Daily Archives: 02/08/2013

Linx International acquires ARC Training International

Linx International has acquired ARC Training International Limited from red24 plc, an international provider of risk management services.

As part of the deal red24 has taken a 25% interest in Linx International. Simon Richards, the chairman of red24, has been appointed as a non-executive director to the Linx International Board.

Linx International’s managing director David Gill, a Chartered Security Professional, has been appointed as a non-executive director to the Board of red24.

A leading risk management consultancy, Linx International is retained by a number of blue chip organisations to provide training, security and risk management support and conduct corporate investigations.

The company is also the majority shareholder in Perpetuity Training, a training provider at the forefront of security management training within the UK.

David Gill CSyP

David Gill CSyP

Adding ARC Training International to the Linx Group is expected to create one of the world leaders in security management training.

In addition, the Linx/red24 relationship will result in opportunities for both companies to expand the range of security and risk management consulting services offered to their respective UK and international client portfolios.

Speaking about the deal, Simon Richards commented: “We’re delighted to have established a formal relationship with Linx International, who we believe are best placed to deliver the next stage in ARC Training’s development. We’re also very pleased to welcome David to the Board of Directors of red24. David brings a high level of sector expertise and experience, and will provide a valuable added dimension to the Board.”

For his part, David Gill explained: “The acquisition of ARC Training presents Linx with an exciting opportunity to build a true global leader in security training. I’m looking forward to working closely with red24’s senior management team as our combined resources and specialist expertise will undoubtedly lead to new opportunities for both Linx and red24 in the security and risk management consultancy arenas.”

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100 in 100 2013: Statistics Update 2.8.2013

The latest statistics for the 100 in 100 2103 apprenticeships drive have been communicated to campaign supporters by Skills for Security.

The 100 in 100 campaign aims to place at least 100 new apprentices across the security sector between IFSEC International 2013 (which ran at the NEC in Birmingham from 13-16 May) and the Security Excellence Awards, which take place at the London Hilton Hotel, Park Lane on Wednesday 23 October.

The campaign is orchestrated by Skills for Security and CSL DualCom with support from the British Security Industry Association, the National Security Inspectorate, the Fire Industry Association, the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board and – in its capacity as Media Partner – UBM Live’s Security and Fire Portfolio (organiser of IFSEC International and the Security Excellence Awards).

Importantly, the campaign is fully endorsed by skills minister Matthew Hancock.

The 2013 100 in 100 campaign logo

The 2013 100 in 100 campaign logo

Last year’s campaign resulted in 320 new apprenticeships, and the aim is to beat that total in 2013.

Pleasingly, the latest statistics from Skills for Security are hugely encouraging. To date, 34 new apprentices have already been signed up (this time last year the corresponding figure was 23), and six appointments are booked for the next couple of weeks to sign up eight further apprentices.

At present, 108 companies have expressed an interest in recruiting 148 apprentices.

This excellent news arrives hot on the heels of the Government’s plans to radically shake-up the UK’s apprenticeship funding framework in the wake of the Richard Review of Apprenticehips.

Taking on new apprentices is a great way of developing your security business. To find out more about employing an apprentice as part of the 100 in 100 campaign for 2013, call Skills for Security’s Customer Relations Team on 01905 744000

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SSR Personnel Charity Golf Day 2013 supports Combat Stress

The SSR Personnel Charity Golf Day is back, this year supporting Combat Stress (the UK’s leading charity that specialises in the treatment and support of British Armed Forces veterans who have mental health problems).

Mental ill-health affects ex-servicemen and women of all ages. Right now, Combat Stress is supporting over 5,000 veterans aged from 18 to 101. The charity is a vital lifeline for these men and women and their families. Treatment and support services are always free of charge, and are proven to work.

The date for the Charity Golf Day is set for Monday 23 September at the Hertfordshire Golf and Country Club, Broxbournebury Mansion, White Stubbs Lane, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire EN10 7PY.

Designed by Jack Nicklaus II, it’s a 6,276-yard par 70 course featuring two contrasting styles. The front nine is a little more forgiving whereas the back nine makes full use of the lakes and forest areas in the grounds. It’s a challenging round of golf!

One of the greens at The Hertfordshire Golf and Country Club

One of the greens at The Hertfordshire Golf and Country Club

The day will start from 9.00 am with registration. Participants will be able to enjoy a bacon roll for breakfast with a choice of teas and coffees. Warm-up/practice facilities are available before the first tee time of 10.35 am.

It will be an individual full handicap stableford competition over 18 holes to decide the prizes. Maximum handicap: Men 24, Women 28. There will be ‘nearest the pin’ and ‘longest drive’ prizes on selected holes.

Once your round is complete, you will be able to enjoy dinner with prize-giving and a raffle to follow.

The cost of entering the competition will be £60 per individual player, with a concession for four-balls booked at £220.

For a booking form e-mail: joliver@ssr-personnel.com

For any further enquiries contact John Oliver at SSR Personnel on (tel) 020 8626 3110

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Total Security Services awarded Investors in People accreditation

Putting its people first has enabled TSS (Total Security Services) Ltd, one of the UK’s largest privately-owned security companies, to be presented with a nationally recognised award.

TSS has been awarded the Investors in People standard for staff development, support and motivation, and is now recognised as part of a prestigious group of role model organisations that support and deliver for all employees.

A national company operating throughout the whole of the UK, TSS’ workforce joins a select number of staff across the UK employed by organisations that are ‘Investors in People’ or working towards that prestigious status.

Investors in People provides a business improvement framework that’s suitable for organisations of all sizes and from all sectors. Accreditation demonstrates commitment from a given company when it comes to taking organised steps towards the continued development of its employees.

Total Security Solutions' IIP Field Team

Total Security Services Ltd’s IIP Field Team

As a quality standard, Investors in People also helps employers to stand out from the competition and attract new business as well as investors and talented employees. It recognises TSS as a company which is ambitious, forward-thinking and people-centric.

Development and training of skilled staff

Ricky Gardezi, managing director of TSS (which has just over 4,000 employees), said: “We’re delighted to receive the Investors in People accreditation. At TSS we have long recognised that our people are the backbone of the organisation, and we’re proud of our track record in the development and training of skilled and motivated staff. Achieving IIP is not only recognition for the effective processes that we already have in place, but is also an important focus for continual learning and improvement.”

Gardezi continued: “It’s fantastic that those interviewed by our IIP assessor were so enthusiastic about working for TSS. The Investors in People award gives me huge confidence that our culture and people are well aligned. IIP status for TSS is the result of hard work and effort by all of us at every level in the company, and it makes me extremely proud.”

Research shows that organisations adopting this comprehensive approach to people development and following the Investors in People framework perform better than those without, as indicated by lower staff turnover and sickness rates, lower recruitment costs and a reduced likelihood of litigation.

In addition, companies that have achieved the Investors in People accreditation also have increased levels of profitability, employee engagement and productivity.

John Telfer – managing director of Inspiring Business Performance Ltd (IBP), the organisation that delivers Investors in People South – commented: “TSS should be congratulated for the way in which management and staff have come together to produce real results. I hope other organisations in the industry will look to them as a great example of what can be achieved.”

Investors in People focuses on the unique needs of all organisations, helping them to achieve their objectives and transform performance through staff development. For further information visit: http://www.investorsinpeople.co.uk

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