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Corps Security’s Dan Potter tackles Mount Snowdon climb to raise funds for Magnolia House Appeal

On the morning of Saturday 20 June, Dan Potter of Corps Security set his sights on reaching the top of Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, in order to raise money for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s Magnolia House Appeal. Just over six hours later, Potter and his fellow climbers celebrated having ascended and then descended the 1,085 metre high peak.

The purpose of the £1 million Magnolia House Appeal is to build a facility for families who need as much help as possible at a difficult time. It will be a place where they can go and compose themselves and have time to think, and will act as a location where siblings and parents can come together for support and peace.

Corps Security has raised money for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital on previous occasions and Potter was therefore keen to participate in this latest challenge which was organised by Wesleyan Assurance Society, the official charity sponsor.

Potter was part of a 69-strong team. When it came to the climb itself, the team was split into smaller groups of up to ten individuals and, despite the inclement weather conditions, everyone made it to the top and back down without injury.

Commenting on his achievement, Potter said: “This was a significant challenge. Even though it rained for much of the journey and was very cloudy and misty, everyone remained in good spirits knowing that our efforts would raise money for a very worthwhile cause. My personal sponsorship totalled £485.”

Overall, the Wesleyan Snowdon Challenge has so far raised over £6,500 which is a huge achievement. Congratulations from everyone at Risk UK and Pro-Activ Publications!

*The Wesleyan Snowdon Challenge Team has set up a JustGiving page. If the readers of Risk UK would like to show their support they can do so by visiting the website and making a donation. Here’s the link you need to access: http://www.justgiving.com/WesleyanSnowdon/?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=WesleyanSnowdon&utm_campaign=pfp-email

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Corps Security’s Salman Shamim to run 2015 Leeds Half Marathon in aid of Gurkha Welfare Trust

Salman Shamim, key account manager at Corps Security, is currently pounding the pavements as he prepares to run the Leeds Half Marathon (which takes place on 10 May) and raise much-needed funds for the Gurkha Welfare Trust.

Clearly a man who loves a challenge, Shamim will shirk the lightweight shorts and singlet favoured by most of the other competitors in favour of the traditional military-style uniform first worn by the early operational staff of Corps Security. Known as the ‘Full Shout’ uniform, it’s still very much part of Corps Security’s identity, although rarely used by those undertaking sporting endeavours.

This will not be the first time that Shamim has run in the attire, having completed a 5K (3.1 miles) event two years ago.

“Last time, the biggest challenge was definitely the heat combined with a uniform that was never really designed to cope with running conditions,’ explained Shamim. “This time, I felt it only right to increase the personal challenge. Hence I’m aiming to complete a half marathon which will mean running 13.1 miles. This will take me just over two hours and, although I’m sure that the latter part of the race will be testing, the thought of raising as much money as I can for the Gurkha Welfare Trust will keep me going.”

Salman Shamim of Corps Security

Salman Shamim of Corps Security

As the leading Gurkha charity, the Gurkha Welfare Trust provides financial, medical and community aid to nearly 7,000 retired soldiers and widows in Nepal who have no other form of income. Most are now in their 80s and 90s and are heavily reliant on support for a secure and comfortable old age.

Asked why he chose to support this particular charity, Shamim responded: “2015 marks the bicentennial of loyal Gurkha service to the British Crown. I’m incredibly lucky to work with a number of fantastic Gurkha colleagues at Corps Security and am proud to play my part in helping the needy at a time of such significance. The recent traumatic earthquakes in Nepal have obviously exacerbated the problem and given me added impetus to achieve my goal.”

*Anyone wishing to support Salman Shamim and help him reach his financial target can donate by visiting the JustGiving page at: www.justgiving.com/SalmanShamim

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Corps Security celebrates succession of major contract wins

Specialist security solutions provider Corps Security is celebrating after confirming a number of prestigious new account wins which have seen the company smash its annual sales target in the first six months of the business’ financial year.

With business confidence sweeping back into the UK security sector, Corps Security’s success mirrors the findings of a study earlier this year published by market analyst Plimsoll which found that half of the security companies questioned are increasing sales and improving profits, with a significant proportion of them delivering growth rates of up to 8%.

