April 25, 2024

Shield Services Group – Built on experience

Shield Services Group started as Shield Insulation in 1979, formed by Phillip House in Bristol, and primarily focused on insulation work. Following legislation increases in asbestos removal, Shield Insulation diversified to offer this service and succeeded in becoming the market leader within the industry, subsequently changing to Shield Environmental Services to fit the increased range of services.

Its presence in the maritime industry dates back to the early days of small teams driving vans to ports around the UK. As a result, its asbestos removal services have expanded into the marine industry, and its marine services have grown to meet client demands for outfitting and survey works.

Shield expanded into scaffolding services from an industry requirement for specialist asbestos-licensed scaffolding structures. Additionally, its expertise in safety within demolition operations developed its growth within the demolition industry.

To complete the package, Fire & Security and Mechanical, Electrical & Facilities services were added to the skillset, bringing clients a full house of technical services.

Now in its 45th year, Shield has expanded across England and Wales and offers a more diverse range of services. It has increased its work scope, its projects and sites, its experience and its relationships. Its approach is obviously working as it has also attracted award recognition, with Luke House being named Male Entrepreneur of the Year in the South West Business & Community Awards. “I am extremely humbled but proud to have received this award,” explains Luke. “Having diversified Shield into many different sectors over the years, with each becoming established in its own right, I look at why they have become so successful and it is clear to me that it is down to the people that you surround yourself with. One of my only talents is recognising good people very quickly, and I’m proud to say that all our businesses are full of them. Therefore I dedicate this award to them and also my wife and children who have supported me all the way.”

Shield works with a diverse customer base across its various divisions, ranging from individual homeowners, property developers, Local Authorities, the NHS, construction main contractors (Kier, ISG etc). Its marine division works with some of the biggest names in the cruise industry, such are Carnival P&O, and Babcock in the defence sector. It finds that due to its approach to health & safety, project delivery and customer satisfaction; the company quickly forms longstanding and strong supply chain partnerships.