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Sarah Hayes appointed HR director at Securitas UK

Sarah Hayes, head of Human Resources (HR) at Securitas UK, has just been appointed HR director for the business.

Hayes is a Chartered HR professional having completed her post-graduate HR qualifications and has extensive experience across the full range of HR disciplines in both the public and private sector.

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In her four years with Securitas UK, Hayes has led the HR team in Milton Keynes and, more recently, managed both the HRBPs and the L&D teams.

Hayes has also been instrumental in leading on the company’s work with the Living Wage Foundation and the Top Employers Institute.

Speaking about her appointment, Hayes informed Risk Xtra: “I’m hugely excited by the opportunities and challenges ahead. Building on the great work already underway, I’m looking forward to developing our employee value proposition still further. This will truly set us apart as an employer of choice.”

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Trigion offers streamlined lower capital expenditure 24/7 security solution

Deciding between electronic security, security guarding or a combination of the two is one that has just been made easier thanks to a new streamlined solution introduced by security specialist Trigion.

The company has always offered a ‘technology plus people’ approach as it feels this combination usually satisfies its clients’ needs most successfully. However, until now they have operated as two services and been managed and invoiced separately.

Recognising that investing in security equipment means high capital expenditure at the outset, Trigion’s new offer combines a technical and manned security solution that spreads the cost over the length of the contract. This means that clients benefit from immediate savings from the commencement of the integrated security contract.

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Unlike standard security contracts which are based on hourly rates for guarding and equipment costs, the single solution price means that the overall costs are reduced. In one case, Trigion estimates it has saved one of its clients upwards of £2 million over two years, while still providing 24/7 security coverage.

Neil Ricketts, technical services director at Trigion, explained: “While some companies opt to only supply one form of security, we’ve always felt it’s best to be able to offer our clients a more joined-up approach, matching the levels of technical security and guarding according to their needs. The next logical step was to integrate them so that clients really are receiving an ‘all-in-one’ solution that can protect their premises 24/7, and for which they pay less with lower up-front costs as well.”

Following a period of investment in its commercial department and supporting structure, Trigion has reported a largely stable turnover for the past fiscal year as it gears up for accelerated growth in 2017. Security guarding and the electronic security offer delivered by the business both maintained previous margin levels, but a change in the proportion of turnover in favour of the electronics division has led to a 39% improvement in Trigion’s operating margin.

The security industry is seeing a continuing trend away from manned security towards electronics or a combination of the two. Trigion offers all security services in-house and has its own Control Centre. The business has also developed a consultative approach to ensure solutions designed to meet the client’s individual needs and combining all relevant security elements. This means the client receives increased security at a reduced rate. In addition, a new financial model means they can see a return on investment from the first day without the need to apply for capital expenditure.

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Jan-Hein Hemke, Trigion’s managing director, stated: “We’re looking to accelerate our growth in the coming years and have made substantial investments in our commercial department and supporting structure to help achieve this. We’ve also refreshed our service offer. We believe these actions should lead to a substantial growth in 2017.”

The development of the National Living Wage has had a significant influence on the security industry. In the period from October 2015 to April 2016, the National Living Wage went up by 10.7%. The outlook for the coming years is considerable further increases in the pay rates. Trigon remains a strong supporter of the Living Wage Foundation. The company firmly believes the trend in wage rates is desirable from a social point of view. However, it also feels that the increase in the cost of labour will further enhance the move away from security guarding to electronic security.

Despite this trend, Hemke stressed: “Skilled and highly competent colleagues remain important in our desire to be client focused and act as a professional partner for our customers. We have an extremely strong focus on training and development.”

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Ward Security attains Recognised Service Provider status from Living Wage Foundation

Ward Security is pleased to announce that it has become a Recognised Service Provider working alongside the Living Wage Foundation. The achievement means that Ward Security and all its subsidiaries are putting a Living Wage pathway in place that meets the standards set by the Living Wage Foundation for good practice by providers of personnel under contract.

The Living Wage commitment sees Ward Security propose a Living Wage option within applicable tender submissions. This gives the client an option of paying all contracted staff a wage that meets the current cost of living.

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“We’re very proud of this achievement,” explained managing director Kevin Ward. “We are one of only a few service providers in the security industry to have been recognised for our ongoing commitment to the Living Wage.”

Ward continued: “Ward Security’s growth since the business was founded in 2000 has been as a result of the levels of service we provide and the quality of people working for us. We pride ourselves on providing a supporting work environment which puts our staff first, and our commitment to our staff was again recognised in 2016 by Investors in People.”

Ward Security remains one of the few Investors in People (Gold) employers in the sector with a score of 167 out of 174 in an independent audit conducted on behalf of the Security Industry Authority. This places the business within the top 2% of all security companies.”

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