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More than just security

 (From left to right) Kelly Mcavoy and Chris Sturman, Teesside retail park. Kelly Bedford and Toni Louise Dawson, Greggs.

(From left to right) Kelly Mcavoy and Chris Sturman, Teesside retail park. Kelly Bedford and Toni Louise Dawson, Greggs.

A homeless man who tumbled into freezing water in December was helped by Chris Sturman, one of our security officers, and other staff at a Shopping Park. The man fell into one of Teesside retail park's three ponds. He was spotted by staff at Greggs at around 8.30am and compassionate staff were quick to respond. While Teesside’s management team dried his clothes, Croma security officer Chris Sturman was not happy with simply drying him off. He went out and bought him clean underwear and fresh socks.

 Centre Director, Mike Clark said: ‘It was a brilliant thing and we are very proud of what he did. Not everybody is as fortunate as you are at this time of year. It was nice to be able to help and it shows the dedication and customer service of our team. We got a call from Greggs because a man had fallen in one of the ponds. Chris went down there and brought him back to the office and we got him some clothes to wear while we took his to dry. We fed him a few sausage rolls and mince pies and looked after him as best as we could. Chris bought him some new underwear and socks and we called the emergency services to ask for advice.’

When the ambulance was on its way, staff began looking for places the man could stay over the Christmas period.

‘It was great work by our staff,’ Mike said.

The man was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees for treatment and advice.

Chris has recently won the Broadgate Excellence Award for his efforts and care during the incident.

Well done Chris!

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Croma Vigilant welcomes new Front of House Services Manager

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Croma Vigilant are delighted to announce the appointment of Ruth McGowan as Operations Manager for our new front of house services division.

 

PROception, is an extension of our current services within Croma Vigilant to provide our clients with the highest standard of front of house services, which will be specifically tailored to every client’s needs.

Front of house services continue to evolve with pace and greater emphasis is now being placed on the customer experience. PROception was developed with this in mind and brings the amalgamation of three key disciplines, reception, concierge and security to create the new customer services professional.

Ruth McGowan comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and has found her previous experience from her time in the Police Service and as a brand ambassador for Emirates Airline, extremely valuable in her new role.

 

Ruth commented,

 ‘‘I am very excited about my new appointment, I am delighted to be driving the new front of house service and I am looking forward to the challenge. I was privileged to work for Emirates Airline where I learned my craft and where I also seen first hand the importance of high standards in customer service and the commercial value that it brings. In my new role I will be looking to bring fresh ideas on style and making sure we deliver the exceptional to the front end of business.

 

Previous to working in the airline business, Ruth served as an operational Police Officer for 5 years where she has developed a wealth of security related skills that will bode extremely well for her new role.

 

Ruth went on to say,

‘’I am a grounded and extremely motivated individual with the appropriate life experience and skillset to make a real contribution to essentially what will be the new level in front of house services. The days of disjointed front of house partnerships are behind us and the emergence of a new front of house professional are here”.  

 

If you would like to find out more about PROception, contact our Croma PROception commercial team on 01387 247 842 or Ruth direct on 07384258201 or email: ruth.mcgowan@cromaproception.com

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CSSG: 2017 Half Year Trading Update

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CSSG: 2017 Half Year Trading Update

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Croma Security Solutions Group Plc is pleased to announce that trading for the six months to 31 December 2017 has been exceptionally strong and as a consequence the Company's results will be materially ahead of H1 2016.

The Company's two principal divisions Croma Vigilant and Croma Systems have both been successful in securing new and retaining existing business.

Croma Vigilant, which provides ex-military security professionals to both the private and public sector, has benefited from a significant increase in demand for its premium services. A significant proportion of the increased demand has come from shorter term projects, and one of these projects has resulted in the Company winning a valuable five year contract for the provision of security services, as announced in December 2017.

Croma Systems, provider of a range of innovative security technology services including CCTV, Intruder Alarms, FastVein (Biometrics) and high security locks, has benefited from a general uplift in demand across its business activities.

As a result, the Company expects to report for the six months to 31 December 2017 EBITDA in excess of £1.1 million (2016: £0.44 million).

The Company looks forward to providing more detail on this positive trading performance in February 2018 with the announcement of its half-year results.

Sebastian Morley Chairman of CSSG said:

"By delivering a strong first half performance together with winning the Group's largest contract to date, announced at the end of December 2017, we are well placed to make record profits for the year. Looking further ahead, we believe security will continue to be an increasing priority for government and the commercial world and that Croma's combination of technically innovative security solutions delivered with an ex-military ethos differentiates us and makes us well placed to continue to gain market share."

