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Shield Group awarded visitor services and security contract at IWM

On 1 April 2014, Imperial War Museums (IWM) transferred all of its visitor services and security to The Shield Group.

IWM is the world’s leading authority on conflict and its impact, focusing on Britain, its former empires and the Commonwealth from the First World War to the present.

A family of museums which attracts over two million visitors a year, IWM includes the flagship branch that’s transforming with new First World War Galleries and Atrium space opening on 19 July 2014 to mark the Centenary of the First World War.

IWM North is housed in an iconic award-winning building designed by Daniel Libeskind, and IWM Duxford is a world renowned aviation museum and Britain’s best preserved wartime airfield.

IWM also includes the Churchill War Rooms (housed in Churchill’s secret headquarters below Whitehall) and the Second World War cruiser HMS Belfast.

Dedicated division for guarding

An award-winning company which has been at the forefront of the UK’s security sector since its inception 25 years ago, The Shield Group won the contract following the recent launch of a dedicated division for security guarding.

John Roddy: CEO of The Shield Group

John Roddy: CEO of The Shield Group

The company will now locate some of the most reliable security officers skilled in providing a quality visitor experience to all five of IWMs sites around the country.

As of 1 April 2014, IWM transferred all of its visitor services and security to The Shield Group. Since taking on the role, the greatest priority for both IWM and The Shield Group has been to meet with staff and PCS to ensure everyone is fully supported throughout this transfer.

Commenting on the partnership, Alan Stoneman (director of corporate cervices at IWM) said: “We were very keen to work with a security company that really understood IWM’s culture and values as well as being able to offer a first class service. Throughout the process, The Shield Group was able to demonstrate this empathy for the museum and we are delighted to be working with them in this important year for the museum.”

Speaking about the new contract, John Roddy (CEO of The Shield Group) commented: “We’re delighted to partner with IWM to provide our comprehensive customer first approach visitor and security services. With our reputation and experience in this sector, we will be drawing on our expertise to deliver the great experience and services visitors have come to expect from visiting IWM’s five world class branches.”

Major transformation for the company

With projected sales of over £80 million for the fiscal year 2014-2015, The Shield Group has been undergoing a major transformation since it was taken over in 2012 by India’s leading and largest security company, Topsgrup.

Late last year, The Shield Group launched four strategic verticals combining traditional manpower and innovative technology to deliver intelligent, risk-based Total Security Solutions (TSS) to its customers.

Also in 2013, John Roddy (who has over 30 years’ experience in the UK and European security sector) was appointed CEO of the company with a vision of making it one of the Top Five security providers in the UK.

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UK Government reports on “significant progress” in reducing hate crime

According to an official report, the coalition Government is making significant progress in the ongoing battle against hate crime.

The Hate Crime Action Plan documents the UK Government’s work to tackle hate crime.

A report on the progress made in the past twoyears has been published. Achievements include: better education of secondary school pupils, improved recording by police and work with major Internet service providers in the UK and USA to reduce the harm caused by hate material on the Internet.

The report also discusses the spike in anti-Muslim sentiment following the murder of Lee Rigby.

Crime prevention minister Norman Baker commented: “Hate crime has devastating consequences for victims and their families, and can divide communities. The coalition Government is determined to stamp out this ugly and unacceptable crime in all its forms.”

UK crime prevention minister Norman Baker MP

UK crime prevention minister Norman Baker MP

Baker continued: “We have already made significant progress ensuring transgender hatred is taken into account in the courts during sentencing, working closely with the police to encourage hate crime victims to come forward and encouraging Police and Crime Commissioners to tailor specific responses to local issues and priorities.”

The crime prevention minister went on to say: “I’m determined to keep pace as new issues emerge to ensure attitudes that foster hatred are challenged and the richness and diversity of British society is protected.”

To mark the launch of the report, the minister visited St Gabriel’s College in Camberwell which hosted an exhibition on prejudice created by the Anne Frank Trust (see the video below).

Government funding has helped the Anne Frank Trust to educate thousands of students and train peer guides to spread the message to their friends and encourage cohesion in their communities.

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G4S issues trading update for Q1 2014: ‘Positive start to the New Year’

This morning, G4S has issued a report on trading for the year to date and provided an overview of financial performance for the three months ending 31 March 2014.

Financial performance for the three months to 31 March is in line with the company’s plans. Compared to the same three-month period for 2013, revenues have grown by 4.8% with organic growth at 5.0%.

The company has continued to invest in organic growth, and its wider programme of corporate transformation and underlying profit before interest, tax and amortisation (PBITA) and earnings are slightly higher than for the same period last year.

Emerging markets organic revenue growth was 16% with double-digit growth across all emerging markets regions. Developed markets’ revenue was flat compared with 2013.

Positive start to the New Year

The group enjoyed a positive start to the New Year, winning new business with annual revenues of over
£440 million.

Major contract wins include retail and services customers in the US, retail customers in Brazil, port security consultancy in the Middle East, cash solutions contracts in the Netherlands and significant new business with the UK Government.

Ashley Almanza: CEO at G4S

Ashley Almanza: CEO at G4S

In April, the UK Government gave a positive assessment of the group’s Corporate Renewal Plan in the UK which forms part of the group’s wider corporate transformation programme

The group continues to have a strong financial position, with S&P recently confirming its investment grade credit rating at BBB-(Stable).

Commenting on current trading and outlook, Ashley Almanza (CEO at G4S) said: “Our trading performance is in line with our plans, reflecting strong growth in emerging markets and satisfactory performance in developed markets.”

Almanza continued: “We continue to implement a group-wide transformation programme which is focused on embedding our group values, restructuring key businesses and investing in organic growth, technology, innovation and cost leadership and which supports our long term objectives of delivering sustainable growth in earnings, cash flow and dividend.”

*This Interim Management Statement has been prepared following the adoption of IFRS10/11/12 (effective 1 January 2014)

**All figures are stated at, and all commentary refers to, constant exchange rates

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IFSEC International 2014 Preview: ‘Winsted set to debut Horizon Console’

Leading Control Room furniture manufacturer Winsted Europe & Middle East will be launching the latest in its series of innovative designed workstations – the new dual sit/stand Horizon console – at IFSEC International on Stand F1350.

Changing positions throughout the day has long been proven to help Control Room operatives minimise physical stress and fatigue, in turn improving focus, mood and productivity.

Winsted’s new Horizon console “takes performance and comfort to new heights” featuring two surfaces that adjust independently of each other at the touch of a button.

Winsted's new Horizon Console debuts at IFSEC International 2014

Winsted’s new Horizon Console debuts at IFSEC International 2014

Aesthetically designed in a contouring curve, the Horizon can be adjusted from 27.5” to 47” in height with adjustable monitor mounts for optimal viewing angles and ergonomic sight lines for Control Room staff.

The new console offers further advantages, including a flexible modular and ergonomic design.

Highly adaptable solution

Terry Shough, general manager of Winsted Europe & Middle East, enthused: “The new Horizon offers a highly adaptable solution to demanding Control Room applications. The innovative design is an effective solution for reducing the risks associated with prolonged sitting down. Operators can instantaneously sit or stand as they choose while remaining effectively engaged with the demands of the task in hand.”

Winsted representatives will be on hand throughout IFSEC International to discuss customer-specific requirements and provide helpful information and advice on a range of Control Room-based issues.

Winsted’s services include illustrative walk-through animations demonstrating the multiple benefits of ergonomically-designed, modular and ‘future-proof’ solutions such as consoles, media storage equipment and monitor walls.

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