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Securitas wins contract for security and stewarding solutions at TRANSEC 2014

The organisers of Transport Security Expo (TRANSEC) 2014 have awarded Securitas the contract to deliver security and stewarding services throughout the event, which takes place at London’s Olympia on 2-3 December.

Securitas has been appointed to oversee the safe build-up and breakdown of the show and to ensure both exhibitors and visitors have a pleasant and trouble-free experience at the popular annual event.

Over 4,500 visitors are expected to attend the two-day show and Securitas personnel will be on hand to welcome them and help with any queries. Security Industry Authority-licensed security officers will also be placed at strategic locations throughout the venue to provide a physical and reassuring presence.

Transport Security Expo 2014 runs at London's Olympia from 2-3 December

Transport Security Expo 2014 runs at London’s Olympia from 2-3 December

Last year, TRANSEC attracted a record-breaking 3,500 visitors from 88 countries. The organisers are upping the ante in 2014 to attract even more visitors by welcoming over 150 exhibitors from across the globe as well as 75 of the world’s leading conference speakers. On top of that there are workshops, live demonstrations and Innovation Hubs.

Securitas’ UK managing director and Country President Brian Riis Nielsen said: “Following our successful security role at IFSEC International 2014, we are once again delighted to have been chosen to safeguard exhibitors and visitors to this year’s Transport Security Expo. As well as providing 24-hour cover throughout the build-up, during the event itself and its breakdown, we’ll be helping to ensure correct Health and Safety procedures are followed and providing overnight stand security to those exhibitors who request such a service.”

Brian Riis Nielsen: Country President and UK md at Securitas

Brian Riis Nielsen: Country President and UK md at Securitas

During the exhibition, Securitas experts from the aviation and maritime transport sectors will be on hand on Stand G22 to give advice on the company’s wide range of complete security solutions specifically designed to meet the needs of each.

Monika Luis, event director for Transport Security Expo 2014, added: “We’re delighted to work with a global knowledge leader in security such as Securitas and have its support as an exhibitor at Transport Security Expo 2014. The decision to award Securitas the contract to deliver security and stewarding services to the event was an easy one to make based on the quality and reputation of the company. I’m confident that the 22 country delegations, Government officials and all visitors and exhibitors will be in safe hands throughout the show.”

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‘How Safe is Your Business’?: Securitas shares latest solutions at security seminar

Businesses had the opportunity to discover the latest available security technologies and review their existing procedures at a recent seminar hosted by Securitas.

The seminar, entitled: ‘How Safe is Your Business?’, was held at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland on 19 November and enabled local business owners and security managers to gain an insight into current challenges, evaluate present threats and risks and learn how to mitigate them effectively.

Grainne Kelly, area director for Securitas in the North East, Cumbria and Scotland, commented: “The security marketplace has changed dramatically in recent years, with new options open to customers to ensure their premises are secure at all times. The seminar benefited from a line-up of expert speakers who were able to share their knowledge and answer lots of questions from our audience.”

Grainne Kelly speaking at the recent Securitas business seminar

Grainne Kelly speaking at the recent Securitas business seminar

Tackling metal theft

Speakers included Detective Inspector Glen Alderson from the British Transport Police (BTP), whose presentation centred on the constant threat of metal theft and the advances the BTP is making in countering the problem.

Delegates also heard from Securitas’ chief operating officer Shaun Kennedy, technical director Pete Brown and Dr Peter Speight CSyP, director of risk and consulting.

During the seminar, a range of new technology solutions were demonstrated which can be integrated with existing security packages to provide a superior solution while reducing budget.

Security workshops were also carried out which enabled delegates to discuss any potential security challenges they face.

Grainne Kelly added: “Security threats are ever-present and, with the increased terrorist threat level across the UK which now stands at ‘Severe’, we all need to be aware of the challenges our businesses face and how best to mitigate any risk. It has been a really interesting morning, and we hope our delegates have returned to work armed with new knowledge and a renewed focus on ensuring their businesses and employees are kept safe and secure.”

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Dr Peter Speight CSyP wins prestigious CIR Risk Manager of the Year Award 2014

The UK Chapter of ASIS International has congratulated Dr Peter Speight CSyP – director of security risk management and consultancy services at Securitas in the UK – for winning the prestigious CIR Risk Manager of the Year Award 2014.

Now in their fifth year, the CIR magazine Risk Management Awards are specifically designed to recognise those individuals, organisations and teams that have significantly added to the understanding and practice of risk management. Judged by an independent panel of experts, the awards provide an opportunity for organisations and individuals to showcase their best products, projects and people.

