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“New Government must help deliver productivity boost” urges ADS

Defence and security sector Trade Association ADS Group has stated that the UK’s future economic success will depend on the new Government working with industry to achieve a major boost in productivity.

Launching ADS’ five-point ‘General Election Manifesto’, CEO Paul Everitt said the spotlight would be on the new Government’s commitment to putting in place the foundations for substantial gains in productivity by attracting investment, supporting innovation and delivering a Brexit deal designed to sustain UK competitiveness.

“The UK needs a step change in productivity to fully achieve our potential and put vital sectors of our economy on the right footing to compete around the world,” stressed Everitt. “The Government elected on Thursday 8 June will face economic challenges that it must work in partnership with industry to address if we’re to achieve sustainable and long-term economic growth. Any failure to prioritise productivity gains would put at risk the UK’s future ability to generate high value jobs and maximise the economic potential of our ingenuity.”

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Paul Everitt: CEO at the ADS Group

Everitt continued: “We need to see the development of an ambitious industrial strategy with full political and financial backing, support for SME investment in technologies and the latest advanced manufacturing processes, and prioritisation of innovation to make sure the UK benefits from the jobs, exports and growth that flow from new ideas.”

The five election priorities set out by ADS are as follows:

(1) Develop an ambitious Industrial Strategy that attracts global investment

The Government must build on successful sector strategies with long-term political and financial backing for an ambitious industrial strategy

(2) Prioritise productivity by investing in supply chains

Given the UK’s long-term productivity challenge, the UK must support SMEs in their ability to invest in new technologies, develop world-class skills and adopt the latest manufacturing processes

(3) Invest in industrial innovation

Prioritising and focusing funding on industrial innovation, as well as scientific research, would ensure that the UK benefits from the jobs, exports and growth that flow from our innovative ideas

(4) Enhance national security by investing in UK capability

The next Government should ensure its value for money analysis recognises and reflects the benefits of equipping a UK supply chain with the capabilities, technologies and engineering services necessary for our long-term national security

(5) Deliver a Brexit deal that sustains our global competitiveness

Our sectors’ ability to compete globally depends on a stable transition to a new deal with the EU that delivers what might best be termed ‘frictionless’ trade and access to regulators, R&D programmes and skills

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ADS Group Council member welcomes Home Office report on forensic science

Elizabeth Sheldon (Aerospace, Defence and Security Group Council member and CEO of Evidence Talks) has welcomed the publication of a Home Office report entitled ‘Forensic Science Strategy – A National Approach to Forensic Science Delivery in the Criminal Justice System.’

Drawing attention to some of the key conclusions in the report, Sheldon has identified the case for “real-time forensics to be at the heart of a new approach” as an encouragement to police forces to step up the use of techniques such as digital triage and reduce the backlog of cases.

“The report talks of a new vision which could enable a single forensic deployment to cover all requirements; from traditional evidence recovery to digital triage and basic crime reporting,” explained Sheldon. “It also stresses the importance of a consistent national approach, and anticipates an improvement in the delivery time of results and swifter criminal justice outcomes.”

ElizabethSheldon

Sheldon (pictured above) points towards supportive research on such observations, citing the paper from Overill, Silomon and Roscoe published by Elsevier in 2013 and entitled: ‘Triage Template Pipelines in Digital Forensic Investigations’ which drew attention to the burgeoning use of digital devices as a prime driver of the need for greater use of digital forensics by the police service.

The report included the following statement: ‘The very reliance of digital devices for the conduct of most people’s daily professional and personal lives has led to an overload on digital forensic examination resources.’

By way of an example, it refers to figures from the Metropolitan Police Service’s Digital Electronics and Forensics Service showing some 38,000 digital devices per annum being received for examination by a team of 80 staff.

Skills and technical capabilities

In a further reference to the Home Office report, Sheldon says the Home Office is right to focus on the fact that “the crime scene investigators need the skills and technical capabilities to allow forensic information to be collected and processed at scene and directed to the most appropriate database or end user.”

The good news, explains Sheldon, is that technology and training is readily available from industry specialists allowing police forces to get up-to-speed. Such solutions can be used by non-technical operators, after relevant training, to quickly and safely investigate the contents of devices within the desired charging time frame.

In summing up, Sheldon quotes from the Ministerial Foreword to the Home Office report, which is written by Mike Penning MP, the Minister for Policing, Fire and Criminal Justice and Victims. Penning states: “Digital technology has transformed how we live our lives. We need to ensure that those responsible for our protection continue to have the capabilities to investigate crime in this new technological age.”

Penning’s call to reshape the current landscape towards a modern forensic science provision, believes Sheldon, will be greeted with equal enthusiasm by police forces and the supplier community.

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UK security sector provides equipment in support of international response to Ebola virus

The UK’s world-leading security sector is working with the Government to identify how it might increase support to help contain and control Ebola as the spread of the virus intensifies.

