Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Security Training is a Process, Not a Product

Abe Lincoln said, "If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend the first four hours sharpening the axe" He would spend two-thirds of his time improving the tools that make him effective at work. What would your business look like if you spent time sharpening your axe?

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0115 986 6000

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Security - Training - Consultancy.

With expertise across the whole industry, Magpie Security Training Academy has unparalleled knowledge on the requirements for security personnel and are therefore a great source of advice for security individuals looking at procuring a training provider.

Regardless of the kind of security training you are after, a reliable training provider will generally offer:
1 A free consultation to discuss your training needs.
2 Courses specifically designed for different disciplines.
3 Courses at a range of levels.
4 Nationally and internationally recognized awarding bodies.
5 Clear ‘Continuing Professional Development’ paths to enhance your career opportunities.
6 A comprehensive range of ‘state of the art’ equipment on which to learn.
7 A professional learning environment with modern teaching aids.
8 Professionally qualified tutors with ‘real world’ experience of the industry.
9 Evidence of endorsement from - or in association with - leading industry bodies, such as the SIA.
10 A track record.

With a pass percentage of 96.53%
You only need this number 0115 986 6000


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The most important part of learning a new skill, is to learn it correctly from the beginning.

UK Training Weekend with Russell Stutely

I really can’t thank you enough, The thing that struck me more than anything else was that Russell showed you what you could do rather than what he could do. I have several of the DVDs but as good as they are they can never replace the instructor in front of you telling you you’re doing it wrong and putting you right.

At my age not much exceeds my expectations but this course was way beyond any of the high expectations I had.

Thank you to my training partners and thank you to the staff at Stapleford Community centre who made me feel welcome from the moment I walked through the door.

More About Russell​​​​​

Russell Stutely, has been teaching all around the World for over 20 years. Sharing his knowledge with over 100 Police Academies, and over 30,000 Security Officers going through certification process to be better at what they do . This is no accident - his systems work.
He has dedicated his life to ensuring that what he teaches is PRACTICAL and follows these simple principles: Easy to Learn, Easy to Understand and Easy to Apply!

Worlds Leading Pressure Point Fighting Coach
OCFM International Coach
Pressure Point Defensive Tactics International Instructor
6th Dan Shotokan
3rd Dan Ju Jitsu

Finally got to meet and train with Russell Stutely and I was not disappointed

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Get Started > Get Trained > Get Qualification > Get Employed

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) requires you to hold a valid security license when working in the private security industry. Our training academy at Magpie Security Ltd can offer the complete package in security training

We work with the Security Industry Authority to raise standards of professionism and to make security a career destination of choice.

Call 0115 986 6000 and speak to James Loach or myself Steve Drake direct.

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the United Kingdom.

If you are applying for a front line security licence you will need to have undergone a structured training programme resulting in a recognised qualification.


Tuesday, April 4, 2017


Nottinghamshire Company offers the Complete Training Package

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) requires you to hold a valid security license when working in the private security industry. Magpie Security Ltd can offer the complete package in security training including the: Level 2 Award for Working as a Door Supervisor within the Private Security Industry.

Although the title clearly states ‘Door Supervisor’ it can be a little bit misleading, it does not mean you have to stand on a Licensed Premises.

This qualification offers much more, that very same license can open up opportunities in many other security related roles for both male and females aged 18 and over.

“Just finished my S.I.A course with Magpie Security Ltd, I’ve been on a lot of courses but this one was such a positive experience I learned far more than I ever imagined. The tutor is such a great guy a very experienced man within the private security industry, I would 100% recommend Magpie to do your training. There's not just S.I.A courses they offer Health & safety, first Aid including Team Building and Personal Awareness. I've just paid £190 for a lot of knowledge and a great experience including self-defence which was included in the course. Absolutely great experience and great course and great tutor thanks again magpie security” Nicky Wood.
PS just booked my CCTV Training course.

If you are over the age of 18 and considering a career in the private security industry or looking to be re-trained after a recent redundancy can now get qualified by completing the required security practitioner training course.

Successful graduates can offer their employers the complete package ready to work in much more than just door supervision.
We work with the Security Industry Authority to raise standards of professionism of professionalism and to make security a career destination of choice.

