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Evolution invests in people development with appointment of Louise Gough as Human Resources manager

Evolution, the integrated fire and security solutions specialist, has appointed Louise Gough as its new Human Resources (HR) manager to lead the business’ recruitment strategy, implement new training and development opportunities, manage employee relations and provide support to the wider business.

Gough joins Evolution with a wealth of HR management experience, including eight years’s service with a market-leading integrated security business where she was also involved in project and bid work and facilities management. Prior to that, Gough worked for a number of large manufacturing and construction firms.

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Louise Gough: the new HR manager at Evolution

Now, Gough is looking forward to helping drive even further business growth at Evolution. “It’s a very exciting time for the business,” explained Gough in conversation with Risk Xtra. “The workforce has expanded considerably already this year and further growth is expected as a result of the business being successful in winning some large projects n the UK, the Republic of Ireland and further afield in Europe.”

Further, Gough stated: “I hope to add real value to the business and will start by closely reviewing our recruitment and wider people strategies and use my knowledge and experience to implement new methods that enable us to work smarter, while also enhancing our strong position within the integrated security sector. I want to take the HR burden away from the senior managers and allow them to focus more closely on their own roles, which in turn will lead to more proactive and productive teams.”

Richard Lambert, managing director of Evolution, enthused: “We’re delighted that Louise is joining the team. She has proven experience and great sector knowledge which will be invaluable. There’s no doubt Louise will help to drive the business forward as we continue our plans to grow in the UK and Europe.”

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Halma plc joins Fire Section at Euralarm

The Board of Euralarm has announced the newest member of the organisation. Halma plc is to join the Fire Section of Euralarm and will now benefit from Euralarm’s services in terms of representation towards European institutions and standardisation organisations. This includes the monitoring of legislative and standardisation issues relevant to the industry.

Halma plc will have access to the extended network of national associations and major companies in the electronic fire safety and security sectors which form Euralarm’s membership. The new membership for Halma plc will create opportunities for both sides as it also strengthens the association.

Halma plc is a global group of technology companies. Its Fire and Security Division provides products that protect both lives and property. Within the fire detection and alarm sector these products include wired and wireless fire detection (smoke, heat, gas, multi), audible and visual warning devices, beam and flame detectors, single or networked control and indicating systems.

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In the field of security, the company offers wired and wireless security product solutions covering end user applications from small residential projects through to large-scale commercial premises.

Companies joining Euralarm gain a unique insight into what’s happening on other European markets and the opportunities that they might offer. They not only tap into the political expertise and understanding of the EU policy, but can also make personal connections with technical and political experts and potential business partners.

Being a member of Euralarm enables companies and associations to gain expertise on standardisation. Members have their voice heard in Brussels and can support and direct standardisation and legislative processes.

Euralarm represents the electronic fire and security industry, providing leadership and expertise for industry, market, policy-makers and standards bodies. Founded in 1970, Euralarm represents over 5,000 companies valued at 67 billion Euros. Euralarm’s members are national associations and individual companies from across Europe.

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Evolution maintains quality standards with ISO certification

Evolution, the integrated fire and security solutions business, has achieved ISO 9001:2015 accreditation for Quality Management Systems.

The previous ISO 9001:2008 accreditation was well integrated within Evolution’s processes and procedures, enabling a smooth transition to the new standard which includes a number of important developments.

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One of the most significant is the need for a documented risk management process identifying the potential risks to the business. This required a comprehensive review of the company’s business continuity plan to enable the newly- created Risk Register to record the key areas at risk (along with the level of risk) in greater detail.

New emergency processes have also been created to include appropriate control measures designed to mitigate risks and identify those who may be affected.

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BT Redcare unveils new next generation alarm portfolio for premises protection

BT Redcare, one of the UK’s largest suppliers of alarm signalling services, has revamped its portfolio of products to provide businesses and households alike with faster, smarter and easier ways of protecting premises.

The business has launched three new next generation alarm signalling products which can be used to monitor a range of risks, including physical break-ins, fire, gas leaks and flooding. A fourth product will be launched early in 2019 to complete the new portfolio.