 

Listen to Sebastian talk in more detail to BRR Media about this trading statement: 
http://webcasting.brrmedia.co.uk/broadcast/preview/5a74828f040597062328b87e

 

 

INVESTOR RELATIONS CONTACT
Sebastian Morley, Chairman
T: +44 (0)7768 006 909
E: sebastian@cssgroupplc.com
 

 

 

 

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Croma Vigilant nominated for four OSPAs!

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Croma Vigilant nominated for four OSPAs!

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Croma Vigilant are delighted to announce that we have been nominated as a finalist for the second year running in the UK Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPA's). 

We are nominated in the following four categories:

Outstanding Contract Security Company
Croma Vigilant celebrated 20 years in business in 2017, alongside several other major achievements including:
A business growth of 93% in just 12 months while maintaining excellent contract and staff retention
Significant investment into the development of our policies, procedures, technology and services
The achievement of Investors in People Gold status, in line with the business culture 

Outstanding In-house Security Team (Broadgate Estates / Glasgow Fort)
The Croma Vigilant security team at Glasgow Fort ensure a safe and secure shopping environment whilst also providing an excellent customer experience which is underpinned by their WorldHost Customer Service Gold Award.

Outstanding In-house Security Manager (Mel Watt / Teesside Park)
Mel is a truly inspirational figure, he inspires all around him and he has an ability to turn around staff who have been demotivated or let down by previous companies. He has an innate ability to transform officers into shining security professionals, his attention to detail is second to none, he is a true leader of people and a real asset to the Croma Vigilant business. Mel has authentic human qualities and a fantastic work ethic that has been revolutionary during the  transformation of the security team at Teesside.

Outstanding Event Security Team (Edinburgh International Conference Centre)
Croma Vigilant provide a professional, highly polished service to Scotland's premier event venue; The Edinburgh International Conference Centre. We provide security solutions to unique and high profile events on a regular basis including Barack Obama’s first ever visit to Scotland. Despite a time of heightened international terrorism the event ran seamlessly on the night with the service provided by Croma Vigilant recognised by the Secret Service.

Paul Williamson, Operations Director commented;

‘2017 has been an outstanding year for the business and we are delighted to have been nominated in four categories in the 2018 UK OSPA’s. We are hopeful that we will be successful this year and return with an award or two. This would be fantastic recognition for all of the staff and service partners who have contributed to the ongoing success of Croma Vigilant.'

The awards take place at The Royal Lancaster in London on Wednesday 1st March 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

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Excitement builds in the lead up to the launch of Croma Vigilant's new front of house services arm

                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                   

We are pleased to announce that our new front of house services arm, Croma PROception, which is due to launch in May 2018, has had a remarkable amount of interest following on from our initial communications with our clients.

Croma PROception is a new service within Croma Vigilant and is an evolution of our current services to provide our clients with the highest standard of reception, concierge and guest services, which will be specifically tailored to every client’s needs. Within the group we have 20 years’ experience in the provision of exceptional labour, relieving client’s operational frustrations, ensuring consistency and continuity is always maintained.

Paul Williamson, Croma Vigilant’s Operations Director commented, “We have been overwhelmed at the interest and the feedback we have had recently since we announced the forthcoming launch of PROception. Front of House services is now recognised as an area of huge importance to business both large and small. The evolution of this sector, now requires more than the kind of tired disjointed arrangements we see every day, it needs an entirely fresh approach aimed at enhancing customer experience and improving the overall standards at the front end of business. The amalgamation of three previously distinct disciplines in reception, security and concierge, will form the minimum specification for PROception personnel. We have recruited specialists in new areas for managing quality, standards and style, that will ensure we are at the cutting edge for some of the more relaxed looks that are creating much excitement”

To find out more about this exciting new service, contact our commercial team on

01387-247842

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Croma Vigilant nominated for three awards at the UK OSPAs 2017

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Croma Vigilant nominated for three awards at the UK OSPAs 2017

In three weeks time, on Thursday the 2nd of March 2017, the Croma Vigilant team will attend the UK Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OPSAs) alongside other leading companies and individuals from across the security industry.

The OSPAs reward and celebrate success within the security industry and recognise those who characterise outstanding performance.

Croma Vigilant is delighted to have been appointed as finalists in three categories:

Outstanding Security Training Initiative
For our work within the NHS to create a bespoke patient care training programme.

