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January 2021

Into the New Year our staff are fantastic. We haven’t lost a shift due to the pandemic. Well done Boys and Girls

December 2021

Yearly Audit by SSAIB on behalf of the SIA (Security Industry Authority) which was another good result with a high score


September 2020

Working with VEST Construction on another major heritage site in Co. Durham.

August 2020

Started working with a leading security company, Adsec Group.

July 2020

All COVID precautions maintained, following Government guidelines. Fortunately no cases involving our staff.

June 2020

Death of our colleague Paul Raey. Sad Loss and sincere condolences.  

May 2020

Working William Cook Foundry & Cello Electronics

April 2020

New work rolling in

March 2020

This month we celebrated our 22nd year in Business and we are still going strong !

Very different and difficult times for all. Massive thank you to the NHS & all critical workers out there

February 2020

2nd Month in to the year and we are as busy as ever.

January 2020

Happy New Year to all of our staff and clients

December 2019

Very busy times for us. All the best to all our staff and clients

November 2019

Once again we passed our SIA Approved contractor scheme Audit with flying colours

October 2019

Kynren season has drawn to a close, another great year.  we look forward to next year.

Septermber 2019

Working with the Locomotion Railway Museum Shildon as their Security Providers

August 2019

Involved in several new projects with Durham County Council

July 2019

In Partnership with NC Group Training developing a high standard training package for security personnel.

June 2019

Working with Vest Construction on various high profile construction projects

May 2019

Working with Bowes Museum as Security Services Providers

APRIL 2019

Pleased again to be sponsors of Bishop Auckland Golf Club and proud to be associated with and sponsors of the Bishop Auckland branch of the Durham light infantry association.

MARCH 2019

21 years in business and still going strong!


We are proud to be sponsors of Bishop Auckland football Club at Hertige Park and to start working with a leading North-East company, Hathaway Roofing.


The start of a new year with good prospects lined up


Wishing a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of our staff and clients!


We would like to welcome our Business Admin Apprentice Charlotte Sampson into the company, we are looking forward to working with her.


We Signed our Armed Forces Covenant Agreement to support the Armed Forces Community

Alongside our agreement we were also awarded the Bronze Award in

national recognition of our commitment to the Armed Forces.

Following our annual audit Monday & Tuesday 5th & 6th of November Conducted by SSAIB on behalf of the Security Industry Authority


Our approved contractor status score with the SIA has risen from 119 to 130, this is a tremendous achievement.

We have been advised that we are 40/60 points above companies of a similar size to ours.


A big thank you to our management team, our security officers and our clients

feedback after being interviewed by the auditors.


The Auditors were impressed that we embraced the ACS scheme and

described us as a cut above comparable firms.


Working with Bishop Auckland College supplying security staff

We were pleased to attend and support Smile4Claire at their annual dinner, at the Park Head Hotel


Renewed our Position on the security framework  for Durham County Council


Membership renewal time for Institute Of Conflict Management and International Professional Security Association

JULY 2018

Presentation from North East England Chamber Of Commerce for 20 years of membership

JUNE 2018

We commenced work with Durham property development company – 52 Group

MAY 2018

Additional work undertaken for Durham County Council

APRIL 2018

Our Recruitment is in build with 6 new positions made available

MARCH 2018

We took part in the local jobs fair in Bishop Auckland Town Hall


We are pleased to attend the Local Mayors Charity Ball


Vinovium Associates achieved our upgraded I.S.O 9001/2015


We are now the security provider to ELDDIS Transport another prestigious North East Company, as a Company we are pleased to be able to service the needs of good North East local Companies


Another good result following our annual audit by SSAIB on behalf of the SIA.  We continue to achieve improvements within the scheme, and increase our score. This is due to our management team and of course the excellent staff we have and feedback from our clients, thank you to everyone involved.


Since joining the NE First Credit Union last month we are pleased to announce that many of our staff have signed up to the scheme, seeing the benefits of being involved with the Credit Union.


We have started working in partnership with NEFIRST Credit Union for the North East in order to provide a sensible saving and borrowing scheme at preferred rates for our staff.  We are proud to be associated with this organisation.


Vinovium are now pleased to be corporate partners with the Butterwick Hospice, another local worthwhile charity we are proud to support.


We have recently been working with Amacus in a project to reduce unemployment in the area. Please click the link above to view the full case study.

