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GTXM-Octopus partnership “transforms real-time market insights into advantages” for growth businesses

GTXM’s new partnership with global competitive intelligence agency Octopus further strengthens a diverse ecosystem of specialist capabilities. This partnership offers an exciting opportunity for GTXM’s customers by meeting an increasing need for real-time market insights and providing the answers businesses need today.

GTXM is quickly establishing itself as a leading growth partner for tech companies within the security and built environment markets. The combination of its approach to new business and breadth of intelligence on new markets is empowering ambitious organisations to successfully discover and win new customers.


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Terry Sallas, director and co-founder of GTXM, informed Risk Xtra: “Customers need new business activities to be intelligent and systematic, but also responsive to real-time insights. This partnership is evidence of our conviction to place the right market intelligence at the heart of every growth programme we provide. We’re excited about what this means for customers.”

UK-based Octopus manages intelligence projects and discrete internal intelligence services. The business works with companies of various sizes, from UK middle market technology companies through to Far East multi-national manufacturers. Octopus answers questions, offers recommendations to flourish, wins more business, understands markets and protects against and disrupts competitors.

Graeme Dixon, CEO of Octopus, observed: “The GTXM partnership provides a powerful extension to the Octopus offer. Its insight-based programmes and expertise will help our customers to act quickly on the market intelligence that we provide in order to create compelling advantages within their growth markets.”

*For more information e-mail info@gtxm.co.uk or access www.gtxm.co.uk

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ASSA ABLOY issues response to MHCLG’s ‘Building a Safer Future: An Implementation Plan’

A new White Paper is available from ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions. The document has been issued in response to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s (MHCLG) ‘Building a Safer Future: An Implementation Plan’ and highlights the critical points from the Implementation Plan. 

The results of the Dame Judith Hackitt-led Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety were published in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire. There was a call for the development of an “implementation plan that will provide a coherent approach to delivering the recommendations” outlined by the Hackitt Review. 

‘Building a Safer Future: An Implementation Plan’ is the response from the MHCLG. The plan sets out how Government and industry will achieve the systematic overhaul required to improve building and fire safety. 

Many of the key points and areas of action covered in the Implementation Plan were also highlighted in ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions’ initial response to the Hackitt Review, which is available to view here: https://bit.ly/2Usj2TX. 


Speaking on the proposals put forward and the latest White Paper, Brian Sofley (managing director at ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions for the Door Group) said: “We’re pleased that the latest plan is in line with many of the recommendations we supported on how the industry can tackle the important issue of fire safety. The plan sets a statement of intent from the Government for construction and manufacturing industries. Its comprehensive approach to fire safety products will ensure that, through third party certification, standards and safety requirements are integral, not just at the manufacturing stage, but also during installation, inspection and ongoing maintenance.”

Sofley added: “Our latest White Paper demonstrates the alignment between Government and the construction and manufacturing industries in the approach towards ensuring a safer built environment for all.”

*The new White Paper can be downloaded from https://bit.ly/2I8d4Bk 

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ASFP to run free webinar on subject of passive fire protection

Passive fire protection plays a vital role in ensuring the safety of buildings and their occupants. It does this by limiting the spread of fire and smoke by containing it in a single compartment, protecting means of escape and also protecting the building structure.

On Friday 24 February at 11.00 am, Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) COO Niall Rowan presides over a free-to-attend webinar which aims to explain what you need to know when specify, installing, maintaining or inspecting passive fire protection.

The webinar will provide an introduction to passive fire protection and how it works before investigating a range of installation issues, in turn highlighting common mistakes through a useful Case Study.


Showing that passive fire protection works when correctly specified and installed, the webinar will detail how to ensure installer competency through third party certification.

The event is due to close with an overview of the latest ASFP initiative which aims to develop a construction strategy to encourage collaborative working across the whole design and build process, with the overall aim of improving the quality of installed fire protection within the built environment.

*For further information and to register for the webinar click here

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