Guarding

Renfrewshire award

by Mark Rowe

Paisley-based Safer Scotland, headed by founder and managing director Ryan Clark, made it to the shortlist, and won, in two categories of the 2019 ROCCOs, awards by Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, announced in November at the Normandy Hotel.

Ryan received the ROCCO Award for Young Business Person of the Year, sponsored by Rolls-Royce; and for Innovation & Technology, sponsored by Creation IP. This was for the development of Safer Scotland’s Solarwind Tower, a unit powered by wind and solar power as used by construction companies operating in remote locations without power supply or internet connection.

Pictured from left to right are Ryan Clark; Kimberly Clark (Ryan’s sister), Customer Service Manager and Compliance Manager; and Ben Paton, Business Support Manager.

Safer Scotland offers security guards, CCTV and response services; most of its services are delivered to corporate clients who have high-value assets deployed in remote or temporary locations. The Solar Tower was developed after a client asked whether there were any units on the market that could power security systems from wind and solar. There weren’t any readily available systems suitable for year-round deployment in Scotland, so the security firm worked to come up with a deployable trailer-based system capable of connecting to any mobile data network, to provide surveillance capabilities in remote locations within hours or requirement. It was deployed for the first time in July 2018 on the site of the Dalry Bypass in North Ayrshire. Safer Scotland now has these self-powered units deployed at sites across the country for various clients.

Ryan said: “We always knew there would be demand for this because our client specifically asked us to come up with a solution. Our Solar Tower is an excellent example of how Safer Scotland will flourish with – rather than be threatened by – new advances in technology.

“It’s been fantastic to receive individual recognition as the Young Business Person of the Year at the 2019 ROCCOs, but I’m far more proud of the members of our hard-working team who are continually coming up with new, innovative ideas. As a technology-centric security company, our services are continually developing in both scope and capability.”

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