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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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BSIA members invited to tender for Commonwealth Games security contracts

Security arrangements for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games have taken a major step forward, with the event’s Organising Committee announcing a list of 19 security suppliers who have been invited to tender for a range of Games-specific security contracts.

Among the 19 companies invited to tender are eight members of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA). Their proven track record of delivering security at large-scale events will play an integral role in delivering a solution that Games organisers have planned to include a mix of police officers, private security officers, stewards and military personnel so as to cover all aspects of the security operation.

Commenting on the announcement, which was made on Monday 18 November, Police Scotland deputy chief constable Steve Allen (security director for the Commonwealth Games), said: “Glasgow 2014 will be a fantastic sporting event which we want to ensure people can enjoy from the starting blocks to the finishing line. From the time that athletes and spectators start arriving in Scotland through to the Closing Ceremony, it’s Police Scotland’s absolute priority to ensure a safe and secure Commonwealth Games.”

Allen continued: “To deliver that, Police Scotland and the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee have spent many months developing a programme through which we will work with the private security industry to deliver appropriate levels of security and stewarding staff. These staff are expected to be deployed in a range of specific, targeted locations across the footprint of the Commonwealth Games, from Games venues and accommodation to training facilities.”

He added: “19 companies have been invited to sign up to framework agreements. Police Scotland will always have the lead role and responsibility in delivering Games safety and security, with private contract security staff used in roles which do not require police officers to carry out those specific functions such as stewarding and venue and site security.”

19 security suppliers have been invited to tender for a range of 2014 Commonwealth Games-specific security contracts

19 security suppliers have been invited to tender for a range of 2014 Commonwealth Games-specific security contracts

Developing security and stewarding solutions

David Leather, Glasgow 2014’s chief operating officer, explained: “Glasgow 2014 has been working positively and collaboratively with Police Scotland and the private security industry to develop security and stewarding solutions which will play a key role in delivering a safe and secure Commonwealth Games next summer.

“We recognise and value the important role that private security suppliers have to play, and we’ve created an opportunity for a wide range of security providers to contribute to delivering a safe and enjoyable Games experience for athletes, officials and spectators alike.”

Among those companies invited to sign up to framework agreements (including both private contract security and contract safety stewarding) are the following members of the BSIA:

Allander Group
Corps Security
SecuriGroup
Show and Event Security
Showsec
The Protector Group
Wilson James
G4S Secure Solutions (UK)

James Kelly, CEO of the BSIA, commented: “Our members have a long and successful track record in partnering with the police to deliver successful private and public sector security operations. From national celebrations including the Queen’s Jubilee, Royal Wedding and Olympic Torch Relay to large-scale sporting events like Wimbledon and the Grand National, BSIA members have made significant contributions to securing them all. We look forward to welcoming the results of the procurement process and, of course, to a safe and secure Games.”

James Kelly: CEO of the BSIA

James Kelly: CEO of the BSIA

BSIA membership includes several dedicated sections whose members have experience in securing events. These include Crowd Management, Security Guarding, Leisure Industry Security, Police and Public Services and Specialist Services.

For more information about the BSIA and its members visit: http://www.bsia.co.uk

Further detail about the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games can be found at: http://www.glasgow2014.com/

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BSIA Security Personnel Awards 2013: ‘National winners represent the best of the security industry’

The hard work and achievements of 15 outstanding security professionals have been recognised in the national round of this year’s British Security Industry Association (BSIA) Security Personnel Awards.

The accolades were presented at the Trade Association’s exclusive Annual Luncheon, held on 16 July at the celebrated London Hilton Hotel, Park Lane.

Steve Rodhouse – Commander for Gangs and Organised Crime at the Metropolitan Police Service – presented the prestigious awards, which provide an exclusive platform to showcase the excellence and outstanding performances displayed by employees of BSIA member companies.

Currently in their 15th year, the Security Personnel Awards are presented in five key categories: Service to the Customer, Outstanding Act, Best Newcomer, Best Use of Technology and Best Team.

“The BSIA is always keen to ensure that the efforts and talents of personnel who make invaluable contributions towards maintaining high standards in our industry are not overlooked,” commented James Kelly, CEO of the BSIA. “The awards give us the opportunity to recognise and reward individuals and teams that continue to exceed our expectations year upon year.”

Kelly continued: “This year in particular we received a large amount of exceptional nominations, making the appointment of this year’s winners even more difficult than usual. Our 15 winners encompass the value of the security industry, demonstrating intelligent and innovative uses of technology, teamwork, unrivalled customer service and commendable acts of bravery. We’re extremely proud to have them working within our industry.”

The event would not be possible without the support of Camberford Law plc, specialist insurance brokers to the BSIA and the private security industry, who have sponsored the Security Personnel Awards since inception.

David Ottewill, managing director of the company, talked about the value of the awards.

