Showsec has raised the bar once again by achieving a record-breaking score in the Security Industry Authority’s Approved Contractor Scheme audit for an eighth successive year.
A rigorous three-day assessment of the company’s operations resulted in the award of an impressive score of 132, putting Showsec in the Top 5% of security companies in the UK.
The Approved Contractor Scheme auditors for door supervision and security guarding services praised all aspects of Showsec’s set-up, highlighting as good practice the ways in which the company’s training modules, its e-learning platform and senior management support all help to stimulate career development and progression.
The assessment covered all elements of the business over the three days of inspection, the findings reached after interviews with staff at all levels as well as representatives from client organisations.
Showsec scored particularly highly in three of the nine categories – strategy, financial management and leadership – while performing strongly in all other areas to ensure there was a rise in the company’s rating.
Good benchmark of progression
“This assessment provides a good benchmark of how the company progresses year-on-year,” said Showsec’s managing director Mark Harding, “so it’s extremely satisfying for everyone that we’ve achieved our highest-ever score yet again – the eighth year in a row we have done so.”
Harding continued: “The ACS is a recognised hallmark of quality for companies looking to engage security providers. To be up there in the Top 5% of over 650 companies is an achievement we should all be immensely proud of.”
Showsec delivers 97% of its business through its own staff. That being the case, clients can be assured that the standards achieved through the ACS are directly reflected in the solutions delivered to them.
“We were one of the first companies to adopt the ACS upon its introduction,” asserted Harding, “because we were committed to encouraging and driving the raising of standards across the wider security industry. This latest excellent result will certainly give added impetus to the dedicated efforts of so many people within the company, and that can only boost our attempts to keep pushing that bar even higher.”
He added: “We’ve consistently done that over the past eight years which is very pleasing, but there is always room for improvement and we will be endeavouring to do that with our ongoing initiatives aimed at raising standards. This is especially important with the introduction of business licensing in 2015.”
Addressing challenges faced by security companies
Mark Harding has a dual interest in Showsec being at the forefront of a co-ordinated path of career progression in the sector.
In addition to his role at Showsec, Harding sits on the Strategy and Standards Advisory Board for the UK Crowd Management Association which addresses challenges faced by security companies.