Joel Meakin

The winner of the July 2021 Employee of the Month award is Dog Handler, Joel Meakin. Joel was nominated by Darrell Sloan, Regional Operations Manager, who said:

“With the loss of one of our kennel hands, Joel offered to help with the kennels, without having to be asked to do so. By doing this, he has lost hours on-site and incurred extra travel costs to assist the dog division; this to me shows true dedication to the business”.

Joel can be seen receiving his award from Dave Kane, our Chief Operating Officer (COO).



Last week Herongrange Group suffered devastating staff shortages unlike any we have had to face before. This incapacity to deploy personnel massively impacted our ability to operate efficiently and as normal. I therefore felt it prudent to address this issue and detail the reasons behind it, both for the benefit of our colleagues and our customer base.

  • In the UK, nearly 700,000 people were pinged by track and trace in the past week and subsequently told to self-isolate for 10 days, the highest figure recorded since the app launched in September last year.
  • This ‘Pingdemic’ resulted in us losing 12% of our workforce.
  • In addition to this, nine key members of our office and field-based staff were isolating due to contracting Covid-19 – including myself and the entirety of the Midlands based Operations Management team. However, those staff who remained at work pulled out all the stops to put contingency plans in place to mitigate the effect of those isolating.
  • Unfortunately, this is not an incident limited to our sector, and industries across the country have suffered greatly as a result. Many businesses are now calling for the government to bring forward the date that has been set to make fully vaccinated adults exempt from these self-isolation rules, which is due to come into force on the 16th August.

It has been particularly difficult to deal with these issues from afar, as I too am isolating with the virus.  As CEO, I would like to offer my sincere thanks to everyone who soldiered through these difficulties, and those who worked their hardest to firefight and limit damage. It was greatly appreciated. To all our customers, my deepest apologies if you were affected, and I hope that we will never again have to face such a detrimental situation moving forward.

Many thanks for your understanding and continued support.

Steve Withers
CEO – Herongrange Group


The winner of our June 2021 Employee of the Month award was made to Chris Hill, Production Manager at our Northampton branch.  Nominated by Dean Baxter, GM Construction, Dean said “Chris tirelessly works to ensure our production  department is working to schedule,  Researching and implementing ways to get systems to work with ours, helping and guiding the engineers as well as the management teams on what is working, Chris is also responsible for uniform orders and dispatching them to the guards when requested. Chris is always keen to find a workable solution to our clients requests and loves to learn and improve his knowledge through issues working with suppliers”.


The May 2021 Employee of the Month was awarded to Dave Bull, Business Development Manager at our Burton office. 

Nominated by Phil Scattergood, Quality & Compliance Director, Phil said of Dave “I would like to nominate Dave Bull for his continued support in ensuring cloud and site documentation is to the correct standard ready for the ACS audit and for embracing the new BDM KPI Report being pro-active in compiling the data required.” 

Well done Dave!


If you have come across us before, you will probably know that we love to get involved with a bit of film & tv. So much so, in fact, that we are entering our third series of providing security to Real Housewives of Cheshire!

Having built up a fantastic rapport with the production company over the years, we are pleased to announce that this is the fourth consecutive series of Herongrange Group providing our security services. This is the 13th series of Real Housewives of Cheshire, set to air on May 10th. There will be a reshuffling of the cast with Dawn Ward being replaced by psychic, Deborah Davies. We’re sure this will be another fantastic season, enjoyed by the fans of Real Housewives and we are excited to be a part of it.

There are so many things to think about when filming reality TV. Situations can often be unpredictable, camera crew and cast are frequently on the move and locations can quickly change. We have built up a solid reputation in the industry for our film & TV work and we are proud of our tried and tested systems that will keep you and the crew safe at all times.

Have you got an upcoming film or TV project that requires bespoke security? Maybe you’re looking for construction solutions, facilities management, fire safety or manned guarding? Whatever your requirements, we are able to provide industry leading solutions for your project, in line with current regulations and guidelines. Get in touch with our team today for a free quotation with no hidden costs or fees. We will listen to your requirements, understand your needs and tailor our services to suit you. We look forward to hearing from you – simply call 0345 066 2211.


detection dog

No doubt, we are all looking forward to the UK economy fully reopening and coming back with a vengeance. Many of our clients have felt the impact the past year has had on their business and we are pleased to see them getting back to some sense of normalcy.

With our businesses across all industries reopening again, travel, events and other forms of leisure, entertainment and business activities are returning. This means, however, that you may have increased security risks in some areas of your business that need taking care of.

We are thrilled to announce we have added two new services to our offering, available to all our existing and new customers. Dog handling is one that we have been offering for a while, however, we have decided to expand on that. We are now offering detection dog services across all areas of the UK. We are here to support businesses who need them and diversify our dog handling offer, which has, time and time again, helped us resolve issues quicker than a security guard alone.

We have built a great rapport with experienced handlers and are able to provide highly trained, skilled dogs, supporting security teams with the assistance they need. If you want to find out more, contact us today and we’d be happy to chat to you about our detection dog  services.

