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Terrorism prevention solutions developer Heald secures award success

Heald, the Yorkshire-based manufacturer of hostile vehicle mitigation (HVM) systems, is currently celebrating a double success achieved during The Manufacturer’s Digital Manufacturing Week which took place earlier this month.

With an entry in The Manufacturer* Top 100 List and a win at The Manufacturer MX Awards (run in partnership with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers), this dual recognition is testament to a record year for Heald which has seen revenues at the company increase by 60% by dint of the business increasing its distribution networks in the USA, Europe and the rest of the world.

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Philippa Platten (left, marketing assistant) and Vicky Hughes (sales supervisor) of Heald pick up the MX Award (Photograph: The Manufacturer)

At a ceremony held at the Exhibition Centre in Liverpool, Heald’s managing director Debbie Heald MBE was named as an Exemplar in The Manufacturer Top 100 List (ranking in the Top 20), having been identified as an inspiring leader and someone who drives cultural change within the manufacturing industry. This prestigious list showcases the most inspiring individuals in industry to illustrate the enthusiasm and commitment present in modern manufacturing.

Heald was also awarded a surprise win during The Manufacturer MX Awards. Having been named as a finalist in the Export category, Heald was crowned winner of the Progressive SME Award (sponsored in 2018 by Innovate UK). This category was open to all finalists, with Heald being announced in top spot following an in-depth review process which included a presentation before a Judging Panel.

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Debbie Heald MBE was named as an Exemplar in The Manufacturer Top 100 List (ranking in the Top 20) (Photograph: The Manufacturer)

Commenting on Heald’s success, Debbie Heald MBE told Risk Xtra: “I’m incredibly proud to be named as an Exemplar in the Top 100 alongside some of the UK’s manufacturing greats. I’m also extremely proud of the Heald team who play an integral role in the success of the business and help to drive forward innovation in manufacturing. To be awarded the Progressive SME Award is testament to their hard work and dedication”.

Success with The Manufacturer comes shortly after the company secured a double award win at the Yorkshire Post Business Awards where Heald won the Turnover up to £10 million Award, while Debbie Heald MBE took home the Leadership Award.

*The Manufacturer is the UK industry publication providing manufacturing news, articles and insights while promoting Best Practice in the manufacturing industry

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Safetell secures £1.5 million contract extension with retail banking services client

Newmark Security plc (AIM: NWT), a leading security solutions group offering safety and security for organisations’ personnel and assets, is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Safetell Limited, has now received a formal contract extension for the supply of physical security equipment and preventative maintenance to the UK branch network of a leading worldwide supplier of retail banking services.

The contract consists of secured orders for the supply of service and maintenance support for ‘Fast Rising Screens’ totalling £1.2 million, along with the supply of new Fast Rising Screens and auxiliary physical security products which is expected to total not less than £300,000.

This contract is a one-year extension to an original contract agreed in March 2012, then amended in October 2014, and covers the period from 1 November 2017 through to 31 October 2018.

Marie-Claire Dwek, CEO of Newmark, said: “We have supplied this customer for the last 28 years and we’re delighted that the quality of our product and service offer continues to be recognised. Safetell recently expanded its product and service proposition to capitalise upon the burgeoning counter-terror market and in response to the challenging market conditions as a result of branch closures that are occurring in the banking sector. It’s reassuring to see continuing demand for our physical security products and associated service and maintenance support from this long-term customer.”

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Safetell designs, manufactures, installs and provides maintenance for a range of bespoke physical security, counter-terror and target hardening solutions. Products include security screens, doors and glazing, plus counterwork.

The business also provides a range of time-delayed cash recycling safes for the banking sector and other cash-in, cash-out operations.

The service division of Safetell provides repair and maintenance support for the branch networks of High Street banks and the retail sector, including lock repairs, CCTV services, access control support and the repair of physical security equipment.

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Barry Dawson joins Wilson James to head up expanded Southern Region

Security solutions provider Wilson James has amalgamated its City of London and Southern business regions to create a £65 million operational ‘powerhouse’ spearheading a targeted expansion of its specialist security services.

The move signals the company’s increasing focus on offering clients a high level range of technology, cyber and intelligence-led security solutions to complement its industry-leading security guarding offer.