Corps Security’s most recent contract wins emanate from organisations in a range of diverse sectors including banking and finance and local Government, as well as a world famous art institute.

The company’s highly trained and skilled security officers have also been deployed at the Wellcome Trust’s London headquarters to protect one of the leading global charitable foundations which is dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements when it comes to both human and animal health. Indeed, the important work conducted by the Trust currently includes enabling an international consortium to accelerate the development of an Ebola vaccine.

Peter Webster: CEO at Corps Security

Peter Webster: CEO at Corps Security

Also in the healthcare sector, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust is benefiting from having Corps Security’s personnel as part of its on-site team. Corps Security won this contract after taking part in a competitive tender process with six other security providers, all of whom are part of the London Procurement Partnership framework.

In addition to physical security, Corps Security is responsible for supplying a range of patient supervisory services to protect doctors, nurses and patients in acute care, as well as ensuring that those individuals receiving treatment do not harm themselves. This is a particularly sensitive area and the company’s officers are given specialist training to ensure that they can operate under these types of extreme circumstances.

Fully-integrated solutions for end users

As is the case with all of its contract wins, Corps Security is able to demonstrate an ability to provide the highest levels of service and value for money. Customer feedback suggests that this is thanks to the company’s unique corporate structure and ability to develop a fully integrated solution for the end user that reduces spend and enhances protection by cost-effectively and efficiently combining the use of physical security with surveillance technology and remote monitoring.

Corps Security's dedicated Support Centre provides vital services for end user customers

Corps Security’s dedicated Support Centre provides vital services for end user customers

Nik Flytzanis, Corps Security’s business development manager, is convinced that the company’s recent success is also due to organisations across all vertical sectors recognising the importance of using specialist providers rather than those offering ‘bundled’ services.

“Security is quite unlike any other service,” said Flytzanis. “Due to our clear focus and dedication to this field, we are able to provide a comprehensive solution that always meets our customers’ bespoke needs. I’m delighted that we’re now able to offer our expertise to prestigious organisations such as the Wellcome Trust and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, both of whom I’m fully confident will benefit enormously from our uniquely ethical and innovative approach to service delivery.”

Nik Flytzanis of Corps Security

Nik Flytzanis: business development manager at Corps Security

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ACS Pacesetters recognised at inaugural Achievement Awards Luncheon

The inaugural ACS Pacesetters Achievement Awards Luncheon was held at Royal Windsor Racecourse on Wednesday 4 June. Scheme members in attendance received engraved plaques commemorating their achievements during 2013-2014.

Security companies present included Advance Security, Axis Security, Contract Security (United Kingdom), Corps Security, Danhouse Security, Equinox Security Management, First Response Group, GBM Support Services, Hard Hat Logistics, Incentive Lynx Security, Interr Security, Kingdom Security, Oakpark Security Management, Octavian Security, Shield Security Services, Sodexo, The Specialist Security Company, The Keyholding Company, The Shield Group, TSS Security UK, Ward Security and Wilson James.

Left to Right: Anne Wheeley and Allen Parton (Hounds for Heroes), Terry O’Neil and Lynda Moore (ACS Pacesetters)

Left to Right: Anne Wheeley and Allen Parton (Hounds for Heroes), Terry O’Neil and Lynda Moore (ACS Pacesetters)

The event was kindly sponsored by Cobia, Eurotech Monitoring, the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB), Sutton Specialist Risks, The Security Watchdog (part of Capita plc), Interr Security and Wilson James.

Security Officer of Distinction Awards

The event also witness the launch of the new ‘Security Officer of Distinction Award.

Bill Butler, CEO of the Security Industry Authority, agreed to present individual awards to ten very worthy security officers.

Winners of the Security Officer of Distinction Awards pictured with Bill Butler (CEO, SIA) and Lynda Moore of ACS Pacesetters

Winners of the Security Officer of Distinction Awards pictured with Bill Butler (CEO, SIA) and Lynda Moore of ACS Pacesetters

Each officer was nominated by their client company. Nominations were endorsed by individual employers and the final selections made by the sponsors of the ACS Pacesetters Achievement Awards.

