North East Security Company Breaks Into UK’s Top 50

by Graeme Anderson

THE STEADFAST GROUP has been ranked in the TOP 50 security companies in the UK for the first time.

The County Durham-based company, now in charge of  security at Sunderland Football Club sites, was given the ranking by The Security Industry Authority (SIA) – the Government watchdog which carries out site visits and a series of stringent tests of security companies.

The news is a massive boost to the firm, founded two decades ago, which only broke into the top 100 on its previous inspection but now has a nationwide reach.

The SIA assessment represents the gold standard in the industry and only the best earn the Approved Contractor certificate which Steadfast now has for work on manned guarding of premises and electronic and CCTV surveillance.

Last year SIA points rating saw Steadfast break into the top 100 UK security companies and this year’s assessment marks an improvement of more than 10 per cent overall.

Steadfast managing director Michael Harbord said: “We are thrilled by this latest result, it is credit to everyone involved in the company

“The main thing is to earn the SIA certificate in the first place because that’s the documentation all security companies should have.

“But once you achieve it, the SIA goes on to give you points totals which show where you stand in its rankings.

“For us to break into the top 100 security companies a couple of years ago and this year the top 50 is fantastic for us and shows we’re getting bigger and better all the time.

“But we don’t want to stop there.

“The incentive now is to keep on improving and the quality of our SIA assessment can only help contribute to that because the tests are so thorough and rigorous and set the benchmark in our industry.

“Before any company considers security at their premises – manned or electronic – it is always worth them checking their contractors are SIA compliant and if they are SIA approved contractors, all the better.”

The Security Industry Authority is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry.

It is a UK-wide independent body reporting to the Home Secretary, under the terms of the Private Security Awards Act 2001

It has two main duties.

One is the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities within the private security industry; the other is to manage the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme, which measures private security suppliers against independently assessed criteria.

SIA licensing covers manned guarding (including security guarding, door supervision, close protection, cash and valuables in transit, and public space surveillance using CCTV), key holding and vehicle immobilising.

Licensing ensures that private security operatives are ‘fit and proper’ persons who are properly trained and qualified to do their job.

The SIA’s Approved Contractor Scheme introduced a set of operational and performance standards for suppliers of private security services.

Those organisations that meet these standards are awarded Approved Contractor status.

This accreditation provides purchasers of private security services with independent proof of a contractor’s commitment to quality.