“So often, good security work can be unnoticed by the public and the industry at large. We want to recognise and reward the hard work and achievements of the high calibre professionals carrying out their security duties. We’re very proud to be associated with the BSIA’s Security Personnel Awards and the talent displayed by the winners.”

BSIA National Security Personnel Awards: The 2013 Winners

Service to the Customer

Joe Harrigan
Joe, from The Westgrove Group, has been demonstrating his assertiveness and dedication at the Frenchgate Shopping Centre in Doncaster for over four years. He not only cares about the well-being of tenants and visitors to the site, but also the wider community, using his knowledge acquired during his time as a police officer to support his duties. Joe regularly attends various local anti-crime partnership meetings and has initiated a number of projects for the benefit of the Frenchgate Shopping Centre and the officers on site. His star quality has been said to be his ‘can do’ attitude, which never fails to impress.

Joe Harrigan of the Westgrove Group (right) with Commander Steve Rodhouse of the Metropolitan Police Service

Joe Harrigan of the Westgrove Group (right) with Commander Steve Rodhouse of the Metropolitan Police Service

Helen Stevens
Helen, who works at Advance Security UK, has been fully committed to her contract at Arla Foods, turning the site into a smooth and streamlined operation since her arrival. Helen’s extensive knowledge of security and the premises means that she has been able to make a number of recommendations that have provided real benefits. Helen’s very much seen as the site supervisor and provides essential leadership for the rest of the team, even taking responsibility for the training of the security team. Helen’s dedication meant that she quickly became the pivotal link on site for the client as well as the rest of the security officers.

Darren Perkins collects Helen Stevens' Service to the Customer Award

Darren Perkins collects Helen Stevens’ Service to the Customer Award

Shaun Spurway
Shaun, of Corps Security, has been fulfilling his role as senior site supervisor at a large site which is home to over 1,400 staff and runs to 633 acres. In his role, Shaun is responsible for providing security to the entire premises, along with managing 24 security officers. He’s notorious for his commitment and attention to detail, with colleagues knowing that any projects he takes on will be carried out in a logical, concise and prompt manner. Shaun’s hard work and determination have earned him much respect and praise from his fellow officers and the customer alike.

Shaun Spurway (Corps Security, right) with Commander Steve Rodhouse

Shaun Spurway (Corps Security, right) with Commander Steve Rodhouse

Outstanding Act

Mark Cooper
Mark works for The Westgrove Group as a security officer at the Podium Shopping Centre in Bath. One afternoon, Mark was faced with a serious situation when he found an agitated young woman pacing up and down a walkway by a river well-known for its strong undercurrent. It soon became clear that the young woman was planning to jump into the river. Luckily, Mark’s quick reactions meant that he was able to grab hold of her backpack and pull the woman to safety. During the incident, Mark was also able to notify other members of his team for assistance. Had Mark not been on duty, a life may well have been lost.

Sunny Verna receives Mark Cooper's Outstanding Act Award

Sunny Verna receives Mark Cooper’s Outstanding Act Award

Michael Smyth
Michael, from Vision Security Group (VSG), works at a hospital. One day he was called to attend a routine incident involving an unruly patient who had locked themself in a room. The incident soon became severe, as the patient had managed to open an exterior window on an upper level of what is a multi-storey building and was proceeding to climb through it. Michael quickly assessed the situation, kicked the door open and rushed inside to grab the patient who was balancing dangerously on the window ledge. Luckily, Michael was able to pull the individual back to safety and restrain them until the window was secured by ward staff. Michael’s actions saved the person’s life.

Michael Smyth of VSG: national winner of the Outstanding Act Award

Michael Smyth of VSG: national winner of the Outstanding Act Award

Ahmed Akinjobi
Ahmed Akinjobi works for Incentive Lynx Security on a contract for More London. One evening, he was out on patrol when he found a young woman standing on a wall facing the river Thames. Ahmed approached the situation with caution, quickly realising that the female was planning to jump into the river. As she attempted to do so, Ahmed was able to pull her back to safety, saving her life. He was also able to alert other security team members onsite who contacted the emergency services, allowing them to attend the scene and assist. Throughout the entire episode, Ahmed remained calm and in control, using his training in order to save the young woman’s life.

Ahmed Akinjobi of Incentive Lynx Security and Commander Steve Rodhouse

Ahmed Akinjobi of Incentive Lynx Security and Commander Steve Rodhouse

Best Newcomer

Ethan Hanley
Ethan, from VSG, was chosen to head up the operation for the mobilisation of an EMEA ROC. He hit the ground running, and his ‘can do’ attitude and innovative ideas proved invaluable to the mobilisation of 21 local receiving centres. Ethan used his intuition to quickly identifiy any missing information or processes and design new work flows, demonstrating determination, adaptability and a calm nature in the face of ever-changing requests. The hard work and commitment carried out and shown by Ethan and his team ultimately meant that the project was eight months ahead of schedule. An amazing achievement.