The Risk Manager of the Year Award honours outstanding performance by a risk management individual deemed by the Judges to have accomplished most in the past 12 months in terms of reinforcing their organisation’s risk management framework, inspiring their team and offering creative thinking to the risk management community as a whole.

Risk professionals operational in organisations ranging from FTSE 100 blue chip concerns through to small and medium-sized enterprises are invited to enter submissions for this category.

Dr Peter Speight CSyP (centre) receives the Risk Manager of the Award 2014

Dr Peter Speight CSyP (centre) receives the Risk Manager of the Award 2014

The winner in 2014 is Dr Peter Speight CSyP, director of security risk management at Securitas UK (a role which Speight began back in November 2010) and author of the hugely popular book ‘Why Security Fails’ (more of which anon). Speight’s remit at Securitas focuses on strategic, tactical and operational enterprise risk management.

Prior to this, Speight served as director of security risk management with Reliance Security Services and (from February 2008 through until April 2009) as head of security consultancy with Perpetuity Risk and Consultancy International, during which time he concentrated on both strategic and operational security consulting.

In previous times Speight has also held end user roles, including a spell as group security manager for Allied Colloids and head of security operations at the BBC, where he worked from September 1999 to May 2000.

Peter’s a regular contributor to the security world’s leading journals and frequently speaks on risk issues as part of the sector’s many and varied conference programmes, among them that devised for IFSEC International.

Dr Speight is a long-time ASIS International UK member and, subject to election at next month’s AGM, will be joining the ASIS UK Leadership team as Chapter Secretary for 2015.

ASIS UK Chapter vice-chairman Mike Hurst stated: “Peter has been a champion of Enterprise Security Risk Management for many years now, and we’re absolutely delighted that his work has been recognised. ASIS International has produced several guidelines and standards on the subject of risk management so it’s fitting that an ASIS UK member is this year’s award recipient.”

Why Security Fails

Published in July 2012, Dr Peter Speight’s excellent book entitled ‘Why Security Fails’ examines a proposition that it’s possible to determine why security falls down within organisations.

There’s a detailed examination of the matrix containing security manpower, physical security assets, electronic systems and procedures. The operational effectiveness of these four distinct security facets is often not capable of critical assessment by the very organisation that’s paying for these assets and services. Therefore, it has been necessary to both determine and evidence a variety of security failures and, ultimately, contrast these sample conditions with examples of organisational security successfully achieving a range of targeted objectives (to the complete understanding and budgetary capability of the target organisation).

These contrasting situations are illustrated within the book which presents a detailed study of a multinational manufacturing organisation and the re-alignment of its security strategy following a comprehensive risk assessment and security audit.

The book also posits that it’s unlikely such security strategies can be effective unless based on a clear understanding of the threats, hazards and risks to which a given organisation may be subjected.

The issue of risk and security auditing is a key feature of ‘Why Security Fails’, as is the requirement to emphasise that the success of a security strategy (which would follow on from the assessment of risk and vulnerability) is not only underpinned by the accuracy of these processes, but also a clear understanding of the specific corporate culture, organisational security awareness and fiscal imperatives at play.

‘Why Security Fails’ also examines the role of risk management in the planning of crisis, continuity and safety issues, again from the perspective of contrasting the success of such planning when measured against the management of risks and the operationally assessed needs linked to the aforementioned four elements of security.

*To order your copy of ‘Why Security Fails’ contact: Protection Publications, 12B Wellgate Centre, Ossett, Wakefield WF5 8NS (telephone: 01924 266016)

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Securitas AB publishes Interim Report for January-September 2014

Global security solutions provider Securitas AB has published its Interim Report for the period January–September 2014. Organic sales growth has continued to show a positive trend.

July-September 2014
Total sales: MSEK 18 003 (16 605)
Organic sales growth: 4%(1)
Operating income before amortisation: MSEK 962 (892)
Operating margin: 5.3% (5.4)
Earnings per share: SEK 1.57 (1.42)

January-September 2014
Total sales: MSEK 51 234 (48 975)
Organic sales growth: 3%(1)
Operating income before amortisation: MSEK 2 488 (2 450)
Operating margin: 4.9% (5.0)
Earnings per share: SEK 3.93 (3.72)
Free cash flow/net debt: 0.16 (0.26)

Comments from the President and CEO

“Organic sales growth continued to show a positive trend driven by successful sales efforts, our security solutions strategy and technology offerings developed for our customers,” explained Alf Göransson, president and CEO. “All business segments improved compared to last year, with the organic sales growth reaching 4% in the third quarter.”

