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The Security Industry Needs to be Cleaned Up, But Who’s Responsible?

I’ve worked in the security industry for over 30 years, going from employee to business owner in one of the country’s most vital industries, one that provides safety for millions of UK businesses, workers and members of the public. It’s because I’m so proud of this industry that I’m so dedicated to seeing it change. The recent Uber case has given me hope that one of its glaring holes – the exploitation of the self-employment grey area – may soon […]

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Uber’s Self-Employment Exploitation was Squashed – Security Companies Should Be Next

A UK employment court recently ruled that Uber drivers are not self-employed, and as such are entitled to benefits such as sick pay, holidays and a national minimum wage. Deliveroo and Hermes have since come under scrutiny as well, along with many other firms that may be contributing to the hundreds of thousands of falsely classified workers in the UK. I’ve never seen the topic of bogus self-employment gain so much attention, and it’s reassuring to see efforts being made […]

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Why Green Business is Good Business

I believe business success should be used as a tool to make the world a better place, whether it’s through our charity work or our green initiatives. But even if I didn’t care at all about the fate of this planet, it would be bad business for me not to be pursuing green business initiatives. If your long term plan for your business doesn’t take energy efficiency and sustainability into account, that needs to change today. Recently, human industry reached […]

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Magenta Wins Big Again at the Hounslow Business Awards

Last year, I was very proud to accept the award for Best Business for Customer Service from the Hounslow Business Awards. This year I got to step on stage once again this time to accept the Hounslow Business award for Best Green Business. The Hounslow Business Awards are an annual event run by the Hounslow Chamber of Commerce. The 2016 awards were at the same venue as last year – Hilton Hotel Syon Park – and supported by the same […]

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Is Your Security Ready for the Winter Risks?

The clocks have gone back, marking the start of the season of long nights and cold weather. But the winter months mean more than just darker commutes and higher heating bills, it’s also the time that businesses are most at risk of break ins. A 2013 study by the Office for National Statistics found a spike in business robberies starting in November, peaking at 22.8% in January. The numbers are clear: as the nights get longer, criminals get bolder. Throughout […]

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Four Tips to Help You Put Charity at the Heart of Your Business

Since I started Magenta, I put charity at the heart of this business. For over 20 years, we’ve been involved in numerous charitable efforts – which you can read about here – but that’s not all. I also advise other businesses, whether they’re clients, acquaintances or rivals, on how to increase their charitable giving. I’ve had countless such conversations over the years, so I thought it was about time to put some of the advice I’ve given down in writing. […]

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When You Work with Magenta, You Make the World a Better Place

From the day I founded Magenta more than 20 years ago, my objective has not only been to provide world class security services but also to make the world a better place. More than anything, it’s charitable giving that has motivated me to grow the business: the more profitable we are, the more we’re able to give. The more staff we have, the more people power we can put behind charitable projects. From the get go, I set aside at […]

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How Technology Protects Your Business

Security and technology have always been tied. From the invention of the lock and key all the way to IPCCTV systems, technology is constantly evolving to make our world safer. Just in the past 20 years that I’ve been running Magenta Security, technology has transformed nearly every aspect of how a security company operates. Here’s a few of the ways recent technological advances have helped us to protect sites across the UK and even the world. You Know What We’re […]

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Three Ways You Can Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Your Business

Magenta Security was the first manned security service in Europe to fully comply to the ISO 14001 environmental standard. Since then, we’ve continued to reduce our carbon footprint and be an industry leader in environmental responsibility and energy efficiency, achieving and maintaining a carbon neutral status for many years. Clients often come to me for advice on how to reduce their impact on the environment, especially now that many businesses won’t work with companies who can’t prove their environmental credentials. […]

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Two Situations Where Budget Security Will Fail You Every Time

Over the years, we’ve developed a robust infrastructure of 24 hour control rooms and mobile patrols to keep our guards and our clients’ interests safe every minute of every day. Security just isn’t secure without this level of back up for our guards, especially out of hours. Things don’t tend to go wrong during the nine-to-five; it’s in the dark hours of the night that you need us to be paying full attention to the security of your business. Unfortunately, […]

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