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Barry Dawson

The new Southern Region will be led by Barry Dawson, who joins the business with 30 years’ experience in the security industry encompassing Board level roles at VSG and Advance Security. Dawson is joined by risk management expert Gavin Wilson, tech expert Don McCann and Marc Bannister, working with Crawford Boyce to create and deliver ‘strategic journeys’ for each client in the region.

“The strategic journey is a tailored approach that allows us to offer clients a range of services including not just excellent security guarding, but also Front of House, counter-terrorism, intelligence reporting, global travel risk and social media monitoring,” commented Dawson.

Reporting directly to Dawson are Allison Fraser, Mark Jones and Shai Zach who become strategic account directors, all of them pivotal within the region to ensure Wilson James continues to lead the security sector and deliver service excellence.

Managing director Gemma Quirke observed: “This hugely experienced team means we can offer even better bespoke services to all our clients in this region. It’s an approach that will power the expansion of our security services across all of our operations.”

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Seminar programme announced for ‘Manchester Security: Safe and Secure for Business’

The full programme has now been announced for the upcoming ‘Manchester Security: Safe and Secure for Business’ seminar, which will focus on providing businesses in the North West with valuable insights into current security issues facing the region.

The programme will be chaired by Jim Battle, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester, and includes a formal opening by Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan QPM. Presenters on the day are as follows:

*Detective Chief Superintendent Tony Mole, Head of the North West Counter-Terrorism Unit, on the changing face of terrorism and the importance of planning and preparation

*Superintendent Marcus Noden with an update on neighbourhood policing and how partnership working through Integrated Neighbourhood Management is being progressed

*A spokesperson from SelectaDNA explaining how synthetically manufactured DNA is proving to be a powerful tool in the fight against crime

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Event logistics

The event takes place on Thursday 29 September at St Ann’s Church, St Ann’s Street, Manchester M2 7LF.

Paul King, chairman of the Manchester City Centre Crime Prevention Panel, told Risk UK: “This free event isn’t to be missed for Manchester businesses, who will be able to find out about the latest security, business continuity and counter-terrorism issues in order to better protect their premises, staff and customers.”

King continued: “Businesses are continually falling victim to acts of crimes and threats, so security is of the utmost importance. This event will offer you the latest advice from a range of policing and security professionals to help better protect your business and prevent crime.”

Doors open at 8.30 am. Refreshments and breakfast snacks will be provided and there will be opportunities to network before and after the event, which is due to end around 11.00 am”.

SelectaDNA and GJD are sponsoring the event and their crime prevention products will be on display.

The event is organised by Manchester City Centre Crime Prevention Panel with the support of Greater Manchester Police, Manchester City Council and Atmaana Business Consulting.

*Online registration is available at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HJMTLQ6

**For more information on the ‘Manchester Security: Safe and Secure for Business’ event contact Christine Brooks via e-mail at christine.brooks@atmaana.co.uk

With only limited places left available it is advisable to register as soon as possible

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Delta Scientific’s HD2055 barrier passes 1,000,000 cycles testing procedure

Delta Scientific, the manufacturer of counter-terrorist vehicle control systems, has announced that its HD2055 barrier which will stop a 15,000 pound (66.7 km) vehicle travelling at 50 mph (80 kpm) has just met the criteria of the United States Department of State for continuous operations of one million cycles.

The HD2055 solution was tested from February this year through until July. Testing was conducted in an external setting with exposure to full sunlight and the effects of climatic conditions. Cycle rate on the barrier was four per minute.

“This is another example of why vehicle access control solution buyers need to check for certified equipment,” emphasised Greg Hamm, Delta Scientific’s vice-president of sales and marketing. “Security professionals who need to protect their perimeters from terrorists and errant drivers must have the confidence that their barriers will perform their functions each and every time.”

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According to the report by the independent test facility: “The barrier system was found to be capable of 1,000,000 continuous operations without failure of any component necessary for continued barrier operation outside of scheduled maintenance.”

Upon impact, the barrier remains in its foundation and the opening stays blocked, providing a multiple hit capability. In its M50 crash test, the HD2055 completely disabled the test vehicle, causing severe damage to the occupant department and power train. The maximum penetration recorded was less than zero.

The P1 penetration rating was given because the penetration beyond the protected side of the barrier was less than 1.0 metre at the lower leading edge of the test vehicle’s cargo bed.

