Mitie business division attains highest standard for Information Security Management

Inside the MiTec Technology Hub

Inside the MiTec Technology Hub

The Total Document Management business of Mitie, the FTSE 250 strategic outsourcing company, has just announced the achievement of ISO 27001 certification for Information Security Management.

The registration recognises Mitie’s Best Practice methods for keeping information assets secure and covers Mitie’s employee screening and vetting services designed to screen both internal staff and those of external customers.

The service is based at Mitec, Mitie’s Technology Hub located in Northern Ireland.

Mitie’s screening services encompass disclosure and barring service checks, Disclosure Scotland, credit checks, employment verification, BS 7858, airside pass and baseline personnel security standards.

Speaking about this latest achievement, Darren Gamage (managing director of technology services for Mitie’s Total Security Management business) commented: “I’m delighted that we’ve gained the ISO 27001 certification. This gives our clients confidence that we have fully addressed all potential security risks, in turn further establishing Mitie as a trustworthy screening and vetting partner.”

Gamage added: “We’re fully committed to protecting our own and our clients’ reputations by demonstrating the utmost compliance and a responsible culture at all times.”

Mitie’s Total Document Management business provides full document services including mail room management, creative services, digital print, scanning, procurement, secure shredding, closed loop recycling and document and data storage. This Mitie division is uniquely positioned in the marketplace due to its on-site, off-site and bespoke hybrid products, specialist account management and its strong offering within the integrated FM space.

Mitie works alongside Salvation Army to assist the unemployed

In addition, Mitie Group plc has established a joint initiative between its Environmental+ business and The Salvation Army with the aim of transforming the lives of unemployed people resident in Southend-on-Sea, Essex.

The Salvation Army approached Mitie to help place a number of individuals – all of whom had specific barriers to employment but were willing to take on the training needed for the role – into work in the local area.

By way of the initiative, Tom MacKeown (Mitie’s regional account manager) was able to recruit a team of cleaners and a supervisor for ODEON in Southend-on-Sea. Within six weeks, all members of the team had excelled in their roles and become indispensable to both ODEON and Mitie.

The success of this initiative has also seen both MacKeown and The Salvation Army nominated for an ERSA Employability Award, duly highlighting their hard work and dedication.

Rob Cattell, managing director of Mitie’s Environmental+ business, enthused: “This is a brilliant example of how collaboration between charities and businesses can make a real difference to local people. Mitie is committed to providing support to the long-term unemployed and this is proof that our approach works, helping to transform lives and make a real difference to our client ODEON.”

Julie Bakonyvari, The Salvation Army’s employment engagement co-ordinator for Southend-on-Sea, added: “Each year, The Salvation Army helps thousands of people back into employment, enabling them to achieve their full potential and transform their lives. Our tailored support means we can help people meet their goals and aspirations while identifying barriers preventing achievement. We’ve been fortunate to forge links with Mitie. The company has provided valuable additional assistance to those we are supporting back into employment. We look forward to continuing this positive working relationship.”

After being employed by Mitie at ODEON, members of the team were then given ongoing training and support by The Salvation Army to assist with their transition into full-time employment.

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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