Counter-terrorism firm attracts £250,000
A company that provides counter-terrorism training to businesses and organisations across the world has secured £250,000 of funding.
The ISSEE (International School for Security and Explosives Education) is the latest company to benefit from the £25m South West Ventures Fund.
The company runs a training facility on a 55-acre site at the UK Centre for Homeland Security on the former RAF Chilmark site in Wiltshire.
Its clients include UK government and public sector bodies – including the military, police and fire departments – and overseas governments and UK corporations.
The school trains people from commercial, military and law enforcement backgrounds in a range of explosives and security-related subjects to City and Guilds level.
The funding will enable ISSEE to develop the site and grow the business internationally.
The management team plans to expand the school from classroom-based training to distance learning and through franchise school operations.
The school was launched in 2000 by Professor Alan Hatcher, an explosives expert who worked with both the army and the RAF for nearly 30 years.
He said: “The investment in ISSEE means that we can expand in order to meet the high demand for our services.
“This is following a number of recent terrorist attacks that have targeted air and land transport systems worldwide.
“Our clients are not only government departments; we are finding that more commercial organizations are approaching us to enhance their own security personnel and systems against terrorist attack.”
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