You do not need to delve deep into our history to find that STANLEY Security-Europe (previously Blick®) has always been a forward-looking organisation. From the company's formation to the present day, we have succeeded in competitive marketplaces by introducing the latest advances ahead of our competitors.
Our clear strategic vision is one of continuous improvement developing and improving our product range; bringing new products to market in the shortest possible time, and supporting our customers with the highest standards of service.
In spite of its unusual name, Blick was founded in 1922 in the UK. Its name is from the Blickensderfer typewriter after its inventor who produced these machines towards the end of the 19th century in Pennsylvania, USA and sold in the UK by the Blick Typewriter Co Ltd. A later association with National Time Recorders Ltd led to the establishment of Blick National selling time recorders which was the start of our time and attendance products in the UK.
Innovation and customer focus... the foundations are laid
As far back as 1932 the directors of Blick were working with large influential customers to develop new and innovative time recording equipment. King George V is pictured 'clocking on' using one of our early time recorders. Over the next twenty years the company grew to become the largest time recorder company in the United Kingdom.
The Amano® Partnership
In 1969 Blick was appointed the United Kingdom distributor for the Amano Corporation of Japan. Amano's products were technologically superior to equivalent machines being sold in the United Kingdom at that time. This was a significant landmark in Blick's history, as from that point on the company was able to phase out the old time and attendance products and replace them with more modern and reliable Amano Time Recorders.
In 1994 the Blick Group had acquired a small company in France, called Databip, selling radio paging and nurse call products and to this day continues to trade in these sectors as Blick France. Then in November 1993 Blick seized the opportunity of expanding business into another continent by acquiring TRS (Pty) Ltd in South Africa, a company which had become well known to Blick as a result of the major Mercury Time and Security acquisition. Today it is called Blick South Africa (Pty) Ltd specialists in supplying time management and security products to many blue chip companies in South Africa.
In May 1986 the holding company became Blick plc and obtained a full Stock Exchange listing. Growth continued the following year with the acquisition of three companies: Thomson & Kelly Ltd in Scotland, Trusound Ltd whose main business was public address, and Yorkshire Telephone Systems Ltd. The acquisition of Communications Associates Ltd (which later became Blick Communications Ltd) led to Blick expanding into the business of on-site paging communications.
Telefusion Communications Ltd was acquired from the Granada Group in 1991. This company specialised in selling and renting television signal distribution systems mainly to local government authorities. The Telefusion name was very well known; especially in the TV rental market, and to preserve this association the business was incorporated under the new name of Blick Telefusion Communications Ltd.
For many years the Group had been on the periphery of Security and Access Control, and this finally came within its portfolio in January 1996 through the acquisition of PAC® International Ltd, located in Stockport, Cheshire.
The most recent acquisition has been GDX® Technologies Limited, based in Paisley, Scotland which took place in July 2006. GDX design, install and maintain a complete range of door entry products and is a well recognised and respected business within the local authority sector.
Blick plc acquired by The Stanley Works
In January 2004 Blick plc was acquired by The Stanley Works, an S&P 500 company and worldwide supplier of tools, hardware and security solutions. With annual revenue of $3 billion, our Group has extensive strengths and resources, operating in 131 locations worldwide, with nearly 1500 employees and 50,000 products.
Under our new name STANLEY Security Solutions we will continue to bring new technologies to the market place, offering innovative solutions to the day-to-day business problems of managing people in their working environment.
Quality is not something that can be introduced overnight. It requires an approach to work which has quality built into every level of the structure and procedures. Blick currently has BS EN 9000 quality standards for many parts of its business and aims to apply and extend these standards to all its business activities. STANLEY are also a National Security Inspectorate (NSI).
The NSI recognise, inspect and regulate firms who install, maintain and monitor electronic security systems. As a NACOSS GOLD, Recognised Firm with the NSI, STANLEY Security complies with their range of standards and Codes of Practice.
STANLEY Security Office
We are part of an integrated team of specialised businesses that make up the STANLEY Security Group with more than 100,000 customers, 3,000 employees and 50 divisional offices.
With its Swindon association now over 40 years old, the company continues to concentrate its efforts on the core product areas of security, life safety and access control, on-site communications systems and of course time and attendance, with sophisticated, computerised HR and payroll-linked machines that bear little resemblance to the time clocks of yesteryear.
Niscayah Limited was co-founded in the UK, in 1986; as Bell Security - by our former Chairman Pat Curran. ‘Bell Group plc’ was the UK-listed holding company’s name for the businesses from 1999. This became a wholly owned subsidiary of Securitas AB, which acquired Bell Group in 2004. Securitas floated-off its Security Systems' division (of which Bell was part) as Securitas Systems AB (publ) in September 2006. In 2008 the Securitas Systems Group (including Bell Security) re-branded under the name Niscayah.
- 1986 Bell Security founded by Pat Curran, Ken Howard & Kevin Cormack
- 1990 Pacom installer for Leeds Permanent Building Society
- ‘90s Opened regional offices in UK & Ireland
- 1998 Acquired Pacom (Australian IT supplier – key strategic partner)
- 1999 Floated as Bell Group plc - expanded into fire systems and internationally
- 2004 Acquired by Securitas AB as a platform for Securitas Systems' UK & Ireland business
- 2006 Securitas Systems AB (publ) spun-off from Securitas AB
- 2008 Niscayah is the new name chosen as Bell and Securitas Systems re-brand