A HIGHLY successful business was established in Bishop’s Waltham 25 years ago – and is now a global operation.

Tavcom Training, which specialises in security, has since coached and certified more than 50,000 people in over 100 countries.

With the growth in manufacturers of security technology in the mid to late 90’s, there was a growing demand for expert guidance.

That is when founder Mike Tennent decided to meet this need.

Kevin Matthew, operations director at Tavcom Training recalls: “In 1995 there were training courses which were accredited by a variety of industry bodies, but there were no standardised vocational qualifications, that were universally recognised by employers in the UK and overseas.

“A key milestone came in 2001 when Tavcom’s BTEC courses were accredited by the Edexcel Foundation. This proved to be a game changer for the security industry, with quantifiable and accredited qualifications available for the first time.”

This lead to the company forging strong ties with man groups including British Security Industry Association and the CCTV User Group.

Tavcom has also taken the lead in other industry-defining initiatives, notably the Certified Technical Security Professional (CTSP) Register.

Launched in 2017 and managed by Tavcom, this public register recognises the competency of individuals fulfilling technical roles in the electronic security and fire sectors.

Kevin added: “One of the biggest transformations in how we deliver training has taken place in the past few years, with demand for online courses growing exponentially.

“Our portfolio of accredited online security training courses, bitesize training and interactive courses enable security professionals to access the training and qualifications they need, from anywhere in the world."