We provide access to security training and security qualifications, for people wanting to be employed in private security roles such as Concierge, Construction Sites, Event Steward, Door Supervisor, Dog Handler, Mobile Response, Railway Industry to name but a few.


The Security Industry is not only a "secure" career choice, but this job market is thriving in today's economy!

“Increasing business investment, new build housing construction, and rising crime rates are all leading to market growth. The largest industry sector CCTV will continue to drive market growth as take-up of IP systems gathers pace. Access control is benefiting from demand for innovative multi-functional biometric devices, with manufacturers investing in new technology and strategic partnerships to compete with companies in the technology sector. Demand for alarms is, however, slowing from 2015 as customers demand more integrated and interconnected devices.”
“While London continues to generate the greatest demand for serviced offices, the Midlands and north are key growth areas to watch. Both these regions are benefiting from strong business start-up rates, increased investment, and government policy emphasis. Serviced office providers that are looking to expand will find positive development opportunities in the Midlands and northern regions.” Source Mintel.

There’s demand for trained security personnel in every populated area within the UK, in fact there has never been a better time to consider a career in the security sector.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017



With thousands of career choices available how do you know what career path is best for you. If you are keen on safety and security, then read on because this could be a perfect career choice for you. A career in security is a highly responsible position where you are required to keep any premises and people safe and secure.

Some enjoy a career in security as there are various challenges faced every day, others may choose this career as they can achieve a sense of duty and responsibility.

There’s always a demand for security in every populated area in the country, from event security to bodyguard jobs. If you are considering beginning your career in security, read on to find out more about the role and if it matches your expectations and career aspirations.

How Do I Get a Job in Security?

Like any career, the first thing you need to do before applying for a job is to get the appropriate training and licenses. In many places, it is illegal for you to do security work without meeting a set list of requirements, this being certification, security checks and medical checks to ensure you are of a good physical fitness for what can sometimes be a physical job.

In order to work in the security industry, you are required to be:

· Honest, mature and responsible with a positive attitude to work
· Polite and helpful
· A reasonable level of physical fitness
· A good level of written communication skills to write reports
· The confidence to challenge people when necessary
· The ability to remain calm and controlled in stressful situations
· Use your initiative and be able to make quick decisions
· SIA Licenced

If you can say yes to the first 7 headings we can help you achieve the last requirement on the list. In fact, we almost guarantee that if you can without any doubt say yes to the first 7 requirements you will already have most of skills it takes to obtain your security licence.

Under the Private Security Industry Authority Act 2001, all individuals wishing to work in the private security industry must undertake a recognised qualification before applying for a licence. We can help you obtain the licence you need to get you started.

“We are the Security Training Specialist”

The courses offered focus on different domains within the security sector and will give delegates the necessary understanding to work in a variety of different scenarios.

The approved Home Office / SIA training we deliver addresses the different techniques used in day-to-day experiences of those working in security positions.

“We understand that examinations can be a little daunting but don't worry. “Our security training specialist makes the course entertaining and easy to understand, and above all takes pride in his high percentage pass rate. So, if you are looking for a new career in the early part of this new year we have a variety of security jobs available in the East Midlands.” – Magpie Security Ltd

For further information on our Training Courses and to Pre-Register, simply click on the link below:

Thursday, December 29, 2016


I recently attended this course conducted by Security Training Specialist Jim Loach from Magpie Security in Nottingham UK.

The job today is a world away from my time as a bouncer/doorman, I started off in 1979 at the Eight Bells in Church Street. In those days there was no training, no licence, no cctv, and people had no clue what rights they had or did not have have.

Today's Door Supervisor has to wear many different hats. (as a figure of speech) as can be seen below in the course content.

Common Security Industry Knowledge

Session 1: Awareness of the Law in the Private Security Industry
Session 2: Health and Safety for the Private Security Operative
Session 3: Fire Safety Awareness
Session 4: Emergency Procedures
Session 5: The Private Security Industry
Session 6: Communication Skills and Customer Care
Door Supervisor Specialist Module

Session 1: Behavioural Standards
Session 2: Civil and Criminal Law
Session 3: Searching
Session 4: Arrest
Session 5: Drugs Awareness
Session 6: Recording Incidents and Crime Preservation
Session 7: Licensing Law
Session 8: Emergency Procedures
Session 9: Dealing with Vulnerable Individuals
Session 10: Dealing with Queues and Crowds
Conflict Management Module