In 2014, the winners are as follows:

• Sophie Cook (Axis Security Services)
• Paul Hodgson (Equinox Security Management)
• Muhammad Butt (Interr Security)
• Stuart House (Kingdom Security)
• Stephen Newall (Oakpark Security Systems)
• Nicholas Jansen (Shield Security Services)
• Christopher Lowe (Sodexo)
• Dumitru Didu (TSS Security)
• Douglas Johnson (Ward Security)
• John Taylor (Wilson James)

A charity raffle took place at the conclusion of the event, with all proceeds going to Hounds for Heroes. Over £1,400 was raised on the day for this very worthwhile cause.
Generous prizes were donated by the Hindhead Golf Club, the Royal Windsor Racecourse, Sodexo and FM Contract Watch.

There was also an extremely moving speech delivered by Gulf War veteran Allen Parton, whose long-held dream and partnership with his Labrador, Endal, formed the basis for the foundation of Hounds for Heroes.

The purpose of Hounds for Heroes is to provide specially trained assistance dogs to injured and disabled men and women of both the UK Armed Forces and the Emergency Services. Through this provision, the organisation’s key aim is to provide help and practical support leading to an enhanced quality of life for its clients.

*If you’d like to find out more information on Hounds for Heroes please visit: http://houndsforheroes.com/

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Corps Security staff set to embark on 24-hour charity ‘Rowathon’

Four fitness fanatics from Corps Security are hoping to raise several thousand pounds for a number of charities during a 24-hour ‘Rowathon’ taking place on Thursday 26 June.

Starting at 5.30 pm at Corps Security’s headquarters in Cowcross Street, London, the team will take turns on a static rowing machine, rowing through the night and all through the following day.

Eric Roberts, Gary Broad, Rob Hill and Jason Taylor will be on full view to the public at the front of Corps Security’s building, an idea which the team is hoping will help muster local support.

Donations raised will be evenly split between the company’s chosen charity – the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund – and the individuals’ chosen charities. These are the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust and Mind.

The Corps Security 'Rowathon' takes place on Thursday 26 June in central London

The Corps Security ‘Rowathon’ takes place on Thursday 26 June in central London

Eric Roberts (team leader and event organiser) said: “We have all done our bit individually for our chosen charities, but we wanted a challenge that we could do together to give each other moral support. I’ve no doubt it will be a very long night, but we’re asking for the support of our colleagues and business partners who we hope will tweet and text us with words of encouragement along the way.”

For anyone wishing to make a donation, please visit the Virgin Money Giving page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/CorpsSecurityRowathon

Alternatively, please drop some cash into the charity bucket at the time of the event

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Corps Security and Facewatch join forces to provide state-of-the-art crime and incident reporting

Corps Security has announced a new strategic partnership with Facewatch – the UK’s leading online crime reporting and intelligence sharing tool.

The Glasgow-based Corps Monitoring Centre (CMC) is now able to use state-of-the-art technology developed by the team at Facewatch which is transforming how CCTV is used by moving it into the digital world of online incident reporting.

Since launching in 2010, Facewatch has been enthusiastically received by businesses and law enforcement authorities alike. Signed protocols are already in place with ten UK police forces, and Facewatch hopes that every police force will have agreed in principle to use its technology by the end of 2014.

Its functionality has been recognised at the highest levels, and it also boasts the prestigious Secured by Design status bestowed by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and restricted to companies or products that have been successfully tested to the very highest standards.

Versatility of the system

Explaining the versatility of the system, Simon Gordon (founder and chairman at Facewatch) said: “Facewatch is suitable for use in a variety of high footfall areas such as pubs, clubs, shopping centres and other retail environments, sports stadiums, concert venues and even locations such as multi-storey car parks and garage forecourts.”

