Stopfordian – Looks to International Expertise. Feeling that your home and property are safe can be a weight off your shoulders, especially at a time when crime levels are rising. Luckily for us here in Bramhall, we can rely on the second-to-none services of Stopfordian Security – the only local security company to have a dedicated car in each area they cover, including Bramhall.
With a 20-strong fast response team and dozens more employees working behind the scenes, Stopfordian is a leading security company offering a service unlike any other in the country. I Love Bramhall met up with the team to find out how the business is changing in 2018 to hone the company’s processes and enhance service delivery across Cheshire.
Based in Cheadle Hulme, Stopfordian looks after the security of buildings and premises across the SK postcode, while its partner security company West Valley covers the WA postcode. Limiting the geographical range to these specific areas means that Stopfordian knows the locales inside out and can get to the scene of a threat in minutes. As such, the company has built up a reputation locally as the area’s go-to security specialists.
To bolster this glowing status while strengthening the business and looking at future innovation, Stopfordian has recently appointed two new team members: company director Peter Consterdine and account manager Melissa McQuade. Peter, whose career in the corporate security industry spans more than 30 years, also operates a risk security consultancy and has published a number of books on related security themes, including Travelsafe and Streetwise.
Peter has worked with national and international businesses on issues of security and risk, also coordinating personal security operations to provide protection for prominent public figures – such as the chairman of the New York Stock Exchange.
Melissa, meanwhile, recently joined the team after working as an RSPCA Deputy Chief Inspector for 13 years in the Greater Manchester area; beforehand, she was a Prison Officer at Strangeways. Having had extensive experience in both roles, Melissa intimately understands the vital nature of safety and security. She was taken on by Stopfordian in January as an Account Manager, forming a bridge between the clients and the service they receive to ensure a seamless delivery.
Stopfordian is rightly proud of its reputation as being unique in its field – both in the service offered and in how it recognises and works with employees. The staff – many of whom are ex-emergency services or army personnel – receive employment packages including healthcare, gym memberships and bonuses that leave ‘would-be rivals’ unable to compete. Committed to reinvestment to ensure the business is future-proof and able to offer a quality service, Stopfordian makes sure its response vehicles are well maintained and capable of reaching the scene of a threat in a matter of minutes.
The control room equipment and alerting technology is also state-of-the-art; years of expertise have gone into developing the technology that helps protect homes and premises throughout the county. When the signal is received that a crime has been attempted – either from someone inside or outside the building – the controller deploys their security personnel in an incomparable average of five minutes.
Providing largely residential security services, Stopfordian also ensures that commercial premises are kept safe and secure. Here in Bramhall, the company provides security to many of our local businesses, including The Bubble Room, Mercato and the Village Square.
Over the coming months, Stopfordian will be encouraging individuals to step up their security awareness by providing advice and top tips for clients, free of charge. Working from the texts of Peter’s security books, as well as the expert knowledge of staff, the company will circulate tips and advice in the form bitesize reading guides and perhaps even an app that people can read on the go.
The goal of the project is to provide an extra level of value for Stopfordian’s customers while also encouraging individuals to become more security-aware, until it becomes second nature. All too often security only comes into focus following an incident; Stopfordian plans to reverse this scenario – watch this space for updates or get in touch with the team directly to discuss security matters using the links below.
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