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Zaun hosts ‘Made in Britain’ event to promote value of British manufacturing

A 1,000-strong manufacturers’ organisation that actively promotes the value of British manufacturing as a genuine differentiator visited Wolverhampton last week for its first Sales and Marketing Workshop of the new Autumn season.

Pioneering steel fencing systems manufacturer Zaun hosted and presented at the ‘Made in Britain’ Workshop on Wednesday 19 September with a keen focus on marketing, sales, exports and PR. Delegates heard about digital marketing for manufacturers and received a marketing ‘Masterclass’ from Young’s Seafood’s marketing team. They also learned from Zaun about the company’s sales, marketing and export journey and enjoyed a tour around Zaun’s factory.

The ‘Made in Britain’ initiative highlights the community spirit of the British manufacturing industry. Four events in the Spring brought together members to share stories, ideas and advice. Previous events have been hosted by pioneering recycler Axion in Manchester, iconic British car maker Vauxhall, Knowsley cable manufacturer Tratos and global coffee machine manufacturer Fracino in Birmingham.

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John Pearce: CEO of ‘Made in Britain’

‘Made in Britain’ CEO John Pearce observed: “All the greatest British manufacturers have a story to tell, and the Workshops offer them a chance to sell those stories to each other.  British SME manufacturers need each other more than ever to increase the strength of the British-made supply chain. Typically, at each Workshop two or three new trading relationships are born. We’re all united in the use of the official collective mark to point to the quality, innovation and excellence of British manufacturing.”

Zaun’s marketing manager Steve Roberts responded: “As a company, we’re very proactive at trading on our ‘Britishness’ throughout our business. We’ve seen major success through this route, especially so in the Middle East and following on from our bespoke project work for the London 2012 Olympic Games.”

After the Zaun event, the final two ‘Made in Britain’ Workshops of the year will be at ethical luxury brand The Soap Co in London on 10 October followed by the ESSE foundry in Barnoldswick, Lancashire on 14 November.

‘Made in Britain’ events are for members across all of its 50 product sectors.

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Evolution Security celebrates two decades of business operations

Evolution, the nationwide fire and security company, celebrated its 20th year in business with a party for members of staff which was held on board a New Orleans Paddle Steamer during this month’s Henley Music Festival.

The company, which took on its first employee in October 1996, was one of the early adopters of digital CCTV technology. Its first major project was upgrading the CCTV Control Room at Canary Wharf.

Since those days the company has expanded to comprise a team of almost 90 staff operating out of offices in London, Birmingham, Dublin and Edinburgh, where it recently opened larger premises.

“Several of the employees at the party have been with the business almost from the beginning, while some of our senior staff originally started at Evolution as trainees,” said Richard Lambert, the company’s co-founder and managing director.

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Similarly, many of its original clients – including Statoil and The Daily Telegraph – are still active accounts, vouching for the genuine long-term relationships that the business has built. Evolution now works for major multinationals across Europe and Internationally.

Lambert believes that the biggest change over the last 20 years has been the migration towards IP: “All of our technicians are now IP trained and clients today are increasingly looking to move away from server-based installations towards cloud and web-browser-based solutions,” he added.

Among the more unusual projects Evolution has been involved with over the last two decades was designing a wireless perimeter security detection system for nine CPNI water treatment plants and reservoirs. This solution was to provide early detection of intrusion in the lead up to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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Olympic Games fencing supplier Zaun called in to protect London Underground construction project

London Underground has once again turned to high-security fencing systems supplier Zaun to protect one of its sites during important construction works.

Zaun has supplied MultiFence – a temporary, high-security fencing and gate system it developed specifically for the London 2012 Games – to help safeguard the £1 billion upgrade of Tottenham Court Road London Underground station.

MultiFence was used previously as hoardings to provide access while protecting construction works at nearby St Paul’s station, at Kings Cross station and also at the famous Bull Ring complex in central Birmingham.

Zaun became synonymous with temporary security fencing when it installed the 20 km boundary to the main Olympic Park, which included some intriguing 7.5 metre-high parapet fencing alongside the adjacent railway line, with a further 1.5 km of fencing providing a ‘ring-within-a-ring’ around the Olympic Stadium itself.

Crossrail and Transport for London are jointly redeveloping the existing 100 years-old tube station at Tottenham Court Road and building a new station, which is expected to be completed by 2016-2017.

