Axis Security contracted to protect Daiwa Capital Markets’ City of London headquarters

The City of London

The City of London

Daiwa Capital Markets Europe has chosen Axis Security to provide guarding and CCTV monitoring services for the investment firm’s City of London-based European headquarters.

Located right in the heart of London’s financial district, Daiwa Capital Markets Europe’s head office is a recently refurbished, Grade II-listed property requiring a highly vigilant yet sensitive security presence.

The contract comprises around 500 hours per week, with three supervisors and three security officers guarding the property 24/7 with an additional site manager, assistant site manager and a receptionist present during normal working hours from Monday to Friday.

Ian Davidson, executive director of facilities at Daiwa Capital Markets, explained to Risk UK that a supportive management system is an important component of security provision on site.

“Our account manager at Axis Security is professional, accessible and knowledgeable in his field,” stated Davidson. “He understands the appropriate level of support required by the on-site head of security and that when support is needed, it’s needed quickly. This is the pattern of involvement that we have seen so far and it works well for us.”

Observing the TUPE Regulations

All eight existing employees were transferred under the TUPE Regulations and a receptionist provided. “In general, the implementation was smooth,” assessed Davidson, “and any issues with the TUPE process were dealt with promptly by Axis Security to ensure our service wasn’t negatively impacted.”

Chris Wisely, Axis Security’s new managing director, is extremely pleased that the business is adding value to the security at Daiwa Capital Markets’ offices.

“We understand the importance of a smooth transfer of employees,” said Wisely. “The benefits package we offer our security officers was seen as a significant benefit in terms of retaining valuable employees.”

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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