Cordant Security enhances ACS audit score from 142 to 161 following latest inspection

Cordant Security has successfully increased its Security Industry Authority (SIA) Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) score from 142 to 161 in the wake of the company’s most recent audit. In years gone by, Cordant Security regularly scored in the 140s, which is a significant achievement in itself, but due to a continued push to improve and the start of a number of new initiatives, the business has now boosted its audit score significantly.

There are over 3,500 security companies registered with the SIA, with 831 of them holding ACS status. The latest audit score for Cordant Security places the business in the top 1% of security companies in the UK.

As a direct result of the audit, the company has also been awarded ISO 45001:2018 for Health and Safety Management. Cordant Security states that it’s the first security company to ever receive this standard which demonstrates a continued drive to improve and innovate, while at the same time illustrating just how important Health and Safety is to the business as a whole.

During the audit, Cordant Security was placed under close examination for ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management Systems) and ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental Management Systems). This was the three-year re-certification which, subject to technical review, has been recommended.

As part of the audits no less than 20 locations were visited. Interviews were conducted with 42 SIA licence holders and 15 members of management, in turn offering a real representative sample across the business.

Mark Elton (quality, risk and compliance director at Cordant) commented: “Congratulations to everyone involved across the business. This is a fantastic achievement about which we should all be proud. However, the challenge does not stop now. We can always improve and determine to be even better. We’ll always strive to improve and make our ongoing workplace tasks as safe as we possibly can.”

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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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