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Belfast man handed suspended sentence for identity theft and using a fake security licence

August 22, 2019

On the 20 August 2019 Lee Brown, 29, of Belfast pleaded guilty to five offences of fraud, forgery and counterfeiting licences belonging to other people at Laganside Magistrates’ Court, following a prosecution the SIA brought against him. He was sentenced to four months’ imprisonment (on each count), served concurrently suspended for 12 months. He was […]

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Westgrove Group extends UK footprint with multiple contract wins

August 19, 2019

Facilities management specialist Westgrove Group has enjoyed a successful first half of 2019 with a continuing growth in new business. The company, based in Warrington, has secured a wealth of new contracts with many of them in the south of England as it continues to strength its business across the UK. Westgrove provides its security, […]

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Westgrove Group working hard to improve mental health awareness.

August 12, 2019

Facilities management company the Westgrove Group has declared its first Mental Health Awareness Week a big success. Over the course of the week the company sent out daily advice and information to its colleagues to help build awareness of mental health. Colleagues were also signposted to advice on podcasts and videos and given tools to […]

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Summary of ACS scores since the introduction of the new Self Assessment Workbook

August 7, 2019

Following the introduction of the new Security Industry Authority  Approved Contractor Scheme Self-Assessment Workbook on 1 April 2019, the SIA have now published the chart below showing the Contractor Scores of the 184 companies audited during the period 1 April to 30 June 2019. Based on the SIA ACS scores which were published for the […]

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Professional Security Magazine meet with First Response Group at IFSEC

July 29, 2019

Among our coverage of the IFSEC 2019 exhibition in the August print issue of Professional Security magazine, we feature one of the presentations to NSI-approved companies, on the inspectorate’s stand on the show floor. For IFSEC was the occasion for several newly-accredited NSI companies to officially receive their certification from the inspectorate. We spoke to […]

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SIA and HMRC join forces to crack down on exploitation of workers in the security industry

July 18, 2019

Last week, from 10 to 12 July, The Security Industry Authority and HMRC carried out joint operations in London, Cardiff and Newcastle to identify illegal working practices and tax fraud in the private security industry. Teams attended 65 venues and spoke to over a hundred security operatives to check that they were legitimately employed, that […]

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ACS Audit 2019 Confirms Oakpark Security in top 5% of all ACS companies

The first week of July saw Oakpark Security undertake our annual external assessment as required by our membership of the Security Industry Authority’s Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS). The ACS is a voluntary oversight program developed by the Security Industry Authority designed to establish baseline performance standards in the delivery of outsourced security services and to recognize areas of ‘best […]

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Convicted Portadown fraudster jailed for breaching his probation

June 26, 2019

Last Thursday (20 June) Steven Nixon (47) of Portadown and owner of Eventsafe Security was imprisoned for four months. Mr Nixon ignored his 100-hours community service order which was part of the sentence handed to him at Antrim Crown Court on 12 December 2018. Last December following our prosecution Nixon was sentenced to nine-month’s imprisonment for fraud, […]

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United Guarding Services joins the elite group of ACS Pacesetters

United Guarding Services Limited is the latest SIA ACS company, with a score in the top 15% of all accredited organisations, to join The ACS Pacesetters.  They are proud to be one of the first companies to be accredited with SIA ACS status when the scheme was introduced in 2006. This privately-owned company has been trading […]

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SIA launches #SaferNightsOut campaign to address violence in the night time economy

June 19, 2019

The SIA is running a national campaign in June and July that aims to make the night-time economy a safer place for both security staff and people on nights out. The campaign, which kicks off on Monday 17 June, will involve SIA investigators visiting pubs, bars, and clubs in towns and cities across the UK […]

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