UK: The White Horse in Dorking has become the first provincial hotel to receive Global Secure Accreditation (GSA).
Established by international security experts, GSA is described as “the world’s first truly independent system of hotel security accreditation, assessing hotels to ensure they possess and maintain the highest levels of security”.
Located in the market town of Dorking in Surrey, The White Horse re-opened in March 2018 following a £4 million renovation. Managed by Bespoke Hotels, it welcomes leisure guests as well as corporate clients. The GSA accreditation differentiates The White Horse from other hotels in the area as it “demonstrates dedication to an enhanced duty of care for all guests and staff”.
As well as strategic security planning and maintenance of the physical security in the building, the accreditation includes an evaluation of staff security training and awareness.
Beccy Gunn, general manager at The White Horse, Dorking said: “I am delighted to have achieved the GSA accreditation standard for the White Horse Hotel. It reflects the hard work and investment we have made in security. Our corporate clients are increasingly concerned about security issues and this award will help me to reassure those clients, and other guests, that we have high security standards which have been verified independently.”
Bob Quick, executive director of Global Secure Accreditation, said: “The White Horse, Dorking values their guests and their security extremely highly. Despite the hotel’s location in a relatively low risk area, the accreditation assures business guests of a high standard of security when staying in the hotel and for those meeting there. As the first provincial hotel to be awarded the accreditation, this provides guests with confidence that the property and Bespoke Hotels brand takes security seriously.”
Global Secure Accreditation (GSA) has been created in partnership with SFJ Awards (SFJ) a UK Government (Ofqual) approved standards awarding organisation, which will independently oversee and regulate the standard and assessment process to deliver reliable high-level security assurance. Established and operated by highly experienced former senior UK police offers, counter terrorism specialists, UK military and international security experts, GSA provides the highest levels of professional advice on hotel security.