The Banham Group, hosted their official launch party last night at their new multi-million pound development in Earlsfield, where the building was officially declared open by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith.
Over 200 guests attended the event to see the phenomenal development, designed by award-winning architects Allies & Morrison. The building boasts over 50,000 square feet in space, a state of the art interior design plan built with a focus on sustainability, and the first of its kind, in-house 24-hour monitoring centre built with a unique fire and bullet resistant window. Guests were taken on a journey through Banham's extraordinary history starting with the first ever Banham lock invented when the company was incorporated in the 1920s all the way through to present-day high-tech wireless security systems.
Iain Duncan Smith praised the Banham Group on the remarkable new headquarters but also for their investment in apprenticeships through their Edexcel approved education division, Banham Academy. The Academy, which has its own building onsite at Banham headquarters, will be opening its doors in January 2016 to provide young people with key skills and training within the security industry in order for them to apply for apprenticeships with Banham.
Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith said:
"I want to congratulate Banham on their success as a family business. They have grown and expanded but kept faithful to the family roots over its 90 year history. The launch of the Banham Academy and its commitment to providing employment opportunities for young people within the security industry is an excellent example of how businesses can step up and invest in their workforce. Through the Academy, Banham will be providing key skills and training to young people between the ages of 16 and 23.
Jobs in higher skilled sectors have risen by 180,000 in the last year alone and by nearly 1.2 million since 2010. This will help to create further employment opportunities and support young people to realise their ambitions."
The new headquarters provide a central operating base for servicing Banham customers with their highest specification showroom to date, allowing customers to cut their patented, registered keys and test security equipment on the interactive displays.
Charles Hallatt, Executive Chairman at Banham said:
"Our move to Earlsfield is a significant milestone for the company. The new headquarters allows us to continue our growth and expansion for the foreseeable future and hopefully for the next three generations and more of the Banham family. At Banham, we pride ourselves on being very actively involved with local communities throughout London and the South East by working closely with local residents, councils and Neighbourhood Watch groups. We are proud that our new headquarters is providing positive reinforcement to the local economy. Our development has set a benchmark for the regeneration of the local area and we are very excited to have moved to Earlsfield."
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