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Inspiration in HR Award organiser SSR Personnel unveils shortlist for 2018 trophy

The Inspiration in HR Award recognises the work of Human Resources (HR) professionals. Now in its 12th year, the award is open to either individuals or organisations. Judges are looking for Best Practice in HR management where an organisation recognises that HR is a business enabler. 

This year’s finalists are Axis Communications, Axis Security, CIS Security, Gratte Brothers, Helen Corbett (of The Security Institute) and Wilson James.

To reach the shortlist, the above organisations demonstrated that they are wholly focused on quality and have a pride in looking after and developing their workforce.  There’s a partnership in HR and operations management.


Peter French MBE FSyI CPP: CEO at SSR Personnel and Founder of the Inspiration in HR Award

Shortlisted companies consider that their HR function gives them a competitive edge. They clearly demonstrate going above and beyond any current standards. The Inspiration in HR Award is one that recognises a critical differentiator in business application.

David Clark CPP PCI PSP, chairman of ASIS International’s UK Chapter 208, commented: “This award is increasingly hard to judge, and this year has been even more challenging, I’m enormously pleased to see three organisations from outside of the security guarding sector, which usually comprises the majority of entries, making the shortlist. This is surely testimony to the prestige and expansiveness of this particular award.”

*The winning submission will be announced at the UBM-organised Security and Fire Excellence Awards Ceremony to be held at the London Hilton Hotel, Park Lane on Wednesday 21 November

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CIS Security introduces fresh new look for officers on retained Spitalfields contract

CIS Security has been awarded the contract for security services at Spitalfields E1 Estate with managing agent CBRE. One of the first tasks was a uniform makeover designed to imbue quality while reflecting the diverse cross section of visitors to the destination on a daily basis.

Having supplied security services for the Spitalfields E1 Estate for the last 14 years, CIS Security has recently retained the contract across a further three years.

This vibrant mixed-use development is a stone’s throw from Liverpool Street Station and acts as a confluence between the City of London’s financial and technical zones and the cultural space that is Shoreditch.

Duties for the newly blue-suited and brogued security professionals on site include visitor engagement, access control for deliveries and staff car parking, monitoring of the CCTV system, opening up/lock-ups of the estate and patrolling all areas (which include a shopping mall and various wine bar-style pubs and restaurants).


Commercial clients in the area 

The estate is home to a number of prominent commercial clients that include RBS and Allen & Overy. While the security for these is separate, there are close links with CIS Security’s operations team.

In addition to the commercial clients, Spitalfields E1 Estate hosts a number of open malls, high end retail units, restaurants, bars and creative independent traders. The location also boasts a number of high-profile art sculptures such as the I Goat by Kenny Hunter.

The Spitalfields security team is the contact point between the local residents and the estate tenants, duly monitoring noise levels and any anti-social behaviour. Members of the team also have a carefully nurtured culture of engaging in open dialogue with the youth cohort of the area to ensure all those who visit enjoy the estate’s facilities while being respectful to others.

Stable team in place

Estate manager Jason Dervin commented: “CIS Security’s longevity on this contract has been achieved through having a stable senior account management team in place who oversee an experienced, flexible and committed cohort of dedicated security personnel delivering an exceptional service.”

Dervin continued: “One of CIS Security’s key strengths throughout the company’s tenure has been the ability to evolve with the site, continuously innovating to support our changing needs, for example by acting as brand advocates and delivering information to the public; from directions to facts about art and historic artefacts to be found on site. The team takes time to regularly assess the changing landscape through user feedback in order to adapt its service. The team members continue to meet, and in many cases exceed our overall list of requirements.”


Amanda McCloskey, sales and marketing director at CIS Security, said: “We’re thrilled that Spitalfields E1 Estate has chosen us to continue to care for its site. The new uniforms worn by our officer are smart and stylish, and represent just one way in which we’re working closely with Spitalfields E1 Estate’s management to deliver a premium service to this world-class business and cultural destination.”

