Ultimate Security Services partners with Security Research Initiative to advance sector standards

Paul Harvey: Board director at Ultimate Security Services

Paul Harvey: Board director at Ultimate Security Services

Private security company Ultimate Security Services has decided to become a partner of the hugely respected Security Research Initiative (SRI). This significant move reinforces the company’s commitment to service excellence underpinned by active investigation, analysis and development.

Supported by The Security Institute and ASIS International’s UK Chapter, the SRI – itself part of Perpetuity Research and Consultancy International (PRCI) – is a rolling three-year research programme which launches a new study every year. Previous SRI studies have included in-depth investigations into cyber crime and the opportunities for partnership working between the police service and the private security industry.

Two other projects have resulted in the production of valuable toolkits designed to help companies of all kinds in developing effective security strategies and managing the security procurement process.

In essence, the SRI’s projects are configured to develop knowledge and insights on key security issues and generate practical tools and recommendations that develop the sector’s capabilities and potential as a partner of choice.

Commenting on the news, Professor Martin Gill CSyP, director of PRCI, informed Risk UK: “Perpetuity Research is delighted to welcome Ultimate Security Services to the Security Research Initiative. The SRI is geared towards developing new insights and knowledge via an annual study. Ultimate Security is showing its commitment to thought leadership, and I’m very pleased that the company is on board.”

Paul Harvey, Board director at Ultimate Security Services, responded: “Ultimate Security Services is a natural partner for the SRI. We’re extremely proud to support high quality and relevant research that will not only help the company to deliver a greater service to its clients, but also advance the standards and credibility of the sector at the national level.”

Strategy for change in the security business sector

The current topic for examination by the SRI is an assessment of the strategy for change in the security sector in what’s now a rapidly evolving landscape. There’s a whole range of strategies that guide thinking on a variety of activities in defence, on policing and in tackling terrorism, fraud and organised crime (to name but a few). The aim of this new SRI project is to consider what the future directions of security might be.

Professor Martin Gill CSyP

Professor Martin Gill CSyP

The context includes a police service facing challenging resource constraints, an economic outlook which is breeding concern about crime and disorder issues and a recognition that the protection of key parts of the national infrastructure rests in the private sector’s hands – and therefore involves private security – coupled with a lack of clarity about how this can best be harnessed. There are also plenty of discussions about police/private sector partnerships, but fewer shining samples of good practices. Then there are the threats posed by cyber crime, the increasing costs of labour and the opportunities to be realised by technology. Where does all of this leave private security? 

Some of the issues that the SRI may consider include the approaches needed to position the security sector (corporates and suppliers) as partners of choice, the processes for increasing trust in what security does, identifying the unique capabilities of the security sector and looking at what the police service and insurers alike view as the benefits to be derived from having a thriving private security sector. 

Ultimate Security Services is driven to be recognised as the supplier of choice for landmark and high risk locations in London. The company delivers best value and fit for purpose security services solutions with a sharp focus on service excellence which supports clients’ core business strategies.

Founded in 1999, the business provides a range of integrated security solutions to high end clients. It boasts a turnover of £71 million and presently employs over 2,000 members of staff. Blue chip clients include Land Securities, CBRE, The Shard, Broadgate Estates, Savills and BNP Paribas.

Services provided by Ultimate encompass security guarding, Front of House, reception, building management, loading bay and Post Room solutions.

*If Risk UK’s dedicated readers have any thoughts on the current SRI topic of study that they would like to contribute to the research please contact PRCI via e-mail: prci@perpetuityresearch.com

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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