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Ian Hill on board at Hochiki Europe as company’s new emergency lighting business manager

Life safety systems manufacturer Hochiki Europe has appointed lighting expert Ian Hill as the company’s new emergency lighting business manager. Hill brings a wealth of industry experience to the role thanks to a technical background covering business development, sales of life safety equipment and a focus on product development.

Hill will combine his industry sales experience with technical expertise to bolster Hochiki Europe’s growth in the global emergency lighting sector. As part of his new role, Hill will support the widening of the company’s emergency lighting offer.

Starting his career within the design department at Simplex Lighting, Hill has spent decades developing his skill set across a variety of roles with lighting manufacturers including Philips and Fagerhult. He then made the transfer to emergency lighting during his tenure at Eaton Electrical Systems (previously known as Cooper Lighting and Safety).

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Ian Hill

Commenting on his new role, Hill said: “I’ve admired Hochiki Europe’s work and reputation for some time, so when the opportunity arose to work for the business, I simply couldn’t turn that down. The company has contributed vastly to the advances made within life safety over the past few years, especially so with products such as those within the FIREscape collection.”

Hill added: “Working in a company with such an international foothold is also incredibly exciting. With so much room for growth within the emergency lighting sector, we have a real opportunity to make a positive difference. I plan on working closely with both the sales and product development teams to further the scope and capabilities of our lighting product ranges.”

Hill’s remit includes supporting the market growth of Hochiki Europe’s aforementioned FIREscape range: an emergency lighting system that can be connected through an EL-2 control panel to provide immediate accessibility and easy installation within large spaces. It’s also designed to reduce running costs by up to 89% over a period of ten years as the standard luminaire consumes less than 0.5 W while charging, which then reduces to 0.1 W once the device is fully charged.”

Speaking about the appointment, Tracy Kirk (general manager of sales and marketing at Hochiki Europe) observed: “Recent events and enquires have shown how vital clear routes of escape can be in an emergency situation. Ian’s extensive experience of emergency lighting will ensure we’re reaching more people around the world with our dependable and intelligent solutions. Our existing customers continue to benefit from the most sought-after innovations within the industry as well as an exceptional service.”

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UNION introduces series of Fire Door Kits for practising safety professionals

UNION is cutting the hassle out of sourcing fire door hardware with its new Fire Door Kits, featuring a complete range of pre-selected products that work seamlessly together and, importantly, meet every relevant standard.

The role of a fire door in supporting fire safety and integrity within a building is critical.  UNION’s Fire Door Kit is a single box solution that helps safety-focused professionals to ensure that they’re fitting correct and fully-compliant hardware.

Until now property owners, facilities managers and installers have faced a bewildering variety of hardware choices when installing or maintaining a fire door set. With the UNION Fire Door Kit, all that worry, guesswork and lost time is now a thing of the past.

Designed for common installation situations, each Fire Door Kit combines all of the hardware needed to install or repair a fire door. This includes hinges, door closer, lockcase, levers and signage, as well as installation instructions, fitting templates, fixings and the performance sheets for the building owner’s own records.

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Crucially, every part included in the Fire Door Kit is tested to all relevant standards, ensuring that the commissioned door will meet regulations.

There are four different Fire Door Kits, each designed to work in a specific application. The Sashlock Kit is ideal for locking fire doors, while the Deadlock Kit is a perfect fit for locking storage areas. The Latch Kit is designed for non-locked rooms, and finally the Corridor Kit is used for push-pull, non-locking fire doors.

Alison Aston, category manager at UNION, said: “The Fire Door Kit range is the easiest way to install or maintain a fire door. We believe this will be a huge benefit for property owners and installers alike, as they now have a way to ensure that a fire door is fitted with all the hardware it needs to meet legal requirements and work perfectly. It’s simple to stock, easy to order, compact to transport and store on site.”

Aston added: “The UNION Fire Door Kit brings instant safety, compliance and peace of mind for the end user.”

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P4 achieves certification to BSI Kitemark for emergency escape lighting

Emergency lighting specialist P4 Limited has achieved certification to its first BSI Kitemark BS EN 62034:2012 Automatic Test Systems for Battery-Powered Emergency Escape Lighting. The certificate was presented by the BSI at LuxLive, Europe’s largest annual lighting event.

P4’s Fastel automatic testing and monitoring systems were rigorously tested by the BSI to achieve the Kitemark. Additionally, P4’s manufacturing sites and quality plans have also undergone comprehensive assessment to achieve certification.

The company’s managing director, Rob Warner, explained: “Despite having gained a reputation for quality over the past 30 years, that’s no excuse to rest on our laurels. We’re always looking for ways in which to improve our service and the Kitemark certification – recognised globally as a mark of quality, safety and trust – does just that. We believe it sets us apart as a manufacturer that really cares about quality.”

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Retaining Kitemark approval is an ongoing process. The company will now undergo bi-annual manufacturing assessments, with product samples being taken for ongoing testing and review.