The work is at the intersection of Oxford Street, Charing Cross Road and Tottenham Court Road. The existing London Underground station handles 150,000 passengers per day, a figure forecast to increase to 200,000 per day when Crossrail comes on stream.

Key journey times will be reduced from Tottenham Court Road station to other stations including Canary Wharf (from 21 minutes down to 12 minutes), Ealing Broadway (27 minutes to 12 minutes) and Heathrow (53 minutes to 28 minutes).

The new, four-storey station will feature a Ticket Hall at Dean Street, three new station entrances, step-free access, additional escalators to access Northern Line platforms, a public piazza, access to the Northern and Central Line platforms and a western station box.

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‘A Manifesto for Professional Security’: The Security Institute’s ‘Vision of The Future’

On Tuesday 18 November at The Churchill War Rooms in central London, The Security Institute launched ‘A Manifesto for Professional Security’. The Keynote Speech was delivered by Emma Shaw CSyP, the Institute’s chairman, who duly outlined the organisation’s vision for making professional security more effective: a profession that’s recognised and respected for the immense value it delivers to society, to organisations in both the public and private sector and, indeed, individual members of the public.

Everything The Security Institute has done over the first 15 years of its existence has been building up to this point. We would like to think that our new document entitled: ‘Recognised, Respected and Professional: A Manifesto for Professional Security’ carries on the tradition of The Security Institute’s founding members. Back in 1999, those founding members were willing to seek change and courageous enough to do their utmost in a bold bid to realise that change.

This is the point at which I feel our professional body comes of age. The point at which we are mature enough to profess that we can only achieve our ambitions for this profession not by pursuing our own agenda or through acting as a member association with a narrow focus on member interests but instead by recognising that the first duty of a professional body is to serve the profession itself and all of its many and varied stakeholders.

We understand that, across the sector, there are valuable relationships currently being used for narrow benefit that could be developed to serve the greater good.

First and foremost, this new Manifesto is about collaboration. It sets out a vision and a series of initiatives that encourage working together to achieve key outcomes. In working to bring about those defined outcomes, all organisations within the sector would maintain full autonomy and retain their own individual identity and traditions while at the same time striving to achieve for the good of all.

Emma Shaw CSyP: chairman of The Security Institute

Emma Shaw CSyP: chairman of The Security Institute

A Manifesto for Professional Security: The Background

Undoubtedly, these are times of immense and rapid change for the security profession and all of its practitioners. The nature of the security threat is changing. Accessible information technologies, global networks, diversification of threats and disruptive technologies will all create risks for the public, for society and for businesses in equal measure. These complex threats require complex solutions and, in turn, this will demand far greater collaboration and co-operation from – and between – those responsible for the security of assets as well as the host organisations representing them.

We also need to remember that it’s not only security professionals who are our stakeholders. Ultimately, the end user of all our services is the general public and The Security Institute feels that not enough has been done to include that public in our thinking as a profession.

There’s a need for greater understanding of what the public perceives as threats, which tend towards the local and short term rather than the international and longer term focus of the Government’s National Security Strategy. Through its professional bodies, the security profession must strive to build bridges with the public it seeks to protect. It is the members of the public who are our primary stakeholders.

Following on from this, security also must engage more actively with its user stakeholders in a bid to demystify its practices and make its own case for wider recognition as a force for good in society. On an individual level, security must strive to promote a clear understanding and appreciation of the things the security profession does on a daily basis to maintain stakeholder well-being.

At a time when security is becoming ever more ubiquitous and might be perceived by some as overbearing, we absolutely cannot afford to let the public lose faith in the professionals who work tirelessly to manage and mitigate the risks it faces and, in so doing, keep members of the public safe.

In the pursuit of greater degrees of security, it must be said that a fine line exists between protecting members of the public and infringing their civil liberties. Here, the security profession has the opportunity to be a reassuring and independent presence between the public and the legislature. We can offer a reliable information channel.

Taking this argument a stage further, the security profession has to encourage an ongoing debate around the moral basis of security. It’s also fair to say that ethical challenges will frequently arise as technology empowers the profession to gather, analyse and use data about citizens.

