Ward Security has successfully retained its Gold status following a triennial Investors in People (IiP) assessment. This significant achievement places the Kent-based security solutions provider within an exclusive group of a very small number of security companies to achieve the highest status. It also marks a full ten years of IiP compliance.
The latest IiP report highlights areas of strength and good practice and afforded particular praise to the company’s core PRIDE values (namely Protection, Respect, Integrity, Dynamic Teamwork and Excellence) as well as the ongoing and diligent actions taken to embed these values right across the business.
IiP assessors also found that approximately 95% of new joiners within the last two years have described Ward Security as being better than the previous organisations for whom they had worked as a direct result of the efforts of operations managers, associate directors and supervisors who received excellent feedback from their colleagues.
When describing their managers, staff commonly used the words ‘approachable’ and ‘supportive’. Knowledge sharing both across teams and the organisation as a whole was also highlighted, with the IiP assessors noting the innovative education solutions and e-learning programmes that Ward Security has made readily available on its employee portal due to the hard work of HR director Liana Dodd.
Speaking about this latest success, Nikhil Kamboj (compliance director at Ward Security) told Risk UK: “This was perhaps our most challenging IiP audit to date as there are many areas that we recognised needed some work. However, our commitment to working as a team has helped us bring about successful improvement in several key areas. This has not only helped us to grow the business, but also strengthened the culture and environment that exists within Ward Security.”
Kamboj added: “Our IiP assessment confirms where we truly stand in comparison to other businesses across all industries. We believe that, on the national stage, there are still only two security companies holding the IiP Gold status, including ourselves. This result echoes our company values. We’re very proud of the achievement here.”
Supportive and approachable security business
The company’s managing director David Ward stated: “It’s particularly pleasing to read that 95% of new Ward Security staff consider the business to be better than their previous employers and view the company as supportive and approachable. This is vitally important as we pride ourselves on attracting only the highest quality security professionals.”
He continued: “To do that, we need to be seen as a superior employer that’s inclusive and has in place the means for personal development and job satisfaction. We’ve strived extremely hard to ensure this is the case, and we’re delighted that our efforts have subsequently been recognised by Investors in People.”
Ward Security operates from a head office in London as well as a network of regional offices including Rochester, Bracknell, Manchester and a newly-opened premises in Scotland.
The company provides a broad range of bespoke, integrated and flexible security services working with clients across both the public and private sector.
Areas of specialist expertise include the provision of search and selection guard dogs, wireless intruder detection systems and concierge services through the business’ Ward Belgravia division.