SPINNING Gate Shopping Centre have announced the appointment of a new security provider.

With a current occupancy rate of 92 percent and 39 retail units, Spinning Gate shopping centre has appointed Lodge Security as its new security provider.

Privately owned by Atmore Group, Leigh's town centre shopping centre provides a selection of national stores and independent shops, and with millions of visits each year, is reported to be outperforming other shopping centres of a similar size.

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Leigh Journal: The Lodge team will provide Spinning Gate with 9,000 hours of annual securityThe Lodge team will provide Spinning Gate with 9,000 hours of annual security (Image: Spinning Gate)
Based in Manchester, Lodge Security is a family owned provider of security solutions, with more than 100 years in loss prevention and security specialisms. 

Operating in every major city within the UK, as well as in Ireland and Europe, the Leigh team will provide Spinning Gate with a "comprehensive set of specialist security services" and 9,000 hours of annual security work.

This security network will benefit shoppers and businesses in Spinning Gate, with Leigh town centre suffering from a number of shoplifting reports in recent months. 

The centre's security team have transferred to Lodge Security and will be highly visible with an identifiable uniform.

There will also be training and development programmes including safety and security operational training, customer service and conflict management training, along with law and legislation training.  

Leigh Journal: Karen Cox and Andrew CockerillKaren Cox and Andrew Cockerill (Image: Spinning Gate)
Karen Cox, Centre Manager of the Spinning Gate Shopping Centre said: "We are excited to welcome Lodge Security, an experienced security service partner, to Spinning Gate Shopping Centre. 

"We continue to work in close partnership with other stakeholders within Leigh Town Centre and we are committed to supporting and strengthening the security provision to assist in providing a safe, and secure environment for our shoppers to enjoy.

"Lodge Security are a long standing member of the SIA approved contractors scheme and are NSI Guarding Gold accredited. 

"It was imperative that we appointed a company that is proficient in delivering core security and customer services competencies to continue enhance our shopper experience."

Andrew Cockerill, managing director of Lodge Security, added: "We are delighted to secure the security contract at Spinning Gate Shopping Centre and are looking forward to working with the centre management team and onsite security personnel.

"We warmly welcome the transferring security team members to the Lodge Family, and know they with the existing Lodge members joining the centre team, will deliver a fantastic service for the Leigh community and visitors alike.  A

"As one of the longest established names in Security, Lodge Service have vast experience in retail, community street teams, leisure and entertainment security sectors and we are eager to continue sharing our expertise and solutions with Spinning Gate.  

"The acquisition of the security contract Spinning Gate is a great addition to the Lodge Security portfolio which continues to enjoy year on year success and growth.  

"I would also like to give a Big Thank You to Karen and Carole from the Centre Management Team, who have been fantastic throughout the process and helped us to achieve such a smooth and successful transition process."