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South West security firm guarantees interviews for ex-military applicants

9 February 2024
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Richard Gabriel

A fast-growing South West security firm is offering a guaranteed job interview to any ex-service personnel as part of its ongoing commitment to the military community.

Avonmouth-based Security 2000 signed the Armed Forces Covenant last year and is opening its doors to any veterans in the Bristol and Bath area for interviews and paid-for Security Industry Authority (SIA) licenses.

Since Security 2000 appointed Richard Gabriel as business unit director in June 2023, it has experienced rapid growth and signed its first national contracts. 

The company has also slashed its emergency response times to 23 minutes, way below the national average of 60 minutes.

In a bid to attract the best staff, Security 2000 has increased pay to well over the real living wage and introduced a suite of technology to afford the very best protection for its staff. 

Richard said: “Quite simply, we believe customers deserve better than what the current security industry provides. We are determined to deliver a credible response service and that means attracting and retaining the very best staff.

“We are a real living wage employer because we believe it’s very important to show how serious we are about the welfare of our staff. 

“It’s a very competitive market and there are plenty of companies out there without accreditation who don’t pay the minimum wage. In some cases, agencies pay people less than the minimum wage after they have taken their cut, particularly when they are employing foreign nationals who can be vulnerable when they first come to the UK.

“Offering a guaranteed interview and paid-for SIA licenses to military veterans is another way we stand out from the crowd. Service leavers are disciplined, professional, reliable and excellent under pressure – exactly the sort of people we want working for our company.” 

Security 2000 offers high-quality, cost-effective security key holding and alarm response services to Bristol, Avonmouth, Clevedon, Chippenham, Melksham, Trowbridge and Weston-Super-Mare, 

Its business is growing beyond the South West since Richard’s arrival, with contracts signed for work in Kent, Nottingham, Leicester and Glasgow. 

Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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