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A WIGAN security firm is bucking the recession – by working for a top notch French fashion house!

Wolf Security, managed by friends Andrew Whistlecroft and Barry Prescott, is celebrating bagging a host of prestigious contracts with some of the biggest firms in the UK and abroad, including French fashion and luggage firm Louis Vuitton.

The company provides CCTV, intruder alarms and fire detection for a number of blue chip companies – and business is booming.

Andrew, 38, of Wigan Road, Standish, said: “Businesses in our line of work are going under as an effect of the credit crunch. But ours is thriving, which we are naturally delighted about.

“In contrast to our competitors, we run a relatively small operation, but a very efficient one which is very quickly becoming known for its quality of service across the region.”

The firm was able to secure its UK wide contract with Louis Vuitton through a contact of Andrew’s who works for the French luxury fashion brand at one of its Manchester outlets.

Andrew said: “He was so impressed with the level of professionalism shown by ourselves that word quickly spread and things snowballed.

“We now have contracts with both the stores in Manchester and outlets in Oxford and London and an office in Kensington.”

Andrew and Barry set up Wolf Security in 2006.

Before their working partnership, the two Wiganers were good friends. They met on a youth training scheme during the 1980s. Andrew said: “Barry and I met when we were in our teens and have been in the field of security for the last 19 years.

“We worked for regional and national companies but decided we wanted to work for ourselves. It was a little like walking into the unknown. But now we have almost 400 customers on our books.

“We provide and install alarms, CCTV, fire alarms and emergency lighting systems for all of the Louis Vuitton stores across the UK.

“We also work with Waterfields, providing systems for all their bakery shops across the North West, and Wigan Council’s Anti Social Behaviour Unit.

“Also, as far as I am aware, we are the only alarm and security company in the Wigan area to be awarded a certificate of merit from our governing body, the SSAIB.”