​We are pleased to support Bishop Auckland Inner Wheel and our thanks to Heather Scholtemeijer and her ladies for an enjoyable barbecue Saturday 19 August, where in excess of £700 was raised for pancreatic cancer.

JULY 2017

Working with training companies ILM Durham, AMACUS Bishop Auckland and the Department for Work and Pensions, we have taken another six people off the unemployment register and placed them with jobs within our Company.

JUNE 2017

This month we started working with MELDRUM CONSTRUCTION SERVICES on their extension and refurbishment of Auckland Castle.

APRIL 2017

We are proud to be working with Durham Cathedral. As a Company we are pleased to be involved with such a prestigious organisation and location.

Once again we are working with STILLER TRANSPORT at Newton Aycliffe and are glad to help with the expansion of such a progressive Company.

MARCH 2017

One of our own Jake Mulholland a security officer working on the Eleven Arches (Kynren site) Bishop Auckland, completed a marathon on the Northumberland Coastal trail on 25 February. Vinovium Associates Ltd were proud to sponsor Jake for this event, with all monies raised going to Masons Smile cancer research charity.


Because of the expansion with Auckland Castle Trust and the Eleven Arches Trust we have been able to employ 10 extra staff who would have been in the benefits system. Along with both trusts we are proud to have achieved this.


We have again sponsored the loyalty card system for Bishop Auckland Golf Club and continue to be proud to be associated with them.


Once again annual audit for approved contractor status with the Security industry. We passed all criteria and continued to improve on their scoring system.


We started working with Auckland Castle Trust. Auckland Castle being the former home of the Bishop of Durham and one of the finest tourist attractions in the northeast.

​Also a very successful end to the show season for KYNREN at the Eleven Arches site.

JUNE 2016

We started working with BONDS FOUNDRY GROUP in County Durham.

MAY 2016

We are proud to support the Daybreak Centre at Coundon.  Margaret Cooke, a Director of Vinovium Associates attended the opening of the new centre in Coundon.  The centre was opened by Paralympian Stephen Miller MBE. Whilst there,  Margaret presented a cheque to Maggie Leadbeater, the centre manager to assist with projects.

APRIL 2016

Chris (right hand) Render has done it again.  Again we sponsored Chris in a white collar boxing match and once again he won his bout.  As stated before, a substantial sum of money was raised at the Ultra White Boxing Event.  This money is going to Cancer Research UK.

In April we sponsored Tony Spence Estates Manager of LCP Properties (Enterprise City Spennymoor) who is taking part in the London to Paris cycle event in July to raise funds and awareness for St Cuthbert's Hospice Durham.

We have started working with the 11 ARCHES TRUST in preparation for the spectacular show KYNREN, which promises to be a major attraction with visitors Home and Abroad.


In January 2016 Vinovium Associates Ltd sponsored loyalty membership cards for Bishop Auckland Golf Club. Vinovium Associates are proud to be associated with one of the finest courses in the North East of England.


Following our annual audit by specialist certification body S.S.A.I.B on behalf of the S.I.A (Security Industry Authority) Vinovium Associates have again passed all criteria to maintain approved contractor status for the provision of security guarding and again we have continued to improve on their scoring system.  This is in line with the company ethos of continual improvement and is testament to the commitment of management and staff as well as the feedback obtained from our clients.


In September 2015 we sponsored one of our colleagues for the Ultra White Collar Boxing event held at Rainton Meadows in Houghton Le Spring.  This was for Cancer Research UK, and fortunately for Chris he won his bout!  An enjoyable evening was had by all.  As a Company we feel anything which can help this worthwhile cause has to be worthy of our support.As at 30 Oct 2015 Ultra White Collar Boxing have raised £2,364 million for Cancer Research.

JUNE 2015

In June 2015 we sponsored Bishop Auckland St Mary’s juniors, this was to go towards their fundraising for the club’s annual trip to Barcelona.  BASMJ’s is a local football club run by volunteers who spend many hours of their time coaching and running the teams.  As a Company we feel that it is good to give something back to a local cause that is within our community.

MARCH 2015

In March 2015 we became Corporate partners with Durham Cathedral, all of the directors at Vinovium Associates Ltd share an enthusiastic local interest in the ongoing support of Durham Cathedral.  We are strongly committed to the development of such a sacred and spiritual World Heritage Site.  We understand the importance of a corporate partnership with Durham Cathedral and the enormous roles such partnerships play towards the general upkeep and day to day running.  As a company we are sure we will find it rich and rewarding experience.  We believe this partnership will provide VA Ltd with a unique opportunity to demonstrate our values as a Company and create a lasting relationship.