Spitalfields: a brief history

Spitalfields takes its name from the hospital and priory, St. Mary’s Spittel which was founded in 1197. It’s an area of London known for its spirit and strong sense of community.

The landmark Truman’s Brewery opened in 1669 and, in 1682, King Charles II granted John Balch a Royal Charter giving him the right to hold a market on Thursdays and Saturdays in or near Spital Square. Visitors to the market today will find designers and artists selling fashions, homewares and accessories as well as a treasure trove of vintage and antique clothing, furniture and other wondrous oddments.

Since the 1970s, a thriving Bangladeshi community has developed and thrived in the area, in turn bringing new cultures, trades and business to the fore (the latter including the famous Brick Lane restaurant district).

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CIS Security enters fundraising partnership to support London’s Air Ambulance charity

CIS Security has entered into a fundraising partnership with London’s Air Ambulance that will see the solutions provider raise vital monies to help the charity’s ongoing delivery of trauma teams necessary for treating critically injured people right across the capital.

Founded in 1989, London’s Air Ambulance has delivered hugely important care to over 31,000 critically injured people and, indeed, attended most of the major incidents occurring in the capital since the charity’s inception.

On average, London’s Air Ambulance treats six seriously injured people each day of the week as it diligently serves over ten million individuals who live, work and travel in the capital. Broadly speaking, the charity’s services cover the area bordered by the M25 motorway (encompassing a geography of no less 600 square miles).

The charity is based on the top floor of The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel and urgently deals with the immediate aftermath of incidents like road traffic collisions, stabbings/shootings and individuals who have fallen from great heights. This is the reality of the working day for members of London’s Air Ambulance team.

Using a helicopter during daylight hours and rapid response cars by night, doctors and paramedic teams can be at a patient’s side within minutes, in turn providing medical care such as open heart surgery and blood transfusions that very often proves to be life-saving.

To emphasise just how critical this service is, London’s Air Ambulance recently released figures for National Air Ambulance Week which took place last month. The statistics show that the charity’s services were summoned to no less than 282 shootings and stabbings in the first eight months of 2014 alone. This is the third biggest category of incidents after the aforementioned road traffic collisions and falls from height.

It’s a relatively unknown fact that London’s Air Ambulance is heavily reliant on charitable donations to keep the service up-and-running. At present, the charity has to rely on just one helicopter.

CIS Security's executive chairman Carl Palmer with London's Air Ambulance

CIS Security’s executive chairman Carl Palmer with London’s Air Ambulance

Vital support from CIS Security

Security officers on duty in the City of London know only too well the prevalence of violent criminality within the capital. Many of them have been trained to deliver ‘on the spot’ First Aid during emergency scenarios while they patiently await ambulances and medical staff to attend those who’ve been traumatised.

Many CIS Security officers have experienced being on the front line in such situations, including those occasions when public protests have taken place.

Carl Palmer, executive chairman of CIS Security, has been astounded by the work of London’s Air Ambulance and had no hesitation in selecting the operation as the security company’s ongoing charity partner.

In addition to organising a schedule of fundraising activities within the company itself (which holds professional security services contracts for many high profile buildings dotted around the city of London), Palmer has been selected to take part in the round-the-world Clipper Race and will now use his participation in that event to promote – and raise funds for – London’s Air Ambulance. The race runs for ten months and will see Palmer and his fellow competitors circumnavigate the globe in what is the biggest matched ocean fleet race in the world.

To mark the launch of the new charity partnership, Palmer was photographed (see above) by celebrity and reportage photographer Neale Haynes on the helipad atop The Royal London Hospital. Haynes – who has shot portraits for the likes of Richard Branson, London Mayor Boris Johnson and Simon Cowell – generously provided his expertise to help generate awareness for London’s Air Ambulance charity.

*For further information on London’s Air Ambulance charity visit: http://www.londonsairambulance.co.uk

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