Brooknight engages Broadstone to drive growth for security services provider

Brooknight's Security Control Centre

Brooknight’s Security Control Centre

Broadstone, a new recruitment marketplace for the private security sector, has entered into a strategic partnership with one of the UK’s leading security services providers, namely Brooknight. Broadstone will now support Brooknight to identify and secure high quality, vetted and background-checked security personnel.

The new App-based service manages the whole recruitment process from job posting, background vetting and candidate selection via an algorithm right through to invoice administration, scheduling and the rostering of both permanent and temporary roles.

Following a six-week national trial, Brooknight has now rolled out Broadstone’s new technology to bring benefits to end clients, assuring them that they’re working with a trustworthy, credible and fully pre-vetted workforce.

Chris Fieldhouse, managing director at Brooknight, told Risk UK: “We had encouraging results following the trial. Feedback internally, as well as from candidates themselves, was that the process was much more efficient and reliable, connecting quality security professionals with security roles to suit their specific experience. During the trial there were some challenging roles to fill in regions that can often have a smaller talent pool, but Broadstone succeeded in securing high quality candidates that really matched the job requirements. On that basis, we took the decision to roll out the system nationally.”

The UK’s private security sector has experienced a rapid increase in jobs as security requirements change in the modern world. Recruitment and vetting is traditionally a slow and lengthy process, but Broadstone’s new service makes it easier and more effective for employers to hire temporary and permanent employees, and for job-seekers to access and apply for roles quickly.

Background checks in line with BS 7858

The service provides background checks carried out to BS 7858. It captures accurate data up front to verify details, reducing lead times from 12 weeks to just 15 days. Checks are consistent and refreshed on a regular basis such that there’s a full understanding of a job seeker’s work history, effectively creating a ‘job passport’ for recruits.

Fieldhouse continued: “The security industry has a decreasing pool of quality personnel so Broadstone’s service allows us to tap into a fully-vetted and compliant workforce to fill our roles and support our customers in the retail and corporate sectors. The service provides a direct communication interface between ourselves and our applicants and employees. It speeds up the recruitment process, while our customers are assured of a high calibre of security personnel within their operation.”

As a business, Brooknight is constantly reviewing and investing in technology and innovations designed to drive the company forward. The new partnership with Broadstone is part of its wider growth strategy as the business recognises the benefits of new technology and how that fits in with the changing recruitment landscape.

“Broadstone is really leading the way in the security recruitment sector and bringing to the fore a more effective and efficient process, giving peace of mind to businesses and making life easier for job-seekers and candidates,” concluded Fieldhouse. “The team acts as an extension of our own HR Department and understands our business, the industry, the challenges and the opportunities involved in maintaining a competitive edge.”

Forward-thinking company

Tom Pickersgill, founder and director of Broadstone, stated: “We’re delighted to be working with such a forward-thinking security company that embraces new technology to build its business and deliver great results for its clients. Lifestyles are changing rapidly, which includes how people look for work and apply for jobs and how companies can identify and manage them. With security in the spotlight now more than ever before, it’s important for businesses to ensure that they’re taking steps to tackle industry challenges. Brooknight is a great example of an established organisation investing in technology to enhance its client offer.”

With this partnership, the two companies are “changing the face of the private security sector”. It will help bring new talent into the sector and drive growth in the industry overall.

Pickersgill explained: “The private security sector is ripe for innovation so it’s important for organisations to keep up-to-date with technology and trends, forge useful partnerships and embrace the technological innovations and digital trends that will help them to stay ahead in a competitive and increasingly important marketplace.”

Broadstone is aiming to attract over 60,000 individual job-seekers to the platform by 2020 to provide temporary and permanent security for venues and events. In doing so, the business intends to work solely with Security Industry Authority Approved Contractor Scheme-registered companies.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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