Axis Group companies recognised by Living Wage Foundation as ‘fair’ employers

The Living Wage Foundation has formally accredited two Axis Group companies, recognising their support for the Living Wage and the furtherance of Best Practice in the security business sector.

Axis Security, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of security services, is now a Recognised Service Provider and committed to not only paying its head office staff the Living Wage, but also promoting the Living Wage to its ever-expanding client base.

Sister business Acuity provides a five-star receptionist service for customers in the London market and is a Living Wage employer that has always paid all employees far in excess of the Living Wage.

Jonathan Levine, Axis Group’s CEO, explained that employees are at the very centre of the organisation’s service proposition, and that good customer service is derived from employees feeling both valued and motivated.

“People are the lifeblood of our business,” explained Levine, “and by investing in our people we will always be a good and fair employer. Our focus is on ensuring that all employees will have a good work-life balance, which in turn increases productivity and ensures the business enjoys a strong corporate reputation. We’re extremely proud to support and be a part of this group.”

The Living Wage campaign was launched in 2001 by parents in East London who were frustrated that working two minimum wage jobs left no time for family life. The Living Wage is a voluntary hourly rate set independently and updated annually. It’s calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK. The current UK Living Wage is £8.25 per hour, while the current London Living Wage is £9.40 an hour.

Third international management standard

In parallel, Axis Security has been duly recognised for its ability to proactively manage risks and mitigate threats that would otherwise disrupt critical business activity with the award of ISO 22301 for business continuity.

The accreditation specifies the requirements for a business’ management system to protect against anticipated and unanticipated events, including terrorist activity, adverse weather, labour strikes or blackouts, while ensuring that it can continue to operate.

David Mundell, managing director of Axis Security, commented that the standard is becoming an important requirement. “Customers are asking for ISO accreditation in tenders,” said Mundell. “A number of industries, including healthcare and financial services, require business continuity planning. Having the accreditation sends a clear message to existing and potential clients that we have a resilient business, and also demonstrates that we can organise an effective response to any incidents.”

This latest accreditation is the third to be awarded to Axis Security following on from awards for quality management (ISO 9001) and environmental management (ISO 14001).

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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