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Magenta Security’s leader warns of modern day slavery “hiding in plain sight”

Abbey Petkar, the managing director of security guarding solutions provider Magenta Security, is advising businesses of all shapes and sizes that they might unwittingly be supporting modern day slavery through their use of low-cost security providers.

The Magenta Security team has recently lost tenders against low-cost security providers that charge workers out at less than £10 per hour, which Magenta believes is a commercially unsustainable position. When legally required taxes, pensions and other statutory requirements (such as holidays) are added to the National Minimum Wage, it’s then impossible to charge such low rates, yet some continue to do so.

By hiring these low-cost security providers, businesses are often unwittingly going against their own Corporate Social Responsibility and anti-slavery policies, while at the same time allowing “criminal” levels of pay to continue.

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Magenta is strongly advising business owners and directors alike to pay special attention to workers’ pay and check their own systems and processes thoroughly to ensure they’re not part of the problem by condoning this practice.

“There are any number of perfectly innocent reasons why this is happening, and people might genuinely be receiving a good deal,” commented Petkar. “Perhaps workers on the ground making decisions have seen a good price and not considered the consequences. Perhaps the security firm is providing officers as a loss leader for other services. However, in most cases low-cost traders are at fault, abusing their workforce, paying below the National Minimum Wage and getting away with it because the officers are desperate for work.”

In conversation with Security Matters, Petkar concluded: “Owners, directors and managers of companies need to be made aware of what’s going on within their businesses and they need to react accordingly. While the actual criminal behaviour in this scenario might lie at the door of the security provider, I think we can all agree that it’s morally criminal for organisations to knowingly use cheap solution providers who, in turn, violate the basic rights of their workers and are therefore complicit in modern day slavery.”

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Magenta Security celebrates 25 years of service to dedicated client base

Security company Magenta Security is celebrating 25 years of business. The firm’s commitment to providing security services and its constant advocation for positive changes to be made across the industry has helped the business to prominence.

Magenta Security has grown from a small security team in Hounslow to become a nationwide, award-winning company. Over the years, Magenta Security has expanded its offer to provide a range of services from security guarding and access control through to international private security. The business very much hopes to continue its expansion in the years to come.

The security company has demonstrated its dedication to green initiatives by becoming a zero-carbon business and being the first security company in Europe to achieve ISO 14001, which sets out the criteria for Environmental Management Systems.


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Magenta Security’s offices run on renewable energy sources, including solar panels, and the business is focusing on phasing out low efficiency vehicles such that they can be replaced with hybrid or electric models, while at the same time educating all staff on the principles of reduce, re-use and recycle. By making these conscious efforts, Magenta Security has become increasingly successful and something of a greener alternative to other security companies.

Abbey Petkar, managing director of Magenta Security, stated: “I am extremely proud to be celebrating our 25th Anniversary after the hard work and dedication we have put into the company for so many years. We believe our success is due to our commitment to improve the security industry and providing top quality customer service, while still managing to be very eco-conscious. My priority from the day I started this business was to never say no and find a solution for any client request. Continuing that philosophy has meant that we have substantially expanded our offer and are able to cater for all of a given client’s needs. I am really happy to see how far we’ve come as a business and I look forward to seeing us progress and succeed for another 25 years.”

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Small Business Network advocates use of private security firms to support police

Following the latest budget, which highlighted increased funding for terrorism prevention despite recent cutbacks in other areas of police funding, the Small Business Network (SBN) of professional security companies has highlighted an opportunity for the private security industry to support public services.

“While the Budget saw extra money for the prevention of terrorism, the selling off of other police assets and the reduction in officers on the street has made life difficult when it comes to the prevention of other criminal activity,” commented Abbey Petkar, spokesperson for the SBN and managing director of Magenta Security. “The police are doing a fantastic job with limited resources and, for our part, we are perfectly placed to support them.”

Through client contracts already in existence, security companies across the UK can deliver for their clients while working in partnership with local police forces to spot and stop criminal behaviour.


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“Whether it be a CCTV supplier, an alarm company or security officers, the industry is already working to prevent criminal activity. We are on the look-out for vulnerabilities in the community that could affect clients as well as opportunists looking to make the most of any situation. A closer working relationship with the police can only improve this,” continued Petkar.  “In fact, there’s even an opportunity for those companies who have been properly certified to undertake work on behalf of the police, supplementing their forces and needs as appropriate.”

Ultimately, the SBN believes the current challenges faced by police forces across the country are an opportunity for the security sector. The Security Industry Authority’s ongoing desire to improve quality in the sector means the companies exist with the requisite skills and oversight to support public services in a professional and cohesive way. The SBN fundamentally believes that public security should not just be the responsibility of the police. Instead, everyone should do their part, working together to ensure safety for all.

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Magenta Security Services achieves Cyber Essentials accreditation

Magenta Security Services has been recognised by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) after taking significant steps towards protecting its online systems. The effort expended has seen the Hounslow-based Security Industry Authority Approved Contractor added to a list of endorsed organisations on the NCSC’s website and accredited with a Cyber Essentials certificate.

Cyber Essentials is a Government-backed, industry-approved scheme aimed at helping organisations protect themselves against common types of cyber attack. At its basic level, the scheme advocates businesses implementing certain technical controls in order to bolster overall system security.

To earn its Cyber Essentials certificate, Magenta Security was required to have all of the business’ digital defences assessed by an independent accreditation body.


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Having self-implemented the technical controls already, its systems and software also met a detailed set of requirements with various forms of evidence provided to back this up.