Session 1: Avoiding Conflict and Reducing Personal Risk
Session 2: Defusing Conflict
Session 3: Resolving and Learning from Conflict
Session 4b: Application of Communication Skills and Conflict Management for Door Supervisors
Physical Intervention Skills Module

Session 1: Introduction to Physical Skills
Session 2: Disengagement Techniques
Session 3: Escorting Techniques

The course was a real eye opener and I would recommend anyone thinking of a professional career in the security business (not just door supervision) to book early for 2017

I think I am at the age in life were very few things exceed my expectations, but this was one of them. Thank you to all those who made it possible.

Magpie Security Ltd offers the following training courses:
Level 3 Certificate in Close Protection, 17 Days
A QCF Level 2 Award in Door Supervision, 5 Days
Door Supervision, Up-Skilling, 2 Days
A QCF Level 2 in CCTV (Public Space Surveillance) Operations, 4 days
Physical Intervention, 1 and 3 Days
Conflict Management, 1 and 2 Days
Level 1 Award for Health & Safety in Construction.


Friday, December 2, 2016

Personal Protection

I recently conducted a personal protection seminar to a very select group of people from the International Baccalaureate in The Hague.

When people think of the words 'Personal Protection' they often think of Bodyguards, Pepper Spray, Personal Alarms or carrying some sort of Stun Gun. Well there is actually a lot that you can do before any of that. Personal Protection is about being your own bodyguard, and it all starts with AWARENESS.

Be aware of your own surroundings, be aware of you own environment, and be aware of your own personal space and comfort zone. After all you would not cross a road without being aware of what traffic is around you. We learned about Personal Protection from a very early age. I guess the old green cross code of looking and listening while crossing the road to school was one of the first forms of Personal Protection that we learned.

However since the introduction of the mobile/cell phone our awareness of our surroundings and environment have been narrowed into paying attention to the phone rather than your personal space and that makes it very easy for a predator to get closer to you in today's world.

That's why we have to get better at other skills in our Personal Protection toolbox. Skills like being able to avoid, escape and in some cases being able to deliver a firm physical response are a must have skill. It is much better to have something and not use it, that to need something that you don't have.

Personal Protection is not a beginner to black belt programme that takes several years to learn, but on the other hand it is not a crash course programme either. Think of other lessons in life, how many swimming lessons would it take to learn to swim? Just a couple of widths were not aiming for the 2020 Olympics or anything. Or how many piano lessons would it take to play something that everyone would instantly recognize? or say how many driving lessons would you need to safely drive a vehicle? Everyone is different but I would say if you have ten lessons in either of the above you would have a very good grasp on each skill.

Personal Protection is very much the same.

Above are a few pictures from from the recent IB Personnel Protection Seminar. Big Thank You to those who made it all possible.

Monday, February 29, 2016

The Ghost of February 29th Past, February 29th Present and February 29th Future.

Well those 29th of February's are very few and far between and I was looking back on where I was and what I was doing 4 years ago, then looking at where I am today and where and what I want to be in 4 years from now.

This is something I have done in my workshops, it's known as the 'Dickins Pattern' and is loosely based on the famous Charles Dickens story 'Scrooge' who gets a visits from the ghosts of Christmas the past, present and future.

I got down to some serious thinking in the week between Christmas and New Year and i remember watching and laughing at the Blackadder version of Scrooge that got me thinking about the Dickens Pattern again and I decided to do it on myself.

Four years ago we were all living in a very nice Spanish type villa in Dubai, I was teaching Jeet Kune Do classes to just over 200 students six out of seven days of the week, and had just done the Dubai Marathon and passed my World Boxing Council (WBC) Referees diploma, and was very much looking forward to heading out the the U.S to team up with Damian Ross at Pete Barry for a few days in New Jersey.

As a family this time four years ago we were very settled in the 25c warm winter sun.

Fast forward 4 years and I find myself in The Netherlands, I have not done any teaching or even serious training myself since April last year, as for my interest in combat sports I diden't even watch the UFC Bisping V Silva fight at the weekend. I have just come back from talking the dog on the beach were 2c is as good as it got and 6c is as good as it is going to get today.

