Praises Ring Out For Stirling Alarms
Stirling Alarms has secured a second prestigious industry medal in less than 2 years of trading.
The Fallin based firm, which offers alarms, CCTV and access control systems across Forth Valley, has been awarded gold status by the UK’s leading approvals and certification body, the National Security Inspectorate. The accreditation is the highest accolade that can be achieved in the security industry and builds on the company’s achievement of a silver medal in February 2016.
Stirling Alarms was launched in November 2015 by established local business Stirling Electrical Services, which celebrates its 21st birthday next month.
Owner Scott McLean said: “We’ve been in the electrical business for over 20 years now, but lately we’ve been making a big noise in the field of home and business security with the creation of Stirling Alarms. We created the division in response to a surge in customer demand for high tech alarms that can be controlled and maintained from anywhere in the world using a smartphone or computer. We’ve been quick to embrace this new technology and our highly skilled team are experts in the latest equipment and intelligent systems. We’re proud to have passed NSI’s rigorous audit and to have achieved gold so quickly. We have our staff to thank for their hard work, dedication and commitment to delivering the highest standards of service.”
Stirling Council Leader Scott Farmer presented Stirling Alarms with their gold medal on Friday. Commenting on the firm’s success, Councillor Farmer said: “It’s fantastic to see such a long-standing business expanding and thriving. I’m really impressed by the work Scott and his team are doing, especially their investment in the next generation through apprenticeships. Local businesses are crucial to Stirling’s economy. We must continue to support an environment that helps companies grow and create more skilled jobs locally.”
Notes to editors:
Further information about the award can be found at Stirling Alarms and Stirling Electrical Services.
For further details on NSI gold accreditation see www.nsi.org.uk
At Stirling Electrical Services / Stirling Alarms we have a permanent position available for 17th Edition qualified Electrician with Security System experience - CCTV, Intruder Alarm, Access Control.
40 Hours Monday to Friday working with overtime and stand-by cover available. Work mostly within but not restricted to Central Scotland.
Must have good technical knowledge with relevant electrical qualifications and the ability to work alone and as part of a team as well as excellent customer service skills. Experience working with Security Systems is essential.
Competitive rates of pay with salary based on skills and experience.
Some of the work covered includes but is not limited to:
You should have the following:
Further details will be provided to suitable candidates but if you want to join the team at our long standing popular Stirling business and help develop both our electrical and security system division we want to hear from you.
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I was delighted to welcome Stirling Council leader Scott Farmer to our Fallin office on Friday afternoon.
We had good talk about local business as well as a tour of our premises.
It's not everyday you get presented with a GOLD medal.
On behalf of everyone at Stirling Alarms and Stirling Electrical Services I was proud today to receive our NSI NACOSS GOLD framed medal from Max Linnemann of NSI.
Our team have worked exceptionally hard over the past year and reaching this high standard is all down to their dedication and quality.
Well done all.
So the Yellow Pages printed directory will soon be no more. The yellow book we all know and at some point all loved will stop being distributed in 2018 and early 2019 and with it will bring an end to my own 20+ year association with the directory.
From 1996 I have had business adverts in various publications but it's not always been a rosy relationship like the time when a Yellow Pages sales rep left the company and destroyed all his customers accounts before leaving meaning we failed to be contacted about renewal one year or Yell's refusal to stop an advert from a company with a totally different trading name from ours from running an advert with our name in it which caused customer confusion.
Many of you will question why over the past 5 or so years we still advertised in the printed directory, it's becuase we ask customers where they obtained our contact details from and as a reactive electrical & security system company we still receive phone calls especially from the elderly who rely on the printed directory to contact companies in an emergency.
Smaller local printed directories will now benefit from the demise of the yellow book which has been caused by the online internet explosion and Yell will now concentrate their efforts on their Yell.com service.
I have never been a fan of Yell.com as with a printed directory you can scan many adverts at once where the online listings is a free for all pay Yell the money to get to the top of their directory listings.
As someone who's companies have a good online search presence I have never been convinced to part with my money for Yell's online directory tactics as it brings no significent benefit in increasing our online presence.
In today's world the printed directory will probably not be missed and I can understand the decision by Yell to stop publishing it but I think if they thought the challenge of losing readership of the printed directory was a struggle the challenge to dominate the online search listings will be an even greater challenge.
Nobody can ever say they are the perfect electrician - not me, not any member of my electrical team and not any other qualified electrician with up to date training - we all recognise that fact but we continue to work hard and spend money on training, learning and studying our craft and applying to the best of our ability our knowledge in interpreting BS7671 electrical and other relevant regulations into our everyday jobs.
Unfortunately as it currently stands anyone can call themselves an electrician and carry out electrical work in homes and businesses and the situation is of such concern that Scotland's trade association SELECT are now in discussion with the Scottish Government about regulating the electrical industry in law and making the term Electrician a profession (similar to Gas) which in turn would make it illegal for anyone to carry out electrical work if they are not registered, have no qualifications or have no up to date training.
