Fast growth for Co Tyrone road collision services start-up

Tyrone GAA star Shield ambassador Conor McKenna (centre) with director Monica Hughes (left) and operations manager Joanne McCusker.

A Co Tyrone start-up specialising in services for road traffic collisions has reported rapid growth since it was formed just three years ago.

Shield Accident Management (SAM) has passed 1,000 cases since 2018.

Based near Dungannon, the company employs 15 staff.

Director Monica Hughes said demand has grown by 200 per cent year-on-year for its services, which include vehicle recovery, storage, repair and replacement vehicles.

The start-up can also handle insurance or legal affairs, and even medical assistance if required.

“We formed Shield in 2018 to help take this stress away from our customers by looking after everything to do with their collision and making a very unpleasant and worrying experience much more bearable for them – at absolutely no cost to themselves, as any fees are covered by the insurance companies we deal with,” she said.

“Whilst nobody likes to see traffic accidents on our roads, the rapid growth that Shield has experienced in its first three years shows that we are providing a top-class service to our customers who are coming back to us or recommending us to others.”

The company's growing profile has been bolstered by signing up Tyrone GAA and former AFL star Conor McKenna as an ambassador.

“For anyone whose livelihood depends on having their vehicle, a road traffic collision can have a catastrophic impact on business,” she added.

“Within our first thousand cases, we've provided replacement vehicles for every situation - from a Rolls Royce to a tractor.”

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