Tyco has announced that it has acquired London-based First City Care. Established in 1986, First City Care installs a variety of security and safety equipment covering electronic, technical and physical installations in the City of London. Its portfolio covers access control, video surveillance, intruder alarms and security system integration, primarily for banking and finance organisations. Jordi Andreu, President of Tyco Installation and Services UK, Ireland, Middle East and North Africa, stated, ‘The addition of First City Care to the Tyco portfolio supports our strategy to pursue bolt-on acquisitions to enhance our business. The company’s knowledge and expertise in UK banking and finance, combined with its reputation for workmanship, integrates nicely with our commitment to delivering customer service excellence.’ The First City Care business will be part of Tyco’s Installation and Services business, and will continue operating under the First City Care name.
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.