Learning At Work Week 2021
May 17 - May 23
Securitay Limited is proud to support Learning at Work Week 2021 which takes place between 17th and 23rd May.
It focuses on our human capacity to learn, how we can be great lifelong learners and the importance of connection and community for empowered people and dynamic organisations.
Co-ordinated by the Campaign for Learning since 1999, the primary goal of Learning at Work Week is to spotlight the benefits of learning and development at work and build learning cultures at work. All types of companies and organisations are invited to take part and companies have the freedom to plan events and activities to fit in with their individual business goals and employee needs. The yearly theme is meant to be inspirational rather than prescriptive with companies given the freedom to interpret it in the context of their individual business.
As well as the opportunity to run an event within your company, there are also special webinars and free training taster sessions from a range of companies running in conjunction with Learning at Work Week, full details of which can be found on the Campaign for learning website.
Companies wishing to take part can receive guidance including online and printed materials and planning seminars from the Learning at Work team. If your company would like further information or is interested in taking part visitwww.campaign-for-learning.org.uk.
Richard Jennings Deputy MD
Mental Health Awareness Week 2021
Securitay Limited supports UK Mental Health Awareness Week which takes place from the 10th to the 16th May in 2021. This year's theme is nature and the environment. The evidence is clear that access to nature is crucial for our mental health, and millions of people discovered that during lockdowns in 2020. At Securitay our senior managers have all attended Mental Health Awareness courses. It is important that we all strive to remove the stigma attached to mental health, it is an illness that doesn’t have physical signs. Find out more on how to get involved in this year's campaign at www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week.
Richard Jennings Deputy MD.
New figures commissioned by the government show almost half (49%) of UK residents have purchased at least one smart device since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. These everyday products - such as smart watches, TVs and cameras - offer a huge range of benefits, yet many remain vulnerable to cyber attacks.
Just one vulnerable device can put a user’s network at risk.
To counter this threat, the government is planning a new law to make sure virtually all smart devices meet new requirements:
- Customers must be informed at the point of sale the duration of time for which a smart device will receive security software updates
- A ban on manufacturers using universal default passwords, such as ‘password’ or ‘admin’, that are often preset in a device’s factory settings and are easily guessable
- Manufacturers will be required to provide a public point of contact to make it simpler for anyone to report a vulnerability.
The government continues to urge people to follow NCSC guidance and change default passwords as well as regularly update apps and software to help protect their devices from cyber criminals.
Digital Infrastructure Minister Matt Warman said:
Our phones and smart devices can be a gold mine for hackers looking to steal data, yet a great number still run older software with holes in their security systems.
Security updates are a crucial tool for protecting people against cyber criminals trying to hack devices.
Further information go to
Regards Richard Jennings Deputy MD.
Securitay are proud to support Women's day!
Unoccupied Premises – During Covid-19
The lifting of current lockdown restrictions still appears to be some way off. It is worth noting that some commercial insurance policies would automatically reduce cover for premises that remain unoccupied. Each insurer has a different approach to this. Most insurers will expect the premises to be protected, and the policyholder will be expected to (at a minimum) carry out the following:
- Regular (weekly) internal and external checks of the premises details of dates and times to be logged.
- All security measures to be in place e.g. alarms, locks, shutters.
- Fire alarms to be operational.
- Removal of all post and other combustible materials where possible.
- Keyholder/Emergency contacts to be up to date.
- External bins to be moved at least 10 metres from the building.
If you are unable to carry out all or any of the above, Securitay are happy to help, we currently provide these services to over 500 public and private sector premises.
Securitay is proud to help our amazing NHS, while also providing bouncers and security staff with employment, as their jobs have been widely affected due to the coronavirus and government restrictions.
You can read more about this in the Evening Telegraph here
OUR NEWS FEBRUARY 2020
Coronavirus has reached the UK. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are known to cause illness ranging from common cold to more severe diseases. Securitay recognises that further spread of this out break may cause concern within our customer base and staff. To this end Securitay has put in place measures to ensure welfare of staff and continuity of service.
To learn more about the Coronavirus and how to prevent it, Click here
OUR NEWS JANUARY 2020
Securitay is stepping into the new year with 2020-vision. Our mission for the year is to up-skill our staff so that we can continue to provide high quality security services and constantly stay dynamic.
Communication is vital in all business and none more than so in security, head of Operations and HR Dawn Mckaig organised a training day on communication for all head office staff and managers. It was an interactive event and we all learned something new. The event was held in the Hogan room at Carnoustie Golf Club, an ideal venue for our needs. A big thank you to all the staff at the club who looked after us.
Our News December 2019
Securitay Limited are delighted to receive a further award, endorsing our commitment to equality and diversity in the workplace.
