Security and intelligence specialist Blackstone Consultancy features in Spear’s 500 ‘Top Recommended’ for 2019

Blackstone Consultancy, the London-based security and intelligence consultancy, has been featured in the 2019 Spear’s 500 listing of ‘Top Recommended’ organisations. Billed as the ‘indispensable’ guide to the top private client advisors, wealth managers, lawyers and service providers for high net worth individuals, the annual Spear’s 500 is held in high regard internationally. The 2019 edition was launched earlier this month at the Spear’s Wealth Management Awards Ceremony at The Dorchester in central London. This is the third year running that Blackstone Consultancy has been featured.

Blackstone Consultancy provides individuals and companies with “bespoke, discreet and exceptionally vigilant” security arrangements. Managing director Simon Giddins is used to addressing and advising upon the most complex of client needs and security situations and, as a consequence, has been recognised – alongside his trusted team of specialists – as one of the foremost security and intelligence providers for private clients.

The firm’s clients are located throughout the UK and as far afield as Moscow, Los Angeles, Cape Town and Doha. Its team of private security and intelligence specialists operates worldwide from capital cities to some of the world’s most notorious trouble spots.

Giddins commented: “Blackstone Consultancy is involved in challenging and evolving risks, both domestically and internationally, highly private investigations, personal protection and assessing risk for some of the most iconic private properties and commercial assets across Europe. It’s important to account for all potential risks from geopolitics through to crime and terrorism and on again to cyber threats in order to enable, advise and mitigate threats to our clients.”

He continued: “It’s also important to us that our services are personal and reassuring, and that measures are also taken to ensure they are unobtrusive and inconspicuous. We have many years of military and law enforcement experience. Members of the team have worked at the highest levels of the intelligence community and in the private security industry. We’re pleased to once again be recognised by Spear’s as a leading player within the security sector.”

Commenting on this year’s inclusion of Blackstone Consultancy, Alec Marsh (Editor of Spear’s) said: “As the indispensable private client bible, it’s essential that the Spear’s 500 touches on security which is an issue of rising importance for our readers. With that in mind, it’s a privilege to include Blackstone Consultancy. It’s a business that continues to impress us.”

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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