Daily Archives: 03/02/2014

Philip Longley leaves Synectics for new role at MAD CCTV

MAD CCTV, the UK-based manufacturer of high-quality ancillary CCTV hardware, has announced the appointment of Philip Longley to the company.

Longley will be replacing Stuart Reynolds, who is retiring from the role of international sales director after 14 years with the company.

Renowned for its unrivalled quality and reliability, the MAD range includes Best in Class traditional pan and tilt heads and housings, integrated camera systems and a range of stainless steel units for hazardous and industrial CCTV applications.

Philip Longley: joining the team at MAD CCTV

Philip Longley: joining the team at MAD CCTV

Picking up the reigns from Reynolds, Longley plans to expand the MAD offering even further.

“Building on Stuart’s great work,” explained Longley, “I’ll be looking to expand the company’s reach with the development of a broader range of product solutions. I’ll also be adding to the established UK and worldwide customer base with the development and expansion of MAD into new markets.”

Longley joins MAD from Synectics where, as one of the original founding fathers of the company, he held the roles of md and, latterly, vice-president (Middle East).

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MITIE launches new brand identity

MITIE has unveiled its new visual identity, with the fresh and modern brand designed to reflect the organisation’s around inspiring change in the way people both live and work.

MITIE is one of the UK’s corporate success stories, having grown earnings and dividends for 26 consecutive years, in turn generating revenues in excess of £2 billion and employing over 70,000 people.

In recent years, MITIE has repositioned its business to become the UK’s leading integrated facilities management provider. It has also expanded into the homecare market and is now the fourth biggest provider of homecare services in the UK.

The new logo represents MITIE’s ethos that everything it does is about partnerships – with customers, suppliers, the community and the MITIE people who work together to deliver innovative solutions.

MITIE's new corporate logo (Credit: Ed Robinson/OneRedEye)

MITIE’s new corporate logo (Credit: Ed Robinson/OneRedEye)

Reinvigoration of the brand

Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE, CEO of Mitie, said: “I’m really excited that we have reinvigorated the MITIE brand to better reflect who we are as a business, both visually and culturally, for our people and our clients. Now is the perfect time for us to revisit our image as we continue to grow significantly in some really exciting new areas.”

McGregor-Smith added: “The way in which we communicate and behave as a business is really important, and I’m confident that our new brand will encourage all of our people to excel, challenge and inspire in everything they do for the benefit of our clients and our continued success.”

Following today’s launch, MITIE’s new brand will roll out throughout the spring.

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ISS extends global facility services agreement with HP

ISS has announced the extension of its global agreement with HP, whereby ISS delivers integrated facility services to the majority of HP sites across the world.

The new contract extends the relationship with HP until the end of 2018 and is one of the biggest global facility services agreements in the industry.

As part of the agreement, ISS will continue to deliver Integrated Facility Services (IFS) to more than 500 HP sites in 58 countries across five continents.

ISS began working with HP in June 2008, when the company started providing a broad range of services to HP in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The collaboration has been expanded several times.

Since late 2010, ISS has been responsible for delivering facility services to HP on a global basis.

Jeff Gravenhorst: CEO at ISS Group

Jeff Gravenhorst: CEO at ISS Group

Jeff Gravenhorst, ISS’ Group CEO, commented: “We’re proud and honoured about our extended agreement with HP, which is a very special customer to ISS. In 2010, HP became our first major global Integrated Facility Services customer. We have worked hard to build and extend the relationship to deliver world class services and to add value to HP’s core business activities.”

Gravenhorst added: “We have built a strong relationship with HP in recent times, collaborating on workplace projects to make step changes to the facility management consumers’ service experience. We’re fully committed to continue making the partnership a success.”

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Tavcom Training introduces City & Guilds 1853 Technical Certificate course

Tavcom Training, a leading supplier of BTEC-certificated security systems training courses, has announced that it’s offering students looking to develop a career within the electronic security industry the opportunity to qualify for a City & Guilds 1853 Technical Certificate.

“Tavcom has been a registered City & Guilds approved centre for many years, so our expert tutors are excited about the opportunity to conduct this particular course which will provide clients with an alternative option to a BTEC qualification,” said Paul Tennent, managing director of Tavcom Training.

Paul Tennent: md at Tavcom Training

Paul Tennent: md at Tavcom Training

“With BS EN standards now requiring qualification and competency in a number of disciplines, the City & Guilds 1853 Technical Certificate will be advantageous to anyone who may be working with a wide range of electronic security systems, including CCTV, access control, intruder alarms and fire alarm systems.”

Specifics of the qualification

The qualification covers electrical and electronic principles and how to work effectively and safely in the electro-technical environment.

It also covers the basic occupational knowledge for surveyors and designers and those involved in the commissioning, installation and maintenance of systems.

The qualification is part of the apprenticeship framework for security systems and results in the awarding of a Level 2 Certificate in Knowledge of Electronic Security and Emergency Systems. The qualification is based on the UK Qualifications Credit Framework (QCF) and maps directly into the European Qualification Framework.

Tavcom Training's 2014 prospectus

Tavcom Training’s 2014 prospectus

The introduction of the City & Guilds 1853 Technical Certificate course coincides with the publication of Tavcom Training’s 2014 prospectus which sets out information on over 70 accredited classroom and distant learning online courses.

The prospectus can be viewed online at http://www.tavcom.com. Printed copies are available upon request by sending an e-mail to: sales@tavcom.com

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MITIE Group plc issues Q3 Interim Management Statement

MITIE Group plc has issued its Q3 Interim Management Statement for the period 1 October 2013 to date.

The company has made “positive progress” over recent months, with “good organic growth” being driven by new and expanded contracts.

A statement issued this morning says: “We are continuing to successfully re-position the group to target higher growth and higher margin areas. Our long-term strategy is focused on growing in our core markets of facilities and property management, which are differentiated by our specialist energy consulting services. Healthcare is the other key part of our growth strategy where we are concentrating on the homecare market.”

The statement continues: “In addition, we are continuing with our phased exit from the lower-margin, cyclical elements of our business, including our mechanical and electrical engineering contracting businesses and the construction element of our asset management business.”

Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE: CEO at MITIE Group plc

Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE: CEO at MITIE Group plc

As reported at the interim results, 99% of budgeted revenues for the current financial year had already been secured at that time (prior year: 98%).

Developments in Facilities Management

MITIE Group plc’s FM division is continuing to deliver strong organic growth, with the company witnessing an uplift in the level of bid activity across its businesses in both the public and private sectors.

There’s a “robust sales pipeline” and increased potential to further benefit from the trend towards bundling and service integration. MITIE Group plc states: “This division has a number of exciting growth opportunities and is well positioned to deliver further growth.”

MITIE Group plc has successfully secured and extended a number of contracts for new and existing clients, including the Eurotunnel project where there has been a retention and expansion of a Total Security Management contract with a total value of £12 million over three years.

For the National Grid plc, there’s a new Total Security Management contract in place. Here, there’s a total value of £4 million across six years.

Financial position

MITIE Group plc’s balance sheet “remains strong” and enables the company to invest in organic growth and “take advantage of value creating opportunities” as they arise.

The financial year is “progressing well”. The company statement adds: “We continue to re-position the group away from low growth, low margin activities and we remain very positive about the range of outsourcing opportunities across our key markets.”

MITIE Group plc is well positioned to deliver good organic growth, particularly in facilities management and healthcare, as well as maintain strong margins. “We are confident that we will continue to build on our long track record of sustainable profitable growth.”

MITIE will announce its full year results on Monday 19 May 2014.

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