Octagon Shopping Centre Choose Axis Security


Axis security is to provide manned guarded services in a new, three-year contract for Burton-on-Trent’s Octagon Shopping Centre.

The contract marks Axis Security’s first contract win with DTZ, a global property services company, which used the procurement agency, Buying Force, in the Octagon Shopping Centre tender process. DTZ manages over 6,000 properties in the UK and has a worldwide presence in 208 cities across 52 countries.

The fully enclosed shopping mall is home to 48 retailers and eateries, including a recently re-furbished TK Maxx. When the contract came up for tender, Peter Hardingham, Centre Manager sought to find a security company that would provide a responsive and pro-active management system:

“The approach to management is important because we need our chosen security provider to constantly be on the look out for ways to improve its service and for repeat issues that can be addressed pro-actively.”

Axis Security provides the Shopping Centre with 216 hours of manned guarding per week, 40 of which are dedicated supervisor hours. Axis Security TUPED all five of the Shopping Centre’s security staff and ensured that mobilisation went smoothly by clearly communicating all of Axis Security’s working practices, ensuring all first-aid training was up to date and that all officers were dual-licensed – both for CCTV and front-line manned guarding.

“The mobilisation went very well,” says Peter, “and since then we have seen an improvement in the way that the officers are managed, issues are dealt with more pro-actively, leaving us with less problems to resolve.”

On discussing why Axis Security was chosen in preference to the other five security companies competing for the contract, Peter says that price was not the primary concern: “It was about Axis Security’s managerial structure and operational capabilities; in Axis Security’s proposals they demonstrated how KPIs were used to effectively and systematically identify and communicate areas of improvement. This approach has had a positive impact on the shopping centre’s security provision.”

Jonathan Levine, Axis Group CEO is pleased to see the company’s strategy working within the shopping centre industry: “Building solid, communicative relationships both with our clients and security officers is the key to our success. We make sure we only promise what we know we can deliver and so become a provider that our clients and security officers can trust.”