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London Stock Exchange Group lists Lodge Service among 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain 2015

The London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) has listed security consultancy Lodge Service among the 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain 2015.

The list is described by the London Stock Exchange as a celebration of some of the fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium-sized enterprises in the UK.

Founded in 1919, Lodge Service currently boasts a £22 million turnover and nearly 800 staff, with local offices or franchise operations in nine countries. It’s now probably the largest of the few remaining family businesses in the security sector, and the only one to reside in the Top 5% of the Security Industry Authority’s Approved Contractor Scheme listings.

Simon Chapman: managing director at Lodge Service

Simon Chapman: managing director at Lodge Service

“The report recognises the role of Lodge Service and the security industry generally in helping to drive forward business and the UK economy,” stated Simon Chapman, managing director at Lodge Service.

“As a sector, we’re a major provider of skilled jobs and technology innovation and have strengthened our business case by focusing on the return on investment from security.”

The detailed LSEG report comments: “The success of these 1,000 companies, variously identified as ‘gazelles’, ‘The Magic 6%’ or ‘scale-ups’, has a remarkably disproportionate effect on our national economic output. The ‘Scale-Up Report’, published last year by Sherry Coutu, found that boosting this ‘sector’ by just 1% would create as many as 230,000 new jobs and add £38 billion to the UK’s GDP.”

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Ward Security attains best-ever SIA Approved Contractor Scheme audit score

Ward Security has just achieved its best ever score (170 out of 174) in an independent audit conducted on behalf of the Security Industry Authority (SIA) – the Regulator for the private security industry in the UK – for the Approved Contractor Score (ACS).

External assessing body Chamber Certification Assessment Service Ltd (CCAS) carried out a five-day combined annual assessment of Ward Security during February 2015 that included a reverification assessment for the ACS around Security Guarding, Door Supervision, CCTV and Key Holding as well as a surveillance audit for ISO 9001:2008 (Quality Management Systems) and a renewal/full audit for BS 18001:2007 (Health & Safety).

Auditors visited nine customer sites in the West, London and Manchester regions and conducted interviews with over 50 Ward Security employees in addition to eight customers.

In his report, Keith Leyland (ACS assessor at CCAS) stated: “The company’s approach to improvement is excellent. The assessor reviewed very many examples in all areas of customer services, fleet management, compliance, finance, Human Resources and operations where the company has applied the Plan-Do-Check-Act principle to developing improvement.”

David Ward: managing director at Ward Security

David Ward: managing director at Ward Security

Speaking about this achievement, Nikhil Kamboj (compliance director at Ward Security) stated: “We’ve enjoyed a 25% growth since last year, but Ward Security has now surpassed all expectations in producing its best-ever ACS score which comfortably puts us in the Top 1%-2% of the SIA’s regulated suppliers.”

David Ward, managing director of Ward Security, added “We’re both delighted and proud to have achieved this record ACS audit score. Managing growth while maintaining standards takes an extraordinary level of commitment and dedication from all members of staff, so our thanks must go to all management and staff right across the business.”

Ward continued: “This achievement shows that our systems are robust, effect and more than adequate to accommodate substantial business growth. It also illustrates to our customers that our growth has not compromised the level of service we deliver. Indeed, the quality of our service has improved as the company has grown.”

Ward Security operates a head office in London and a network of regional offices encompassing Rochester, Bracknell, Manchester and a newly opened-office in Scotland. Areas of specialist expertise include the provision of search and selection guard dogs, wireless intruder detection systems and concierge services through the new Ward Belgravia division.

Security provision for the Royal visit to Folkestone

Recently, Ward Security supplied a team of 16 operatives for a visit by Her Majesty The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to Folkestone, where the Queen opened The Wing Visitor Centre at the National Memorial to the Few in Capel-le-Ferne, which is dedicated to pilots who engaged in the Battle of Britain.

“A Royal visit is always a particularly complex and sensitive operation,” explained David Ward. “This is made an even more complex security task when the visit includes more than one site and the party is on a tightly controlled deadline. It’s crucial that people have access to greet Her Majesty at each site, but security needs to be carefully and professionally managed in a way that’s not intrusive. Also, the Royal security team accompanying the party will need help in understanding the different sites and locations and potential threat angles, and this is further complicated if they have one eye on moving safely to the next locations. This complicates the logistics and planning, so additional security to that provided by the police and the security services has to be very efficient and effective in its operation in order to provide adequate support.”