Finally, a self-assessment questionnaire was completed as proof of understanding the new implementations and configuration of its systems.

Abbey Petkar, managing director of Magenta Security, explained to Risk Xtra: “Following many recent high-profile data breaches as well as the General Data Protection Regulation deadline, there has been a substantial increase in business awareness of the need to boost online defences. Magenta Security is protecting its clients in every possible way.”

Magenta Security also runs operations in Swindon, Birmingham, Manchester and Kent, providing security guarding solutions, mobile patrols and electronic surveillance.

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“Environmental credentials are important when choosing a security provider” states Magenta Security

The environmental credentials of a security provider should be ‘front of mind’ when end users are choosing a company with which to work. That’s the view of Abbey Petkar, managing Director of Magenta Security.

In Magenta’s new White Paper entitled ‘Managing Your Security’, Petkar highlights key criteria that businesses should look at when choosing their security provider. He believes the environment is increasing in importance for customers, with Magenta having successfully won several contracts due to its green credentials.

Magenta Security is considered one of the most environmentally friendly companies in the security industry. It was the first security guarding company in Europe to be awarded certification to ISO 14001:2004 and was the first security company in the UK to become carbon neutral.

Most recently, Magenta has invested in state-of-the-art electric cars: long-term investment which will significantly reduce the company’s carbon footprint as well as vehicle running costs.

Abbey Petkar: managing director of Magenta Security

Abbey Petkar: managing director of Magenta Security

The company has twice won the Environmental Initiative of the Year category at the Security Excellence Awards for its commitment to the green agenda and has advised other security companies on how to improve their own environmental strategies.

“When selecting a security company to work with, clients should consider a wide range of criteria, including environmental credentials,” said Abbey Petkar. “We’ve always taken pioneering steps to promote green improvements as a part of our wider policies because CSR, sustainability and environmental issues are really important to clients, and this has been demonstrated by the number of contracts we have won because of the green policies we have in place. The aim of my guide is to help clients consider everything in relation to selecting a security provider and helping them make an informed decision.”

To obtain a copy of ‘Managing Your Security’ e-mail: sales@magentasecurity.co.uk

Magenta Security has its Head Office in Hounslow, with operations in Swindon, Birmingham, Manchester and Kent. It provides a variety of internal and external security solutions including security officers, mobile services, graffiti removal, electronic security and remote monitoring.

For more information call 0845 500 0786 or visit: http://www.magentasecurity.co.uk

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Magenta Security White Paper provides guidelines for selecting security providers

Abbey Petkar, the managing director of Magenta Security Services, has published a White Paper which offers businesses advice on selecting their security provider.

‘Managing Your Security’ examines the key criteria businesses should consider when looking at a security provider including licensing, Corporate Social Responsibility and customer service.

“Selecting a security company should go far beyond looking at how much it costs,” said Petkar. “In the past, the security industry has been blighted by rogue operators and I have seen far too many clients realise their mistake when it’s too late.”

Abbey Petkar: md at Magenta Security

Abbey Petkar: md at Magenta Security

Magenta Security’s md continued: “The White Paper I have written provides organisations with a checklist of key topics they should think about when looking at appointing a security provider. It’s an informative guide that sheds light on how to recognise legitimate operators with the aim of giving businesses the insight they need in order to make an informed decision.”

To obtain a copy of ‘Managing Your Security’ send an e-mail to: sales@magentasecurity.co.uk

Magenta Security is one of the fastest-growing security guarding companies in the country, providing a wide range of bespoke security solutions. As well as security officers, mobile patrols and electronic surveillance, partnerships with external suppliers mean that the organisation can provide a variety of additional services to clients.

With its Head Office located in Hounslow, Magenta also has operations in Swindon, Birmingham, Manchester and Kent.

For more information call 0845 500 0786 or visit: http://www.magentasecurity.co.uk

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Magenta Security aims for further success at Security Excellence Awards

Magenta Security has been nominated in three categories at the 2013 Security Excellence Awards.

With its head office in Hounslow and operations in Swindon, Kent, Birmingham and Manchester, Magenta Security has been shortlisted for Security Guarding Company of the Year, Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year and Security Partnering Initiative of the Year at the prestigious Security Excellence Awards, which take place on Wednesday 23 October at the celebrated Hilton Hotel on London’s Park Lane.

The company won the Environmental Initiative of the Year ctegory in 2009 and 2012 – Magenta was also nominated in the same category in 2010 and 2011 – and was shortlisted for Security Guarding Company of the Year in both 2010 and 2011.

Magenta Security's managing director Abbey Petkar

Magenta Security’s managing director Abbey Petkar

12 months of success

Magenta Security has achieved considerable success during the last 12 months realising a 61% increase in profitability. Indeed, it’s one of the fastest-growing security guarding companies in the country, providing a wide range of bespoke security solutions.

As well as providing security officers, mobile patrols and electronic surveillance, partnerships with external suppliers mean that Magenta can provide a variety of additional services to clients.

Managing Director Abbey Petker said: “I’m delighted that Magenta Security has been shortlisted for three Security Excellence Awards. It is recognition of the excellent standard of services we offer our clients. We’re committed to providing them with a wide range of security solutions which meet their individual needs. This is achieved through a service-based ethos and intensive account management.”

Petkar concluded: “To be nominated once again for these prestigious industry awards shows that we continue to deliver a high quality of service across key areas.”

Now in their 15th year, the Security Excellence Awards promote and reward individuals and companies within the UK security industry for achieving the very highest standards and outstanding success.

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