But it's not doom and gloom, far from it. Like i said I got down to some serious thinking between Christmas and New Year and despite of were I now live, or my age, and my shoulder injury i still wake up excited about the day ahead.

If I am honest I am probably more excited now to jump out of bed then ever before.

One of the things I did over the festive week was take a sheet of A4 paper and write down everything I had ever done that earned me money, within about 20 minutes I had almost filled the page and about an hour later remembered something else, then in the evening I added a couple of other things I forgot about earlier, and remember getting out of bed about 10 minutes after I got in because I remembered something else.

That bit of A4 paper had everything on it from cleaning windows, delivering newspapers and caddying for golfers as a kid right through to having a part in a commercial for Mercedes, being a guest presenter on TV, and a whole lot in between. (I declined the Santa Claus offer in Abu Dhabi)

However ... The next day I woke up and took a different coloured pen and circled a ring around all those jobs I really enjoyed doing and then took a highlighter pen and coloured in all the ones I had circled if I could answer 'YES' to the question could I do that here right now.

Out of a page and a half of jobs or work that I had earned money from in the past only a few had got a red circle around it and only one circle was highlighted. In that circle was the words ... BETTING ON HORSE RACING.

Now I am going to be honest out side of betting on horses in June and July my profit and strike rate were not much to get excited about, but if I was going to be successful at this in those other ten months I was going to have to get both well disciplined and serious.

I looked at what it was that made betting profitable in the hight of summer and not so much in the other months, the obvious thing was the weather with horses racing on perfect ground, but I started looking for other connections and that search took me back to reading a very interesting book that I had read years before called 'The Ultimate Wheil of Fortune by Che Van Der Wheil. The very first page took me into listing speed figures and I realized that I had been doing something with speed figures gained from horses running in the spring and summer months and not making the allowance on the figures for changing ground, reading much deeper into this I decided to rectify those old summer habits and make a fresh start. (I started that very day even though New Year was only a few days away when I guess most people make a fresh start)

I then dug out the rest of the Van Der Wheil books and started reading them all over again while looking at the days race cards and started searching for selections that were proven in the going, proven in the class and proven at today's race distance and nothing else to start with, this started to narrow the number of races I was looking at and highlighted only a couple of horses in those races left. but the real light came on when I decided to look beyond the horses ability. I had one of those OMG moments.

These books had been sitting around in the storage loft since 2001 and I was very close to dumping them when we moved, so far in the very short time I have put what I have found into small stakes betting and have had 20 winners, 6 losers and one none runner in the last two months. That has beat anything I have ever achieved in June or July over the many years I have been betting.

So I have recently set up a new betting bank using the very generous offer from BET365 who promised to match 100% of my deposit, with that now in place I am going make an attempt to continue the profitable strike rate and make some sort of small income from it (Notice I said small income and not a small fortune) from the acorn grows the oak tree.

Fast forward February 2020. Well at the very least I will have four years of solid data, but I will also have a hobby that i hope to make the equivalent income of a part time job for a man of my age in the comfort of my own home, somewhere near Newmarket and working the hours that fit in with me and my families needs.

Can I do it?

Going back to that original bit of A4 paper I noticed something else that I had not noticed before at the time. And that was that the things that were circled because I liked doing them all started off with me watching someone else doing that very same thing and me saying to myself ... "I COULD DO THAT"

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

It's Been Emotional ....

Well if I'm honest I will be glad to see the back of 2015, not that it's been a disaster or anything but it was hard to sling a double six on pretty much anything I tried to get off the ground this year.

Wealth wise: despite some good ideas nothing materialised except the trip out to Bahrain.

Health wise: the shoulder injury came back.

The highlight of the year was spending some time with my son Tom in Sweden, he took part in the Gothia Youth World Cup in the summer.

It was great to catch up with my old friend Richard Bailey in the spring, had not seen him for over ten years, it was nice to see one of my sisters in the autumn, it had been a while since I had seen her.

Looking forward tomorrow is Christmas Eve, my eldest daughter is back from London and I am really looking forward to the next three days of festive celebrations. Then roll on 2016.

My New Years resolution is to stop putting things in the wrong place, you know things like my keys in the fridge, the dogs lead up a tree and my faith in other people.

Yep I am up for a change in the new year ... But that's another week or so away.

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays everyone.