Parse Security Systems Ltd designs and installs security, fire protection and safety solutions for both residential and commercial clients. Systems installed include CCTV, intruder alarms, fire alarms and access control. Parse Security has spent almost 30 years protecting homes and businesses across London and Hertfordshire through the installation of state of the art fire and security systems. Tariq Khan, founder and sole director, spoke with Herts Review about the business and its outlook.
Parse Security have an experienced team of fire and security experts to identify flaws in your security and fire systems. The team are SSAIB (Security Systems and Alarms Inspections Board) approved suppliers and installers therefore all work is done in accordance with British Standards. You can therefore always be assured of a professional service from a dedicated team of professional installers.
Tariq had worked in the security and fire systems space for a long time. Initially working for ADT, the global safety and fire systems company, for a number of years, he had the urge to set up and run his own business. “I was working for a company that was taken over by ADT. I carried on working for ADT but got to a point where I felt I was experienced enough to do this myself. I wanted more freedom and my independence. One of my clients at that time encouraged me to take the leap. They also recommended some work so that was how my business journey started”.
That journey led to the launch of Parse Security Systems Ltd in June 1991 and Tariq and the team have continued to forge ahead. “Initially, I started on my own. I was involved in sales, supplies, installations and all aspects of the business. My first client was a manufacturer of coats in Whitechapel. I installed CCTV in their factory. It really grew from there and since then over 95% of my business has been through recommendations from clients I have provided services to. This is why customer satisfaction is a priority to me”.
Parse Security although based in Potters Bar has undertaken numerous projects in North London, Middlesex and Hertfordshire. “A lot of our projects are commercial projects – factories, warehouses, office complex and retail units. We also undertake projects in the residential sector. We offer a personalized service to all our clients and that is why I have managed our growth so that we do not lose that personal touch. We are a team of 3 including myself. So far, I have rarely advertised for work as all jobs have come through referrals from my clients”.
While Parse Security has witnessed consistent growth over the year, in the early years there were some challenges. “It was mainly establishing our brand and getting clients to understand that we deliver the same quality of work as the bigger companies. We had to provide the services slightly cheaper to get our foot in the door. Today our services are affordable but are neither cheap or expensive. I am really proud of the work we do”.
The covid-19 pandemic however has slowed down the business this year. “The lockdown affected us really badly. The first 3 months we could hardly do any work except emergency call outs. We could not go into homes or commercial buildings so it was tough. Things picked up in July for 2 months but it has gone quiet again. We have had to adjust our operations to this new reality. Where we have projects to do we abide by all government safety measures which includes wearing PPE, Social Distancing and cleaning and sterilizing all equipment we work with. Our client’s safety and our safety is key”.
Looking forward, Tariq is hoping to recover most of the lost business over the lockdown period. “We want to get back to the same level of operation we had before the pandemic in the next 6 months. I would also like to expand the business and grow the team. The business landscape is changing so we will be adjusting to that reality. With more projects and an expanded team I will move into project management providing support and ensuring we maintain our very high standards. I am optimistic for the future”.
If you need security and fire systems that protect your home or business by experienced and professional experts then call Parse Security Systems Ltd on 07908 216 142.