Silverstone has appointed Showsec to handle crowd management and event security.

The security company will provide its services at the Formula 1 British Grand Prix and many other high-profile events in the venue’s sporting calendar.

Events take place at the Northamptonshire venue from the end of March through to the beginning of November.

“This is a prestigious opportunity for the company to work with a venue which rightfully enjoys iconic status in the world of sport, and indeed beyond that,” said Richard Church, Showsec’s regional manager for the Midlands.

“We feel privileged to be given this chance of playing a key role in upholding that proud reputation over the busy programme of events which lies ahead and look forward to this being the start of a long-term relationship. We believe there is real synergy between Silverstone and ourselves in terms of the commitment to customer experience.”

He added that Showsec’s experience delivering crowd management and security plans for large-scale sporting events, such as the Tour de France last year, will be of value in undertaking this new challenge.

The contract will be headed up by Church and East Midlands area manager Joe Milner. Further support for account manager Chris Senior will be provided by area managers Ieuan Fury and Louise Stockden within that team.

“The size and scale of this opportunity is highlighted by the fact that there are motor racing events virtually every weekend across a seven month period,” Church continued. “The circuit does have its own in-house security team, so in some cases for smaller events, we will be providing support for them, but at the other end of the scale there are massive occasions topped of course by the British Grand Prix.”