Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Keeping Success within the Family

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Keeping Success within the Family

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Byline: DAVID OLD

ASECURITY firm is celebrating after scooping a top award.

JS Security and Electrical, a small independent security firm based in Washington which installs and repairs alarms, electrical systems and CCTV, was chosen to be a regional winner in Barclays' Family Affair competition.

The search highlights the importance of family firms and rewards the UK's very best family businesses.

Winners from eight regions across the nation received cash prizes of pounds 1,500 and a year of free business advice from Barclays, presented by Levi Roots himself, at Barclays headquarters in London.

The company is run by husbandand-wife team Joe and Susan Sheridan, and their sons Lee and Mark.

They impressed the judges by starting the business in 1985 by working part-time at night and on weekends. They moved to run the business full time in 1992, and now have more than 4,000 customers.

The company has developed such a good reputation that for the past 13 years it hasn't needed to advertise and the family is now planning to take on two apprentices and new business premises. …

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