Outstanding Security Officer
Zharko Angelov who is stationed at the flagship Fenwick store on Bond Street, has been selected as a finalist for his consistent high level of tenacity, most recently intervening in an incident in which his actions significantly limited damage and loss.

Outstanding In House Security Team
The Croma Vigilant security team at Glasgow Fort ensure a safe and secure shopping environment whilst also providing an excellent customer experience which is underpinned by their WorldHost Customer Service Silver Award.

Paul Williamson, Operations Director said;

‘I am proud to announce that Croma Vigilant has been nominated for three awards at the OSPAs. It is due to the dedication, commitment and energy of our staff that we continue to excel and lead the security industry to a higher standard.

After a successful win at the Security Excellence Awards in November we hope to bring home an OSPA to add to our growing awards collection’.

 

 The Croma Vigilant Security Team at Glasgow Fort who are nominated for Outstanding In House Security Team

The Croma Vigilant Security Team at Glasgow Fort who are nominated for Outstanding In House Security Team

 

 

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Croma Vigilant awarded Gold Investor in People Status

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Croma Vigilant awarded Gold Investor in People Status

Croma Vigilant is delighted to have been awarded Gold status from Investors In People (IIP). This puts us in a prestigious group of UK companies as only 13.3% of organisations have been recognised as achieving the ‘Gold’ standard.

Gold status is described by IIP as an achievement of ‘world class best practice’ and means we are considered to have the highest standards of people management and development that support Croma Vigilant’s business goals.

The award was achieved following a comprehensive assessment by IIP assessors, evaluating Croma Vigilant’s commitment to our values, effective business planning, strong leadership, management capability and performance measurement.

Key areas of strength were identified by our assessors, who were especially impressed with our efforts to continually improve what we do; who commented:

Achieving Gold standard demonstrates Croma Vigilant commitment to each member of staff and the focus we have on investing and supporting our people. This is a notable achievement given how few organisations have received this standard from the IIP assessors.

Paul Williamson, Operations Director comments:

“Achieving Gold status is testament to the efforts of all employees at Croma Vigilant to make our business a great place to work. We are a business which continually seeks to improve the way we do things. As a management team we have taken a number of steps to be transparent in our communications. Our people are our business; we have the right people in the right roles to maintain this standard and push on to seek further opportunities for development in the future.”

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National Army Museum appoints Security Guarding Contract to the Ex-Military Security Professionals

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National Army Museum appoints Security Guarding Contract to the Ex-Military Security Professionals

Croma Vigilant, The Ex-Military Security Professionals, have been awarded a three-year contract to provide security guarding services to the National Army Museum. The contract will see Croma Vigilant manage control room operations and provide manned guarding and key holding at two sites; the National Army Museum in Chelsea and the National Army Museum Store at Stevenage.

The National Army Museum is a leading modern museum with a strong reputation for high quality displays, teaching and research. In addition to galleries telling the story of the British Army, a comprehensive library allows academic research into many aspects of land warfare. A fully equipped conference centre provides the setting for lectures and presentations on military subjects. Over 250,000 visitors were hosted by the Museum in 2013/14 and by 2020, the Museum will host 400,000 visitors.

Paul Williamson, Operations Director said:

‘We bid in a highly competitive tender to win this business and we are extremely proud to have been selected by the National Army Museum as their security partner. This win comes on the back of a successful end to 2016 and is further recognition of the quality standards we deliver. We operate in an industry that often suffers from poor quality in service delivery, but our business model ensures consistently high standards for our clients. As the Ex-Military Security Professionals, we are well placed and fully aligned with the values and aspirations of the National Army Museum.’

 

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 Croma Vigilant win National Award for NHS Training Program – 2016 Security Excellence Awards

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Croma Vigilant win National Award for NHS Training Program – 2016 Security Excellence Awards

Croma Vigilant are honoured to have been awarded the Security Training Initiative of the Year at the Security Excellence Awards 2016. The award was given for their work within the NHS environment and saw them scooping the award in the face of stiff competition. The criteria for this award was to actively promote best practice within the security sector and show clear results of having done so.Operations Director, Paul Williamson and Contracts Manager Stuart Clark, proudly collected this national award which recognises excellence in security training. The panel identified the companies bespoke patient care training program, as an excellent example of a tailored training package, which equips security personnel with the necessary skills to deploy into the NHS, on both bedwatch and security duties. Bedwatch has previously been deemed to have required healthcare professionals, however, this training initiative collates the key elements needed to professionally care for vulnerable or aggressive patients. This demonstrates that a security mindset, combined with the correct training, is an effective model to prevent and contain incidents. 

