Securitas Security Services (UK) moves to acquire Milton Keynes-based MK Group Security

Securitas Security Services UK Ltd (Securitas) has announced the acquisition of Milton Keynes Security Services Ltd and its associated companies, together trading as MK Group Security. Securitas has acquired the entire shareholdings in the MK Group Security companies, the expertise and customer portfolio of which will perfectly complement the existing Securitas business.

As part of the Securitas Group, MK Group Security will continue to deliver local, professional security services to clients, transitioning to operate under the Securitas brand by the end of 2018. Founded in 1992, MK Group Security supplies security services in Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas.

With more than 90 employees, and specialising in both static and mobile security services, MK Group Security operates from its operations hub in Milton Keynes with a strong focus on the SME market.

Securitas is “the leading global security services provider” specialising in protective services built on people, technology and knowledge and presently operating in 58 markets worldwide. In the UK, “no other security provider” layers six protective services – namely on-site, mobile, remote, electronic security, fire and safety and corporate risk management – to offer “intelligent, value driven, total security solutions” to its clients. 

The acquisition of Milton Keynes Security Services Ltd further strengthens the portfolio of Securitas UK as the business continues to build its electronic alarm surveillance services and mobile security services for small and medium-sized businesses across the UK as part of its ‘Vision 2020’ strategy.

Speaking about this development, Peter Watson (managing director of MK Group Security) commented: “This is a fantastic opportunity for MK Group Security, our officers and our clients. Securitas is a leading global player in the security industry and there are huge opportunities for development and growth.”

Securitas hosts firefighting weekend for LFB graduate cadets

Securitas has hosted an action-packed firefighting weekend for London Fire Brigade’s (LFB) Top 12 graduate cadets. Taking place from 1-2 September at the Fire Service College in Moreton-in-Marsh, the two-day experience gave the graduate cadets a safe and realistic insight into firefighting.

After classroom guidance and demonstrations, the cadets were put to the test through a series of controlled real-life scenarios, affording them a valuable opportunity to gain hands-on experience under the supervision of qualified instructors. Scenarios included tackling a domestic fire, rescuing casualties from road traffic accident and administering First Aid. In addition, the cadets received homaltro tool training, were taught how to handle breathing apparatus and witnessed a backdraft demonstration.

LFB Commissioner Dany Cotton joined the cadets on Day Two of the weekend, taking part in exercises and presenting awards at the end of the day. Addressing the cadets, Cotton commented: “I saw something in each and every one of you today. You have the right skills and attributes to join the LFB. Be proud of what you’ve achieved. This weekend would not have been possible without Securitas. Thank You for allowing this to happen.”

Shaun Kennedy, director of specialist protective services at Securitas UK, responded: “As a trusted partner to the LFB and a long-time supporter of LFB Fire Cadets, it was a privilege to host this weekend. It was truly rewarding to watch this talented group of cadets overcome all challenges and apply themselves to the highest standards. Witnessing first-hand the personal achievements of each cadet, and listening to their positive feedback, makes it all worthwhile. A number of people from Securitas and the LFB dedicated their time and expertise to make this weekend happen and I would like to thank each of them for their commitment.”

*To find out more about the LFB Fire Cadets visit https://www.london-fire.gov.uk/community/young-people/fire-cadets/

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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