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Venture Security locks in contract with Simplyhealth

Simplyhealth has awarded a contract for the protection of its four office buildings in Andover and Winchester, to local security provider Venture Security.

Simplyhealth, an award-winning healthcare plan provider, was established in 1872 and employs around 1000 people. Following a competitive tender, Venture has been awarded the contract to manage all day-to-day physical security for the insurer. The contract will initially run for three years, with the potential to be extended for a further two years.

Venture Security, whose head office is located in Andover, will be working closely with Simplyhealth’s facilities management team to provide a range of specialist security services. This includes Venture’s trained and SIA licensed security officers manning reception in all four buildings, locking and unlocking the premises each day, patrolling the sites and responding to alarms. The Venture team will also be providing emergency cover as required.

Gareth Williams, Director of Estates and Environment, Simplyhealth, commented: “After experiencing issues with our previous security provider, we decided to review our options. We were really impressed by Venture, especially in relation to how technology is integrated within their security services. The fact they are a local company was another big tick for us.”

Venture Security was founded in 2006 by Paul Howe and his wife Sara. Born and bred in Andover, Paul, a former event security manager, saw an opportunity to “do things better” and offer clients a more value-led service.

The company is ranked within the top 1% of UK security providers and supports corporate and residential customers based across central, southern England.

Paul Howe, Venture managing director, commented: “We’re delighted to be working with Simplyhealth and to be supporting the facilities team to keep their people, premises and assets safe.

“Customers such as Simplyhealth are increasingly looking at integrated options for their front of house. Our ‘VentureFirst’ officers – so called because they are responsible for delivering a strong first impression – are not only SIA licensed, but also fully trained in customer services. This means they can effectively manage all reception and security duties, while providing a high quality service that is reflective of the position Simplyhealth holds within the industry.”

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