Axis Security, one of the UK’s fastest growing security service providers, has entered the Infologue.com Top 20 table of UK’s largest security companies with the acquisition of Temple Security. Axis is now a national company with a regional infrastructure. The move follows demand from Axis Security’s London and City-based clients to deliver the same quality of service to their regional offices.
The merger creates a £26 million business, and gives Axis the opportunity of having a national infrastructure comprising two state-of-the-art NACOSS-approved control centres in the north and south of the country and a network of eight regional offices from which to deliver its service. There will also be a niche electronic security capability to complement its existing manned guarding business.
Since the re-launch of Axis Security in 2008, the company has been looking at strategies for taking the business model from the City to the regions as Managing Director Jonathan Levine explains: “Clients work with Axis because of the quality of our delivery but we have not previously been able to extend that offering outside of London and the South East because we did not have the infrastructure to cope. The merger with Temple Security not only gives us this network overnight, but it also has the added attraction of an electronic security business that brings further capability to the service we can offer.”
Temple Security was founded 11 years ago and has an excellent track record in the manned guarding sector, with high levels of client retention. As well as its core manned guarding offering, Temple Security also delivers complementary services including front of house/reception teams, post room services, keyholding and mobile patrols. Additionally, through its electronic security business, Temple is able to offer a range of electronic security systems along with a remote monitoring service to effectively deliver tailored security solutions to its customers.
Axis Security was originally formed in 1994 and has grown to deliver a range of security-based services, at the heart of which is its manned guarding expertise. Customers include some of the City’s leading property management companies, media businesses, solicitors and other professional service providers. All of its employees are fully vetted, licensed and trained, and receive the highest levels of management support. Temple shares with Axis a portfolio that includes a number of major multi-nationals requiring similar levels of service support. It also provides officers to work in local government buildings and hospitals.
Ray Empson, Founder of Temple Security, who will remain close to the business, believes the merger with Axis is good news for his customers and his staff: “Axis recognises the success we have had in building a national operation, the effectiveness of our infrastructure, and the diversity of our service offering. The knowledge of our operational strength, with the expertise of Axis Security’s management team, their attention to detail, and focus on the security officer as their most valuable asset, makes the combined business a powerful proposition to take to market.”