“Why we acquired Tavcom Training”: Risk UK Q&A with Linx International Group CEO David Gill

David Gill CSyP: CEO at the Linx International Group

David Gill CSyP: CEO at the Linx International Group

Linx International Group’s recent acquisition of a majority shareholding in UK-based Tavcom Training (a leading provider of accredited security systems training) has further bolstered the Group’s profile as a global training brand. Here, David Gill CSyP (CEO of Linx International Group, which includes renowned security management training providers ARC Training International and Perpetuity Training as well as Linx Consulting) explains to Risk UK’s Editor Brian Sims the thinking behind the investment in Tavcom.

Risk UK: With two highly successful training companies already under the umbrella of the Linx International Group, why did you feel the need to acquire Tavcom Training?

David Gill: Anyone who works within the electronic security industry will be aware of the outstanding reputation that Tavcom has built over the last 21 years for developing and delivering world class security systems training. It’s an area of security which neither ARC Training International nor Perpetuity Training has previously addressed. Tavcom is therefore a very welcome addition to our Group. We can now truly claim to offer anyone who wishes to develop a career within the security sector the widest possible choice of specialist security systems and security management training programmes.

Risk UK: Following this move will the Tavcom name disappear?

David Gill: Absolutely not, Brian. Tavcom will continue to operate under its existing brand within the Group and clients can be assured that they will continue to receive the very highest levels of service that they have come to expect from Tavcom. Mike Tennent, who founded Tavcom, has been appointed as the company’s non-executive chairman while Paul Tennent, previously sales director for Tavcom, has now been appointed group sales director for Linx International.

Risk UK: Why was it necessary for you to acquire your shareholding in Tavcom? With your extensive experience of operating training organisations, could you not have simply added security systems training courses to what ARC Training International and Perpetuity Training already offers?

David Gill: When you invest in a company such as Tavcom, you not only acquire a superb portfolio of tried and tested accredited training courses, as well as a very large database of satisfied clients, but you also gain access to its people. With Tavcom, this is particularly significant because of the quality of its tutors who have all been hand-picked for their technical knowledge as well as their teaching skills. I’m delighted to have the opportunity to be working with these highly competent professionals who share a passion with myself and colleagues at ARC Training International and Perpetuity Training for helping security professionals add to their skill sets.

Our investment by way of acquiring the major shareholding in Tavcom is just the beginning of what I’m sure will be a very exciting journey for the team and our clients.

We will, for example, continue to develop Tavcom’s superb classroom and workshop facilities in Bishops Waltham. Under the leadership of our group training director, Ken Livingstone, we can also expect to see further development of Tavcom’s accredited online ‘e-learning’ courses which offer a practical alternative to traditional classroom-style courses, allowing students to learn in their own time without having to come ‘off the road’.

In addition, we will continue to support initiatives such as the Tavcom Military Resettlement Division which focuses on facilitating the transition of ex-Armed Forces personnel into the security sector.

Risk UK: What does the future hold for the Linx International Group?

David Gill: One thing we can be certain of is constant change, whether that be in the form of advances in technology or the increasingly sophisticated activities of criminals and terrorists.

I’m in no doubt that, to be effective and successful within the security sector during the 21st Century, it’s essential for security professionals to underpin their knowledge and expertise acquired at the coal face with business acumen and career-enhancing academic qualifications.

On that basis, I’m determined that all three training organisations within the Linx International Group continue to develop and deliver progressive training programmes that are topical and relevant to the challenges facing all who enjoy working within the security sector.

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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