With its 24-inch (61 cm) shallow foundation and aesthetic design, the HD2055 obviates the concerns of interference with buried pipes, power lines and fibre optic communication lines. The shallow foundation also reduces installation complexity, time, materials and corresponding costs. The HD2055 is ideally suited to high water table locations and areas with corrosive soils. It provides low maintenance as all components are accessible from the sides or top of the barrier.

For increased security, the HD2055 leverages Delta Scientific’s proprietary counter-balanced technology to provide a 1.5 second emergency fast operation, thus responding to attacks very quickly indeed.

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Safetell announces preferred supplier agreement with Gunnebo

Safetell, the physical security and asset protection specialist, has announced a preferred supplier agreement with Gunnebo encompassing its range of ballistic, blast resistant, interlocking doors and partitions.

The products will complement Safetell’s existing range of ballistic, blast and attack-resistant products, ensuring they offer a broader range of solutions to meet the demands of specifiers who require a more diverse offering to keep up with the evolving threat posed by terrorists and criminals.

Safetell’s managing director Anton Pieterse commented: “Gunnebo has an excellent track record of producing robust deterrents that exceed customer expectations. Safetell looks to complement this with our existing range and project management prowess to deliver a one-stop shop for anyone looking to mitigate risk and operating cost.”

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Pieterse added: “We’re also excited by the addition of a new partitioning range which allows Safetell to meet the growing demands of blue chip multinationals looking to partition large open plan receptions and atriums; protecting their members of staff from the threat of criminal and terrorist attack.”

Safetell works with both end users and facilities management specialists as a single point of contact, supplying both security products and nationwide security equipment support services. These support services are provided through a nationwide network of directly employed service technicians and Help Desk staff, giving cost savings and complete control over service quality throughout the supply chain.

*For further information visit: www.safetell.co.uk

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Borderpol appoints Peter Vincent as director counselor for International Policy

The Executive Committee of Borderpol is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Vincent as the organisation’s director counselor for International Policy.

Thomas Tass, director general at Borderpol, commented: “We’re delighted to have Peter on board as he brings a wealth of experience to the organisation and will be invaluable in terms of improving our legal and regional representation in the Americas. He’s also a fluent Spanish speaker which will assist is with the aim of extending our reach into South America.”

Vincent told Risk UK: “I’m truly honoured and privileged to have been appointed as Borderpol’s director counselor for International Policy, I’ve long admired the organisation for the incredible work it does to balance counter-terrorism concerns with humane approaches to complicated border issues.”

Peter Vincent is the general counsel of Thomson Reuters Special Services LLC (TRSS), a US subsidiary of Thomson Reuters. Throughout his career, Vincent has served in a variety of senior executive and legal positions in both the public and private sectors.

Prior to joining TRSS in February this year, he was the principal legal advisor for the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In addition, he served as ICE’s senior counselor for International Policy, whereupon Vincent advised the DHS Office of the Secretary and the ICE Office of the Director on issues relating to the formulation and execution of the agency’s international diplomatic engagement.

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Peter Vincent

Prior to that, from November 2011 through until July 2013, Vincent served as the acting director of ICE’s Office of International Affairs (OIA), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). With attachés in 75 offices across 48 countries, including seven combatant commands, HSI OIA is the largest international investigative component within DHS.

Working at the US Department of Justice

From November 2006 until May 2009, Vincent served with the US Department of Justice (DoJ) at the US Embassy in Bogotá, Colombia, first as the assistant judicial attaché and then as the judicial attaché. There, he advised the DoJ, the US Department of State, the US Department of Defence and various law enforcement and intelligence-gathering agencies on matters concerning extradition, terrorist organisations, money laundering, mutual legal assistance and narco-trafficking.

During his tenure at the US Embassy, Vincent co-ordinated nearly 500 extraditions to the United States, including the extradition requests for dozens of high-profile leaders of designated foreign terrorist organisations such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the National Liberation Army and the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia.

In July 2002, Vincent joined the National Security Litigation Team in ICE’s San Francisco Office of the Chief Counsel. As a trial attorney, he represented the Government in immigration proceedings involving terrorists and individuals who had provided material support to foreign terrorist organisations. In addition, Vincent advised the local Joint Terrorism Task Force on issues relating to counter-terrorism and foreign counter-intelligence.

Vincent graduated with High Distinction from the University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and received a degree in law from the University of Virginia School of Law.

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