OUR NEWS NOVEMBER 2019
Proud to support our Armed Forces
Deputy MD Richard Jennings, with Head of Operations & HR Dawn McKaig receiving the Employer Recognition Scheme Bronze Award and Armed Forces Covenant Certificate from Lt Colonel Jonny Taffs. These awards are in recognition of Securitay's commitment to the Armed Forces.
OUR NEWS OCTOBER 2019
CCTV Accreditation ensures future growth.
We are delighted to announce that our Control Centre in Broughty Ferry has been awarded a Public Space CCTV license by the Security Industry Authority.
The challenges to achieve this coveted accolade entailed bringing the existing Control Centre up to BS7958 standards. Which included the purchase of equipment and the enhanced training and licensing of the existing Control Centre staff. To achieve this Securitay decided to put in place a Control Centre Manager they promoted internally, and Martin Dunsmuir was appointed early 2019. Martin’s previous experience in Control Rooms was invaluable in ensuring the upgrade and training of staff met the exacting standards.
Martin is confident that his team operating the innovative control centre systems will attract new business, not just for CCTV, but for monitoring of outreach field operatives and lone workers. Also, this increase will allow him to recruit additional team members.
Deputy MD Richard Jennings said,
“We are delighted that the investment in enhancing the control centre facilities, proved successful. Our industry is moving from physical on site security guards to supplementary technical solutions. We are confident that this accreditation and new systems will enable us to further develop our diversity into the remote monitoring sector, guarantee future employment and grow our existing 130 strong workforce”.
OUR NEWS SEPTEMBER 2019
Securitay have been awarded bronze status in supporting recruitment of ex armed forces personnel. Watch this space for further updates.
OUR NEWS AUGUST 2019
SECURITAY ARE SUPPORTORS OF THE LIVING HOURS CAMPAIGN
Securitay are delighted to announce that we have been awarded Constructionline Gold certification. This is a further indication of the company's commitment to Quality and continuous improvement.
OUR NEWS JULY 2019
Securitay's Head of HR and Operations Dawn McKaig, supporting "The Circle" as Living Wage Employers welcome Scottish Government Minister for Business, Fair Work & Skills Jamie Hepburn celebrate ‘Making Dundee a Living Wage City'
OUR NEWS JUNE 2019
Securitay managers attending a development training day at Carnoustie Golf Club.
A big thank you to the staff there who looked after us really well.
Securitay retain Scotland Excel Accreditation
We are pleased to announce that we have retained our accreditation with Scotland Excel. This allows us to continue to provide all aspects of Security Services to local authorities through a valuable framework.
View full details on Scotland Excel through the following link.
Our News March 2019
Deputy MD. Richard Jennings at the recent launch of "Making Dundee a Living Wage City".
Securitay is supporting this initiative and is working with local companies and current customers in promoting the benefits of the "Living Wage"
Securitay Limited are proud to support
#InternationalWomensDay2019. We would like to thank all the incredible woman who represent us on a daily basis in crucial roles within the Security Industry. Professionalism and the hunger to succeed is certainly not gender bias.
Storm Gareth Update
We would like to extend our personal gratitude to all of our Static Guards, Response Drivers and Office Teams for their commitment in delivering 100% to our clients during Storm Gareth. Despite extremely challenging weather conditions, road closures and transport cancellations we have still delivered the required standards and service levels to all of our clients throughout Scotland.
Our Management Team have been undertaking training courses with NHS Tayside Healthy Working Lives recently covering Mental Health, Anxiety and Stress Management. As a provider we understand the daily challenges faced by our workforce in both a professional and personal capacity and are here to provide as much support as possible in-house and through connections available to ourselves such as NHS Counselling and professional services.
We will be rolling out a training program to all of our field-based personnel to assist in the identification of Mental Health, Anxiety and Stress symptoms during the next two months.
Door Supervisor Provision
Securitay Limited recently supplied Door Supervisors to ensure that a local event in aid of Record Store Day which is held on a national level ran smoothly. We were proud to be of assistance to our local neighbours ASSAI Records in Broughty Ferry and provide assurances that their guests and main attraction Kyle Falconer from The View would remain safe throughout the event. We as a provider firmly believe in supporting the local community and giving back what we can when feasible. #SupportingLocal
As a longstanding Security Industry Authority (SIA) approved supplier, Securitay welcomes the new qualifications for our industry which come into force this year.
Extract from a statement from the SIA:
The private security industry is increasingly recognised as providing an important role in the protection of the public. This recognition brings scrutiny, and it is more important than ever that the industry maintains and improves its standards. It is crucial that all operatives have the knowledge and skills to deal with common risks in safety critical areas. A key element of our role as the regulator is to work with the industry to raise standards in private security. The new requirements will help to achieve this. The new licence-linked qualifications reflect what we have learned from extensive research, consultation, and engagement.