Ward Security retains place among guarding elite in wake of latest SIA audit process

National security company Ward Security remains among the Top 1-2% of approved security providers in the UK after achieving a score of 170 out of 174 in an independent audit conducted on behalf of the Security Industry Authority (SIA) – the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the UK – as part of the Regulator’s Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS).

The auditors report stated that the company maintains excellent performance across all standards of the ACS, with the auditors particularly impressed by Ward Security’s key focus on – and vital ongoing role in – public protection.

External assessing body the Chamber Certification Assessment Service carried out a combined annual assessment of Ward Security during February and March that included a re-verification assessment for the SIA’s ACS for security guarding, door supervision, CCTV and key holding provision, as well as a surveillance audit for ISO 9001:2008 (Quality Management) and for BS 18001:2007 (Occupational Health and Safety).

Speaking about the company’s latest news, Nikhil Kamboj (business services director at Ward Security) said: “We’re very proud of our achievement. Overall, it was a very successful audit, with the auditors involved highlighting a large number of areas of good practices. Due to the change in ACS scoring, many businesses have seen big drops in their audit scores. However, it seems that our fresh focus on promoting counter-terrorism awareness, investment in cyber security and the use of technology, coupled with stringent operating procedures and a risk-based approach, has helped us to retain our top 1-2% position.”

Kevin Ward, managing director of Ward Security, added: “The last 12 months has been a transitional period for Ward Security’s management team. We’ve overseen a number of changes to processes and invested in attracting senior personnel to the team to ensure we’re providing the most up-to-date security solutions in the market. These changes have helped us to successfully continue our upwards growth strategy despite working through a period of economic uncertainty. Thanks to the combined efforts of our management team, our compliance operation and employees across the business, we’ve managed these changes seamlessly and are now poised for future growth.”

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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.

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