High-tech, Scottish-based site security company Safer Scotland has significantly enhanced its senior team as it continues to expand into the wider UK with the appointment of three security sector professionals. The Paisley-headquartered enterprise has secured the services of Peter Simpson as Head of Sales, Julian Free as Systems Specialist, and Paul McKenna as Business Development Executive. All three have chosen to join Safer Scotland from competitors within the industry. Head of sales Peter Simpson was Sales Director Northern UK and RoI for Prestwick-based PID Systems before teaming up with the innovative start-up, which was founded by security specialist Ryan Clark only in 2016. He said, “I have been very impressed with what Ryan has achieved in a relatively short time and it is clear that he has ambitious plans to take his technology-based business model to a much wider audience. I am very pleased to be a part of this journey.” Systems specialist Julian Free, who has an impressive track record in Technical & Sales roles within the Electronic Security industry, was Head of National Sales for Systems at the Kingdom Group and also worked previously for PID Systems. He said, “The security sector is evolving rapidly, and change is being driven by professionals such as Ryan Clark, who has helped transform the traditional manned guarding sectoral model by embracing technological advances. I am very happy to be part of the team and help drive the ongoing change.” Business development executive Paul McKenna joins Safer Scotland from security business, Fraoch Scotland, where he was a strategic business executive. He worked previously for both Arnold Clark and Capita. He said, “Safer Scotland’s reputation in the UK security market is already strong and as business development executive my intention is to enhance it yet further.” Contribution to the company Ryan Clark said, “We are delighted to have been able to attract three professionals of such a high calibre and we know that they will make a huge contribution as Safer Scotland continues to grow and expand.” Safer Scotland, which employs 14 staff in its senior management team, last year moved into new offices which also serve as a security demonstration centre, illustrating how radically site safety and surveillance has changed in recent years. Branding The company also provides security guards, key holding and mobile response, and other security services. In the past year, it has made considerable inroads into markets in England and is branding its operations south of the border as Safer England.
Site security specialist, Safer Scotland is celebrating a double victory at this year’s business awards run by the Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce. Paisley-based Safer Scotland, headed by founder and managing director Ryan Clark, made it to the shortlist in two categories of the 2019 ROCCOs Business Awards and secured the top accolade in both. Held on November 15 at the Normandy Hotel, the ROCCOs are the largest business event in Renfrewshire and rank among the top corporate events in Scotland. Safer Scotland awarded Safer Scotland was also honoured with the ROCCO Award for Innovation & Technology, sponsored by Creation IP Ryan received the ROCCO Award for Young Business Person of the Year, sponsored by Rolls-Royce, for his success in expanding Safer Scotland from its foundations in 2016 as a start-up with £18,000 of his own savings. Safer Scotland was also honoured with the ROCCO Award for Innovation & Technology, sponsored by Creation IP. This was for the development of Safer Scotland’s ‘Solarwind Tower’, a mobile generation unit powered by wind and solar power which is being used by construction companies operating in remote locations with no existing power supply or internet connection. Security guards, CCTV and Rapid Response Services Safer Scotland protects its clients through a combination of traditional security services along with technological solutions that are bespoke in nature, tailored specifically to the client’s requirements. It offers security guards, CCTV and Rapid Response Services, though most of its services are delivered to corporate clients who have high-value assets deployed in remote or temporary locations. The Solar Tower was developed after a Safer Scotland client asked whether there were any units out on the market that could power security systems from both wind and solar sources. There weren’t any readily available systems suitable for year-round deployment in Scotland, so Safer Scotland worked to come up with a rapidly deployable trailer-based system capable of connecting to any mobile data network in order to provide surveillance capabilities in remote locations within hours or requirement. Deployable trailer-based system It was deployed for the first time in July 2018 on the site of the Dalry Bypass in North Ayrshire. Safer Scotland now has these self-powered units deployed at sites across the country for various clients. As a technology-centric security company, our services are continually developing" “We always knew there would be demand for this because our client specifically asked us to come up with a solution,” Ryan said. “Our Solar Tower is an excellent example of how Safer Scotland will flourish with – rather than be threatened by – new advances in technology”. Real time access He adds, “It’s been fantastic to receive individual recognition as the Young Business Person of the Year at the 2019 ROCCOs, but I’m far more proud of the members of our hard-working team who are continually coming up with new, innovative ideas. As a technology-centric security company, our services are continually developing in both scope and capability.” Safer Scotland provides real-time access to its systems to all of its clients, allowing them to see for themselves what is happening at their sites at any point in time. The firm also carries out monthly intrusion tests to check for any system weaknesses, providing regular updates on test results along with monthly reports of all on-site activity.
