Watchword progress – The SIA Approved Contractor Scheme

When I left the military, I had an ambition to start a new venture and one year later we established Watchword Security. Why? Because I saw some of the challenges in the industry, met some security officers who I believed in and most importantly I enjoy building teams, delivering to expectation, and continuous improvement.

Nearly three years later and the business is in a strong position with trusted staff who do not let our clients (or each other) down.

Watchword Security now holds four varieties of accreditation/award:

  1. The Security Industry Authority ‘Approved Contractor Scheme’ (SIA ACS) award.
  2. The National Security Inspectorate Silver award for manned security and screening of staff.
  3. Alcumus Safe Contractor and PQQ.
  4. The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Bronze award.

The SIA ACS is perhaps the leading certification for manned security services in the UK. We are delighted to now hold this.

Contractors with the Alcumus health and safety focused ‘SafeContractor’ accreditation are eligible for SafePQQ. This requires proof that the business is a safe, ethical and sustainable company. The SafePQQ assessment verifies information covering finance, anti-bribery, environment, GDPR, quality management, right to work, equality, modern slavery, and external references.

The National Security Inspectorate Silver accreditation for manned security services involved an audit of our operation in line with the relevant British Standards for both manned guarding (BS7499) and security screening (BS7858).

We signed the Armed Forces Covenant and then achieved the employer Bronze award because we are passionate about supporting those who serve their communities and the country.

As the director of the business, I have been heavily involved in the process to achieve these standards, it has not been easy, but hugely rewarding as we make measurable progress toward our goal of being the most professional security company possible.

Mark Thomson

If you use a security team or security services and need a company you can rely on, consider Watchword. Call us on 08007720117 or email

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