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“New Government must help deliver productivity boost” urges ADS

Defence and security sector Trade Association ADS Group has stated that the UK’s future economic success will depend on the new Government working with industry to achieve a major boost in productivity.

Launching ADS’ five-point ‘General Election Manifesto’, CEO Paul Everitt said the spotlight would be on the new Government’s commitment to putting in place the foundations for substantial gains in productivity by attracting investment, supporting innovation and delivering a Brexit deal designed to sustain UK competitiveness.

“The UK needs a step change in productivity to fully achieve our potential and put vital sectors of our economy on the right footing to compete around the world,” stressed Everitt. “The Government elected on Thursday 8 June will face economic challenges that it must work in partnership with industry to address if we’re to achieve sustainable and long-term economic growth. Any failure to prioritise productivity gains would put at risk the UK’s future ability to generate high value jobs and maximise the economic potential of our ingenuity.”

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Paul Everitt: CEO at the ADS Group

Everitt continued: “We need to see the development of an ambitious industrial strategy with full political and financial backing, support for SME investment in technologies and the latest advanced manufacturing processes, and prioritisation of innovation to make sure the UK benefits from the jobs, exports and growth that flow from new ideas.”

The five election priorities set out by ADS are as follows:

(1) Develop an ambitious Industrial Strategy that attracts global investment

The Government must build on successful sector strategies with long-term political and financial backing for an ambitious industrial strategy

(2) Prioritise productivity by investing in supply chains

Given the UK’s long-term productivity challenge, the UK must support SMEs in their ability to invest in new technologies, develop world-class skills and adopt the latest manufacturing processes

(3) Invest in industrial innovation

Prioritising and focusing funding on industrial innovation, as well as scientific research, would ensure that the UK benefits from the jobs, exports and growth that flow from our innovative ideas

(4) Enhance national security by investing in UK capability

The next Government should ensure its value for money analysis recognises and reflects the benefits of equipping a UK supply chain with the capabilities, technologies and engineering services necessary for our long-term national security

(5) Deliver a Brexit deal that sustains our global competitiveness

Our sectors’ ability to compete globally depends on a stable transition to a new deal with the EU that delivers what might best be termed ‘frictionless’ trade and access to regulators, R&D programmes and skills

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Charter Global launches “first-ever” SR5 security-rated shutter solution to UK market

With heightened levels of security across the globe, Charter Global – established manufacturer of the Obexion LPS 1175 range of security shutters – has raised the bar in terms of security by introducing the “first-ever” SR5 security-rated shutter.

The Obexion MD SR5 is certified to LPS 1175 Issue 7 SR5 and specifically designed to provide the highest level of security available for high risk locations such as Critical National Infrastructure, military and national security establishments as well as high value public and commercial premises.

The SR5 is designed to protect against a sustained and professional attempt to gain entry using a range of handheld performance power tools for extended periods of time.

To achieve this exceptional level of security rating, the shutters have to withstand a total attack time of ten minutes using various high performance power tools including an 18 V reciprocating saw and an angle grinder.

Charter Global's Obexion SR5 security shutter

Charter Global’s Obexion SR5 security shutter

Obexion’s ‘Lockdown’ technology means that the SR5 requires no auxiliary locking system. The ‘profiles’ lock the shutters in any stop position, fully closed or otherwise. This means the shutters cannot be forced open to gain entry, making them ideal as a first point of entry security for any facility.

The SR5 can be installed on re-enforced concrete and structural steelwork, but its lightweight construction also means that it may be installed on buildings of cultural and historic interest.

The shutters are motorised to allow controlled ascent and descent with either a 240 V/415 V motor depending on aperture size and/or duty cycle. There’s a full range of controls including push button, key and radio control or the system may be integrated into building management systems and third party alarms.

Electronic monitoring and alarm options are available for higher risk environments.

Roger Humphreys, Charter Global’s managing director, told Risk UK: “With the certification of Obexion to LPS 1175 Level 5, and with a continuing programme of product development and testing, we feel we’ve established a new benchmark for the security shutter market and we’re committed to build further on this success. We will continue to listen to our customers and develop products that meet developing risks and changing environments.”

For over a decade, Charter Global has been supplying specialist security shutters to prestige commercial properties, retail premises, buildings requiring high levels of security, those in high risk locations and critical infrastructure projects.

The company also supplies bespoke security shutters for specialist applications, working with clients to develop specific products to resist evolving attack methodologies, tool capabilities and risk status.

Charter Global’s products are LPCB approved and accredited by Secured by Design, UVDB Supplier, SMAS, SSIP, the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme and also benefit from Safecontractor accreditation.

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Alex Younger appointed as next Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service

With the agreement of Prime Minister David Cameron, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has announced that Alex Younger is appointed as successor to Sir John Sawers as Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service. Younger will take up the appointment in November.

The Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), often known as MI6, collects Britain’s foreign intelligence. The Service is based at Vauxhall Cross in London and provides Her Majesty’s Government with a global covert capability to promote and defend the national security and economic well-being of the United Kingdom.

Philip Hammond stated: “I’m pleased to announce that Alex Younger has been appointed as the next Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service. The work of MI6 is world class and its operation vital to the safety and security of the United Kingdom. Alex brings a wealth of relevant experience to the role, including his work in Afghanistan and helping keep the country safe during the London 2012 Olympics.”

Hammond added: “I’d also like to thank Sir John Sawers for his strong leadership and personal commitment to a modernising agenda. I wish him well for the future.”

Alex Younger: the next Chief of MI6

Alex Younger: the next Chief of MI6

Commenting on his appointment, Alex Younger said: “I’m delighted and honoured to become Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service and lead one of the best intelligence agencies in the world. Our dedicated staff work tirelessly against an array of threats that this country faces. They do so in close partnership with both MI5 and GCHQ with whom I’m looking forward to co-operating very closely.”

Younger also commented: “I would like to pay tribute to John Sawers for his lifetime’s dedication to the country and particularly to his time as Chief of MI6. He brought us into a new era, and I’m determined to build on this and bring my ideas for a modern Service to life.”

In response, Sir John Sawers said: “I’m delighted that my colleague and friend is taking over from me. He has played a vital part alongside me in modernising the SIS and ensuring that the Service is in the best possible shape to play its part in defending the country’s security and our values.”

Alex Younger: the Curriculum Vitae

Alex Younger is a career SIS officer and has been in the Service since 1991.

For the last two years he has been overseeing the Service’s intelligence operations worldwide. Younger has held overseas postings in Europe and the Middle East and was the senior SIS officer in Afghanistan.

He has filled a variety of operational roles in London, including leading the Service’s work on counter-terrorism in the three years running up to the 2012 Olympic Games.

Before joining the Service, Younger – an economics graduate – served as an officer in the British Army.

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