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£500,000 loan boosts security barrier production at Rosehill Security

A security products firm based in West Yorkshire has secured a £500,000 loan from Mercia Fund Managers to step up production of its range of hostile vehicle mitigation (HVM) barriers made from recycled rubber.

Rosehill Security, which is based in Sowerby Bridge, has received the funding from NPIF – Mercia Debt Finance, which is managed by Mercia Fund Managers and is part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund and Mercia’s EV SME Loans Fund.

The division of Rosehill Polymers has developed a range of innovative vehicle security barriers (VSBs) that can be rapidly deployed to protect people and buildings from Vehicle-as-a-Weapon (VAW) attacks.

The barriers have been selected by security forces, event organisers and sports clubs across the globe and have been used in locations ranging from the London Marathon to the Ministry of Finance in Paris.

The investment will be used to scale-up the manufacture of the company’s current product portfolio to meet the growing demand for VSBs and also to develop additional products.

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Rosehill Polymers Group was founded in 1988 and now employs 100 people across six operating divisions producing coatings, adhesives, railway crossings, coloured rubber granules for playgrounds and traffic calming products.

Dr Alexander Celik, managing director of Rosehill Polymers Group, informed Risk Xtra: “The protection against VAW attacks has fast become a high priority across the world. As a result, we’re seeing growing demand for Rosehill Security’s range of HVM and perimeter security solutions products. This investment will allow us to move forward with our plans to increase production capacity, improve efficiencies and continue to develop the product range.”

Jonathan Craig, investment manager at Mercia, added: “Rosehill Polymers Group’s bold approach has paid off, allowing the business to successfully diversify and develop new markets. This funding will allow the business to continue its expansion and step up production to meet growing worldwide demand.”

Mark Wilcockson, senior manager at the British Business Bank, said: “Since its launch in 2017, NPIF’s impact on businesses has been wide-ranging, providing funding to launch new products, employ new staff, enter new markets and acquire new facilities. We’re pleased that NPIF is continuing to unlock the North’s growth potential by supporting small businesses with vital investment.”

The NPIF project is supported financially by the European Union using funding from the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 and the European Investment Bank.

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Hadley Group brings latest batch of fencing solutions to FENCEX 2018

Hadley Group, a global manufacturer of cold roll-formed sections and profiles, will be showcasing its innovative range of fully-engineered security fencing solutions at FENCEX 2018. End users visiting the event should head for Stand 2 on Wednesday 17 October at the NEAC at Stoneleigh Exhibition Park in Warwickshire.

Hadley Group’s cold-rolled steel fencing systems provide an optimum strength-to-weight ratio ensuring maximum durability, easier handling and faster installation. The systems are designed and manufactured by the company’s own in-house cold roll-form profile design team.

On display at FENCEX will be the manufacturer’s UltraFence system, the first complete cold-rolled engineered palisade fencing system where every component has been specifically designed to optimise strength-to-weight ratio. Lighter, stronger and more economical than alternatives, the product is also generally quicker to install. The system is made up of three main components – UltraPost, UltraRail and UltraPale – to ensure an attractive and robust perimeter fencing solution.

Hadley Group’s railing system, designated UltraBar, will also be presented at FENCEX. It’s a system that has been designed for easy erection with pre-assembled panels that simply bolt into place. Featuring Hadley Group’s patented raking joint system, UltraBar affords the installer the desired angle on an instant and effortless basis.

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Aesthetically pleasing, traditionally styled and cost-effective, the railings are ideal for parks and outdoor recreational facilities.

Finally, Hadley Group will also be showcasing its UltraSecure system. This fencing system features steel slats fixed between each pale to offer heightened levels of defence, thereby providing an extremely strong and secure perimeter. The security system is available in two forms: solid for applications requiring total privacy, or perforated where good surveillance of the premises is required.

All of Hadley Group’s fencing systems are worldwide patent protected and compliant with the relevant British Standards.

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Adam Lyness, sales manager at Hadley Group, will be on the stand to offer practical insight and product advice throughout the day. “FENCEX is a unique exhibition where we can really demonstrate our wide range of fencing systems,” said Lyness in conversation with Risk Xtra. “We can provide fencing solutions for any environment, whether that’s for a playground area or properties that need high security. With over 50 years of experience, innovation and expertise, we’re looking forward to helping visitors learn more about us and what Hadley Group’s fencing solutions can do for them.”

The only UK exhibition dedicated to perimeter security, fencing and access control, FENCEX is staged once every two years and attracts trade delegates from all over the UK and Europe. A must-attend event for contractors, specifiers, security procurement experts, local authority officers, architects, leisure facility managers, highway specialists and statutory bodies alike, the exhibition is designed to present all of the latest products and services in the field.

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Perimeter protection specialist Zaun majors on innovation at Intersec 2018

British innovation is the focus for multi-award winning perimeter protection systems group Zaun at Intersec 2018 as the company unveils new products. On Stand G11 in Hall 1) the company is unveiling two brand new products at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

First, Zaun is announcing the CorruSec SR3 and CorruSec Premier SR4, two new high-security fence systems that resist – for more than five and ten minutes respectively – sustained attack with designated specialist power tools.

