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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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Axis Security selected to provide range of services for Lambert Smith Hampton

Axis Security, a leading deliverer of bespoke security services, has won a contract with commercial property consultant Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) to provide a range of security services for eight of its properties in the North East of England.

The contract incorporates security guarding, concierge services, mobile patrols and key holding – including night and weekend cover.

Marcus Cain, regional facilities manager for the North at LSH, informed Risk UK that the company previously used a number of different security providers, with the new contract forming part of a rationalisation process.

“Axis Security boasts a strong presence in the North East region,” observed Cain. “The company’s clients include the UK’s leading property management consultancies, which gives us confidence that the business can deliver the range of services we require across our own diverse portfolio of properties.”

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Lambert Smith Hampton’s Grey Street offices

Cain added that Axis’ reputation as a good employer is also important. “We have peace of mind that Axis Security looks after its employees and that all officers are licensed with the Security Industry Authority.”

Many LSH properties are multi-tenanted and require flexible, responsive value-add services (for example, providing meter readings of vacant properties). Axis Security completes this particular task using Fast Field technology, giving LSH instant and reliable information to check against utility bills.

“On one occasion,” outlined Cain, “we briefed Axis in the morning regarding a new instruction in the North East region. The mobile patrol service was fully-mobilised that same day, including a meter readings collection for the Estate.”

Other technology employed in the contract includes TrackTik, which provides officer location tracking and enables officers to capture live footage of incidents. Cain believes this is a must-have compliance solution. “Lone worker welfare is an important Health and Safety issue, but the technology also means we can prove to relevant stakeholders that patrols have actually been completed.”

In conclusion, Cain stated: “Overall, Axis is a good fit for our business. They are genuinely responsive and understand that a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work.”

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Top level security without a performance delivered by Trigion

Trigion Security Services is working with managers at a number of prestigious theatres across London to provide electronic security solutions designed to keep staff, patrons and property alike safe in an unobtrusive manner that doesn’t deflect from the enjoyment of the performance.

With large crowds and high profile buildings to protect, the theatre owners were looking for a security company that could offer top level support. Trigion Security Services fitted the bill.

Neil Ricketts, technical services director at Trigion, informed Risk UK: “Theatres offer a number of rare security and safety challenges with large groups of people arriving and leaving at the same time, numerous staircases and corridors present as well as main auditoriums to protect. There are also a number of bars and concession stands, so we need to be able to keep an eye on the cash being handled.”

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Ricketts continued: “Using a variety of electronic security equipment operated remotely from our Security Operations Centre, we can ensure there’s always a high level of security in place, even when the curtain has come down and everyone’s gone home.”

Trigion operates to the very highest standards in the industry and has gained Security Industry Authority Approved Contractor status in addition to ISO 9001. All Trigion Security officers are vetted and trained to BS 7858 and verified as such by the National Security Inspectorate.

Trigion is the UK security division of the Facilicom Group. Facilicom UK is the UK company of the Dutch facility services organisations Facilicom Services Group. Facilicom employs over 28,000 people and operates in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and the UK.

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Baroness Ruth Henig and Sue Fish join speaker line-up for The Security Institute’s Annual Conference

The Security Institute’s new president Baroness Ruth Henig CBE DL and Sue Fish (deputy chief constable for Nottinghamshire Police and national policing lead for business crime reduction) have been announced as speakers for this year’s Annual Conference.

Baroness Henig and Fish join previously announced speakers Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI (director of PRCI), Sir David Veness CBE QPM, Major General Chip Chapman CB, Brett Lovegrove MSyI (CEO of CSARN) and Sean Cunningham (operations manager for the Inkerman Group) at the event, which takes place on 22 September at the Amba Hotel, Marble Arch in central London.

Baroness Henig is former chair of the Security Industry Authority (SIA). While at the SIA, the Baroness was instrumental in overseeing a regulatory overhaul and the introduction of a new and modern, fit-for-purpose regulatory regime.