Warner continued: “The whole process of certification has helped us to fine-tune our performance. Testing our systems is just the first step for us, though. We’re continuing to work with the BSI to achieve certification across all of our product ranges. We’re absolutely committed to this initiative and hope that it will help customers choose an emergency lighting system which has met the highest possible standards for quality, safety and performance.”

Holly Rossington, electrical certification team leader at the BSI, commented: “It was an honour to present P4 with a certificate at LuxLive. The BSI is committed to helping manufacturers like P4 achieve the Kitemark as it demonstrates that they operate to the highest possible standards. P4 should be delighted with this achievement.”

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Sarah Hayes appointed HR director at Securitas UK

Sarah Hayes, head of Human Resources (HR) at Securitas UK, has just been appointed HR director for the business.

Hayes is a Chartered HR professional having completed her post-graduate HR qualifications and has extensive experience across the full range of HR disciplines in both the public and private sector.

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Sarah Hayes

In her four years with Securitas UK, Hayes has led the HR team in Milton Keynes and, more recently, managed both the HRBPs and the L&D teams.

Hayes has also been instrumental in leading on the company’s work with the Living Wage Foundation and the Top Employers Institute.

Speaking about her appointment, Hayes informed Risk Xtra: “I’m hugely excited by the opportunities and challenges ahead. Building on the great work already underway, I’m looking forward to developing our employee value proposition still further. This will truly set us apart as an employer of choice.”

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Texecom sponsors new competition to raise awareness of apprenticeship opportunities in security and surveillance industry

Along with CSL and Hikvision, Texecom is sponsoring the new Electronic Security Systems Competition at this year’s WorldSkills UK LIVE on 21-23 November at the NEC in Birmingham.

WorldSkills UK and Skills for Security launched the competition to raise awareness of apprenticeship and career opportunities in the security and surveillance industry.

Attracting over 70,000 visitors, WorldSkills UK LIVE is the UK’s largest skills, apprenticeships and careers event. The event also hosts the national finals of the WorldSkills UK competitions which see the UK’s top apprentices and students compete to win Gold, Silver and Bronze in their chosen skill.

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This year, for the first time, visitors to WorldSkills UK LIVE will be able to watch apprentices take part in the Electronic Security Systems Competition which has been designed to reflect the role of an electronic security engineer and the high standards that are expected within the industry.

“Texecom has been a long-standing supporter of engineering apprentice training within the security industry and we’re delighted to partner with WorldSkills UK and Skills for Security for the launch of this competition,” explained Clym Brown, Texecom’s marketing director. “Electronic security fundamentally protects people’s lives and livelihoods and, as such, is a very worthwhile endeavour for young people to consider as a career choice. This new competition will highlight the skills and innovation in the industry to a wider audience, as well as increasing the training level and knowledge base of electronic security apprentices already involved.”

As part of its commitment to helping the next generation of security engineers and installers adapt to the digital revolution, Texecom recently launched the Texecom Academy. Designed to help security professionals stay ahead of the digital curve, it redefines what it means to be a security professional by providing the skills, tools and mindset that will define the future of security for installers and their end customers.

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Axis Group receives Employee Engagement Award nomination from Institute of Customer Service

Axis Group, one of the UK’s fastest-growing security, cleaning, Front of House and support services organisations, has been selected as a finalist in the Institute of Customer Service’s ‘Customer Satisfaction Awards’ within the Employee Engagement Strategy category.

The nomination is in recognition of the Axis Group’s people strategy. Launched in 2015, it features nine distinct business components, all feeding into the central Employee Engagement and excellent customer service focus. It’s now the cornerstone of the business’ company ethos and integral to Axis’ ongoing goal of becoming ‘The Employer of Choice’ within its sector.

Reward and recognition programmes, Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, communication and Axis Group’s employee portal are all tools that Axis uses to further employee engagement and satisfaction. The company also offers counselling, health and financial well-being initiatives, all of which have helped to increase staff retention by 20% in just four years.

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Jonathan Levine, CEO at the Axis Group CEO, stated: “We’re constantly having to look at innovative ways in which to attract and retain the best talent and develop remuneration packages that go beyond ‘traditional’ benefits. We achieve this through encouraging excellent performance, clarifying responsibilities and delivering tailored and engaging learning and development programmes.”

Levine added: “We want our employees to feel motivated, committed and empowered to act in the moment to resolve problems, display empathy, demonstrate consistency and continuously find ways to improve both customer and personal experiences.”

The nomination follows the Axis Group’s ServiceMark Accreditation from the Institute of Customer Service, which was achieved as a result of its drive to put customer service at the forefront of its business.  

ServiceMark is a national standard recognising an organisation’s achievement in customer service and its commitment to upholding those standards. It’s awarded based on customer satisfaction feedback, a six-day assessment of standards and employee engagement with an organisation’s customer service strategy.

“I’m absolutely delighted that the hard work and dedication of so many people has been recognised with this nomination,” concluded Levine in conversation with Risk Xtra. “It’s the recognition we need to stand out in front of current employees, future employees and customers for being a company that values its people.”

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