Customers will benefit from a much faster experience end-to-end, from the installation of their new security system through to connectivity, signalling and fault reporting.

The products are also easier to use with the introduction of a new app for installers which allows for faster customer set-up, while a new app for end user customers allows them to receive notifications and alerts.

The new products have also been designed to be more environmentally friendly, requiring less energy to run and using recyclable packaging.

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The products have comprehensive levels of security built-in with end-to-end encryption, while 24/7 technical support and a ten-year warranty provides customers with the high levels of reliability and reassurance they need from their alarm system.

The portfolio comprises the following new products:

Essential: This is the entry-level package which offers a fast and affordable wireless security alarm signalling system. It’s also monitored by security experts who will keep an eye on customers’ premises 24/7.

Advanced: This package comes with two signalling paths to provide twice the reassurance and is ideal for low-to-medium risk sites with the flexibility to upgrade if required.

Advanced Extra: This offers the same features as Advanced, but with even faster reporting times. If there’s a fault with the connection, the experts will be alerted in just 180 seconds.

Ultimate: This is BT Redcare’s premium product which covers every level of risk. Underpinned by resilient and future-proof IP broadband and smart 4G connections, the product boasts a built-in broadband hub and superior levels of security and reliability, with battery back-up to keep the system running even in the event of a power cut. It also has faster response times, with its enhanced monitoring capabilities alerting security experts about any connection issues within just 90 seconds.

John Ware, general manager at BT Redcare, said: “We’re introducing faster, smarter and greener ways of protecting businesses and homes underpinned by the best fixed and mobile networks in the UK. We’ve designed our next generation portfolio based on feedback from Alarm Receiving Centres, installers, insurers, businesses and homeowners. With our products meeting the very highest standards in the industry, we can provide our customers with the peace of mind they’re looking for in an alarm signalling system.”

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Fire door safety campaigners “step up first line of defence”

Through Fire Door Safety Week (FDSW), fire door safety campaigners are working to ensure public and private sector landlords and building owners stop risking the lives of tenants and ensure fire doors are correctly inspected, specified, fitted and maintained.

Fire doors are the first line of defence against devastating fires and, when properly built, installed and maintained, they save lives and protect property. Despite this, fire doors across the UK are still often badly fitted, non-compliant, left propped open or damaged and, as a result, could be putting millions of lives at stake.

The team behind FDSW 2018 (which runs from 24-30 September) is gearing up for its campaign that will continue to educate about the critical role that fire doors play in delaying the spread of smoke and fire and keeping occupants and firefighters safe.

The FDSW campaign – entitled: ‘Fire Door Five: Shutting the Door on Fire and Smoke’ – aims to draw attention to the importance of properly-fitted and accredited fire doors as well as raising awareness of the dangers of smoke inhalation and the role that correctly installed fire doors can play in preventing the spread of both fire and smoke.

Part of the activity will see campaigners explore the need to establish a Building Safety Fund to help pay for vital and potentially life-saving fire safety improvements in Local Authority and Housing Association accommodation.

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Hannah Mansell, spokesperson for FDSW as well as being the British Woodworking Federation’s (BWF) head of technical research and insight, chair of the Passive Fire Protection Forum and a trustee of the Children’s Burns Trust, said: “Through Fire Door Safety Week, we will once more renew our efforts to ensure that residents, landlords and building owners across the UK are armed with the information they need to make informed decisions that will improve safety.”

Mansell continued: “There’s no doubt that, when fully-fitted with their correct and compatible components, properly installed and maintained, fire doors play a crucial role in saving lives in the event of a fire. The legacy of neglect means that more lives could be lost as a result of sub-standard fire protection measures. We know that the necessary corrective actions will cost money and that’s precisely why we are asking the Government set up a Building Safety Fund for Housing Associations and Local Authorities such that they can carry out replacement and repair works. Finance should not be used as an excuse. The stakes are too high.”

Mansell went on to state: “Tenants and the general public will, as always, play a key part and make sure their voices are heard by reporting fire doors that are propped open, damaged or in poor condition, rather than waiting for landlords or building owners to inspect fire doors. Indeed, as part of Fire Door Safety Week, we have created a Five-Step Fire Door Check to help people check their fire doors and empower them to report faults.”

