Skyguard’s parent company, Send For Help Ltd has been named in The Sunday Times Fast Track 100, becoming one of a select few companies to be listed for a third consecutive year.
Published yesterday, The Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100 ranks Britain’s most successful private companies with the fastest growing sales over their latest three years.
Having entered the table in 2016, Send For Help has showed consistent growth appearing again in 2017 and 2018. The company joins an elite group of businesses to have been included 3 times or more.
Send For Help is currently ranked 68th, climbing several places on last year’s position with turnover hitting £12.8m in the year to March, an annual rise of 55.97%.
As the world’s largest supplier of lone worker protection, Send For Help, which operates through its three subsidiary brands, Skyguard, Peoplesafe and Guardian24, provides personal safety devices and apps offering 24 hour personal protection to over 150,000 lone workers and individuals at risk.
This latest achievement caps another remarkable year for the
Skyguard’s parent company, Send For Help Director, Will Murray, has been featured in an interview for business communications publication, Land Mobile, sharing his thoughts on what companies must consider when procuring a lone worker solution.
Will, addresses key issues including cellular connectivity, how to encourage stakeholder buy-in, various environmental factors and the importance of standards.
Speaking about the BS 8484 lone worker standard, Chairman of the BSIA’s Lone Worker Section, Will, explains how using accredited systems can save vital minutes. He says “adhering to the standard really does make a difference in terms of the speed of response because it allows you to apply to police forces for a unique reference number (URN).”
With this approach, Will says: “It works out to be about two minutes quicker on average than ringing 999, which can be the difference between life and death.”
Land Mobile is the only monthly publication dedicated to wireless communications for business. As an authority in its field, its diverse readership includes the emergency services, national government and defence.
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The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has reported that an increase in organisations using accredited lone worker devices is reducing unnecessary police call outs to false alarms, resulting in an estimated £60m of savings over the past 12 months.
Taking the Metropolitan Police Service as an example, responding to a false alarm typically costs taxpayers around £150. The use of BS 8484 accredited systems enables ARCs to filter out the majority of false alarms; ARC Controllers only pass on those incidents that genuinely require a police response and do so using Unique Reference Numbers, which provide a direct link to police control rooms.
This not only saves valuable police resources and taxpayer’s money, but also enables an effective response to potentially life-threatening situations.
Chairman of the BSIA’s Lone Worker Section, Will Murray of Send For Help Group spoke of the importance of BS 8484 accredited lone worker systems in improving efficiency and cost savings.
Will explains: “At a time when security concerns, health and safety and police budget cuts are prevalent, the use of BS 8484 accredited
Skyguard’s parent company, Send For Help, have been featured by the UK’s best-selling nursing journal, Nursing Standard, in a piece highlighting how recent legislation changes are only the first step in protecting NHS staff from violence.
In light of The Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill coming into effect in England and Wales next month, the article discusses the measures that should be adopted to safeguard vulnerable NHS workers, especially those working by themselves.
An investigation undertaken by Nursing Standard revealed that there were 1,544 assaults against nursing staff working alone in England between 2015-17.
Director, Will Murray, is quoted on his view that personal safety devices should be part of a standard kit for lone workers:
He says, ‘In the same way that someone who works on a construction site isn’t allowed on a building site unless they’ve got a hard hat, high-vis vest and steel-cap boots, we consider high-risk individuals should carry a personal safety device.’
Join Skyguard next month at Health & Safety North as we exhibit the latest innovations in lone worker safety.
From 9th-10th October we’ll be in Manchester demonstrating our range of lone worker safety apps and devices, providing specialist advice and giving you the opportunity to sign up for a free 30-day trial.
When and Where is it?
Health and Safety North is located at EventCity in Manchester on 9th-10th October.
Doors open at 9am, here’s how to get there.
The exhibition has been specially developed for health and safety professionals from businesses throughout the north and beyond. It provides a platform for the safety community to come together and share ideas, through networking sessions, debates, Q&As and interactive panel discussions.
With 200 exhibitors and 36 hours of free specially-selected content from 56 industry speakers – there’s plenty on offer over the course of the two-day event.
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