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ACS Pacesetters recognised at inaugural Achievement Awards Luncheon

The inaugural ACS Pacesetters Achievement Awards Luncheon was held at Royal Windsor Racecourse on Wednesday 4 June. Scheme members in attendance received engraved plaques commemorating their achievements during 2013-2014.

Security companies present included Advance Security, Axis Security, Contract Security (United Kingdom), Corps Security, Danhouse Security, Equinox Security Management, First Response Group, GBM Support Services, Hard Hat Logistics, Incentive Lynx Security, Interr Security, Kingdom Security, Oakpark Security Management, Octavian Security, Shield Security Services, Sodexo, The Specialist Security Company, The Keyholding Company, The Shield Group, TSS Security UK, Ward Security and Wilson James.

Left to Right: Anne Wheeley and Allen Parton (Hounds for Heroes), Terry O’Neil and Lynda Moore (ACS Pacesetters)

Left to Right: Anne Wheeley and Allen Parton (Hounds for Heroes), Terry O’Neil and Lynda Moore (ACS Pacesetters)

The event was kindly sponsored by Cobia, Eurotech Monitoring, the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB), Sutton Specialist Risks, The Security Watchdog (part of Capita plc), Interr Security and Wilson James.

Security Officer of Distinction Awards

The event also witness the launch of the new ‘Security Officer of Distinction Award.

Bill Butler, CEO of the Security Industry Authority, agreed to present individual awards to ten very worthy security officers.

Winners of the Security Officer of Distinction Awards pictured with Bill Butler (CEO, SIA) and Lynda Moore of ACS Pacesetters

Winners of the Security Officer of Distinction Awards pictured with Bill Butler (CEO, SIA) and Lynda Moore of ACS Pacesetters

Each officer was nominated by their client company. Nominations were endorsed by individual employers and the final selections made by the sponsors of the ACS Pacesetters Achievement Awards.

In 2014, the winners are as follows:

• Sophie Cook (Axis Security Services)
• Paul Hodgson (Equinox Security Management)
• Muhammad Butt (Interr Security)
• Stuart House (Kingdom Security)
• Stephen Newall (Oakpark Security Systems)
• Nicholas Jansen (Shield Security Services)
• Christopher Lowe (Sodexo)
• Dumitru Didu (TSS Security)
• Douglas Johnson (Ward Security)
• John Taylor (Wilson James)

A charity raffle took place at the conclusion of the event, with all proceeds going to Hounds for Heroes. Over £1,400 was raised on the day for this very worthwhile cause.
Generous prizes were donated by the Hindhead Golf Club, the Royal Windsor Racecourse, Sodexo and FM Contract Watch.

There was also an extremely moving speech delivered by Gulf War veteran Allen Parton, whose long-held dream and partnership with his Labrador, Endal, formed the basis for the foundation of Hounds for Heroes.

The purpose of Hounds for Heroes is to provide specially trained assistance dogs to injured and disabled men and women of both the UK Armed Forces and the Emergency Services. Through this provision, the organisation’s key aim is to provide help and practical support leading to an enhanced quality of life for its clients.

*If you’d like to find out more information on Hounds for Heroes please visit: http://houndsforheroes.com/

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Ex-forces jobseekers can secure their future with Octavian

Security solutions provider Octavian Security has begun its initiative to provide crucial employment opportunities for former military personnel.

The business (which is headquartered in Nottingham but operates at various locations across the UK) has teamed up with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP). The latter is partly run by the Ministry of Defence, and is the official provider of Armed Forces resettlement in the UK.

Octavian’s initiative with the CTP allows those who have served in the military to adapt to what can be a difficult change of routine, a different sector and different duties. It allows the company to easily recruit people who are highly skilled for work in the private security sector.

Understanding of the challenges involved

With many of the Octavian group’s contract managers already from military backgrounds, its workforce has an acute understanding of the challenges that ex-forces individuals face, while also understanding how they can adapt their unique skills and talents.

Octavian Security officers on duty

Octavian Security officers on duty

New recruits are given all of the necessary training and support to allow them to flourish in a commercial environment.

“Former military personnel are often ideally suited to a career in the security industry,” explained Tony Mellor, commercial director and head of Human Resources at Octavian Security.

“They have tremendous self-discipline, dependability and professionalism, and we have found that they make excellent employees for the business across a variety of departments. It’s good to support such a worthwhile organisation as the CTP, and we’ve found it to be very efficient in recruiting quality staff quickly.”

Excellent start to the programme

Octavian has so far employed nine people through the programme, all of whom have settled into their new careers extremely well.

Octavian has previously made headlines around the world for employing ex-Gurkhas as security officers. It has also developed a strong reputation for its industry-leading training standards and professionalism, with numerous accreditations and awards.

For more details on Octavian Security and its recruitment for military personal visit http://www.octaviangr.com

For information on the CTP visit http://www.ctp.org.uk

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