Massive learning curve

Over the last year, there has been significant discussion about the responsibility of landlords, councils and Housing Associations to ensure the safety of their tenants, but according to Mansell there’s still a massive learning curve in terms of awareness about how fire doors that are correctly specified, installed, maintained and of course closed can limit the effect of fire and smoke, and what to do in the event of a fire.

“Due to this uncertainty, our focus for Fire Door Safety Week in 2018 is ‘shutting the door on fire and smoke’. We want to educate everyone on how effective fire doors can be in stopping the spread of fire and smoke.”

A national campaign, FDSW is run by the BWF, the BWF-Certifire Scheme and the Fire Door Inspection Scheme in partnership with the Home Office’s own National Fire Safety Campaign. Throughout the week, there will be numerous events and campaign activities designed to raise awareness about the importance of fire door safety.

*To access a free toolkit of fire safety advice resources to help run your own FDSW activities visit www.firedoorsafetyweek.co.uk

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Norbain adds Honeywell Security products to portfolio

Norbain can now offer its customers solutions from industry leader Honeywell Solutions. Honeywell is a full range manufacturer of security products offering the full range of solutions: CCTV, access control and fire, as well as integrated solutions. The business offers over 60 years of experience in the design and manufacture of security products installed into key verticals right up to critical infrastructure.

Ashley Wyton, systems sales leader for the UK and Ireland at Honeywell, commented: “Norbain is an ideal choice as a distribution partner as it offers a fantastic pedigree in the systems solutions market. Honeywell is looking to enhance its market penetration with complete security solutions, and we believe that the calibre of Norbain and its customer base will help to deliver our ambitious market growth aspirations.”

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Steve Marshall, divisional director for new business initiatives at Norbain, responded: “We’re delighted to be able to partner with an industry leader such as Honeywell. Our supplier selection process is a very careful one, and we only bring on brands that we feel will add another facet to our offer. Honeywell’s focus on integration and high service levels are an ideal fit for our portfolio.”

*An extensive selection of Honeywell solutions will be published in the upcoming Norbain Catalogue and will shortly be available at http://www.norbain.com

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SSR Personnel Charity Golf Day in aid of Embrace set to run on 25 September

SSR Personnel – the largest recruitment consultancy dedicated to the security, fire, health and safety sectors and presently operating in 20 countries – has announced the date for its 2017 Charity Gold Day. The event – which this year runs in support of Embrace (www.embracecvoc.org.uk), the charity actively supporting child victims of crime – takes place on Monday 25 September at the Bentley Golf Club in Brentwood, Essex.

Bentley Golf Club was established in 1972 designed by the Swan Family. Purchased by the Members in 2004, it’s now ranked as one of the premier golf clubs in the county. Bentley continues to host a number of county-focused golfing events (including the Essex County Championship) and is also a regular venue for the Essex Captains.

The course has attained a silver ranking in the HSBC regional course rankings and is laid out over an undulating terrain that has a wealth of mature, mixed species trees with many water features. The course itself extends to 6,703 yards (Par 72). Hole 16 is the ‘signature hole’ and is a Par 4 with an acute dog-leg to the right.

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The price for those who wish to take part will be £75 per individual player, with a concession for four-balls booked at £260.

Following the golf there will be a three-course meal, prize-giving and an auction that will take place from 3.30 pm. Meal only tickets will be available. SSR Personnel welcomes auction or raffle prizes to ensure that as much money as possible is raised for Embrace and the child victims of crime.

Embrace is a charity that helps to take away the hurt, relieve poverty, sickness, trauma and distress arising among children, resident in the UK, who have suffered as a result of any criminal offence and promotes children’s education, health and welfare; encourages their social inclusion and community involvement and actively seeks to develop their personal safety.

*For further details on the 2017 SSR Personnel Charity Gold Day and to request a booking form please contact Carole Henley, SSR Personnel, Suite 7, James Yard, Larkshall Road, London E4 9UA (e-mail: chenley@ssr-personnel.com, telephone 020 8626 3100)

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