Since launching in 2010, Facewatch has been enthusiastically received by businesses and law enforcement authorities alike

Since launching in 2010, Facewatch has been enthusiastically received by businesses and law enforcement authorities alike

Gordon continued: “Crimes such as shoplifting, personal theft and vandalism can be reported instantly online. Not only does Facewatch make crime reporting more efficient, but it also helps improve the conviction rate and effectively deal with repeat offenders.”

Following an incident that’s reported to a CMC operative, Facewatch allows CCTV footage and suspect images to be automatically uploaded directly to the police, along with a full paperless witness statement. The victim is given a crime reference number at the same time. Once the incident has been reported it’s dealt with by the police who also provide feedback through the system.

Regular status reports are then forwarded to the business and victim by the system. In order to prevent crime, offender images and intelligence can be shared within an organisation, as well as chosen business networks and communities.

Using up-to-date technology

Widely acknowledged as the leading facility of its kind in the UK, this latest announcement is part of the CMC’s ongoing commitment to use the most up-to-date technology in providing customers with the highest quality service.

Simon Gordon: founder and chairman of Facewatch

Simon Gordon: founder and chairman of Facewatch

Eric Roberts, Corps Security’s CMC business development director, concluded: “We’re extremely pleased to be working with Facewatch as part of a collaborative effort to improve the standards of crime reporting and intelligence sharing. Our customers stand to benefit enormously from the availability of this innovative tool, as it can be successfully integrated into businesses of any size or complexity. The quality of the CCTV system is such that the evidence uploaded can help secure a prosecution.”

Corps Security can be contacted on (tel) 0800 0286 303 or via e-mail at: info@corpssecurity.co.uk

For further information on Facewatch telephone 020 7930 3225 or e-mail: simon.gordon@facewatch.co.uk

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Corps Security introduces CorpsConsult expert consultancy service

Corps Security has announced the introduction of a new business division that provides a diverse range of consulting, investigative and training services specifically designed to help customers improve risk and threat management.

CorpsConsult uses the extensive in-house expertise that Corps Security possesses. CorpsConsult is headed up by Mike Bluestone, Corps Security’s director of security consulting.

“Our experts all have recognised academic and professional security qualifications and come from a diverse range of corporate backgrounds,” asserted Bluestone. “In addition, several leading members of the team have served with distinction in the police and the military. This wide-ranging experience combines to ensure that CorpsConsult has unrivalled levels of knowledge and expertise that can be used to advise companies on the security of their people, property and assets through both human and technological means.”

Mike Bluestone, who heads up CorpsConsult, discussing strategies with a client

Mike Bluestone, who heads up CorpsConsult, discussing strategies with a client

A key element in having the right security solutions in place is an awareness of risks and threats. CorpsConsult’s consulting services provide both strategic and logistical answers to an organisation’s security requirements. These services include strategic security reviews, the development of corporate security policy and strategy documents, risk and threat assessments, security surveys and audits.

CorpsConsult prides itself on providing clear reports with easy-to-follow guidance and recommendations.

Selection of training courses

CorpsConsult’s investigative services are used by organisations looking to carry out due diligence in areas such as mergers and acquisitions and the examination of corporate fraud and financial impropriety.

Areas of potential risk can be identified through discreet checks on the backgrounds and reputations of companies and individuals. Other services include scene of crime work, personnel screening and vetting and corporate surveillance.

To complement its other activities, CorpsConsult also offers a selection of training courses delivered by its specialist experts. These courses can be designed to meet a client’s specific needs. Here, the subjects include security management, security auditing, fraud prevention, strategic security and security awareness training.

Speaking about the introduction of CorpsConsult, Corps Security’s CEO Peter Webster explained: “The importance of a clearly defined and implemented security strategy cannot be overstated. Organisations in all business sectors now realise that expert guidance is an invaluable part of this process.”

Webster continued: “Although we have offered consultancy services for many years, the formation of CorpsConsult galvanises our extensive knowledge into one complete offering. I believe it’s a valuable addition to our existing specialist security services, and we will continue to develop it to meet the ever-changing needs of our customers.’

For further information contact Corps Security on Tel) 0800 0286 303 or via e-mail: info@corpssecurity.co.uk

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