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Baroness Ruth Henig CBE DL

Previous high profile roles Baroness Henig has held within the security sector include chair of the Association of Police Authorities (from 1997 to 2005), after which she became the Association’s president. The Baroness was also a member of the National Criminal Justice Board from 2003 to 2005, having been awarded a CBE in 2000 for her tremendous services to policing.

Garry Evanson CSyP, The Security Institute’s chairman, said: “It’s a real pleasure for me to be able to announce that our new president is taking an active role in the life of The Security institute. With her vast insight and considerable experience of the regulatory regime within the UK, Baroness Henig will be a significant addition to this new-style conference for 2016.”

During her career with the Nottinghamshire Police, Sue Fish has had specific responsibilities for the force’s Crime Directorate, the Intelligence Directorate, scientific support, operational support and serious and organised crime. Fish is also a Gold Firearms, Public Order and CBRN commander.

“Sue is one of the most senior police officers in the country,” outlined Evanson, “and has amassed fantastic experience of all aspects of policing. We’re delighted that she will be able to join us at our conference and for the insights Sue will be able to offer us all into initiatives for reducing business crime.”

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Skills for Security Accreditation endorses quality training

Skills for Security Accreditation is endorsing quality training provision across the security industry both here in the UK and on the international stage, allowing employers to make informed decisions regarding their training. 

Accreditation is the formal recognition that ensures training is meeting the appropriate criteria for Best Practice and that it either meets or exceeds nationally recognised training standards.

Accreditation promotes accountability. It’s the ultimate measure of quality: a professional ‘Seal of Approval’ that assures clients and employees alike that the training they’re undertaking has met rigorous standards and is a genuine quality assured programme.

Skills for Security’s Accreditation endorses quality courses, training providers and trainers themselves as well as in-house training schemes for the security business sector, giving employers and individuals confidence that the training they’re considering has been approved by the skills body.

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Terri Jones, director general at Skills for Security (pictured), explained: “Our accreditation scheme was developed in response to requests from employers and providers who were concerned about the quality of delivery of training within the private security industry. It’s our ambition to recognise excellent training and endorse it with the aim of increasing the availability and quality of training available to everyone who works in the security business sector both internationally and within the UK.”

Three-step process

Skills for Security’s Accreditation is a three-step process. Training is matched to National Occupational Standards which specify UK standards of performance that people are expected to achieve and the knowledge and skills they need to perform effectively (thus providing the evidence to providers, trainers, employers and learners that training is being delivered to the highest possible standards).

With accredited training, learners have the assurance of receiving a quality education as well as gaining recognition from employers.

Karimah Pedro from the Security Industry Authority has endorsed the programme. “We remain committed to improving standards in the private security business sector. That’s why we support Skills for Security’s Accreditation scheme to set a benchmark for security training.”

As a developer of National Occupational Standards for the security industry, Skills for Security is best placed to help identify any gaps in skills and knowledge. Whether it’s in-house training schemes or the development of trainers, Skills for Security will help provide sustainable solutions in order to certify that quality is being maintained.

Accreditation from Skills for Security not only endorses quality, but also actively boosts the reputation of training and sets a benchmark for it.

*Contact Skills for Security on (tel) 01905 744000 or at: accreditation@skillsforsecurity.org.uk for further information

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Finalists for 2015 Security and Fire Excellence Awards revealed by organiser UBM

UBM – organiser of the Security and Fire Excellence Awards which is supported by leading industry events IFSEC and FIREX International – has announced the finalists for its 23 award categories covering the full spectrum of security and fire. 

The winners will be announced at a prestigious gala ceremony on Wednesday 25 November 2015 at the London Hilton Hotel on Park Lane. The event will be hosted by Jimmy Carr. One of the UK’s biggest names in comedy and host of 8 out of 10 Cats, Carr will take to the stage to present the awards and also offer some light entertainment.

