SGW Safety & Security granted prestigious SABRE company licence by BRE Global

SGW Safety & Security Ltd (SGW) has just become one of the first companies to be granted a SABRE company licence by BRE Global Ltd. Both SGW’s UK and United Arab Emirates offices are included in the scope of SGW’s licence number SLC-004. SGW is able to offer SABRE assessment services internationally as per the scope and geographical reach of the company’s professional indemnity insurance provisions.

The business is licensed to provide the SABRE certification scheme to new and existing customers in order to recognise and reward Best Practice and can now offer SABRE assessments to those involved in a range of infrastructure operations and construction.

SABRE is a security risk assessment and certification scheme for new and existing buildings and built infrastructure assets. It’s owned by BRE Global Ltd (part of the BRE Group), the international provider of robust and independent third party certification of fire, security and environmental products or services.

SABRE itself is the result of fundamental scientific research funded by The BRE Trust. It harbours many benefits for industry stakeholders, including improved design and construction quality, the enhanced marketability of built assets, increased operational effectiveness and independent assurance of security performance.

Importantly, SABRE also promotes value for money security solutions. Companies can benchmark their facilities across a portfolio and the wider sector, showcase their capabilities, attract security-minded tenants and clients and realise insurance incentives.

For its part, SGW will be providing SABRE certification to clients across numerous sectors, with the primary focus always firmly fixed on the process of security risk management. Sectors covered include the office sector, education, healthcare, mixed use, Data Centres, industrial and retail.

How does SABRE work?

The SABRE scheme incorporates nine technical stages and 70 assessment issues. To meet the criteria for SABRE certification, each stage has an aim accompanied by suitable metrics designed to demonstrate compliance.

Simon Whitehouse CSyP CPP PSP FSyI: managing director at SGW

Simon Whitehouse CSyP CPP PSP FSyI: managing director at SGW

To determine the approach to security of any new or existing building or infrastructure asset there are long-established principles of international management and risk management. These include establishing facility security requirements, managing security risks, planning and designing an appropriate security system, the implementation of plans and (for existing facilities) managing change at a given location.

To determine whether or not a given building or built infrastructure asset meets the requirements of the SABRE scheme, the facility must be assessed by a SABRE-registered assessor. SGW is licensed to provide this service and will work alongside the project team (at new facilities) or building management (existing facilities) to gather evidence in support of the applicable scheme criteria.

Successful assessment results in a SABRE rating and LPCB certification which can be used to communicate the security credentials of the facility to internal and external stakeholders, measure facility performance and target areas for future improvement and investment, benchmark performance across a portfolio of assets and demonstrate that a project has delivered on contractual requirements.

SABRE ratings in focus

It’s not possible to guarantee that a facility will be secure all of the time. However, there can be increased confidence in a facility’s ability to provide security. SABRE recognises this, and rates facilities on a sliding scale between ‘Acceptable’ (denoted by 1 Star) and ‘Outstanding’ (5 Stars). The higher the rating, the more closely the SABRE framework was followed and the greater the level of assurance professionals can have in the approach taken towards security risk management at a facility.

It’s important to note that not all facilities need to strive for the highest possible SABRE rating. In some cases, ‘Acceptable’ may be good enough. Applicants are encouraged to seek advice from a SABRE-registered assessor when determining a target SABRE rating.

Commenting on the new SABRE security risk assessment and certification scheme, Simon Whitehouse (managing director of SGW) told Risk UK: “I’m delighted that SGW has become one of the first companies to be granted a SABRE licence by BRE Global. I firmly believe that the SABRE scheme will prove to be a highly-recognised means of ensuring that the security design and assessment process for built infrastructure assets is fit for purpose and commensurate with risk and third party certification to robust standards.”

Whitehouse added: “Furthermore, I believe the recent launch of SABRE by BRE Global is suitably timely given the content of the recent letter sent to all Local Authority chief planners in the UK by Stave Quartermain CBE, the chief planner at the Department for Communities and Local Government. This letter reminds local planning authorities of the important role which the planning system has in ensuring that appropriate measures are in place in relation to counter-terrorism and crime prevention security. I also believe SABRE will eventually be a key component in the future of how the planning system will be used to create safe and secure urban environments.”

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.

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