To give context to the above movement I myself have been on the receiving end lately of being involved with people who carry out electrical work who have not been trained in recent years to the current regulations.
A number of weeks ago I was a approached by someone in my area who argued with me that they were correct in proposing to install battery powered smoke detectors in a private rented property, after I on the the spot showed them the regulations on my phone they still were not convinced "as that was not the rules 15 years ago and it was fine then" but I eventually found out they had listened to me and correctly installed mains powered interlinked smoke detectors.
Unfortunately that was not the end of my encounter and a few weeks later after my company carried out an Electrical Installation Condition Report at a private rented property I was publicly accused by this same person who has admitted having no up to date electrical training, of failing the electrical report for no other reason than failing the report to money grab the remedial work cost. The electrical installation failed on items such as but not limited to - exposed open live electrical connections, a number of circuits/cables protected by oversized circuit breakers, wrong polarity at switch, cables touching sharp metal edges with no grommet(rubber) protection - the accuser incidentally admitted carrying out some of the work we had failed and thought the above 'Danger Present' and 'Potentially Dangerous' items should not have been listed.
As you can probably gather I am rather annoyed at my own and my company's integrity being publicly questioned by someone who really should know better but for what ever reason will not update their qualifications or training to todays regulations.
I am proud of my own and my companies professional attitude, safety and integrity and these recent personal incidents have made me even more determined to join the fight and campaign to regulate the electrical industry - and why? it's simple - people's property and more importantly peoples lives are at risk with electrical work and homeowners and business owners should be protected and be safe in the knowledge that the electrical work they request to be carried out is undertaken correctly, safely and to today's regulations and by qualified professionals who they can trust their property and lives with.
And if property owners wish to still allow these other type of people to carry out electrical work in their property if the industry is regulated then there must be a system in place for the law abiding electricians to report the non-registered and unqualified 'electricians'.
Never miss an opportunity to listen and learn and that's why more than 50 members recently packed into the River House, Stirling for the AGM of SELECT - the electrical trade association for Scotland.
From the usual business of an AGM to technical talks about the forthcoming new edition of BS7671 the electrical regulations it was another worthwhile event to keep in touch with updates and likeminded members of the electrical industry.
Photos courtesy of SELECT & CABLEtalk magazine.
The darker nights will soon be upon us and one of our electrical customers in the Glasgow area is taking positive action by preparing just now during late summer.
The installation of new LED floodlighting around the perimeter of the building will make it a more welcome and safer environment for their staff and visitors.
We are always happy to offer advice on external lighting, security alarms, cctv as well a much more to help make your home or business property a safer place. Just get in touch with our job booking team.
I am proud to announce that Stirling Alarms have been awarded NSI NACOSS GOLD approval, the highest standard a security system company can achieve in the UK.
I remember in the mid-1990's during my early electrical career, learning of an accreditation standard called NACOSS and that this high standard was only held by large well developed security system companies.
Around the same time I also became aware of the NICEIC who are accreditors of electrical work and I remember admiring and respecting companies who displayed those highly rated badges.
Over the early years building up Stirling Electrical Services I was determined to join those ranks and our first major badge of honour was in becoming an approved member of SELECT in 2005. SELECT is the main electrical accreditation company in Scotland and operates to a similar level to NICEIC.
SELECT membership brought regular technical and office system audits and those, alongside other regular audits from Which? Trusted Traders and Buy With Confidence schemes resulted in our office procedures becoming even more effective.
Our technical expertise was also increasing as we brought on board further experienced electricians and engineers to enhance our already solid team. In late 2015 I launched Stirling Alarms, the branded security system division of Stirling Electrical Services and within just three months we were awarded System Silver status by NSI the leading security system accreditation company in UK.
Since then over the past 18 months our hard working team have built up our reputation and procedures and after a recent technical and quality management system audit we have successfully been approved and accredited to NSI NACOSS GOLD level operating at BS EN ISO 9001:2015 standard.
NSI NACOSS GOLD is only awarded to companies who consistently meet the industry's highest standards through ISO9001 Quality Management as well as the relevant British and European Standards demonstrating that the company is run in a competent professional manner operating to the highest standards.
Gaining these badges of honour is a fantastic achievement and our team should be proud.
Now, we must continue to learn and improve and to maintain our high level of service - as badges of honours mean nothing without happy customers and that is the driving force pushing us all forward.
It was pleasing to see an article in this weeks Stirling Observer newspaper about local youth football club Carse Thistle.
I played with Carse at Under 16 & 18 level after spending most of my youth football at the successful North Broomage Colts/VIS Colts team from Under 11 through to Under 15.
Like many of my primary school friends I knew Dick from 10 years old after we all had trials at Carse Thistle and later in life I bumped into him a few times in Stirling city centre where he would never pass you without saying hello and asking how I was.
An absolute gentleman of a man who dedicated a lot of his life to youth football in the Stirling area and I wish the new custodians of the club all the success in the future as they carry on the legacy of Dick Taylor.
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