Ward Security maintains high audit score for SIA’s Approved Contractor Scheme

Ward Security's managing director Kevin Ward (left) and David Ward (CEO of Ward Security Holdings Ltd)

Ward Security’s managing director Kevin Ward (left) and David Ward (CEO of Ward Security Holdings Ltd)

National security company Ward Security remains among the Top 2% of Government-approved security providers in the UK after achieving a score of 167 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 latter’s Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS).

Ward Security is also once again resident within the prestigious Infologue.com ‘Star Performers’ list of security companies that have achieved the highest 5% of assessed scores within the ACS.

External assessing body Chamber Certification Assessment Services Ltd carried out a combined annual assessment of Ward Security during February this year. The procedure included a reverification assessment for the SIA’s ACS for security guarding, door supervision, CCTV and key holding services, as well as a surveillance audit to ISO 9001:2008 (Quality Management Systems) and BS 18001:2007 (Occupational Health and Safety).

Auditors visited Ward Security’s Rochester and London offices, as well as the company’s dedicated Control Room and 13 separate customer sites across the UK, conducting interviews with the company’s management and employees in addition to eight end user customers.

Speaking about the company’s latest SIA audit score, Nikhil Kamboj (compliance director at Ward Security) commented: “While the business continues to grow in a difficult marketplace, it’s essential that we maintain the standards upon which our reputation is built. This excellent report proves that we’re managing to keep those standards high in parallel with our business growth while ensuring all of our internal and customer-facing systems are robust. This is no mean feat, and we’re extremely proud of our achievements.”

Kevin Ward, managing director of Ward Security, added: “2015-2016 has been a challenging time for Ward Security with management restructuring, changes to processes and the incorporation of new leading edge technology to improve upon the services we deliver. Thanks to the combined efforts of the management team, our Compliance Department and employees right across the business, we’ve managed these changes seamlessly. We now have the structure and processes in place to better service our existing customers, as well as pursue further business growth.”

Ward Security operates a head office in London and a network of regional offices including those at Rochester, Bracknell and Manchester as well as a newly-opened office in Scotland.

The company provides a broad range of bespoke, integrated and flexible security services and works with clients in both the public and private sectors. Areas of specialist expertise include the provision of search and selection guard dogs, wireless intruder detection systems and concierge services through its Ward Belgravia business division.

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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