May 2018 - General Data Protection Regulation
On 25th May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulations come into force. Everyone has been beavering away over the last few months to get ready for the change which is the biggest shake-up of Data Protection rules for 20 years.
At Avantguard, we have made sure that we are ready by carrying out a full review of our data policies, creating a comprehensive data map and completing a risk assessment of the personal data that we hold.
You can view our Privacy Statement and General Policy by clicking the buttons on the side bar (left). We also have more comprehensive Policy documents aimed specifically at our clients and employees as well. These are available through the Client Log In and Staff Log In areas of our website, or you can request these documents by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
May 2018 - SIA Approved Contractor Audit
We've recently undergone our fifth Approved Contractor audit through the SSAIB and once again our score has increased. We are so proud of this demonstration of our commitment to continuous improvement and we are especially proud of our fantastic team. You all deliver a great service and make this possible!
2014 Score = 51 2015 Score = 70
2016 Score = 86 2017 Score = 98
2018 Score = 117
January 2018 - Prestigious Award for Avantguard Team Members
We are so very proud to announce that two of our team members, Dave MacFarlane and Kev Hyde, were presented with a Prestigious 'Values Award' from our client at OneFamily.
The Values Awards are part of our client's internal recognition scheme which they launched in September 2017.
The awards are based on nominations from colleagues and management for team members who demonstrate a commitment and dedication to their role. In total, there were 152 nominations and from these, 32 people were shortlisted by a panel of judges and the awards were presented at a special award ceremony at Hotel Du Vin in Brighton.
It really is a fantastic achievement and recognition for the effort and enthusiasm that Dave and Kev give every single day.
August 2017 - National Counter Terrorism Update
July 2017 - Project Griffin Counter Terrorism Awareness Training
This month Avantguard have been involved in two Project Griffing Counter Terrorism training sessions.
The first session was organised by the Security Industry Authority and was held in Crawley. Several of our team members attended and all felt that the knowledge gained was incredibly informative and helpful to their role.
The second session was organised by Avantguard in association with Sussex Police and was held in Arundel.
This was attended by 11 of our own employees and also by 9 of our clients.
Again, everyone agreed that the information gained was extremely useful. Some of our clients have gone on to seek additional guidance from Sussex Police about their own internal counter-terrorism measures, having gained new insight from the training session.
All in all, the sessions were a huge success and we hope to carry out further security related events in the future.
May 2017 - SIA Approved Contractor Audit
We've recently undergone our fourth Approved Contractor audit through the SSAIB. For the 4th consecutive year our score has increased and we are so pleased with the results.
We are especially pleased with the increase this year because all the changes to the ACS Workbook have made it harder to achieve positive scores for some criteria.
2014 Score = 51 2015 Score = 70
2016 Score = 86 2017 Score = 98
This is testament to our fantastic team who deliver a great service and make this possible!
May 2017 - Apprentice of the Year Awards - Connect Magazine
Back in March we did a little article about Sophie being awarded 'Apprentice of the Year'.
We've now received a copy of the latest edition of Connect Magazine which has a three page spread about the awards. You can read Sophie's interview in which she says some really nice things about us. Thanks Sophie. Read the full article here (page 22 and 24)
May 2017 - At The Forefront (A Blog by Avantguard)
We are so proud to annouce the launch of our blog 'At The Forefront'.
The purpose of this blog is to provide important information to the general public. It will cover news about the security industry, new technology, changes in leglisation and general advice on how to improve security and public safety.
We really hope you like it.
March 2017 - SIA Stakeholder Conference 2017
Tony and Mark have recently attended the SIA Stakeholder Conference and taken part in several workshops about the future of the industry.
They both felt that the conference was extermely positive with some great feedback and suggestions for a stronger industry moving forward.
March 2017 - Apprentice of the Year
We are so pleased and proud to announce that our very own Sophie Williams has been awarded the Apprentice of the Year award. Here's a picture of Sophie and the other winners receiving their awards at Northbrook College.
Well done Sophie for all your hard work and commitment.
Platinum Business Magazine will be featuring an article about the awards in their June 2017 edition.
January 2017 - Risk UK Magazine Feature
Avantguard are the first company to feature in Risk UK Magazine's new feature 'Meet the Security Company', focusing on SSAIB registered companies.
Click here to link to the magazine.
The article is on Pages 44 - 45.
July 2016 - Spirit FM Duck Race
This year, Avantguard have sponsored a duck in the Spirit FM Duck Race to be held on 21 August 2016 in the River Arun.
Our duck is called Timmy Mallard and we are Duck 6.
Click here for more information.
You can also pick a duck and if the duck you pick is the winner you could be in with a chance of winning £1000.00.
The sponsor of the winning duck wins £1000.00 for the charity of their choice.
June 2016 - Another Successful ACS Audit
We've just undergone our third audit and this time we had a new auditor, Lisa Nazareth. We're really pleased with the results as everything went very well. We have raised our score by 16 points to 86 and for a 3rd year score we are really happy with the results. We hope to continue raising our score every year.
We've also had another area of our business recommended as 'good practice' which is just fantastic.
Well done to the whole team who make this possible!
May 2016 - Avantguard Customer Satisfaction Survey
In April Avantguard sent out the latest Customer Satisfaction Survey and we are delighted with the level of response and the positive feedback.
All respondents answered all questions positively and there were some great individual comments, some of which felt everything was great and some providing some good constructive feedback on which we can make positive changes for the future.
Some of the lovely comments we received were:-
"great service and support"
"Service excellent - nothing to say!"
"I am happy with the service and have no suggested improvements at the moment."
"Hard to improve an already excellent service."
Please click here to see the full results from the survey.
February 2016 - Counterfeit Document Awareness Training
Tony and Kate from the Avantguard Office recently attended Counterfeit Document Awareness Training provided by the Security Industry Authority in connection with Operation Fairway, New Scotland Yard's Counter Terrorist Initiative.
Counterfeit and Fraudulent Documents come under the focus of Operation Trammel which concentrates on the use of forged documents in connection with Terrorist Activity.
For Avantguard Security, checking identity documents is a standard part of our recruitment process so it was incredibly useful to be able to attend this course and learn many of the key security features of identity documents such as Passports and Driving Licences.
The information learned during the course will now be integrated into Avantguard's existing standard procedures to enhance the background and identity checks that we currently conduct, giving our clients greater peace of mind.
Avantguard Security Ltd holds SIA Approved Contractor Scheme Status for the provision of Security Guarding & Key Holding services.
Latest ACS Audit Score: +117
Click below for information from the National Counter Terrorism Security Office
Click below for information about the latest UK Terrorist Threat Level