Axis Security achieves “near perfect” score in latest SIA Approved Contractor Scheme audit

Axis Security, the specialist provider of bespoke security services, has achieved the highest Security Industry Authority (SIA) Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) audit score in the company’s history, increasing by two points to reach what the business refers to as an “outstanding” total of 173 out of a possible 174.

The “near perfect” score is attributed to Axis Security’s continued investment in employee training and career development, its approach to officer recruitment, innovative uses of technology for improving communication and security officer efficiency and a commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.

Setting this result in context, back in 2009 (when the senior management team re-launched the Axis Security business), the company had an ACS score of just 46. The latest audit score of 173 places Axis Security within the Top 5% of SIA Approved Contractors and, believes the business, inside the Top 1% in the country.

David Mundell, managing director of Axis Security, stated that the ACS scheme is about furthering professionalism across the industry. “There are 89 criteria designed to question the norm and raise standards, helping us to deliver safer and more secure environments,” observed Mundell in conversation with Risk UK. “Our success in this audit is the end result of a year-long commitment involving evidence gathering, visits to our offices and sites and in-depth interviews with our personnel. My sincere thanks go to all those who contributed towards this fantastic result.”

Axis Security has also achieved the new ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems standard, demonstrating the company’s commitment to compliance and the achievement of industry-leading standards.

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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. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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