Posted on 28th November 2017

Vespasian Security sign Armed Forces Covenant

Vespasian Security is proud to call Portsmouth their home. The city and the area is steeped in military history and this permeates through not only the history books but also the families and individuals and companies that call Portsmouth home.

From the Romans building a castle in Portchester in 285AD, via the navies of Henry VIII and D-Day allied invasion forces of WW2, to the modern era of with the Royal Navy choosing Portsmouth as the home port for the Royal Navy’s newest aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, the fortunes of the city have gone hand-in-hand with those of the armed services.

From the inception of the company, Vespasian Security has actively sought out individuals with experience with the Armed Forces to join operational and managerial teams. Being a Portsmouth based company and understanding the vital contribution ex-service personnel can bring to a modern, forward facing company such as Vespasian, the Board of Directors wanted to show the organisation’s ongoing commitment to the armed forces community.

Alongside Vespasian providing services to some military specific events for free, such as the Normandy Veterans Reunion, the Directors sought out the Armed Forces Covenant. Vespasian Security Director, Simon Hodge (himself the son of a British Army Veteran) personally signed the Armed Forces Covenant on behalf of Vespasian Security.

Simon said, “So many of our team members, clients and customers have a military history either personally or within their immediate family. Our relationship with the service community is truly symbiotic and so signing up to the pledge of the Armed Forces Covenant is a natural but very meaningful step for Vespasian.”

The history of Vespasian Security’s operational teams is awash with staff members from different military backgrounds including; Royal Marines, Royal Logistics, Naval Officers, Artillery, Armoured Regiments, Infantry, Dog Handlers, RAF Regiment, Paratroopers, Provost, RM Police to name but a few.

Vespasian Security Managing Director, Oliver Gardiner said, “It is vital that those within the Armed Forces and those with a background of armed service have the opportunity to bring their experience and training to bare within industries that respect and value their skills. These veterans are a huge asset and one that should be respected and nurtured.

With Vespasian Security providing security and crowd management services to the arrival of the HMS Queen Elizabeth to Portsmouth, the relationship between Vespasian and the Armed Forces community seems set to continue will into the future.

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  • Andy Denny

    We have never worked with a contractor from ANY area of the festival who is so dedicated to providing a first class service.


  • Nick Byrne

    Glad to see some friendly faces. When security greet you with a smile and a friendly hello, it’s hard not to give back and treat them with respect. Starting exchanges on the right foot makes a difference. Glad to see a security team that give the impression that they’re on ‘our’ side.

    Festival Customer

  • Ben Miles

    Vespasian has been with us from the start and we work well together as a team. We meet regularly to discuss service provision and they are flexible enough to meet our changing needs. Their expertise and experience of the industry have been invaluable to us and to the success of our venue.

    Little Johnny Russells

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