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Commercial Director Jamie Allam has been presented with a Special Recognition Award for his role in the Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge 2017, leading his team to success in raising £1,045.89 for SW Herts Samaritans.

Jamie took the role of local business mentor (or Dragon) in the sixth form apprentice challenge, organised by the Centre for Voluntary Service (CVS) to link students from schools and colleges with local businesses and local charities.

The team from Oaklands College, named The Entrepreneurs’ successfully completed this year’s task to ‘turn £100 into £1,000 or more’ for its named charity SW Herts Samaritans.

Jamie was on hand to offer advice and access to resources where necessary, alongside their teacher Sara Little, to help them achieve their business goal and funding target. Both were recognised for their roles in the finale presentations.

Says Emma Gamble, Business Development Manager at The Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge: “The Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge has proven hugely popular since it started with three school teams in 2009. To date the challenge has created over £450,000 for local charities across Hertfordshire.

“We were especially impressed with Jamie and Sara’s commitment to the challenge, in actively encouraging The Entrepreneurs to understand a true business approach to profit making. This is not only in event management but also marketing and presentation skills, with the students gaining many invaluable key skills that will undoubtedly help them in their chosen careers.”

The Challenge, which ran from October – March, saw The Entrepreneurs run a range of events, including cake sales, items created and sold at the renowned St Albans’ market alongside a very successful ‘Healthy Body, Healthy Mind’ event held in January to promote better living.

Jamie added: “As a company, Amthal Fire & Security has always invested in the future, hiring many apprentices on an annual basis to ensure we can encourage job-specific skills and help a new generation in the local area to prepare and operate in the workplace environment.

“The opportunity to be a dragon was a huge honour and I am thrilled to have been recognised alongside Sara for our part in leading The Entrepreneurs to success. The students should be especially proud of their efforts and ability to raise funds and awareness of the important work of the Samaritans. I hope they will take valuable life lessons from the experience, from a business and social responsibility perspective.”

The Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge 2017 was additionally sponsored by The University of Hertfordshire, St Albans Chamber of Commerce and other local businesses.


Back to basic security and alarms are the premise to all good security.  Amthal will ensure a monitored alarm, or wireless security system can be tailored to your property to keep your assets and possessions safe and protected from any opportunist or professional criminal activity.



If you are responsible for business premises, an employer or self-employed with business premises, responsible for a part of a dwelling where that part is solely used for business purposes, a charity or voluntary organisation or a contractor with a degree of control over any premises, you have a responsibility in relation to fire prevention!



As the world becomes more digital and buildings more intelligent, homeowners and businesses are looking at more efficient ways to secure buildings.  Access control enables you total control on who has access to your building. Locks and keys also allow you to secure your building, but when keys are lost or stolen, the inconvenience and expense of changing locks and re-issuing keys can be considerable.



CCTV Installation can let you know who is at your door, help prevent incidents and criminal activity and help protect people and property.  Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) works around the clock to help detect and deter crime, providing organisations with vital information.  Many existing users of CCTV installation are failing to realise the full potential of their system and the benefits it can provide.



Amthal's team of surveyors and system designers include individuals with industry experience of over two decades, combined with technology specialists who's purpose it is to keep up with the ever changing industry technology, products and integration.



We are regularly audited by the SSAIB & BAFE to ensure all systems we install meet current BS & EU industry standard requirements, Our experienced and skilled staff will deliver the design, installation and commissioning of the entire system.



Preventative service visits form part of our industries codes of practice and are essential to ensure your electronic fire & security systems work effectively when most required.  Amthal's service & maintenance contract customers receive priority response for all site and telephone support 24 hours a day 365 days a year.



Amthal partners with EMCS, the UK's leading independent alarm receiving centre.  EMCS is approved by the security industry governing bodies NACOSS and BSIA to BS5979 and ISO9000. Their monitoring environment is resistant to any possible attack or power failures.  All incoming telephone calls are responded to within 10 seconds!