The Security Institute has launched 'A Manifesto for Professional Security'

The Security Institute has launched ‘A Manifesto for Professional Security’

The security profession must evolve

The Institute feels strongly that the security profession must evolve in line with the changing nature of risks and equip practitioners to cope with those risks in order to enable them to meet the challenges facing society at large. Technology is one of the key drivers of change, and the security profession – and its cohort – needs to demonstrate the technical and intellectual skills that enable effective working within this environment.

New tools can help transform the sector. For example, big data analytics might be made into working tools, enabling complex data to be turned into smart data and allowing data analysis on a massive scale that quickly provides deeper insights while creating new types of services for host organisations.

We should also consider the make-up of the security profession. Security is still widely viewed as a second career for those coming out of the military or the police service. We need to encourage young people to enter the security world as a first-choice profession after leaving school or university.

Greater and closer co-operation between stakeholder organisations is essential if we are all to fulfil our individual organisational obligations to the profession.

What, then, are the reasons why things we would all agree need to be done are not being done? First, it’s apparent to many of us that ‘Security’ simply doesn’t speak the language of business or the public effectively and so doesn’t participate in the conversations that frequently set the agenda.

Second, one of the strengths of the security sector is the engagement of its members and the vibrant groups, associations and institutes they establish – but this is also its weakness. The security sector is fragmented and lacking in clear leadership.

We also believe that the nature of the relationship between the profession and the public should change. ‘Security’ needs to develop a relationship with the public whereby the users are the ones demanding the services rather than having services they haven’t asked for imposed upon them.

Returning once more to the key theme of collaboration and co-operation, The Security Institute feels there’s an overriding need for a true and sustaining partnership between the security profession, businesses and institutions and the general public.

The Front Cover of the new 'Manifesto for Professional Security'

The Front Cover of the new ‘Manifesto for Professional Security’

Setting aside parochial interests

The Manifesto asks a number of things of various stakeholders within this profession and those who have influence over it. However diverse, large or small they may be, we call upon all of the professional bodies in this industry to set aside any parochial interests and join with us in working independently and in parallel for the benefit of our profession, our industry and our society.

We call on educational bodies and awarding bodies to join with the professional bodies and examine the future development of structured learning programmes designed to up-skill the security workforce.

We call upon key commercial organisations to work with the professional bodies and provide the funding and support that some of these initiatives will entail.

We call upon Parliament and its many agencies to establish an enabling, meaningful and ongoing dialogue with the profession to ensure it develops in a manner that’s entirely consistent with the needs of Government and society.

To achieve this, the Manifesto proposes a number of initiatives that we – the professional bodies and member associations in the security sector – can establish through working together.

We encourage thoughtful and dynamic collaboration between groups, businesses and individuals. We believe we should establish a Security Commonwealth wherein all organisations come together on an equal basis, retaining their full individual autonomy while working collectively on the development of common approaches to joint challenges

We propose that we should work collaboratively with all willing groups and individuals within the industry to set up a Security Information Service. This will afford the public general advice via a website – ideally sponsored by the industry and, possibly, Government – on all aspects of personal, domestic, travel and cyber security. This can be used to steer public opinion in a favourable direction.

The Security Information Service will share information on how professional security succeeds at major events, such as the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, as well as on a day-to-day basis in peoples’ lives, for instance when they’re at the shops or using public transport. We will celebrate the achievements of those working for the public and support measures to address the abuse and misuse of security.

We wish to work together to improve and heighten the profile of the sector. The Security Institute encourages collaboration with universities and education providers, schools and university careers services and employers. We want to establish clear career paths that demonstrate progress from first entering the profession to roles in the top strata via specialist and generalist positions, technical and business roles.

Put simply, we need to show security to be the challenging, intellectually stimulating, exciting and public-serving discipline that it most certainly is. We can do this through the medium of a Security Careers Advisory Service.

The Foreword is written by Lord Carlile of Berriew, The Security Institute's president

The Foreword is written by Lord Carlile of Berriew CBE QC, The Security Institute’s president

Common position on professionalism

We want to work together on developing and sharing a common position on professionalism within our industry. Our joint aim should be the UK becoming the exemplar model that the world can copy. We can create a Working Group, entitled Security Outreach, and target this outreach to opinion formers, politicians and management organisations such as the CBI and the Institute of Directors. We can increase awareness through the Human Resources profession, the purchasing and supply function and Facilities Management, all of which are key enablers in our area.

