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20 May 2013
 May 20, 2013
BSIA Lone Worker Section Certification

Skyguard Director Voted As Committee Member of BSIA Lone Worker Section

Skyguard Director Will Murray has been voted as a Section Committee Member for The British Security Industry Association’s (BSIA) new Lone Worker Section.

The BSIA launched the new Section at IFSEC International 2013 and represents companies operating in the personal protection market, all of which are accredited or working towards accreditation to lone worker standard, BS 8484.

The Committee consists of eight lone worker protection specialists. With Skyguard at the forefront of the industry, Murray was a natural choice to be included as part of the select Committee.

The launch event, held at Birmingham NEC, brought together professionals from across the security industry, and also featured the election and announcement of the first official Section Chairman, Patrick Dealtry. Patrick is a stalwart of the lone worker protection market, having been involved with the BSIA’s Lone Worker Industry Group – the forerunner to the section – for many years, and receiving the coveted BSIA Chairman’s

17 May 2013
 May 17, 2013
NSI Accreditations

Skyguard Awarded Certification for Updated Lone Worker Standard

Back in February this year, Skyguard were awarded the updated BS 8484: 2011 certification – the code of practice for the provision of lone worker device services. Skyguard’s service has been audited and approved against the original BS 8484 standard since 2010, but in early 2013, became one of the first suppliers to be successfully audited against the new regulations.

The new 2011 standard includes increased security in storing personal data, ensuring sensitive information is protected within set measures.

The new certification was granted after a thorough and demanding evaluation of Skyguard’s services by the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) – only one of two organisations with the authority to grant the award.

BS 8484 First

In January 2010, Skyguard became the first company to be approved to BS 8484, which was created to ensure lone worker service providers met certain standards and key criteria of which they could be judged upon.

BS 8484 is made up of three components which apply to

19 April 2013
 April 19, 2013
Risks of social care lone working

The Risks of Social Care Lone Working

Seven years ago, Psychology student Ashleigh Ewing was delivering a letter on behalf of a colleague to a client. Ashleigh was six months into her new job – a mental health support worker, after graduating from University.

Ashleigh visited the flat of Ronald Dixon, a client diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and a had a violent history. Ashleigh was stabbed thirty-nine times in a frenzied knife attack and died as a result of the brutal assault. She was twenty-two years old.

Dixon was detained indefinitely in 2007 after admitting manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

An inquest into her death was raised in 2011. It heavily criticised her employer for failing to conduct a risk assessment on Mr Dixon for over three years, and for sending Ashleigh alone to his home. The charity was fined £50,000 for these failures.

Ashleigh’s parents, Aileen and Jeff Ewing, demanded to know why she was asked to

2 April 2013
 April 2, 2013
Visit Skyguard at IFSEC

Skyguard to showcase its service at IFSEC 2013

Skyguard will be showcasing our exclusive range of lone worker devices and our new industry-leading client portal, at IFSEC International 2013. The exhibition, which takes place from the 13th – 16th May at Birmingham’s NEC, is the world’s largest annual security event.

In addition to exhibiting in the Lone Worker Protection area, Skyguard will also be presenting a seminar in the Education Theatre at 11.30am on Tuesday 14th May. Our seminar, “Lone Worker solutions should focus on the individual”, will examine how technology can assist in delivering tailored solutions for end users, and look at best practices for implementing a lone worker policy.

On our stand we will be demonstrating our range of BS 8484 certified personal safety devices, Smartphone software apps, and the latest version of our unique client portal. We’ll also be showcasing our International service – the only one of its kind to offer 24/7 protection in 36 countries across Europe

2 April 2013
 April 2, 2013
Skyguard personal alarms

Skyguard – the UK’s Fastest Growing Lone Worker Protection Provider Reaches Profitability

The Directors of Skyguard are delighted to announce that the company has moved into profitability for the first time in its history. This important landmark has been achieved as a result of significant growth in 2012 which saw Skyguard more than double its number of subscribers.

The board is delighted with this achievement which follows investment of several million pounds in recent years in service infrastructure, new technology and product development. This has placed the company on a sound financial footing and provides a solid foundation for further expansion in the coming year. Sales in 2012 were strongly driven by the public sector markets, with the client base expanding to include many more NHS trusts, local authorities and other public organisations. Over half of the country’s police forces also continue to use the Skyguard service to protect vulnerable people.

The Directors are very optimistic about the new financial year and are confident of consolidating their position in the market and reporting further improved trading results. Skyguard’s CEO James Murray commented, “Clients are coming to realise that lone worker

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