JM Security Systems is delighted to announce it has joined companies such as London City Airport and Capita in signing up to the Good Business Charter (GBC), an accreditation that seeks to raise the bar on business practices for employees, tax, the environment, customers and suppliers.

JM Security Systems is proud to be the first in the security sector to join GBC, in February 2020. It has never been more important for businesses to regain trust and show they care about than just profit.

The Good Business Charter exists for all companies and charities with 10 employees or more across all industries and sectors and works through a simple online self-certification process.  At a time when people are caring more about who they work for and who they buy from, the Good Business Charter offers a straightforward accreditation which recognises organisations which prioritise and care for their employees, the environment, customers and suppliers, whilst also paying their taxes according to the spirit of the law. The GBC and its members seek to inspire many other businesses to follow suit.

The Good Business Charter has the support of both the CBI and the TUC which both have trustee representation on its board. Other partners of the GBC include the Living Wage Foundation (of which we are a member) and the Prompt Payment Code. The GBC has been set up by a charity called the Good Business Foundation and accreditation will be free for all companies in the first year.

Great Birmingham Run Runners

We take our CSR (corporate and social responsibility) seriously, so when one of our managers asked colleagues if they would sponsor his two sons who are taking part in next month’s Great Birmingham Run, the company also put its hand in its pocket.

Our technical manager Mike Somers told staff about his sons, 28-year-old Josh and 26-year-old Alex, and Alex’s partner Ali Deeley, aged 26, who are all in training for their first half-marathon, which takes place in Birmingham on October 13.

We are celebrating after one of our apprentices completed all of his assessments with flying colours in just 18 months.

Chris Staunton, aged 20, started working at JM Security Systems in April this year after spending 18 months at another firm.

After being fast-tracked through his training by Skills for Security, the accredited apprenticeship provider, Chris has completed his Level 3 Fire, Emergency Systems and Security apprenticeship, attaining distinctions in two out of three modules.

Huram Masood

One of our apprentices has been shortlisted for a national award in recognition of his outstanding work.

Huram Masood is one of only three apprentices from across the country to have gone forward to the Apprentice of the Year finals in the British Security Awards, which is organised by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) awards, the trade body that represents the UK’s private security industry.

The 25-year-old from Birmingham joined us in January 2017 and is expected to complete his Level 3 qualifications in Fire, Emergency and Security Systems by October, supplementing a clutch of other qualifications that cover subjects such as Health & Safety, first aid and asbestos.

CCTV

It’s been one year since GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) was introduced. Companies spent months working hard to ensure that their processes were compliant and how they handled client data was correct.

When it was introduced on May 25, 2018, it updated the 1995 directives and meant that Europe had the strongest data protection laws in the world.

Yet, 12 months on, it’s important to remind businesses that their CCTV systems must be compliant. Video cameras are vital for many businesses – installing them is a visual deterrent that helps to reduce vandalism, thefts and burglary, it contributes towards staff safety and it also makes customers feel more secure.

However, there are strict rules around the use of the data gathered in CCTV footage because of the right to privacy.

Hard work rewarded with a team away-day

Our team works hard – not only for our customers, but also to keep their skills up to date so that they can keep on top of the latest technological developments. It’s why we like to say, “thank you”.

We treated 15-of our team, including all the engineers, our admin staff and our technical manager, to a day out at the Hereford and Worcester Shooting Ground, where they started off with breakfast before they went on to test their accuracy and precision on a clay pigeonshoot.

At some point in our lives, we will know someone who has been the victim of crime or we may be the person affected. Whatever the crime, we cannot underestimate the personal, emotional or financial implications it comes with. 

One of the most important factors when running a business is to make sure that it is secure. If you haven’t taken the right steps to keep intruders out, you could leave your business vulnerable to an attack.

Here are some steps you can take to improve the security of your premises.

Steve Young

A former product development manager in Birmingham has taken on an apprenticeship at the age of 49 – proving it’s never too late to learn new skills.

Steve Young worked in the Epos/cashless payment sector since leaving school and worked through the ranks before being made product development manager. However, after 29 years at the same company, he was made redundant in April last year, forcing a career change.

It was thanks to a former colleague, who contacted him on the business networking website LinkedIn, that he was introduced to JM Security Systems, who took him on as a trainee security installations engineer.

He is one of six apprentices going through rigorous, three-year training programmes that will lead to nationally recognised qualifications for security systems engineers.

“I have learned, and I am still learning, all manner of new skills that are associated with the service and installation of Intruder and CCTV systems that JM supplies and maintains,” he said.

“I’d never have thought about taking on an apprenticeship at my age, but it’s been great. I enjoy the independence and freedom my role as a security systems engineer gives me and I feel I can grow and achieve more as time goes on.

“I’m proud to be part of a growing company that does have a great work ethos, family values and structured training programme. The support is always on hand both from colleagues and management, should I need to call on it.”

The Living Wage Foundation is pleased to announce that JM Security Systems, has been accredited as a Living Wage employer.

Living WageTheir Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at JM Security Systems, regardless of whether they are direct employees or third-party contracted staff; receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.75 in the UK or £10.20 in London. Both of these rates are significantly higher than the statutory minimum for over 25s of £7.50 per hour introduced in April 2017.

The real Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the real costs of living.

JM Security Systems has committed to training and investing in the next generation of security engineers by taking on five trainees since January 2017.

Like many businesses in the security sector, we have struggled to recruit qualified security engineers. To ensure we are equipped to cope with growing demand and innovative technologies, we have signed up to a trailblazing government-led apprenticeship scheme.