Monday, June 8, 2015

News: SoloProtect to take on more staff

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SoloProtect (formerly Connexion2), the Dinnington company that uses innovative technology solutions and associated services to improve the safety and productivity of lone workers, is taking on more staff, and employees will earn upwards of the living wage.

The company's Identicom system is designed to look like a normal ID badge and allows lone workers to raise an alarm, make an emergency phone call or send a text message. SoloProtect recently announced the development of a brand new, purpose built Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC) within a new 10,000 sq ft head office in Sheffield.

The firm was launched in 2003, and was acquired by the US leading emergency communications company, Kings III of America, in 2013. It currently employs around 45 staff, and the move to Vantage Park means the creation of 15 new jobs by Autumn 2015.

From June 2015 all SoloProtect employees will earn upwards of the living wage – in the UK the Living Wage Foundation benchmarks a living wage at £7.85 per hour outside of London, and £9.15 in the Capital. All UK SoloProtect employees will now earn a minimum wage of £11 an hour – significantly above the UK threshold.

Craig Swallow managing director at SoloProtect UK, said: "When SoloProtect was sold in 2013, "passion for lone working" was top of my list for any potential new owner. In George [Broady, chairman] and the Kings III team, we've found that in spades. It's really important we let our staff know they’re valued, whilst making an ethical investment and ensuring we retain and attract the best new personnel. This will enable SoloProtect to continue to offer customers a high level of service and a return on their investment."

Paul Woodcock, director of Planning, Regeneration & Culture at Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, said: "Rotherham Investment & Development Office (RiDO) - the borough Council's regeneration arm - has worked with SoloProtect since it started in Dinnington, in Rotherham.

"Through our South Yorkshire Sector Growth Enhancement Programme, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, we have worked with SoloProtect for a number of years, helping them with their expansion plans through property, finance and recruitment support.

"The commitment and professional approach that the team has shown has been overwhelming. Their passion for ensuring a high standard of service delivery is apparent throughout the organisation, and their new facility and commitment to the living wage for staff reinforces this further."

SoloProtect website

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