A SECURITY firm to the stars has moved into a flagship South Tyneside business centre.
The £5.4m One Trinity Green development in South Shields has attracted a leading national company with a client list including film stars, footballers and pop singers.
MNX Security will run its operations – including door supervision at venues, close protection of A-list celebrities and high-value goods transportation – from the futuristic premises in Eldon Street.
The company was founded in 2003 by former Welsh Guardsman Steve Bennett, 56, now its operations director, and his wife Diane, 33, its managing director.
The firm is the latest in a series of businesses to move into the centre since it opened in September, and it is now more than a quarter full.
MNX’s clients include the Noble Organisation, Vivienne Westwood, Sunderland Football Club, Suffolk’s Greene King brewery and Durham, Sunderland and South Tyneside councils.
The firm also has management bases in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, and Nottingham.
It has provided security at the Bafta ceremony, a fundraising ball held by Elton John, an array of celebrity parties and, most recently, the Professional Darts Foundation’s first European tour event of the season, featuring world No1 Phil Taylor.
The company is also relied on by racecourses and boxing promoters.
In the North East, MNX provides security at The Point in Sunderland, various venues in Durham, nightclubs in South Shields and the Livello bar in Newcastle.
Cheshire-born Steve spent 15 years with the Army, serving in the Falklands and Northern Ireland.
He said One Trinity Green’s environmental futuristic looks had been key to the move.
“It’s an amazing building, and I was struck by its superb environmentally-friendly credentials straight away. The design of the building amazes me,” said Steve.
“I knew immediately that I wanted MNX Security to be based there. It has everything we need, including excellent facilities and 24-hour access. It’s perfect for us.
“We are also a paperless company and do everything by e-mail, so the green nature of the centre really suits our business model.
“I travel around the country a lot for work, so being in South Shields is no problem for me. We’re delighted to be here.”
Steve and Diane met 10 years ago when he was area manager for another security firm and Diane, of Cleadon, was assistant manager of the Marsden Rattler in South Shields.