We act together to promote The Gold Standard created by The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals, that of the Chartered Security Professional. We act in unison with other industry bodies to create a common point of view and voice that we will use to approach Government with clearly thought-out suggestions designed to encourage and influence the development of a Government White Paper on the future of the security profession. Security Outreach will play a key role in this process.

To ensure that our voice is heard we propose the creation of a Joint Security Associations’ Lobbying Group that would speak on behalf of all the associations – and through them – when representing the profession and its members.

There’s full recognition that this is an ambitious manifesto and requires all stakeholders in the security sector – the associations, the trade bodies, members of the press and individual members – to come together and work effectively for the good of the security profession.

Let’s recognise that we have a great deal in common and that, first and foremost, all bodies in the sector were established to support the members of this profession. There’s much we can and will continue to offer as individual associations, but let’s be brave enough to recognise that there will be many occasions when, if we are to be truly effective, the fact is we are better together, speaking with one voice and promoting a common viewpoint with the weight of our individual organisations firmly behind us.

We recognise that our ambition for the development of the profession is beyond the ability and resources of any one group, organisation or professional association within the sector. We realise that there are many perspectives on the future of the security profession and the broader sector, and that there are informed voices outside of our organisation who can claim thought leadership.

Strong contribution to the sector

We have no wish to necessarily lead these initiatives but undertake to work tirelessly to get them off the ground and to give them our full and continuing support as a willing participant. Indeed, so determined are we to make them a reality that we’re ready to contemplate a future in which The Security Institute itself may cease to exist in its present form and would possibly be subsumed within a larger, more representative grouping that carries greater authority through its universality.

As a professional body, The Security Institute is rightly proud of its journey over the past 15 years. The organisation has made a strong contribution to the sector. However, if this Manifesto meets with an enthusiastic response from other organisations, and we’re able to use its contents in bringing greater cohesion to the profession at large, then this will be our finest achievement to date.

Winston Churchill once famously stated: “I never worry about action, but only inaction.” Together, we have an opportunity before us to start something that’s truly great. Let’s not allow that opportunity to be brought to a halt through inaction. Work with The Security Institute to make it so.

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Zaun’s ‘Ring of Steel’ takes centre stage at NATO Summit

One of the UK’s largest-ever policing operations ensured that the recent NATO Summit held at Newport’s Celtic Manor passed off without any security incidents. Parts of South Wales were locked down inside a ‘Ring of Steel’ (reportedly the world’s biggest ever installation of temporary high security fencing) realised by Zaun.

Up to 9,000 police officers were deployed for the two-day NATO gathering at Newport’s Celtic Manor and various key sites around Cardiff. Zaun manufactured and installed the 13 kilometres of high security fencing erected around the hotel and conference centre, Cardiff Castle, Bute Park, Cardiff Bay, the Millennium Stadium and the nearby airport.

More than 60 world leaders attended the NATO Summit, including UK Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Barack Obama, the first-ever serving US President to visit Wales.

Police officers seconded from 29 of the UK’s 43 police forces were on duty, with planning initiated the moment the NATO Summit was first announced back in October 2013.

Two roads in Newport were closed for more than five days, while all footpaths crossing the Celtic Manor Resort were also shut. A team of 30 project managers, site managers and installers from Zaun complete with 35 articulated lorries full of fencing, barriers and accessories put up the ‘Ring of Steel’, part of which ran alongside the M4 motorway at Junction 24 and the A449.

Zaun's high security fencing designed to protect the Celtic Manor Resort was installed during night closures on the M4

Zaun’s high security fencing designed to protect the Celtic Manor Resort was installed during night closures on the M4

Zaun designed special sections of steel panels that were fixed to existing fencing on a horizontal basis, flipped upright and then dropped into the Roath Basin at Cardiff Bay (as well as next to the Millennium Bridge on the River Taff directly beneath the walls of Cardiff Castle).

Designed to resist mob attack

Twelve-feet high fencing designed to resist mob attack and, in places, hostile vehicle attack was installed in the village of Caerleon in the north of Newport and at a string of sites across Cardiff used by the world leaders.

Minutes after those world leaders left Cardiff Castle on the Thursday night, Zaun’s team moved in and worked 24/7 to dismantle all of the traffic management measures by 6.30 am on Sunday morning (7 September) ahead of the 10K Cardiff road race and fun run. They then removed the remains of what had become a part of life in central Cardiff for weeks – dubbed as Cardiff’s ‘Berlin Wall’ and ‘The Great Wall of Wales’ – to allow traffic and businesses to return to normal on the Monday morning.