Alf Göransson: President and CEO at Securitas

Alf Göransson: President and CEO at Securitas

Göransson continued: “In real terms, earnings per share improved with 4% in the first nine months. The operating income improved in the quarter and during the first nine months compared to last year, even though burdened by difficult market conditions in Spain. A re-organisation will be implemented in Spain during the fourth quarter, re-allocating resources from traditional guarding operations to security solutions and technology sales efforts and also adapting the structure to the reduced volumes. These actions will likely require a one-off restructuring cost not exceeding MEUR 2 which will be recognised in the fourth quarter.”

Sales of security solutions and technology gradually increasing

“In 2012, sales of security solutions and technology represented approximately 6% of Group sales. We’ve set a target to triple this share of sales by the end of 2015. We continue to invest in resources within security solutions and technology. The share of sales run rate in the third quarter 2014 was 9.5%.”

Affordable Care Act 2015

Göransson added: “The Affordable Care Act will come into full force as of 1 January 2015. By mid-October, for approximately 80% of the total US portfolio, either agreements have been made effective as of 1 January 2015 or the contracts are already compliant with the US’ healthcare reform programme. For the remaining portfolio, the final months of the year will be crucial in determining to what extent our customers will accept the price increase or decide for a security solution and technology alternative.”

In conclusion, Securitas’ president and CEO explained: “We estimate that the previously expected cost increase of 8%-10% for the non-compliant contracts will be more in the range of 4%-5% because of lower wage compensation, which will result in lower security officer participation rates than anticipated. Consequently, by mid-October more customers than expected have opted for the price increase rather than security solutions and technology alternatives. We estimate the net organic sales growth effect in Security Services North America coming from the Affordable Care Act implementation to be approximately 1% in 2015.”

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Valerie Dale joins Securitas as Human Resources director

Securitas has announced the appointment of Valerie Dale as the company’s new Human Resources director who will support the business in achieving its strategies for growth and commercial success.

Dale joins Securitas from G4S Secure Solutions (UK) and brings over 20 years’ Human Resources (HR) experience to the role, 14 of which have been spent in HR management positions.

A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Dale will be responsible for the overall HR strategy at the company. Having worked in the security sector for over six years now, Dale has helped to develop industry standards.

Valerie Dale: HR director at Securitas

Valerie Dale: HR director at Securitas

Speaking about the appointment, Brian Riis Nielsen (Country President at Securitas and managing director for the UK and Ireland operation) said: “We’re really pleased to have Valerie on board. She will be a key service provider and, along with her team, will consistently support the business to attract, retain, motivate and develop our people such that they can achieve their maximum potential and provide an exceptional service to our customers.”

Autonomy, accountability and innovation for employees

Dale herself commented: “Securitas has a very well respected reputation in the industry and, following his success in Denmark, Brian’s appointment means that we have a clear security solutions strategy and a structure that enables autonomy, accountability and innovation for our employees to deliver that strategy.”

Dale continued: “We’re hoping to expand on the company’s already well-established training and development programmes and ensure an overall HR strategy that’s in tune with the business’ philosophy. We’ll also continue to work closely with industry bodies such as the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), Skills for Security and the Security Industry Authority.”

In a pro bono capacity, Valerie Dale is the vice chair of the BSIA’s HR Committee, a non-executive Board director at Skills for Security and the chair for its Security Guarding Sector Consultation Group.

“I’m really looking forward to being a key part of making Securitas successful through its people, systems and processes,” concluded Dale. “There are lots of initiatives in all three areas that we can implement in order to achieve this.”

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Securitas staff ‘Cycling to Safety’ in support of RoSPA

Over 800 Securitas officers and support staff from across the country will soon be climbing on board their bikes and ‘Cycling to Safety’ when they take part in the company’s ‘Tour of Securitas’ event in support of RoSPA.

The virtual tour will begin in Edinburgh on Monday 8 September and, over the following five days, staff from across 21 Securitas branches will cycle on static bikes to help raise awareness of safety in the workplace.

The initiative is also designed to generate valuable funds for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

Taking in locations including Gateshead, Liverpool and Derby, the tour will clock up a total of 2,520 miles before finishing at Securitas’ Head Office in Uxbridge on Friday 12 September.

Tour of Securitas 2014: an excellent initiative from the security solutions provider

Tour of Securitas 2014: an excellent initiative from the security solutions provider

Speaking about the event, Securitas’ Chief Operating Officer Shaun Kennedy explained: “With the sport of cycling very much on the news agenda in the UK following the start of the 2014 Tour de France in Yorkshire, we thought this would be a great time to capture the imagination of our employees and communicate both key safety messages and the health benefits of exercise for employees and their families.”