One of Ward Security's mobile patrol vehicles

One of Ward Security’s mobile patrol vehicles

Ward continued: “With a regional office in Kent, Ward Security has the local knowledge to make the process easier for this particular visit. Crucially, we have the experience of working with the police and the security services, which makes liaison, planning and delivery far easier. As a company, we also have vast experience in providing security for a range of scenarios and operations, and our members of staff are highly experienced in delivering effective and sensitive security.”

In conclusion, Ward told Risk UK: “It has been a great honour to provide additional security for Her Majesty’s visit, and we’re extremely proud to have provided our services for this important and historic visit.”

After opening The Wing Visitor Centre, Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal party proceeded to Canterbury Cathedral where the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh unveiled statues to mark the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee.

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Securitas to host inaugural ASIS UK Enterprise Risk Management Northern Seminar

Securitas has been announced as the main sponsor and organiser for the inaugural ASIS UK Enterprise Risk Management Northern Seminar.

The seminar, which will take place at the University of Leeds on Thursday 9 April 2015, will afford delegates an understanding of how organisations can use Enterprise Risk Management to deliver their security and risk-related services.

Speakers on the day will include Neil Gammon (head of physical security at Sky) who will give an insight into managing enterprise risk within a creative media organisation and Dr Kevin Macnish, teaching Fellow at the University of Leeds. Macnish is to deliver a talk on how risk may be managed from an ethical perspective.

Securitas’ Gail Pinkerton, account director on the Workman contract, will present delegates with a Case Study on security risk management within a business environment, duly explaining how Securitas works alongside the property management and building consultancy to minimise and mitigate risk.

Dr Peter Speight CSyP: director of security risk management at Securitas

Dr Peter Speight CSyP: director of security risk management at Securitas

Speaking about the event, Dr Peter Speight CSyP (director of security risk management at Securitas, an ASIS UK member and recently elected UK Chapter Secretary) told Risk UK: “We’re very much looking forward to this event and we’re delighted that nearly 100 delegates have registered. Enterprise risk management is such a focused area for risk and security professionals. Indeed, the interest in this event has given us the confidence to look into hosting even more in the future.”

​ASIS International is one of the leading organisations for security professionals with more than 38,000 members worldwide, all of whom are involved in the protection of people, property and assets.

Founded in 1955, the organisation is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and productivity of security professionals by developing educational programmes and materials that address broad security interests.

The seminar begins at 1.30 pm and there will be drinks, canapés and networking opportunities from 6.00 pm. Those interested in attending should contact the ASIS UK Office either by telephone (01494 488599) or e-mail: info@asis.org.uk

Securitas awarded ISO 27001:2013 Information Security Management accreditation

Securitas is also pleased to announce it has been awarded the ISO 27001: 2013 Information Security Management standard, demonstrating the company’s firm commitment to providing the highest quality of service to its customers.

ISO 27001 is an internationally-recognised certification developed as a Best Practice standard which enables organisations to formalise and verify that risks are properly identified and managed. It also demonstrates to customers and stakeholders alike that the security of their information is taken seriously.

David Barlow of Securitas

David Barlow of Securitas

David Barlow, business standards and risk manager at Securitas, said: “In 2014, we completed an internal review of the whole of our UK security operations and realised we needed to concentrate on improving our data protection policies if we were to seriously advance in the security solutions aspect of the industry.”

Securitas duly sought the services of UKAS quality and compliance auditing body ALCUMUS, and soon realised that accreditation to ISO 27001:2013 Information Security Management would be required in order to satisfy the needs of both the security services and security solutions sectors.

In June last year, a member of the business standards team was appointed as project manager to concentrate on key areas which included the communications centre, ALCUMUS, environmental Health and Safety, the standards department, screening, finance, the Alarm Response Centre and the Help Desk function.

Following a period of internal and external audits and the creation of the Information Security Management System, all information – either printed or written on paper, stored electronically, transmitted by post or using electronic means, shown on films or spoken in conversation – is now handled and stored in a secure manner.

All assets, either physical or electronic, are also risk assessed and suitable control measures taken to ensure the security of these assets.

Subsequently, the ISO 27001:2013 accreditation has now been awarded in respect of Securitas’ UK operations in Birmingham, Wellingborough, Milton Keynes and Uxbridge.

Barlow concluded: “This accreditation demonstrates to our customers that we take all aspects of IT and data security very seriously indeed. I believe that not only will it be of great benefit in winning new clients but will also help us to retain our existing ones. I’m fully confident Securitas will be reaping the rewards of all this hard work in the months to come. “

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