Our team is diverse in their skill set and we provide a wide range of services across our five divisions – bespoke security, construction solutions, fire and security, facilities management and manned guarding. If you have a project that needs expert, professional team to handle it, give us a call on 0345 066 2211 for a custom, free quotation. We listen to your needs, understand your requirements and provide tailored solutions that suit your business.


At Herongrange Group, we pride ourselves on providing exceptional and innovative service across all five of our divisions. From keeping you safe with bespoke security to looking after your site, installing fire security systems and CCTV, facilities management and manned guarding. Our top priority is to deliver a great service that you can depend on, in line with up-to-date regulations, technology and expert knowledge.

That’s why we are so delighted to have received a certificate for an Exceptional Customer Experience from our friends at Morgan Sindall for our time with them on The South Essex College Project, Site 0147.

As part of providing our services to them, we supplied cameras and out of hours monitoring for their site. We have dealt with and stopped a few break-ins and identified several issues on-site, working closely with their site teams. With this information, we were able to tighten their security and improve the operation overall. It was a real pleasure working on this project and it was great to see everyone getting involved. Morgan Sindall and their team were pleased with our systems, response times and our assistance in helping the project attain a perfect delivery.

So happy in fact, that they have awarded us a perfect delivery certificate with an exceptional customer experience. This is exactly why we do what we do – your safety and security is our top priority, and we aim to improve it to the highest possible standard. It’s great to see the fruits of our labour and the impact our systems have had.

If you would like to enquire about our services, please do not hesitate to contact Herongrange today. We would love to hear from you! We will listen to your needs and requirements, and provide a custom, free quote. Contact our team on 0345 066 2211.


Tech Facial Recognition

At Herongrange Group, we always aim to position ourselves at the forefront of new technology and stay up to date with current security systems. Without a doubt, the current Covid crisis has changed security requirements across all industries. Touching surfaces must be eliminated as much as possible to keep your staff safe. We are here to provide you with everything you need to offer a safe and secure work environment for everyone. Which is why we have invested in some new tech…

We are now getting an influx of requests for our facial recognition systems, which we launched last year, having been able to foresee the demand for them. These systems eliminate the need for swipe cards and other access tools that may pose a higher risk of transmission. They are also able to check temperature and alert the staff if a person is above the required threshold. This means that someone who may be suspected of having Covid-19 won’t even enter the building to measure their temperature, by which time they would have touched multiple surfaces, as we can see happening in other organisations.

Facial recognition systems can benefit your business in a number of other ways. We have recently quoted a client for an attendance system that uses facial recognition to log attendance times and it’s also able to calculate how much the staff should be paid, based on their attendance. This can significantly improve the efficiency of accounting and payroll.

In addition, facial recognition provides better protection against unwanted visitors and can even help to prevent terror attacks. It can be relatively easy for criminals to steal or fake an employee swipe card, however, with a facial recognition software, they won’t get past the front door. Many companies are now employing it as part of their security plans.

If you would like to enquire about our new tech, access systems, or if you have any other projects that require our help, get in touch! We care about your requirements and will provide a tailored quotation to suit your needs. Call us on 0345 066 2211.


Ishfaq Khan

The Employee of the Month for April is Ishfaq Khan.  Nominated by Operations Manager, Peter Dewing, who says “Ishfaq has a friendly ‘can do’ attitude always and has recently been requested by the client at London City Bond Vinoteque to carry out other site duties due to his professionalism.  Ishfaq  is always smart and willing to go above and beyond when needed”.  Our client’s representative Jane Renwick was proud to personally make the presentation to Ishfaq.


As a security company, we were delighted to work with people who keep the public safe every day. Recently, our expert team were employed for a project to do an office refurbishment for Northampton police. This project was awarded to Central Electrical Services and they chose us to carry out the requirements for it.

Our facilities management team took care of several areas of the project. Thanks to our diverse skill set, we were able to be the one-stop-shop for a range of requirements. As part of our refurbishment project for Nothampton Police Offices, we worked on the Old Misco Systemax building.

We updated the carpets at their offices. Heating and ventilation systems were also refurbished, creating a much more pleasant work environment. We also worked on creating more spacious working areas for their staff, giving them more room to work in, and also creating opportunities for social distancing, which is so important to keep the team safe. We installed new lighting in their offices, too. Lastly, we upgraded their fire alarm system. Fire safety is one of the most important areas of security to keep your staff safe.

Another great project completed by our knowledgeable team, leaving the client with a better and safer workspace, giving them the peace of mind that one team can take care of a wide range of requirements. We cover five key divisions – bespoke security, construction solutions, fire and security, facilities management, manned guarding – with a diverse service offering in each. If you have a project that requires our help, do not hesitate to get in touch. Our experienced team have built up a great reputation across different industries and we’d be glad to help you on your next project. Get in touch for your free, no hidden fees quotation by calling 0345 066 2211.