A very proud Ethan Hanley of VSG collects his Best Newcomer Award

A very proud Ethan Hanley of VSG collects his Best Newcomer Award

Samantha Robinson
Samantha works at Advance Security UK, and has been excelling in her role as a Front of House receptionist for a multi-purpose building in Manchester. Despite it being only her second role since leaving education, Samantha has been unafraid to take on multiple responsibilities and has used her strong administrative experience to ensure the smooth running of the building. In just 12 months, Samantha grew her own role to incorporate the security and management of the entire building, even taking on additional hours so she could be the pivotal point of contact for the various tenants, contractors and other service providers.

Advance Security UK's Samantha Robinson: winner in the Best Newcomer category

Advance Security UK’s Samantha Robinson: winner in the Best Newcomer category

Rob Bowker
Prior to his role at the Tweedale Industrial Estate, Rob (of Advance Security UK) had not worked within the security industry and was originally recruited as a support officer on a temporary basis. However, his colleagues were so pleased by his work at Tweedale Industrial Estate that he was made a permanent officer for the site. More recently, Rob has been promoted to security supervisor – all within an outstanding ten-month time period. Rob has been noted for his positivity and enthusiasm, working hard to quickly get up-to-speed on the site and his duties, identify where the issues are and work with on-site tenants to tackle them head on.

Rob Bowker: another winner from Advance Security in the Best Newcomer section

Rob Bowker: another winner from Advance Security in the Best Newcomer section

Best Use of Technology

Murshed Mohammed
Murshed, from VSG, works as a safety and security team leader at an IKEA store in Essex. After a distressed customer reported her handbag as stolen – with her car keys, house keys, iPhone4 and cash all inside – Murshed quickly came up with an effective plan of action. Using a tracking application on his own iPhone to link with the customer’s own tracking application, he was able to combine the technology with Google map software in order to view and follow the precise movements of the customer’s phone. This led to the safe return of the customer’s belongings and the conviction of a female, who had previous offences and was sentenced to two months imprisonment for the theft.

Murshed Mohammed from VSG: proud national winner in the Best Use of Technology category

Murshed Mohammed from VSG: proud national winner in the Best Use of Technology category

Colin Robertson
Colin, from G4S, has been lending his technical expertise on a contract for The Glenmorangie Company for over seven years. Alongside his day-to-day duties as a security officer, Colin demonstrated a keen interest in (and an apparent aptitude for developing) the site’s security systems and Building Management System (BMS). Following the move of Glenmorangie to a new purpose-built bottling plant, without any prompting Colin began to assess how well the site was working and what security arrangements were being employed. He demonstrated a passion for technology and a capacity for ensuring that the systems were used in the best way possible to secure the customer’s premises.

Colin Robertson (G4S): Best Use of Technology accolade

Colin Robertson (G4S): Best Use of Technology accolade

Gareth Stead-Clark
VSG’s Gareth Stead-Clark took a leading role within the team at the Mall Blackburn, working alongside Mall management team members on several technology-based projects. These included appraisals and enhancements for the CCTV system and internal security database management and improvements. Gareth adopted an extremely proactive approach to his position, spending time on getting to grips with new technology which has allowed him to apply his expertise across various initiatives. The Mall’s management team, CCTV operator colleagues and visiting CCTV engineers have all benefited from Gareth’s knowledge.

Commander Steve Rodhouse congratulates VSG's Gareth Stead-Clark

Commander Steve Rodhouse congratulates VSG’s Gareth Stead-Clark

Best Team

The Volkswagen Group Team
The Volkswagen Group Team, from VSG, consists of 21 dedicated officers who offer their dedication and high calibre customer service across four Volkswagen sites. The commitment and dedication of the team is second to none, holding the lowest absenteeism record within VSG since 2008. The team have also managed a near 100% Service Level Agreement (SLA) score since that same year. The officers are described as selfless and dedicated to the client, regularly thinking of new ideas in order to ease the workload of the customer’s staff. The team exhibits a secure, polite and professional manner at all times, making visitors feel welcome at the sites.

The Wolkswagen Group Team at VSG was successful in the Best Team category

The Wolkswagen Group Team at VSG was successful in the Best Team category

The Priory Shopping Centre TeamThe Priory Shopping Centre Team, from SPS Security Ltd, has been working at the site since last April and in conjunction with the local police force to help drive crime down by 19%. Alongside this they have also helped the centre raise over £1,000 for local and national charities, and have even saved the lives of two customers within a six-month time period by working together to perform CPR. The team members have become a significant part of the wider community, extending their services beyond the tenants of the shopping centre to High Street retailers who have come to rely on their outstanding service.