Paul Williamson, Operations Director commented; 

‘We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded Security Training Initiative of the Year at the Security Excellence Awards 2016. The training program we have developed at the NHS is another great example of the dedication, training and genuine care we invest into every client. I would like to thank my dedicated team of managers, officers and office staff who all contribute significantly to the Croma Brand. 

We would like to thanks the many NHS staff from various trusts who have given their expertise to help us develop a training program which has helped us continuously improve within this sector. We are delighted be developing our relationship with the NHS and have recently been awards the South Essex Trust contract.’ 

Croma Vigilant narrowly missed out on the award for the event team of the year for the provision of security at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre but were delighted to have been nominated as a Finalist in this category for the third year running. 

The Security & Fire Excellence Awards took place on the 23rd November 2016 at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London. Now in their eighteenth year, the Security & Fire Excellence Awards bring around 1,000 of the security industry’s foremost practitioners together to recognise and honour the magnificent achievements of business’s in the security and fire industry. 

For more information and additional pictures from the evening please contact Claire Telfer at Croma Vigilant on 01387 25099 / claire.telfer@cromavigilant.com 

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Croma Vigilant expand NHS portfolio with South Essex Trust Win

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Croma Vigilant expand NHS portfolio with South Essex Trust Win

We are delighted to announce that Croma Vigilant have been awarded a three-year contract to provide South Essex NHS Trust with manned security and keyholding services. We look forward to working in partnership with the Trust to deliver a new standard of security.

Managing Director Sebastian Morley said;

‘We are really pleased about the win and look forward to working with the South Essex Trust. We already have extensive experience of working within the NHS, providing bedwatch and guarding services in several trusts across the country.   We have developed unique training programmes to fit with the environment and we have established management, processes and procedures that align us perfectly with the NHS. The unique business model of the Ex-Military Security Professionals, has been proven to be adaptable to the demands of the busy and challenging hospital environment.’

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Use intelligence to maximise the security of your people and assets

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Use intelligence to maximise the security of your people and assets

Information and intelligence now forms part of daily life in the world of business and security. The key is getting the right information for your business. Too much information about generic security threats won’t help you make the right decisions. 

For the last 6 years we have been producing tailored weekly security reports for our major customers, focused on the threats to their specific business. We consider their location, their tenants and their business type as well as the global issues that affect us all. The final report is concise, readable and directly relevant to their business.  

How would you use intelligence within your business? We have seen an increase in terrorist activity and political violence in recent years, which has affected all of our daily lives and businesses right across the world. The employer duty of care and assessing the risk for travelling staff, business continuity planning, day to day threat assessment and the protection of assets, are just a few reasons to consider using threat intelligence to compliment business planning and security.

Whether it be a global requirement or a more localised geo fenced look at a specific area, we can provide information that will help you plan for what may affect your business and the contingency you may require. 

Below we have set out some basic and useful information on National security threat levels. Understanding threat levels may help with the planning of various business activities and also to act as markers when a stepped change in security measures may be required, up or down.

The Five Levels are as follows:

CRITICAL - an attack is expected imminently 

SEVERE - an attack is highly likely

SUBSTANTIAL - an attack is a strong possibility

MODERATE - an attack is possible but not likely

LOW - an attack is unlikely

The current threat level for international terrorism in the UK is Severe. The current threat level for Northern Ireland-related terrorism in Britain is Substantial.

Should you have any queries regarding the threat information brief or would like any specific information please contact intel@vigilantsecurityservices.com.

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Croma Vigilant and the NHS, an effective business model with many applications.

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Croma Vigilant and the NHS, an effective business model with many applications.

One of our latest successes has come with  the NHS. Our ability to diversify into the world of care, underlines the fact that the core values of this business, which are instilled in all our staff, give us the fundamentals to adapt to any environment.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust wished to combine their security service requirements with a project called Bedwatch. This involves our staff being deployed on to specific wards, and assisting clinical staff to create a safe and secure environment for patients. The tasks we are assigned, help free up valuable nursing resource, who can focus on other priorities.    

The Croma bedwatch staff, complete a package of training that equips them with the competency to assist with a cross section of patients. Our staff have to complete awareness training in dementia, safeguarding, conflict resolution, ward etiquette and infection control. In addition, staff have to complete enhanced vetting and background checks, before they are allowed on the ward.

