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After a recent audit, GMS Security Services Ltd has again received Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB) certification for the design, installation and maintenance of CCTV, access control and intruder alarms. This follows a year of work during the Covid-19 pandemic, says the contractor, based at Aston Fields Industrial Estate, Bromsgrove. The firm has imminent plans to move to Oldbury, nearby.
GMS Security Services is part of the GMS Group; its customers include Jaguar Land Rover, Aston Martin, CEMEX UK, Kerry Foods, Neovia, AF Blakemore & Son, Triumph Motorcycles, Vax, Lineage, Avison Young and KPMG.
The security contractor says that with business site usage changing rapidly across the UK over the past year due to covid lockdowns and social distancing restrictions, GMS worked with each client to provide technology and manned support to meet their shifting needs.
GMS Operations Director Ben Neate said: “I’m always incredibly proud when we retain or pass an accreditation because the team work extremely hard but, given the challenges of the last year, the SSAIB recognition is particularly pleasing.
“Working with GMS has benefitted customers as we provide a blend of security personnel services and technology to protect their sites. The pressures of Covid have meant we have had to ensure every client has had the most appropriate security level. With some sites emptied during lockdown we installed temporary CCTV and intruder alarms which have been monitored to provide coverage and to reduce call outs due to false alarms.
“As employers were tasked with making their workplaces Covid-secure at the beginning of the pandemic, we leveraged our relationship with distributors to be quick off the mark in supplying and installing thermal cameras. This service was provided to our biggest customers, who needed effective solutions organised at pace, which we consider to be one of our strengths.”
GMS says that it remains flexible around installing systems not from one preferred supplier but to meet the needs of each client. Ben Neate added: “Rather than recommending one security system manufacturer we work to achieve each client’s brief and can work with leading brands, in turn meeting each customer’s budget. The easing of the Covid lockdown will mean further change for our clients. We will work side by side with all customers to ensure security remains a priority as the nation embarks on the journey back from the pandemic.”
Stewart Constable is General Manager at AF Blakemore & Son, based in Willenhall. Stewart has run a logistics operation through the pandemic, distributing stock to Spar stores nationwide. He said: “We have expanded our operation during the last 12 months and as a result, have required additional CCTV systems to maintain a consistent level of security. GMS have worked with us throughout this period to ensure our security systems are installed safely in good time and have been able to work effectively with our existing cameras. I cannot fault their service and ability to respond to our ever-changing business needs.”
About the SSAIB, GMS
SSAIB is a certification body for security systems and services, fire detection and alarm systems, telecare systems and services, manned security services and monitoring.
Besides SSAIB accreditation, GMS has SIA Approved Contractor status (ACS) for Manned Guarding and Key-holding, as well as four ISO standards (9001, 14001, 27001, 45001). GMS is also accredited as a Safe Contractor, and has Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS) accreditation, Cyber Essentials and Secured by Design, a police-approved scheme for key holding services.