Kennedy added: “The aim is to encourage a reduction in the number of incidents and accidents occurring in the workplace and improve awareness of health and fitness. The tour will also kick-off the launch of our own Cycle to Work Campaign.”

Raising awareness on safer behaviour

RoSPA’s campaigning spirit has been evident since the organisation was founded in 1916. Successful campaigns have resulted in the introduction of the seat belt law in 1983, the ban on the use of hand-held mobile phones while driving in 2003 and, this year, a change in the way that all window blinds across the EU are made in a bid to stop toddlers being accidentally strangled by looped cords.

RoSPA’s CEO Tom Mullarkey MBE said: “As the UK’s family safety charity, we’re determined to provide more and more free practical support to some of the nation’s most vulnerable people. However, we can only do this with the financial support of enlightened companies like Securitas. It’s great that they’re raising awareness about safer behaviour by encouraging staff to cycle ‘statically’ between the company’s offices. It’s a clever idea to let everyone in the company participate in raising money for charity in any spare few minutes throughout the week, while at the same time also helping them to keep fit.”

Mullarkey continued: “Accident prevention saves lives and deters injuries. There are few activities which cannot be done safely. While helping people to think about safe cycling, and encouraging them to get out on the road more generally, this initiative also promotes a cleaner and greener environment. We look forward to developing this relationship with Securitas so that, together, we can reverse a trend that sees accidents cut down more children, young people and young parents in their prime than either cancer or heart disease.”

In conclusion, Sean Kennedy stated: “We’re really grateful to all the staff taking part. It won’t all be hard work as the emphasis is also on having a fun day. There will be prizes for the greatest fundraising achieved, and we will also be crowning our ‘Sprint King and Queen’ who will be the fastest sprinters to 500 metres. It’s sure to be a great competition!”

Risk UK readers wishing to donate to the ‘Tour of Securitas’ and help raise funds for RoSPA can do so by visiting the Just Giving page: http://www.justgiving.com/Securitas-Securitas2/

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Securitas AB issues Interim Report covering January-June 2014

April-June 2014
Total sales: MSEK 17 120 (16 510), Organic sales growth: 3% (1), Operating income before amortisation: MSEK 788 (809), Operating margin: 4.6% (4.9), Earnings per share: SEK 1.23 (1.26)

January-June 2014
Total sales: MSEK 33 231 (32 370), Organic sales growth: 2% (1), Operating income before amortisation: MSEK 1 526 (1 558), Operating margin: 4.6% (4.8), Earnings per share: SEK 2.36 (2.30), Free cash flow/net debt: 0.20 (0.15)

Comments from the President and CEO

Speaking about the results issued this morning, Alf Göransson (President and CEO at Securitas) said: “Organic sales growth continues to show a positive trend and all business segments improved compared to the first half of last year. Primarily supported by the US, the organic sales growth reached 3% in the second quarter. In France, we are showing positive organic sales growth in the second quarter, while organic sales growth in Spain continues to be negative. Latin America continues to exhibit strong organic sales growth.”

Alf Göransson: President and CEO of Securitas

Alf Göransson: President and CEO of Securitas

Net income improved in the first half year
“In real terms, the operating result was slightly behind last year, while earnings per share improved with 3%. The operating margin in Security Services North America was on the same level as last year, while Security Services Europe is 0.1% behind. The positive development in Security Solutions and Technology continued in Spain, but is not yet sufficient to mitigate the difficult conditions in the guarding business and the labour-related charges imposed by the Spanish Government in December last year. Corrective actions are continuously being taken to adapt to the reduced guarding sales.”

Sales of security solutions and technology gradually increasing
“In 2012, sales of security solutions and technology represented approximately 6% of Group sales. We have set a target to triple this share of sales by the end of 2015. We continue to invest in resources within security solutions and technology, and the share of sales run rate in the second quarter 2014 was 9%.”

Changing market dynamics creating opportunities for growth
“Due to current market dynamics and a gradual increase of the use of technology in security solutions, the security market in mature markets is no longer expected to grow by 1%-to-2% faster than GDP as it has historically, but rather at the same pace as GDP. In the future, this trend could be improved through increased outsourcing of currently in-sourced guarding activities and by allowing the private security industry to take over services performed by public authorities and Governments.”

Göransson concluded: “In Securitas’ markets, the degree to which technology is being integrated into security solutions varies from country to country. However, as the pace accelerates, we’re confident that we will be able to gain market shares by having a stronger and more cost-efficient offering than many traditional security guarding companies. We’ve already seen proof of this in markets where we are well equipped to offer security solutions, and where we will be able to grow our business faster than the security market average.”

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