Many of the UK’s 11,500 companies operating in the security sector harbour valuable skills, experience and equipment that are aiding the international response and protecting the many thousands of people working to tackle the spread of the Ebola virus.

Paul Everitt, CEO of security sector trade organisation the ADS Group, commented: “The UK security industry prides itself on innovation and manufacturing some of the best protection and containment equipment in the world. As such, it’s well placed to support the treatment of those who have contracted the Ebola virus, safeguard those treating patients and limit the continued spread of infection.”

Everitt continued: “We’ve already seen some UK companies provide decontamination and scanning equipment, as well as others working to manage Ebola infection from a logistical perspective by way of comprehensive contingency planning and risk assessment procedures. Many other companies are poised to step forward and participate in the international response, offering world class equipment in the form of containment units, infection detection systems, communications infrastructure and much more.”

ADS Group is the UK trade organisation representing the aerospace, defence, security and space sectors

ADS Group is the UK trade organisation representing the aerospace, defence, security and space sectors

Case Studies of support

Examples of where the UK’s security industry has provided support to date are numerous. For instance, Andover-based Bioquell UK, a world-leader in decontamination and infection control solutions, has provided decontamination equipment to a variety of premises that may have come into contact with the Ebola virus.

Notably, the company was engaged to lead decontamination of the unit in the Royal Free Hospital once William Pooley, the British nurse working in West Africa, was discharged.

Headquartered in Oxfordshire, Westminster Group plc is working with management at the Freetown International Airport in Sierra Leone to deliver all security aspects. In response to the Ebola virus, the company is assisting with the implementation of new medical screening systems to identify passengers that are potentially infected, including the supply of specialist fever screening equipment.

Global Resilience Services in Cheshire is supplying a number of West African countries with specialist decontamination and containment products. The supply of bespoke isolation stretchers with filtration systems has proven to be a critical solution for the safe movement of infected casualties and the protection of medical personnel when they’re taking fluid samples.

*Of the 11,500 companies in the UK’s security sector, 20% are active exporters. Indeed, the UK is the sixth largest exporter of security equipment in the world. The current Government hopes to double the value of these exports by 2020

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UK Joint Security Associations Annual Charity Dinner: 30 September 2014

The inaugural Joint Security Associations Annual Fundraising Dinner will be held on Tuesday 30 September 2014 at the Grange City Hotel, a spectacular five star venue which overlooks the Tower of London.

This will be a prestigious Black Tie event, and will allow those attending the perfect opportunity to network with colleagues, entertain guests or simply enjoy a relaxed atmosphere while at the same time helping to support two very worthy charities.

The ticket price of £100 includes an exquisite three-course dinner menu and one free entry into the £20 ticketed prize raffle.

This year, the guest speaker will be Lord Carlile of Berriew CBE QC (President of The Security Institute).

The event will begin with a welcome reception at 6.30 pm followed by the dinner which will conclude at 11.00 pm, with a cash bar in operation both during and after.

The Grange City Hotel near Tower Bridge in London

The Grange City Hotel near Tower Bridge in London

Security associations and their nominated charities

The security associations involved (including The City Of London Crime Prevention Association, The Security Institute, ASIS International, the International Professional Security Association and ADS Group) are hoping to raise in excess of £20,000 which will be split equally between the two charities – the St Giles Trust and PTSD Resolution.

St Giles Trust aims to help break the cycle of prison, crime and disadvantage, creating safer communities by supporting people to help them change their lives. The charity offers a range of services which have helped over 16,000 clients overcome any barriers which might be holding them back from moving forward. Ultimately, it equips people with skills to help them live independent lives.

PTSD Resolution is a charity that offers a unique service counselling to the UK Armed Forces, TA and Regular Reserves (including their dependants) to relieve mental health problems resulting from Military Service and the traumas that they have faced.

The PTSD Resolution Outreach Programme has over 200 counsellors trained in trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy and provides a valuable contact point for anyone requiring counselling, complimentary to the work of the other armed forces charities.

Unique and exciting initiative

Don Randall – chairman of the organising committee and the City of London Crime Prevention Association – explained: “I’m honoured to be part of this fundraising project which has brought together professionals from the various security associations in the UK and will deliver what I hope will be an annual event on everyone’s calendar for many years to come.”

Don Randall: chairman of the City of London Crime Prevention Association

Don Randall: chairman of the City of London Crime Prevention Association

Emma Shaw, chairman of The Security Institute, added: “This event provides a perfect opportunity for the security profession to work together to raise substantial funds for two extremely worthwhile charities closely associated with the security sector. The Security Institute is absolutely delighted to be involved in this unique and exciting initiative.”

Emma Shaw CSyP: chairman of The Security Institute

Emma Shaw CSyP: chairman of The Security Institute

*To secure your place at this very special event, please access the booking link:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-joint-security-associations-fundraising-event-2014-tickets-11414066781

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