He is man’s best friend, but the bad guys’ worst enemy. That is why technology-based security specialist Safer Scotland backed up its state-of-the-art crime prevention precautions at a troublesome site in West Lothian recently with a canine capability which has sent the local predators packing. The Paisley-based company brought in what Safer Scotland Director Ryan Clark said is the ‘last line of defence’ – a trained dog handler and his German Shepherd companion – to police the challenging housebuilding site. And since the guard dog took up station on site, it has enjoyed its first weekend without incursions in two months. Audio warnings to deter intruders Ryan said: “Normally, on an extensive construction site such as this, we would secure everything with closely-monitored CCTV cameras backed up by voice warnings to deter intruders. However, this was a particularly challenging arena. The site was within the bounds of a difficult area which had been widely troubled by anti-social behaviour. It was also adjacent to a ‘hang-out’ area for local teenagers. Audio warnings were deployed, with a satisfactory deterrent effect and a significant minimising of damage" “In the space of one month, we had to call the police out to no fewer than 20 incursions. Audio warnings were deployed, with a satisfactory deterrent effect and a significant minimising of damage.” However, Safer Scotland, in consultation with its client and the Scottish Police, took the view that, with lighter nights, hotter weather and the school holidays, the number of incursions might well escalate. It took the decision increase the level of presence at the site with a licensed, professional dog handler whose Alsatian dog used to work with the police. Securing high value assets in remote locations Ryan said: “He took up station at 5pm on the Friday and, about 9.45pm, a large group of late teens came on site. The handler escorted them off the site and detailed to them the risks that they were at trespassing onsite. Since then, there has been no trouble.” Safer Scotland has created a niche in a competitive business environment by its emphasis on reliable technology which allows corporate clients to secure high value assets in remote or temporary locations. It is expanding this year into the North of England under the trading name Safer England.
Globally renowned technology-based security specialist, Safer Scotland is extending its support to local sporting heroes with new sponsorship initiatives that could take talented youngsters to the top of their game. Safer Scotland finances MMA It has pledged financial backing of up to £1000 to outstanding Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Reece McEwan, who has an amateur MMA record of seven wins and only one defeat and a professional Kickboxing record of two wins and no defeats. Reece is ranked 3rd out of 531 active UK/Ireland amateur bantamweights. The 24-year-old from Greenock is recognised as having the talent, will and passion to reach the highest levels of his grueling sport and has an ultimate aim of turning professional and securing a contract with a large association such as UFC. The Paisley-based company has already financially backed the young athletes of Greenock Boxing Club CCTV security firm The Paisley-based company has already financially backed the young athletes of Greenock Boxing Club when they hosted their counterparts from St Catherine’s Boxing Club in Ontario at the Lady Octavia Sports Centre in Greenock. Now it is time for the return bout and the champs of the future are heading to Canada last week (July 17), with backing from Safer Scotland for their away match gear so that they will always look their best in Ontario. Manned guarding For Reece McEwan, Safer Scotland plans to provide block training sessions with Ju-Jitsu and MMA Coach Ian Gilmartin, whom Reece said, “will improve my knowledge immensely”. Safer Scotland Director Ryan Clark stated, “It is a privilege to be able to help committed and dedicated young people who are working hard and training hard to achieve their personal sporting ambitions. I first encountered Reece at the Inverclyde Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Club, where I started training. He was taking a children’s class and was well-spoken, polite and humble. He didn’t fit the fight image at all." Safer Scotland has created a niche in a competitive business environment "He is a business graduate from Glasgow Caledonian University and is extremely highly thought of in the sport. He is practical, and wants to take time to gain experience, rather than rushing into contests. I think he has the ability and personality to get to the very top. We come from the same area of Inverclyde and it is great to see, and to be able to back, someone with such a passion for his sport.” High value assets security Safer Scotland has created a niche in a competitive business environment by its emphasis on reliable technology which allows corporate clients to secure high value assets in remote or temporary locations. It is expanding this year into the North of England. The company also provides security guards, event security, door supervisors, key holding and other security services.