NOV 2014

Following an audit by Specialist Certification Body S.S.A.I.B on behalf of the S.I.A (Security Industry Authority), Vinovium Associates have again passed all criteria to maintain approved contractor status for the provision of security guarding and to continue year on year to improve on their scoring system.

MARCH 2014

Vinovium Associates are now one of three security companies on the framework of Durham County Council for the provision of security guarding.

APRIL 2014

As a company we maintain strong links with the Butterwick Hospice Bishop Auckland.  We have sponsored the recent breakfast meeting held there, and we continue to be their preferred provider for fund raising events which require security.  The Butterwick undertake many roles within our local community and we are pleased to be able to support them.


The primary role of the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is to help employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups including children.  The DBS was established under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 and merges the functions previously carried out by the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).


Vinovium associates were awarded BEST CUSTOMER CARE PROVIDED for 2013 by South Durham Business Network.  This was a tough contest with a number of very good companies vying for the title.


Following an SSAIB inspection on behalf of the Security Industry Authorities Approved Contractor Status scheme. Vinovium Associates have retained their A.C.S status and continue to advance on the scheme scoring system.


Quick thinking Security Guards from Vinovium Associates working in Bishop Auckland’s Newgate Centre aid in the apprehension of a gang of scammers from Birmingham.  The gang were later arrested by Police…….  Last Friday afternoon an information message came over the Shop Watch airwaves regarding a group of suspicious male and females of Romanian origin who had been to several tills in ASDA trying to bamboozle the checkout operators.  This resulted in one of the tills being £100 down due to their change ringing scam.  They then left and shortly afterwards, ASDA security put out a message regarding them over the shop watch radio.  They were then spotted in the town centre no doubt about to try their scam again.  Security in M&S spotted them in their store and quickly deterred them from trying again.  Information was then passed over again regarding the groups direction of travel and thanks to the quick thinking of Newgate Centre Security who spotted them walking through the centre and get into their car they managed to obtain the vehicle details and pass them to the Police.  It was then passed to officers and the group were stopped by officers on the A689 travelling towards Rushyford.  The group were then arrested.  It turned out that the group were from the Birmingham area and were wanted by police in other areas of the UK for similar crimes.  It is highly likely they would have been successful again that day if it wasn’t for the quick thinking of those involved.  Groups like this are extremely organised and travel up and down the country committing this type of crime.  I just wanted to share this positive story, it shows that the Shop Watch radio network is a valuable too helping us all work together to prevent crime and catch criminals.  Remember if you think someone is suspicious it’s never a bad idea to put their descriptions etc out over the shop watch air waves to make others aware.


Vinovium Associates Ltd are delighted to announce that they have achieved Approved Contractor Status with the Security Industry Authority.Approved Contractor Status is awarded by the Security Industry Authority (SIA) to firms who have demonstrated quality practices and procedures. It is a voluntary accreditation and involves a rigorous audit of the firm by an external body who examine all aspects of the firm.Managing Director Jim Loughran said “this accreditation is a testament to the hard work and dedication of both the management team and our employees”


Durham Business Watch a crime reduction partnership between the business community supported by Durham Police.  The Durham Business Watch launched in 2009 on the Aycliffe Business Park has helped police sustain a 37% reduction in crime.  In a climate of austerity, burglary on the park was the lowest recorded since the launch of the scheme, showing a reduction of 47%.


September 22, 2010


Vinovium Associates sponsor Bishop Auckland Rugby Club 1st team Vinovium Associates have carried on their tradition of supporting local sporting teams. They recently sponsored Bishop Auckland Rugby Club for their first home game of the season which Bishop went on to win 13-10 against Whitley Bay.   Rockcliff 1st Team Manager Michael Hole stated ”the support we get from local businesses such as Vinovium Associates is invaluable and very much appreciated”


September 15, 2010


We Vinovium Security Officer Andy Dotchin received an award for informing the Company on the site in which he operates of an issue which resulted in the Company saving over £10,000.  Andy was presented with the award on the 8th September along with some shopping vouchers for himself.  Managing Director Jim Loughran stated ”that he was extremely pleased that the professionalism of his staff had been recognised and rewarded".

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