insurers and can obtain Police response through our Alarm Receiving Centre if required.
Intruder Alarms were originally our core business, we have been installing good quality reliable systems for over 35 years. All of our Intruder Alarm work was historically carried out to BS 4737:1986. Our current work is carried out to the latest European Standard EN50131 and PD6662:2010. We first achieved accreditation in 1996 and have been designated NACOSS NSI GOLD since 2004. We have had a Certificate of Quality Assurance to BS EN ISO 9002:1994 and NACOSS Quality Schedule SSQS 101 since September 2001.
In January 2015 Argus were awarded NSI Fire Gold Status and BAFE approval for the maintenance of Fire Detection Systems, this was upgraded to cover the design, installation and commissioning of Fire Alarms in September 2015. Argus are now proud to be designated NSI Gold for Intruder Alarms, CCTV, Access Control Systems and Fire Alarms. We believe at Argus as per the trend in the industry, in the future only certified fire alarms will receive automatic brigade response.
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Roger Wood previously helped to build up one of the North West’s most successful intruder alarm companies in the 1970s and 1980s. Oldham Security Services Co Ltd was a family business successful over three decades. Roger’s father Alan Wood had a lifetime of security industry experience and under his leadership employed over 40 people at its peak. In 1984 the American International Corporation Honeywell targeted and eventually purchased the company which had by then its own Alarm Receiving Centre.
Roger tried working in Construction for a few years but was inevitably drawn back to the Security Industry in 1993, then in 1994 purchased a small but well-run company with a reputation for quality. Argus Alarms as it was known then became Argus Security Systems Ltd in 1995.
Present day – Argus Fire & Secruity LTD as it became known in 2015, were acquired by metro security plc in 2022. Although now owned by metro security, Argus has retained its core values from the last 35 years in business.
Our Operating Area
Argus Fire and Security LTD are based in Wigan near Manchester, in close proximity to the M6, M61, M62, M65 and M58, providing an ideal location to cover the North West of England. From these offices we install and maintain systems from Cumbria to Cheshire and Flintshire to West Yorkshire. However national accounts demand nation wide coverage, and we believe that we are able to provide this in the best way possible. We are a member of a group of similar sized reputable NSI and BAFE approved companies located throughout the UK which we have reciprocal service arrangements with. Our national customers know that all their branches receive the best local service with the personal touch, which only small local companies can provide, yet still have one point of contact.
And in 2022, we were acquired by metro security plc. Our future plans are to grow on the foundations that we have built and expand the company further to provide new services and products to our customers.
We have always been careful to get our existing business running smoothly before starting new projects. Intruder Alarms have always formed the core of our business and gradually CCTV, Door Access and Fire Alarms have been added. In 2015 Argus achieved BAFE approval for Fire Detection Systems. This ensures that all our fire alarms will be certified by the NSI in a similar manner to Intruder Alarms, Access Control and CCTV. In January 2016 Argus became a Gent approved company.
Health & Safety
Early in 2008 Argus Security Systems as we were then known became accredited to the Contractors Health & Safety Scheme, CHAS. This ensures that we promote the latest safety techniques to give less risk of incidents to our staff, customers and members of the general public. Argus Fire and Security recognise the importance of Health and Safety and are committed to promoting safe working environments. All Argus engineers have completed the CSCS health and safety training test, CSCS (construction skills certification scheme) was set up in the mid-90s with the aim of improving site workers competence to reduce accidents on construction sites and similar work environments.
In 2009 we gained Construction Line membership. Construction line is the UK’s largest certified pre-qualification database, saving the construction industry over £500 million a year in administration. Already used by over 60% of local authorities, they reduce duplication and save time and money by encouraging organisations to use a single source for pre-qualification.
Our Corporate & Social Responsibility
In relation to our corporate responsibility, in 2016 Argus put staff who drive company vehicles, on a driving awareness course, this course was designed to teach our drivers more fuel efficient techniques to both save the company money on fuel costs and help reduce our carbon footprint,
Argus also runs fuel efficient vehicles and are proud to say that all our company cars are hybrid technology. Argus is a company that continually invest to ensure that we have some of the most highly trained and capable staff in the industry.
In 2018 Argus gifted £4,000 to the various charities we support.
Argus takes social responsibility seriously, In recent years Argus has supported a number of local charities in Wigan and surrounding areas. These include Latics to Amsterdam prostate cancer appeal, The Brick homeless charity and the sponsorship of Warrington Youth Club and Wigan Youth Zone.
In previous years Argus have financially helped the Me 2 You Bereavement Charity in 2009, and in 2011, 2012 & 2013 Argus took part in an annual sponsored bike ride, to help raise money for the development of the new Wigan Youth Zone facility. In October 2013 when WYZ officially opened Argus agreed to be an official supporter also became a supporter of Warrington Youth Club. Our annual financial contributions assist the running of this facility in Wigan which is something Argus is very passionate about. These amazing charities give thousands of youngsters and teenagers somewhere to go to help develop their skills and relationships.
Over 35 years of Argus
Argus Alarms was originally set up in Wigan in 1986 and was purchased by Roger Wood in 1994, who built the company with assistance from the other business partners over the next 22 years to the company we are today. In 2003 Mark Pritchard became a business partner and shareholder of Argus, and in 2008 Stephen Leigh became a business partner and shareholder. Roger, Mark and Stephen worked very hard to build Argus on the principles of quality, service and re-investment. This has enabled Argus to grow steadily and become a market leader in the security service sector.
Roger, Mark and Steve continued to grow the business until 2022 when the business was acquired by Metro Security PLC. Metro’s future plans are to grow Argus Fire and Security LTD and continue to re-invest and support the staff in the same way that has been done over the last 35 years.
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