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H&M Security Visit from Home Secretary Theresa May

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View the article on the Guardian website here.

On Friday 27th February 2015 Theresa May MP came to visit H&M Security Services Ltd Head Office in Highams Park, London to commend us on the work we have been within the Security Industry since we started back in February 2000.

H&M Security Visit from Home Secretary Theresa MayH&M Security Services Limited has exemplary records of employee screening and vetting which are maintained in line with BS 7858. The company works very closely with other agencies as well as the SIA and HMRC to ensure that the company’s employees maintain the right to work, retain Visa authority and comply with Government employee taxation rules and regulations. These other agencies include the UK Border Agency, National Insurance Records Bureau and the ECS (Employee Checking Service). By following its rigorous procedures H&M HR team has identified 70 illegal workers attempting to obtain work and those who’s right to work has been revoked. In recognition of this H&M Security Services Limited Head Office in Higham’s Park was paid a visit by Home Secretary Theresa May.

Theresa May showed particular interest in H&Ms screening and vetting procedures that were highlighted in the company’s most recent SIA audit as being one of our best areas of practice. Detailed records of vetting are kept to comply with BS 7858 and are secured to meet Data Protection Act requirements.

The security industry is often targeted by illegal workers and criminals. H&M have a legal responsibility to prevent illegal work in the UK, and protect our clients. H&M check every potential employee’s proof of right to work in the UK before they can start with the company. Managing Director, Ian Henderson said: “We have been instrumental in deterring people who have no right to work in the UK. Our vetting processes go above and beyond the run of the mill. It is done thoroughly and staff undergo continuous training. The industry is also targeted by people who cannot find casual work, including illegal immigrants.”

At the end of her visit the Home Secretary thanked H&M’s Managing Director Ian Henderson for his contribution to local charities and those supporting ex-military personnel, and commented on the positive and professional impression made by his team during her visit.

Brian Tuite, H&M’s Finance Director said, “It was a great honour to have a visit from the Home Secretary, and recognises the good work being done by everyone working for H&M Security.”

We are extremely proud to state that we also have an excellent record of staff retention, partly due to the fact that we value and develop our personnel. This demonstrates our commitment to retaining our quality people. This is no doubt due to the fact that we place great emphasis on employee welfare, development and endeavour to provide the highest level of support and back-up.

H&M visits 10 Downing Street

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Building on a long standing relationship with the military that started when H&M Security Services Managing Director, Ian Henderson joined The British Army as a boy soldier in 1973 where he served for 2 years, and then moved on to serve with the 1st Battalion The Royal Highland Fusiliers for 6 years, H&M Security has sponsored an annual reunion for Scottish Veterans over the past fifteen years.

The reunions have included visits to the Normandy beaches to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings, the First World War Military graves in France and a visit to the House of Commons and House of Lords. The group have also visited Gibraltar twice, meeting the Governor with a private tour of his residence by his Excellency.

Despite the increasing age of the group, this year’s event was well attended and included an invitation to 10 Downing Street by the Prime Minister’s office.

On Monday 16th November 2015, Ian led a group of ex-veterans to 10 Downing Street. The visit was to be hosted by the Prime Minister David Cameron, but unfortunately due to the tragic events in Paris the weekend before the visit, he had to attend a meeting of world leaders in Turkey at short notice. The Right Honourable Iain Duncan Smith stepped in at short notice to host the visit and show the veterans around No. 10 culminating in the group sitting in the Cabinet Room, where Ian Henderson sat in the Prime Minister’s chair.

Ian was joined by his two sons, Iain and Scott, who are both working with H&M Security Services. Iain is currently working as an Operations Manager with responsibility for our contract with Costains working on the National Grid London Power Tunnels project. Scott is working as a Security Officer at St Leonards Hospital in North London.

Ian hopes that Iain and Scott will develop their skills and understanding of the business and when the time is right will be able to take the Company he formed fifteen years ago to the next level.

The visit to 10 Downing Street follows last year’s visit by the Home Secretary, Theresa May, to H&M’s Head Office in Highams Park, that recognised the good work being done by our HR Team in the vetting and screening of staff, an important aspect of any security company’s business and for the Government in dealing with the risk of terrorism and the challenges caused by immigration and illegal workers.

At H&M Security Services we are proud of our past, and excited by the future. We would like to thank everyone who has helped us get this far, and look forward to working with you in the future.

House of Commons

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On 7th March, H&M Security held an event at the House of Commons, hosted by our local MP the Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith.


The event was aimed at providing an opportunity for our clients to meet with H&M’s Directors and Senior Operations Managers, to consider how we can work closer to improve the security on large projects.We were joined by The Minister of State for Transport, The Rt Hon John Hayes CBE, who gave a short after dinner speech that spoke about the benefits of strategic planning, and forward thinking, as well as talking about the benefits that can be gained by people working closer together.

This was the first event of this type that H&M have held, and we hope that those who attended gained as much from the day as we did, and enjoyed this unique location.

We look forward to holding similar events in the future, and would like to say a big thank you to Iain Duncan Smith, John Hayes, and everyone who attended.

From Left to right, John Hayes speaking at the House of Commons with Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith, and H&M Security Managing Director Ian Henderson