Calum Cooper (right): a member of the victorious Priory Shopping Centre Team at SPS Security

Calum Cooper (right): a member of the victorious Priory Shopping Centre Team at SPS Security

Nick Fenech of the SPS Security 'Best Team' winners

Nick Fenech of the SPS Security ‘Best Team’ winners

The Mobile Support Team
The team of mobile support officers from VSG has been contributing its collective skills to a retail client across the North West region. The delivery, mobilisation and introduction of regional officers was launched by VSG in 2012. The aim of these officers was to help reduce organised crime and formulate close working crime prevention partnerships across the catchment area, alongside building partnerships with local constabularies. This new venture proved to be successful, with the crime rate reducing and a higher number of arrests being made. Since their deployment, the team members have managed to successfully recover stock to the value of over £125,000.

The Mobile Support Team from VSG: winners of the Best Team Award

The Mobile Support Team from VSG: winners of the Best Team Award

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Corps Security and Outokumpu: a security partnership

Corps Security is working in partnership with Outokumpu, the famous stainless steel producer, to enhance on-site security provisions at its UK bases.

Sheffield is synonymous with the metal industry and was the home of British Steel. In 1992, British Steel Stainless merged with the Swedish firm, Avesta which in 2001 merged with Outokumpu, making it the third largest stainless steel producing company in the world at the time.

Outokumpu has two sites in Sheffield covering more than 50 acres in total, manufacturing stainless steel into wire rod coil which is then used in a diverse range of applications including needles and pins, springs, welding consumables, yacht rigging and medical implant components.

The larger of the Outokumpu sites in Sheffield is the home of the SMACC melting shop and the Sheffield Stainless bar finishing works, along with Europe’s largest stainless steel service and distribution centre.

The smaller of the two sites accommodates the hot rolling and acid de-scaling sites known as ASR. This site is designated a Tier One location under the Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 1999 (COMAH), due to the degree of hazard posed to people on site and the surrounding area (which includes the Meadowhall Shopping Centre).

One of Corps Security's officers on duty at the recent conference

One of Corps Security’s officers on duty at the recent conference


“This is a massive site and maintaining its security is incredibly important due to the materials kept here and the work that takes place on a daily basis,” explained John McLean-Searle, security manager at Outokumpu.

“Having met with Salman Shamim, the business development manager at Corps Security, we invited him to submit a tender proposal to outline how he could enhance security on site.”

Tackling the TUPE process

Shamim’s recommendations were accepted and the contract was awarded in September 2012. “John and his team were pleased to hear that we attach great importance to the welfare of all our officers,” said Shamim, “and this was particularly evident during the TUPE process.”

To comply with the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 – otherwise known as TUPE – the 15 individuals that worked for the previous guarding supplier had to transfer their employment to Corps Security. While this can be a problematic process if not handled correctly, Corps Security prides itself on its ability to ensure a smooth transition and views legal compliance as a bare minimum requirement.

Adopting a policy of inclusivity, consultation and Best Practice means that Corps Security generates a motivated and engaged workforce – ultimately ensuring that high levels of productivity and service provision are maintained.

Mike Bluestone CSyP: director of security consulting at Corps Security

Mike Bluestone CSyP: director of security consulting at Corps Security

To develop the most appropriate and beneficial security operation, Shamim recommended the completion of a comprehensive risk and threat assessment. This was undertaken by Corps Security’s director of security consulting, Mike Bluestone CSyP.

“This process involved an analysis of Outokumpu’s activities, premises and facilities,” stated Bluestone, “and addressed all the risks posed to staff, visitors and customers. Vandalism, metal theft, the protection of an on-site power plant and the safety of the company’s trainline that connects to the mainline rail network were just a few of the issues that had to be addressed. Once I’d finished this process I presented my recommendations, which are now being rolled out.”

Among their other duties, Corps Security’s officers are responsible for the radiation scanning of any trucks entering the site – an important process that can stop harmful contaminants from accessing the production chain.

The way the site is patrolled has also changed. Those who work independently have now been furnished with GPS lone worker protection devices tracked by operators at the Corps Monitoring Centre (CMC) in Glasgow.

Security at conference time

Corps Security played a major role in a recent event at Outokumpu’s site when the British Stainless Steel Association and the Sheffield Metallurgical and Engineering Association hosted an international conference and exhibition which focused on the future for stainless steel.

Part of Sheffield’s celebrations to mark the 100th Anniversary of the discovery of stainless steel, the site was visited by a number of industry VIPs. Corps Security officers in full commissionaire uniforms were on duty.

“I’m incredibly impressed with the improvements we have experienced since Corps Security began working with us,” said John McLean-Searle. “The company has consistently delivered on its promises and clearly has an unrivalled level of expertise. What’s more, all those staff who transferred are very pleased to be working for the company.”

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