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19th February 2020 Issue no. 495
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Tiverton locksmith secures top industry accreditation
The owner of Tiverton-based Five Star Security Services is celebrating being awarded the prestigious Master Locksmith accreditation. Graham Watts has passed the exam-based British Locksmiths Institute qualification with the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA), the main trade association for locksmiths, which aims to govern the standards of the industry.
A long-term director of the firm, Graham recently took over the security business, which has been providing security systems for West Country businesses, educational institutions, care homes and homeowners for over 25 years.
He said: "This qualification gives our customers added peace of mind that we work to the highest standards. I am keen to build on the existing excellent customer experience, continuing to offer a quality and even better value service for both domestic and business users."
In response to the award, Dr Steffan George, Development Director at the MLA, commented: "It is great to see locksmiths coming forward and taking the challenge of the British Locksmiths Institute exam to prove their competence in this increasingly technical industry, and since Five Star Security Services also have MLA Approved Company status they can demonstrate they uphold the highest of industry standards that our organisation represents. We wish Graham well in the future".
Paul Spencer, Head of Marketing UK & Ireland for leading lock manufacturer Kaba Ltd, which is also based in Tiverton, believes the Master Locksmith qualification is a great credit to the Five Star business.
"Graham is a customer of ours and it gives us great confidence in his company's capabilities when we know he has the Master Locksmith qualification.
"We have grown an international reputation for our mechanical and electronic security products, and it is the knowledge and skill of installers like Graham who help us maintain it."
Graham Watts added: "We have seen an increase in the demand for master key control systems within businesses and homes with multiple occupancy that require one key to access a front door as well as other rooms. This qualification means we can respond to the market demands, and offer yet another specialist service that will keep our clients' property safe and secure."
As well as traditional locksmithing, Five Star Security offers a variety of sophisticated access systems that can be managed via PC, smartphone and cloud-base apps.
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