The Croma Vigilant ethos on service delivery, gives the trust a reliable service partner that can respond quickly, to immediate needs and the changing demands of the fast paced hospital environment. We continue to work very closely with the clinical experts to continuously improve our service offering. 

Paul Williamson, Operations Director for Croma Vigilant, commented -

"We have shown that our business model can be adapted to a great variety of environments. Our robust structure and tight parameters over all aspects of performance, produce a level of consistency and reliability that make us the obvious choice. Staff are well trained, well supported and well equipped to carry out many of the low level duties within the wards”.

In the service sector, the supply of labour is the single biggest challenge. The transient nature of the industry makes it very difficult to build continuity of service. At Croma Vigilant, we excel when it comes to reliability. Our well managed operation provides clients with a seamless offering that prevents blips, challenges or any operational issues, having any effect on day to day business continuity.

“It’s not what you expect, it’s what you inspect”

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Sebastian Morley discusses the importance of military values in delivering effective security in today's climate.

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Sebastian Morley discusses the importance of military values in delivering effective security in today's climate.

In 1997 Vigilant Security was founded by two ex-soldier colleagues Paul Williamson and Sebastian Morley. The aim was to create the U.K's finest security service- the ex-military security professionals. Vigilant is now part of Croma Security Solutions Group, a U.K. based total security solutions group of which Sebastian is Chairman and Paul Operations Director of Croma Vigilant.

Having served in The Black Watch together, Sebastian and Paul realised there was a distinct gap in the security market for a company that could bring fresh perspectives to a tired industry.

Companies were becoming hell bent on a race to the bottom with regulation driving consolidation and entrepreneurs priced out of start up's. The culture of over promising and under delivering had taken over, no longer was it enough to provide good and well prepared security service, there was an unhealthy obsession for added value which distracted from the primary focus. 

The industry had simply forgotten the basic tenets of security services:

  • Punctuality
  • Turnout
  • Discipline
  • Courtesy
  • Knowledge
  • Inspection
  • Communication
  • Testing 

Our military ethos is embraced by the eighty percent of our staff that are non-military. We have a very diverse workforce that operate with a great deal of pride, purpose and esprit de corps, which is inspired by standards. 

We now live in a time, where more demands are being placed on the industry. Police budget pressure and priority style of policing, means new opportunities for our sector. The recent attacks in Paris and Belgium highlight the importance of being prepared and focused on the job in hand, concentration in the periods of mundane is the order of the day.

At Croma Vigilant, we are continuously testing and adjusting our services. Information and intelligence now forms part of our daily life and that of our clients. Our staff are briefed daily on current trends and where the threats may come from. Scenario testing is not a six monthly inconvenience, it should be a standard operating procedure for every shift, without a thorough testing regime, the risk of a major security failure is increased significantly. 

Croma Vigilant is fast emerging as the UK company of choice for clients who demand the best. We employ over 600 officers nationally. Our growth is entirely organic and we will never devote from our core values of true client services delivered in an ex-military manner- no compromises.

"It's not what you expect, it's what you inspect"

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BBC Essex Radio Interview with Paul Williamson, Croma Vigilant’s Operations Director

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BBC Essex Radio Interview with Paul Williamson, Croma Vigilant’s Operations Director

Following the theft of a valuable ring from the finger of a helpless 93 year old woman who was in hospital, BBC Radio Essex conducted an interview with Paul Williamson to better understand how we can all protect our valuables in hospital.

Croma Vigilant are experts in security guarding and  bedwatch services for the NHS with 120 officers working across the sector.

Listen to Paul's interview below.

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Beyond the panic room: The billionaire bunkers keeping the super-rich safe

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Beyond the panic room: The billionaire bunkers keeping the super-rich safe

The panic rooms of today make the concrete and steel room of Jodie Foster’s 2002 movie look quaint, and highly secure bunkers have become increasingly commonplace. There is also a growing industry in the USA for the construction of doomsday bunkers that provide luxury sanctuary for the super-rich, who can afford to escape the apocalypse.

Panic rooms vary in size and hi-tech security measures but the principles remain the same, as Roberto Fiorentino, CEO of Croma Security Solutions explains: “The priority is getting to a safe place where you summon and await the arrival of your security or the police. It’s also important to ensure other security aspects such as perimeter detection systems and surveillance are in place – so that when your property is hit you are alerted and have adequate time to get to a safe room.

“We’re building safe rooms, in certain situations, on every floor of the client’s residence, often inside a bathroom accessed via a secure door and protected by high specification walls. We recommend the installation of multiple safe rooms so that there is always one that you can reach quickly.”

