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MITIE awarded Leadership Diversity Award at National Business Awards 2013

MITIE has been awarded the Leadership Diversity Award as part of the prestigious National Business Awards 2013, which took place in London.

MITIE was recognised for the exemplary steps it has taken to create a culture which promotes and enables greater diversity at the executive level, and for demonstrating the positive impact this has on commercial performance and operational excellence.

The outsourcer also fosters and promotes the importance of diversity not just within MITIE, but with its suppliers, clients and among the wider community.

MITIE has already achieved key milestones in the diversity arena:
• Appointing the first Asian Female CEO – Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE – in the FTSE 250 or 100
• It is one of only three companies in the FTSE 250 where two of the top three roles (CEO, finance director and chairman) are held by women*
• Established an externally-chaired Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group formed of senior operational leaders who are accountable for its agenda and outcomes
• Built a network of ‘Diversity Champions’ who are responsible for delivering business-specific diversity initiatives within every level of the organisation

MITIE's CEO Ruby MacGregor-Smith CBE accepts the Leadership Diversity Award

MITIE’s CEO Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE accepts the Leadership Diversity Award

Speaking about the award, Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE said: “We were absolutely delighted to win the Leadership Diversity Award at the National Business Awards. Being part of a company that celebrates diversity in the broadest sense is something that we are truly passionate about at MITIE.”

McGregor-Smith went on to state: “Having a talented and diverse workforce is critical to both our past and future success as a business. It’s fantastic that our approach to diversity has been publicly recognised in this way, and we intend to continue leading the way in leadership diversity excellence.”

A very proud Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE with MITIE's latest award

A very proud Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE with MITIE’s latest award

Now in their twelfth year, the National Business Awards are recognised as the UK’s premier cross-industry accolades for enterprise excellence.

Each year, over 1,200 business leaders from start-ups, social enterprises and SMEs through to mid-market, large family and FTSE-listed firms come together to celebrate the best of British business.

*(Source: Cranfield Female FTSE 2013 report)

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Frost & Sullivan: “Internal security needs and infrastructure modernisation spur Indian civil security market”

The Indian civil security market is burgeoning as left wing extremism and terrorist threats compel state Governments and police forces in the country to upgrade their civil security capabilities.

Market participants also spot considerable opportunities in the country’s need to modernise critical infrastructure such as airports, mass transportation and oil and gas facilities.

The Government emphasise on natural disaster management and securing the borders and coastline is also seen as a growth prospect.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.defense.frost.com), entitled: ‘Assessment of the Civil Security Market in India’, finds that the market earned revenues of $10.69 billion in 2012 and estimates this to more than double to $26.46 billion in 2020 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12%.

The civil security market in India has been assessed by market research analyst Frost & Sullivan

The civil security market in India has been assessed by market research analyst Frost & Sullivan

The research covers the segments of border and maritime security, critical infrastructure protection for airports, oil and gas, power and utilities and mass transportation, first responder C3i and emergency response, safe cities and cyber security.

Airport security followed by safe cities will be the fastest expanding segments, with growth rates of 31.2% and 21.4% respectively.

“The demand for equipment and technologies to address the existing capability gaps in India’s civil security is attracting global suppliers to the country,” said Frost & Sullivan’s aerospace and defence industry analyst Anshul Sharma. “Investment plans have been proposed by the central and state police agencies to improve the capabilities of various state police forces in areas such as communications, surveillance, weapon systems, combat uniforms, ammunition, ground vehicles and airlifting.”

Alterations to the defence offset policy

In addition, changes have been made to the defence offset policy that requires foreign vendors, who receive contracts of more than $60 million, to invest 30% of the deal value in the Indian market through offset partners.

They can now discharge their offset liabilities in some areas of internal security, thereby aiding market development.

However, with numerous companies offering various products and solutions, the Indian civil security market has become highly fragmented. Price sensitivity among end users in such a fragmented market adds to the challenge.

“To sustain profits, suppliers are looking to offer end-to-end security solutions,” noted Sharma. “As they do not have an integrated portfolio at present, market participants are quite likely to turn to mergers and acquisitions. Market consolidation will allow market players to expand their offer.”

For more information on this research send an email to Joanna Lewandowska (corporate communications) at: joanna.lewandowska@frost.com. Please include your full contact details.

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ABI reaches agreement with SAFE to run the ABI Academy

The Association of British Investigators (ABI) has announced that it has reached agreement with training company SAFE to run the ABI Academy.

The Academy – which will provide access to ABI-approved training and IQ qualifications in response to the emerging requirements for Security Industry Authority (SIA) licensing and other ABI training initiatives – is designed to provide an effective platform for the educational activities of the ABI.

Under the agreement, the ABI Academy will use SAFE expertise and resources to operate a quality hub centre for trainers wishing to offer IQ Qualifications but who perhaps require back office assistance, provide learning materials for providers, and work with IQ to approve third party training as part of the ABI Approved Trainer Scheme.

Tony Imossi: President of the ABI

Tony Imossi: President of the ABI

Tony Imossi, president of the ABI said: “The ABI is aware that the market for training in advance of licensing is already beginning to move. It’s important to the Association that it provides the best possible advice to its members and those wishing to undertake training.”

Imossi continued: “While the SIA is still to finally confirm the requirements for training, we’re sufficiently confident that the current awards offered will be recognised in full, perhaps with the requirement for some top up training after the Home Office has completed its consultation. For those wishing to prepare early for licensing, the Academy should be a useful addition.”

Gary Scruby, executive director at SAFE, explained: “We’re delighted to be working with the ABI. SAFE has some eight years of experience in running qualifications quality hub operations and providing learning resources, and we look forward to using this experience in support of the private investigation sector.”

In addition, Scruby commented: “Details for approving ABI Academy Approved Training Providers will be published later this month. We expect the Academy to be operational early in December.”

Full details of the Academy contact numbers and procedures will be included on the SAFE and ABI websites by early December.

For advance information contact Gary Scruby at SAFE on (tel) 01952 457452

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