Vacant property company SitexOrbis is changing its name to Orbis.” We are no longer a business focused on just sitex screens,” said Director Richard Sanders.” Instead we offer a more rounded approach to securing and managing vacant properties. Property protection now requires alarms, integrated monitoring, rapid response as well as a physical barrier to entry in order to address real client issues” we find out what is needed and deliver exactly that. Orbis stands for much more than just sitexing a property.” The Orbis name, which was chosen by the company’s employees, maintains a link with the organisation’s 30-year heritage, built through relationships with social landlords, property managers and professional service organisations. Orbis appointed a new CEO in May 2014 who sees the name change as an exciting development.” It is important that as we develop our core business and explore new and adjacent markets that we retain the values and the culture that has served us so well over the last 30 years. Orbis therefore is a name familiar to colleagues and customers alike but at the same time heralds a new era in the evolution of the business” said Guy Other. The decision to change the organisation’s name follows the attempt by VPS Holdings to monopolise the UK market by acquiring SitexOrbis in October 2011. The new owners worked with the Competition Commission to ensure SitexOrbis remained independent, but VPS did not sell the rights to the word Sitex.
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.