For over 40 years, APCOA PARKING has led the way in pan-European parking management, now its UK business is raising the bar in the security industry too and leaving other service providers in their wake.
Following the 2015 annual independent audit, APCOA PARKING (UK) has been again been named in the top five per cent of the Security Industry Authority’s (SIA) Approved Contractor Scheme.
Moreover, APCOA achieved its highest ever score (150), which reaffirms the Company as a high quality security provider whose exemplary business standing has seen it converge at the top of the SIA’s illustrious contractors’ pyramid.
APCOA’s security activities, which are licensable under the SIA, were all assessed across randomly selected operational locations. These comprised, among others: security guarding, and CCTV/public surveillance in Cardiff and Luton and Dunstable University Hospital respectively.
It’s the fifth year that APCOA has been assessed by the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB), which is the specialist certification body affiliated with the Security Industry Authority – the governing body, and one that sees APCOA leapfrog over a plethora of dedicated security providers.
As a certification body, the SSAIB’s objective is to promote high standards of service within the security industry to ensure compliance to SIA standards/regulations.
The initial assessment is a full criteria assessment conducted every three years to ensure best practice/compliance. Upon successful completion, companies are assessed annually on a number of indicators which are randomly selected by the assessor.
There are a number of standards and business improvement models that exist, both internationally and in the UK. The Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) standard, however, is awarded to organisations that are committed to customer service and the compulsory licencing of their staff (where required) It also verifies that employment practices have been extensively assessed in respect of quality and best practice.
APCOA PARKING (UK) was established in 1971 as a parking management company, and became the first company in the UK to provide on-street parking enforcement in 1986. APCOA currently employs over 1,850 staff in the UK and a further 2,500 staff across 11 other European countries.
To date, APCOA is the largest full-service parking management company in Europe, providing a wide range of on and off-street services on behalf of local authorities, and clients at airports, rail stations, shopping centres, town and city centres, hotels, hospitals and universities.
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