Now in its 17th year, the Security and Fire Excellence Awards recognise the skill and often bravery of professionals who play a crucial role that can be life-saving and yet unsung. The event serves as the ‘Oscars’ of the security and fire business sectors as well as being a great opportunity for networking.

Gerry Dunphy, event director for IFSEC and FIREX International, said: “This year has once again seen some really fantastic entrants from across such a wide range of companies working within security and fire. We’re very much looking forward to hosting the industry in November and recognising the hard work and dedication of those working within these business sectors while also celebrating the new innovations that are shaking up the market.”

A large number of entries were submitted and have been assessed by an expert Judging Panel. Last year, that Judging Panel included some of the industry’s leading professionals, among them Dr Alison Wakefield FSyl, senior lecturer in Security Risk Management at the University of Portsmouth, Alan Hildage FSyl FCMI MBCI RISC (chairman of the Association of Security Consultants) and Don Randall MBE, then CISO at the Bank of England.

Many of the finalists exhibited at IFSEC and FIREX International 2015, including MorphoWave by Morpho (which made the cut in the Access Control Product of the Year category), Cirrus Hybrid by Protec Fire Detection (shortlisted for the Active Fire Innovation of the Year category), Sony’s 4K camera, the SNC-VM772R (a finalist for the CCTV Camera Equipment of the Year award), SleepSafe (Combined Security & Fire Solution) and Kings Security (Large Security Installer of the Year).

Xtralis – the specialist in early and reliable detection and remote visual verification of fire, gas and security threats – is the headline sponsor for the 2015 Security and Fire Excellence Awards. Other sponsors include Magenta Security Services, Bouygues Energies & Services, Fire & Security Jobs, Servest and the Security Industry Authority.

This year’s charity partners are the Ghana Education Trust and the Suzy Lamplugh Trust. In the past, this event has raised funds for – among others – the Children’s Burns Trust, ActionAid and Victim Support.

*Click here to read the full shortlist of finalists

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Essentra Security supports introduction of national Disabled Identification (DID) card

ID cards supplied by Essentra Security are being used to make life easier for disabled people. The ID cards – which, when printed, resemble a driving licence – negate the need for people to have to carry around documents verifying their disabilities.

There are approximately 11 million disabled people in the UK. The majority of impairments are not visible, with less than 8% of disabled people using wheelchairs.

The idea to create a national Disabled Identification (DID) card was thought up by Tanya Beaney following her observation that there were an increasing number of comments being posted on social media sites that disabled people were frustrated at having to constantly produce paperwork to prove they were entitled to some form of disability benefit in order to obtain a concessionary rate.

The DID card in detail

The DID card in detail

These cards works as certified ID for anyone who is registered as blind or is receiving qualifying disability benefits from the DLA, PIP, AFIP and the AA. It has been approved by various regulators of ID cards including the National Police Chiefs’ Council, the Security Industry Authority and Trading Standards.

Tanya Beaney’s idea has clearly caught the attention of a large number of people as their votes have resulted in the DID card making the shortlist for the semi-finals of the 2015 Virgin Media Pitch-to-Rich Competition.

Essentra Security supplied Beaney with a Magicard Rio Pro printer, software and ID card stock to enable her to set up a card issuance programme. The Rio Pro printer was chosen because of its reputation for being reliable, as well as its high print speed and an ability to offer single or double-sided printing.

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Tanya Beaney

“We’re very pleased to have had the opportunity to support Tanya with the launch of the DID card,” enthused Sue Woodcock, marketing manager for Essentra Security. “ID cards are commonly used day-to-day in so many different ways, including for access control, cashless vending, library systems, time and attendance and for visitor management systems. It’s good news that our ID solutions are now helping people with disabilities who are rightly entitled to concessionary pricing at theatres and museums, etc and for many other public environments.”

*Disabled individuals or their guardians can apply for a DID card by visiting: www.did-card.co.uk/apply.php

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