Billionaire bunkers may be underground and feature swimming pools, saunas and private cinemas, and there has been a growth of planning applications to build luxury subterranean extensions in the Kensington and Chelsea districts of London. “High-net-worth individuals living in the capital have a genuine risk. These extensions are often occupying a space larger than the original residence and are built to be highly secure. They’re like submarines – there’s only one way in and out, often there are no windows, and with other security measures it forms another impenetrable safe place,” described Roberto.

There are now many underground doomsday bunkers being built that only a billionaire could afford to live in. These 5-star survival shelters are by invitation only and each family will enjoy a large bespoke private residence, protected against everything from natural disasters to war. 

Roberto added: “If an apocalyptic event occurred, yes it would be preferable to experience it from the sanctuary of a fully-equipped survival bunker but would you ever want to climb out of it and see the world that remains?” 

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Croma Security Solutions expands its ‘total security’ into the Middle East

Croma Security Solutions Group PLC is opening a branch office in Abu Dhabi to better service new and existing clients in the Middle East. Its offering in the region includes electronic security and fire, CCTV, access control, guarding and its biometric identification technology – FastVein.

The Group is sponsored by Platinum Elite LLC. It has a commercial licence to begin trading in the region and is registering as a security supplier with government ministries and major corporations. An experienced security representative will operate in the region for Croma Security Solutions, based in Abu Dhabi.

“We’ve been active in the region offering security consultancy and the time is now right to formalise trading and better serve new and existing clients in the Middle East,” commented Sebastian Morley, Chairman of Croma Security Solutions.

“The Middle East is rich in opportunity. We’ve recently completed a significant security installation in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for an international corporation and we’ve received considerable interest from other Middle East based companies wishing to enhance their security.

“We will be operating our ‘total security’ service in the Middle East and, in particular, we envisage FastVein having strong resonance in the region – becoming a standard biometric solution,” added Sebastian.

FastVein uses the latest finger vein identification technology to offer ultra-high reliability and rapid recognition for security access control.

Croma Security Solutions Group PLC is an AIM-quoted total security services provider based in Hampshire, UK. It installs award-winning bespoke, state-of-the-art security systems for government, FTSE 100 companies, small enterprises and private clients located in the UK and internationally. 

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Top Boarding School Improves Pastoral Care With Fastvein™

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Top Boarding School Improves Pastoral Care With Fastvein™

It was reported in the Sunday Times on the 13th December 2015, that Croma had installed a bespoke registration system at the well respected and highly acclaimed St. Mary's School, Ascot.

St Mary's School was named school of the year by Tatler Magazine and has 390 pupils, between the ages of 11-18. Founded in 1885, it is considered to be one of the most prestigious all girls schools in the Country.

Croma installed their proprietary vascular biometric system, FastVein™. The system was initially designed to alleviate time consuming and archaic 'register-taking', however it has been developed much further since then. Now it can deliver a fire list for roll call, and email exception reports of missing pupils, or specify why the pupil might be missing from a registration, even including a mobile number so the pupil may be contacted.

Giles Brand, Bursar at St Mary's Ascot heralded the system, saying "The school has been delighted with the technology, which has enabled us not only to improve administrative functions, but also the pastoral care of our pupils".

Despite Mr Brand's words, some people weren't convinced on the matter. Nick Ferrari of LBC Radio invited Croma's CEO, Roberto Fiorentino on the station to debate the topic. Listen Below.

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Croma Security Solutions strengthens locksmith division by acquiring Access Key & Lock

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Croma Security Solutions strengthens locksmith division by acquiring Access Key & Lock

Croma Security Solutions is pleased to announce that it has bought Access Key & Lock, an established locksmiths based in Fareham, in a deal worth £2m.

“We’re delighted to complete this acquisition. Access Key & Lock is a fantastic business with a great footprint along the south coast,” commented Sebastian Morley, Chairman of Croma Security Solutions. “It will help us attract and service large corporate clients in the south and, in due course, further afield. We see the locksmith market as one which is ripe for consolidation by a quality-focused service provider."

Access Key & Lock has five outlets located in Fareham, Portsmouth, Southampton, Bournemouth and Brighton. In the last financial year, Access Key & Lock had sales of £2.44m and pre-tax profits of £300,000. The company was founded in 1998 and has 34 employees. Access Key & Lock won Britain’s Best Security Retailer every year from 2008-2011.


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