Rapidly-expanding, tech-driven security specialist Safer Scotland has strengthened its financial infrastructure with the appointment of a new Finance Manager to oversee the company’s fiscal processes. It has signed up former Balfour Beattie accountant Nicole Finnegan with a remit to assume responsibility for all financial matters and, with Safer Scotland Director Ryan Clark, co-ordinate future strategy regarding forecasts and targets. CCTV and security alarms expert The appointment is the latest at the Paisley-based company, which is making significant inroads into the security industry The appointment is the latest at the Paisley-based company, which is making significant inroads into the security industry. It follows the recent appointment in a consultancy role of Frank McFaddyen, a leading expert on CCTV, alarms, public space and response strategy. Ms Finnegan, 25, from Clydebank, gained HNC and HND in Accountancy before taking a degree in the discipline at Glasgow Caledonian University in 2015. Subsequently, she became an accounts assistant at Balfour Beattie. Safer Scotland security software solutions She said: “I was attracted to Safer Scotland because it is clearly a company with ambitious plans, and I wanted to be able to grow with it. I liked the business layout of the operation, and also the friendly and welcoming environment. By taking on the full-time financial role – which will soon involve migrating our software packages – I hope not only to create a sustainable structure but also to free up Ryan to concentrate on business growth and development.” Ryan Clark said, “I am very pleased to have been able to attract Nicole to this important role. She is a young member of the team, but she has already shown that she is extremely talented, and she will bring new ideas and innovation to our processes. The company is expanding so rapidly that we need to ensure that our financial dealings are on a professional footing and Nicole’s expertise will make sure that we are stable and fully compliant.” Manned guarding, event security provider Safer Scotland has created a niche in a competitive business environment As well as senior appointments, the company, which recently has moved into new offices at the prestigious Abbey Mill Business Centre in Paisley, is also looking to recruit more engineers. It will have a turnover of £1.6 million in the coming year. Safer Scotland has created a niche in a competitive business environment by its emphasis on reliable technology which allows corporate clients to secure high value assets in remote or temporary locations. It is expanding this year into the North of England. The company also provides security guards, event security, door supervisors, key holding and other security services.
High-tech, Scottish-based site security company Safer Scotland has broken into the lucrative UK market with a £500,000 contract at the Northumberland Energy Park, a premier East Coast location for a range of energy-based industries. The breakthrough deal, signed with major UK and Europe building and civil engineering contractor Farrans, is the latest in a successful run of contract wins which will push Safer Scotland’s turnover to in excess of £1.6 million, up by 50% compared to this year. It will also bring to a much wider audience the Paisley headquartered enterprise’s innovative application of the latest technological advances to what has traditionally been a man-guarding sectoral model. Requirement of CCTV and access control The Northumberland contract will entail a CCTV package, man-guarding and access control at the strategic land development sitesSecurity specialist and business founder Ryan Clark said: “This is an important new step which opens up a world of potential for our offering. The opportunities in England are 50 times greater than north of the border." The Northumberland contract, which will run for two and a half years, will entail a bespoke CCTV package, man-guarding and access control at the strategic land development sites across the Blyth Estuary. It follows a previous contract win with Farrans for a road realignment project in Aberdeenshire. That, in turn, followed a major £200,000 instruction at the £38 million Farrans Roadbridge Joint Venture which was set up to construct the A737 Dalry bypass. Mobile CCTV surveillance tower On the Dalry project, Safer Scotland once again broke new ground by developing, in-house, a bespoke mobile CCTV surveillance tower for Farrans which runs entirely from renewable energy. It was so innovative that Farrans is submitting it for a Considerate Constructors Scheme award. Mr Clark said: “The bypass was a rolling project with constantly changing power needs and risk profiles. The client wanted a tower which they could move themselves and which would not be dependent on replacing hydrogen power cell gas canisters. Safer Scotland has moved into an office which will also serve as a security demonstration centre “We developed a solution which combined solar panels and an inbuilt wind turbine capacity which meant remote and dangerous areas could be effectively monitored. Its standalone generating capacity has given us a proof of concept model which we can roll out more widely.” Technical solutions for effective coverage Mr. Clark pointed out that while personnel traditionally were used to guard sites, it was recognised that they were vulnerable to intimidation, corruption, isolation-related incidents and attack. As a consequence, his firm is 90% to 95% weighted towards CCTV and the company employs technical solutions wherever possible, creating significant cost savings for clients as well as greater, more effective coverage. Safer Scotland, which employs 12 people, has recently moved into new office which will also serve as a security demonstration centre, illustrating how radically site safety and surveillance has changed in recent years. The company also provides security guards, event security, door supervisors, key holding and other security services.