Retail Services

Services for Your Shop(s)


ARK and Retail

    The demand for Keyholding within the retail sector has rapidly increased within the last few years. ARK already respond to many retail properties on high streets of major towns and cities all across the UK.

    At ARK we know that no two retailers operate in the same way and a result they all have different needs. Because of this, we feel that nothing can replace the value provided by physical stores that consumers visit, browse and buy products, this makes the retail sector is hugely important in the UK economy. There are people that don’t “order online” and will continue to visit retail environments whether it is for the latest technology or for their ‘weekly-shop’.

    Across this sector, there is a variety of concerns that store owners and managers need to consider when ensuring the security of their business and working lives. These range from things such as the reputation of both the business and the local area to increasingly more dangerous things like armed robbery.

    With a higher than average turnover of staff within this sector, ARK can be that constant keyholder that is fully trained to respond to your property and minimise any impact on trader the following day that an incident may have otherwise had.

      Popular Services

      Alarm Response & Keyholding

      Another way in which we can help in responding to alarms, night or day with our Alarm Response & Keyholding service. ARK has been responding to out of hours alarm activations and securing sites on behalf of owners with fully licensed SIA security since 1982. Businesses without alarm systems are 4.5 times more likely to be burglarised. Having an alarm with 24/7 monitoring will help mitigate threats.

      Manned Guarding

      Additionally, ARK Manned guarding is also a popular service for retailers. Whether you have one or 100’s locations across the UK needing a manned presence, we can provide the security service you require. Some of our retail customers want this to be a 2 person visit due to the value of the stock on site.

      Staff Escort Service

      Staff Escort Service means that we can rendezvous with one of your staff members at a location away from the site and then arrive at your site in unison.

      ARK Accreditations 

      SIA ACS

      We hold S.I.A. Approved Contractor Scheme (A.C.S.) status for the provision of Security Guarding and Keyholding services.



      CHAS was created by experienced professionals in 1997 to improve health and safety standards across the U.K.​


      Safe Contractor

      As an Approved Contractor, we recognise that health and safety plays a key role in providing clients with a safe and secure environment for their employees.



      All ARK employees undertake Counter-Terror training to ensure that they remain vigilant to the fact that the threat exists.


      Living Wage Employer

      The Living Wage Campaign calls for every worker in the country to earn enough to provide their family with the essentials of life.



      We are committed to abiding by all relevant Codes of Practice together with the recommendations.



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