Corps Security Heritage

Over 160 years of security services with social value.

Corps has been making a positive impact on society for over 160 years.

We are the oldest security company in the world and have been a social enterprise since our creation in 1859 – we just didn’t know it then!

Proud of our heritage

STAYING TRUE TO OUR ROOTS!

The oldest security company in the world

The oldest security company in the world

In 1859, our founder Captain Sir Edward Walter had an extraordinary social mission – to provide gainful employment to service personnel returning from war. He could see the value, skills and experience of those that had faced the toughest situations.

A history built on a social vision

A history built on a social vision

Back then, those returning from conflict faced incredible hardship, with no provision for housing and little in the way of help with physical injuries. Their employment opportunities were very limited.

A growing force for good

A growing force for good

Initially providing a security presence for the financial houses of the City of London, which at the time was the world’s commercial capital, Corps presence quickly grew and by 1880 the group was operating in London, Belfast, and Liverpool, with over 1,000 members.

Making a positive impact on society for over 160 years

Making a positive impact on society for over 160 years

In 1901 His Majesty King Edward VII became the head of the Corps of Commissionaires’ board of governors. A tradition that continues today.

Proud to make a difference

Proud to make a difference

We are still immensely proud of our links to the Royal Household, which reinforces our reputation for quality and high standards.

Looking to the future

Looking to the future

Corps has evolved with the times, introducing new and better ways of working to help protect our customers people, property and reputations.

A Social Enterprise since our creation

We’ve come a long way since the 1800’s.

But, as you can see, we have never forgotten our roots and continue to embrace our rich heritage and social mission in everything we do. We have also worked hard to develop what we offer our people, establishing diversity as a core priority and supporting fair working practices to improve lives.

Being a Social Enterprise means we really do change lives. Coupled with our mission to pay all our staff a living wage means Corps are genuinely different to all other security companies in the UK.

See how our Social Enterprise status can help your company fulfil your own Environmental, Social and Governance goals

OUR SOCIAL VALUES

‘‘Corps provides security with social value. We exist to make a difference through the delivery of our services and are the only major social enterprise in our sector.’’

Latest News

Corps Relay Intelligence Update May 2024

Intelligence Update May 2024

This month’s Corps Relay Intelligence Update includes: Terrorism (Protection of Premises) Bill (Martyn’s Law) Update, ACT in a BOX, Three Manchester Men Arrested in Suspicion of Terrorism, Police Officer Charged with Terror Offences, Essex man charged with assisting Russian intelligence, BikeRegister® – The UK’s National Cycle Database, Current National Threat Level
Corps Wins Challenge Event Of The Year At The Business Charity Awards

Corps Wins Challenge Event Of The Year At The Business Charity Awards

Corps Security has won the Challenge Event of the Year at Third Sector’s Business Charity Awards for its Tour de Corps fundraiser for Combat Stress.
Corps Security Wins Contract With NFU Mutual

Corps Security Wins Contract With NFU Mutual

Corps Security has won a contract with the National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Society Limited (NFU Mutual), the UK insurance composite
Corps Relay Intelligence Update January 2024

Intelligence Update January 2024

This month’s Corps Relay Intelligence Update includes: Activists Conducting Red Paint Attacks, New SCaN for Line Managers Online Training Now Available, The Security Institute Appoint a New Chief Executive, Current National Threat Level, Terrorist Plot on Christian Preacher in Hyde Park, Hosts of Neo-Nazi Podcast Jailed for Terror Offences, Individual Imprisoned for Hostile Reconnaissance of an Iranian TV Channel in London, Corps Focus: Security Issue of the Month - Safe Haven App Launched – Notification of Temporary Refuge Locations in an Emergency.
Corps Relay Intelligence Update December 2023

Intelligence Update December 2023

This month’s Corps Relay Intelligence Update includes: Tony Eastaugh appointed Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner. ULEZ Camera Blown Up in Sidcup Home Office Announce Additions to the Class A Drug List. Winter and Festive Period Vigilance Campaign. UK workers want their employers to play an active role during terror attacks. Counter-Terrorism Police to be given more powers to retain biometrics. Corps Focus: security issue of the month - a German tourist has been killed and two others, including a British man, have been injured following a knife and hammer attack in central Paris, in what has been described by French President Emmanuel Macron as “a terrorist attack”.
Corps Security wins Security and Fire Excellence Award for diversity and inclusion

Corps Security Wins Security And Fire Excellence Award For Diversity And Inclusion

Corps Security has been named the Diversity and Inclusion Champion at the Security and Fire Excellence Awards.
Corps Security Wins Two Year Contract With Centrepoint

Corps Security Wins Two Year Contract With Centrepoint

Corps Security has secured a two-year contract with Centrepoint, the UK’s leading youth homelessness charity.
Corps Relay Intelligence Update November 2023

Intelligence Update November 2023

This month’s Corps Relay Intelligence Update includes: New Class C Status for Anti-Social Drug, Thieves Cut Through Floor to Commit Museum Theft, Pro-Palestinian Protest Terrorism Arrests, Current National Threat Level, Counter Terrorism Police Launch Their Winter Campaign, Corps Focus: Security Issue of the Month – Martyns Law Update
Corps Relay Intelligence Update October 2023

Intelligence Update October 2023

This month’s Corps Relay Intelligence Update includes: Security Training Under the Spotlight, Hezbollah Involvement in Israel-Gaza - Travel Advice Updated, Leader of the Opposition Targeted by Activist, Highlights, Security Concerns, Current National Threat Level , Evidence of Continued Terrorism and Fixated Threat Emphasised, Police Investigation Finds Liverpool Women’s Hospital Bomber had an Asylum Grievance, Security Training Under the Spotlight
Corps Relay Intelligence Update August 2023

Intelligence Update August 2023

This month’s Corps Relay Intelligence Update includes: Update on the Terrorism (Protection of Premises) Draft Bill, also known as ‘Martyn’s Law’, Protective Security Funding Scheme for Places of Worship, National Security Bill Becomes Law, The Equipment Theft (Prevention) Act 2023 Receives Royal Assent, The Government Updates the Counter-Terrorism Strategy (CONTEST 2023), Current National Threat Level, Hate Preacher Arrested on Suspicion of Terror Offence, ISIS ‘Jihadi’ John Found Dead in Spanish Prison, Counter Terrorism Police Arrest a 16-Year-Old Boy on Suspicion of Terror Offences, Corps Focus: Security Issue of the Month - Environmental Activism Focus