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UK Background Check Company | The Cotswold Group

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Company Overview

The Cotswold Group was established in 1990 and directly employs over 280 staff across offices in the UK.

With 27 years of experience we are the UK and Europe’s leading Investigation Company providing exceptional results through our specialist investigation and intelligence services.

In April 2011 the company was acquired by G4S plc as G4S Investigation Solutions (UK) Ltd but we continue to trade as The Cotswold Group. The acquisition provided us with additional expertise and a global reach.

We specialise in intelligence led fraud and liability investigations across the public and private sector, working for a range of industries, including some of the world's largest insurance companies, corporate businesses and local authorities.

We have complete nationwide coverage across all functions of our operation, enabling us to respond quickly to customer requirements 365 days a year.

Prospect, our market leading intelligence database, contains over 1.2 million fraud specific entities associated with all general insurance claim types including motor, property, liability and travel. Through working for 8 of the top 10 UK general insurers we are uniquely placed to provide clients with a truly market leading proposition based on our industry knowledge and experience.

Instructions can be managed via our online portal Cotswold Connect where we provide our customers with instant access to files, documents and reports throughout our investigations.

About G4S (now part of Allied Universal)

In 2021, G4S, a London-based global security company, was acquired by Allied Universal®, a leading security and facility services company that provides proactive security services and cutting-edge smart technology to deliver tailored, integrated security solutions. This acquisition expands Allied Universal’s footprint and infrastructure on a global and local level.

Through the company’s vast network of more than 800,000 employees, we leverage global best practices in communities all over the world. With revenues of $18 billion, we are supported by efficient processes and systems that can only come with scale to help deliver our promise locally: keeping people safe so our communities can thrive.

In the UK and the Middle East, we have an extensive network of offices and more than 52,000 employees to support our local communities and customers. We believe there is no greater purpose than serving and safeguarding customers, communities, and people in today’s world. Allied Universal is There for you®. For more information, please visit or