The NATO Summit generated its fair share of protesters. News channels including the BBC, ITV and Sky News reported that: ‘People are trying unsuccessfully to tear down the fence’.

Cameron, Obama and Merkel first experienced Zaun’s RDS and SecureGuard fencing last year at the G8 Summit in Enniskillen, which was previously the largest UK security operation with 8,300 police officers deployed at a cost of £60 million.

In March, Zaun also provided the security fencing for the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague. In addition, Zaun installed 20 miles of permanent and temporary fencing to secure the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This included VIP emergency gates at the Olympic Stadium – dubbed ‘The Obama Gates’ – in case of attack attempts during the highest profile and most sought-after events (such as Usain Bolt’s historic 100 metres Gold medal triumph).

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1,500 cyclists complete MITIE’s London Revolution to boost apprenticeships

Last weekend, over 1,500 cyclists took part in the MITIE London Revolution, a 192-mile cycle ride around London that helped to raise over £25,000 for a new Business Development Academy.

The route took in iconic London landmarks, scenic back roads and historic Olympic venues such as the rowing lake at Eton Dorney and Box Hill in Surrey (which formed part of the 2012 Olympic road race).

MITIE sponsored the event for the second year running in association with its partner charity, the MITIE Foundation, and social enterprise Working Knowledge.

The charity cycle ride raised over £25,000 for a new Business Development Academy

The charity cycle ride raised over £25,000 for a new Business Development Academy

MITIE managed to raise over £25,000 which will be used to set-up a new Business Development Academy. This will help harness the raw business talent of 12 young people by offering them formal business training as well as a year of work experience at MITIE as part of a recognised apprenticeship.

Over 200 MITIE employees took part in the event, either as riders or volunteers. The day was organised by Threshold Sports, the sports marketing agency co-founded by double Olympic rowing champion James Cracknell.

Connecting with social enterprises

Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE, MITIE’s CEO, said: “The MITIE London Revolution is a great way to connect with social enterprises and create positive change through sport. It has also helped to challenge our employees to think more about their own health and well-being.”

Ruby McGregor-Smith: CEO at MITIE Group plc

Ruby McGregor-Smith: CEO at MITIE Group plc

McGregor-Smith added: “At MITIE, we’re passionate about providing people with the opportunity to fulfil their potential. Partnering with organisations like Working Knowledge through the MITIE Foundation helps provide a brilliant start for young people in the world of work, as well as helping secure the future of companies like our own.”

Established by MITIE back in 2013, the MITIE Foundation is an independent charity focused on creating opportunities for people of all backgrounds to join the world of work by raising aspirations and unlocking people’s true potential.

The charity is working in partnership with Working Knowledge, a social enterprise that creates chances for young people by opening doors to employment.

*Register your interest for next year’s event and ensure you are first to find out when entries open for 2015. For more information visit: http://www.london-revolution.com

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Sir Ian Johnston joins the SIA’s Board

Sir Ian Johnston has joined the Security Industry Authority (SIA) as a non-executive Board member.

The appointment – which was ratified on 5 February – will see Sir Ian work closely with the SIA’s executive team to ensure the Regulator carries out its duties effectively and to the highest possible standard.

Sir Ian was appointed by the Home Office after an open competition and will serve as a non-executive member of the Board for a three-year term.

Sir Ian’s knowledge and experience in the field of policing and security will be invaluable as the SIA moves towards the introduction of licensing for security businesses.

Sir Ian Johnston

Sir Ian Johnston

On his new appointment, Sir Ian Johnston said: “I’m delighted to have been appointed as a Board member for the SIA. The private security industry has a growing role to play in keeping people safe. Therefore, helping to raise standards is an immensely worthwhile task.”

Sir Ian concluded: “I’m very much looking forward to contributing towards enhancing the quality of what the industry delivers in the years to come.”

Career history to date

Sir Ian is a Deputy Lieutenant for London, a trustee of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust and a member of the Audit Committee for the British Museum.

Previously, he served as the director of security for the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

That role followed on from a 44-year policing career, including eight years as chief constable of the British Transport Police and seven years as assistant commissioner with the Metropolitan Police Service.

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