Mitie Security has assisted global professional services firm Aon plc, which specialises in a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions, to attain the prestigious ‘Secured Environments’ accreditation for the company’s global headquarters at the Leadenhall Building in London. The award makes Aon only the second organisation in the City of London to have achieved this status, joining just 27 other British businesses across the UK to have received the police-approved accreditation.
Aon and Mitie worked together to secure the accreditation by undertaking a 12-month plan to demonstrate their commitment to creating a secure environment. During the year-long process, the Mitie and Aon teams worked to demonstrate to auditors that the six key principles for protecting the building against crime had been adopted.
These principles range from a commitment to security and a strong understanding of the issue by senior leadership through to responding to risks by managing and implementing evidence-based crime prevention measures, as well as an established evaluation process to assess these measures.
The process also included a comprehensive internal communications plan, engaging and educating employees at every level of the business – from the C-Suite to front line staff – on security processes.
Three-year contract extension
The award was formally bestowed during a ceremony held at The Aon Centre on Monday 27 January, which was attended by the City of London Police Commissioner, Ian Dyson, as well as criminology expert and accreditation auditor Professor Martin Gill CSyP FSyI, the director of Perpetuity Research.
Mitie has worked with Aon for eight years*, providing security guarding for its offices in London and Epsom, as well as key holding facilities for 30 other locations in the UK and the management of Aon’s 24/7/365 Security Services Centre. The latter covers 51 countries across EMEA.
Last year, Mitie secured a three-year contract extension to continue its work with Aon until the end of 2022.
Kevin Allchorne, regional head of corporate protection services for the UK, EMEA and APAC at Aon, said: “We’re delighted to have achieved the ‘Secured Environments’ accreditation for our global headquarters in the City of London. It demonstrates the focus on and commitment towards security from the very senior management level within our firm, and also reflects the continual time, effort and energy that my security management team, and our partner Mitie Security, dedicates to maintaining appropriate levels of security designed to protect our people, property and information.”
Jason Towse, managing director for business services at Mitie, responded: “Mitie Security is trusted to help keep some of the capital’s most prestigious and important buildings safe and secure, so it’s gratifying to see our team’s hard work recognised. We’re immensely proud to have helped Aon achieve the ‘Secured Environments’ accreditation. The Leadenhall Building is only the second site in London to have reached this high standard.”
*Mitie began working with Aon upon its acquisition of VSG back in October 2018. VSG held the security account for seven years prior to this point