Leadership team completes management buy-out of the Axis Group of Companies

Jonathan Levine: CEO of the Axis Group of Companies

Jonathan Levine: CEO of the Axis Group of Companies

Senior executives of the Axis Group of Companies, led by group CEO Jonathan Levine, have completed a management buy-out (MBO) of the business from the private equity firm Sovereign Capital.

Along with Simon Giles (group finance director), David Mundell (managing director of Axis Security) and group chairman Roger Burdett, Levine will now wholly own and manage the business.

The business also includes its cleaning and support services arm, the specialist Front of House division Acuity and Astute, its training and consultancy division.

Levine and his team have grown the company to become a services group that now turns over circa £87 million on an annual basis. The last three years alone have witnessed the company grow by more than 50%.

“Sovereign has been incredibly supportive throughout the process,” explained Levine. “An MBO is a ‘win win’ for all concerned, most notably our clients who have the certainty of our commitment as a senior and experienced management team with a proven track record.”

David Mundell

David Mundell

Levine continued: “It’s an excellent time to be leading a strong and successful group, and we continue to invest for the future. There’s a strong market for both security and cleaning services, and we have a dedicated management team that’s capable of taking the group to the next stage in its development.”

The management team has been involved with successful private equity-backed businesses in the past.

“With the support of our clients and our highly-talented colleagues,” concluded Levine, “we will continue to build on our quality service that’s proven and credited to be ‘Best in Class’.”

Rewarding excellence in the workplace

Axis Security is proud to announce that Naomi Austen, the business’ Human Resources director, has won a category of the Islington Office Angels’ Office Professional 2015 Awards.

This is a national competition to identify and reward the very best employees across the country. Office Angels was looking for employees who are at the top of their game and stand out. Not only do those employees need to be well-versed in the latest developments within their sector, but they also need to approach the workplace with a certain attitude which demonstrates a readiness to help, contribute and, ultimately, go above and beyond the accepted modus operandi.

Neil Minter, Axis’ recruitment manager, commented: “Throughout Naomi’s maternity leave this year which, due to a premature birth, meant that her new baby needed a great deal of medical support, she continued to maintain contact with employees and make herself available when needed. Since returning to full-time hours, Naomi has really tackled workplace challenges and is continuing to go above and beyond to support her team and the business. This nomination was our way of showing our appreciation for everything she does for the business.”

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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