Zaun’s stand features the company’s full suite of SR-rated products, installations of its raking ArmaWeave fencing system and also Government-rated PIDs and PulseSecure electric pulse fencing courtesy of electronic and electrified perimeter security systems business Harper Chalice.

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Zaun’s co-founder and director Alastair Henman has made no secret of his intentions to refocus Zaun on its manufacturing strengths and set it apart with pioneering innovation and bold investment. With this in mind, Henman has added strengthened relationships with core contractor customers and architects, strategic acquisitions and renewed energy on collaboration and partnering.

Speaking prior to Intersec (which is running from 21-23 Janaury), Henman observed: “It all contributes to a massively exciting future we’re building here at Zaun. We’re confidently ready to forge into the future and approach 2018 with record consolidated turnover and profit.”

Over the past two decades, Intersec’s influence has spread not only across the Middle East, Africa and the Indian sub-continent, but has also gone well beyond, offering thousands of influential trade buyers the latest security and safety solutions from the world’s premier manufacturers.

Last year, almost 33,000 delegates from all over the world visited more than 1,300 exhibitors present from 58 countries.

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JB Corrie accreditation sees fourth company approved to install ArmaWeave

A fourth company has now been accredited to install ArmaWeave, the approved high-security perimeter fencing system manufactured by Zaun. Specialist fencing installer JB Corrie has committed to training its site operatives in the installation methods for ArmaWeave developed by Zaun over time to make best use of the solution’s high-security woven fabric.

Impressed with the versatility of the system, JB Corrie is now installing the Zaun mesh on several security sites.

The company joins expert installer Allen Fencing Limited, systems integrator Crime & Fire Defence Systems and premier prison fencing installer Binns Fencing, a Zaun subsidiary, as an approved installer.

Contracts director Norton Welch said: “We’re delighted to have received this accreditation and look forward to working closely with Zaun to install its security products in the future.”

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JB Corrie’s contracts director Norton Welch (centre) and senior sales and estimating manager Luke Ryan (left) receive their accreditation to install ArmaWeave from Zaun’s sales and marketing director Chris Plimley

The company – which has been in business for over 100 years and is now in the ownership of the fourth generation Corrie family – installs integrated perimeter protection systems for high security applications and boasts military bases, utilities, power stations and airports among its clients.

Zaun established the installer scheme after increasing requests from customers to recommend contractors with suitable installation, quality and safety standards.

Panels can be raked

ArmaWeave is produced on the world’s largest steel loom at Zaun’s West Midlands manufacturing base. It boasts properties that give it distinct advantages against more traditional welded mesh systems, such as panels that can be raked to accommodate slopes. Therefore, installers require the necessary skill sets to set this up.

The wire of the panels has a tensile strength typically more than double that of welded panels so special methods are needed for cutting the panels during installation.

Zaun trained JB Corrie’s installation teams on the properties and tolerances of ArmaWeave and how it’s manufactured. The training is for ‘fencers’ with proven experience in high-security fencing work who are sponsored by a company that can demonstrate its professionalism through membership of a relevant trade organisation and valid UKAS-accredited ISO 9001 certification.

The certificate of training is only valid while the individual is working for the host company. This ensures that trained individuals are working properly under quality management to install the product.

With its partners, Zaun hopes to increase the adoption of ArmaWeave as the standard for secure sites of Critical National Infrastructure – such as the utilities, Data Centres and nuclear sites – while ensuring consistent installation quality.

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UK’s biggest prison now on verge of full capacity

The biggest prison in the UK should reach full capacity pretty soon, with construction work on track to end this month and allow the opening of the third and final wing. The first prisoners were moved to HMP Berwyn in Wrexham on 28 February and into Bala wing, with this wing and its cousins collectively designed to house 702 prisoners.

The second wing, designated Alwen, opened in May, with Ministry of Justice (MoJ) bosses confirming the third and final wing, Ceiriog, is on schedule to open this month, bringing the total capacity of adult male offenders to 2,106 – 500 inmates more than the biggest current prison in England and Wales was built to hold.

The majority will be Category C prisoners, meaning that they’ve been assessed as having a lower likelihood of escaping, though some Category B prisoners could also be accommodated.

Governor Russ Trent has explained that his emphasis is on rehabilitation, with staff calling the prisoners ‘men’ who will have ‘rooms’ rather than cells.

The construction of HMP Berwyn began in May 2015 and will cost £250 million.

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Reductions in overcrowding

The Government has pledged to spend £1.3 billion on new prisons. After the riots in HMP Birmingham last year, Justice Secretary Liz Truss said the new prison in Wales ‘will help to reduce overcrowding across the estate’. Nine more new prisons are expected to be built, with five set to be opened by 2020.

Binns Fencing won the order to supply and install almost 2 km of 5.2 metre-high prison-standard secure perimeter fencing for the Wrexham ‘super prison’. Manufacturer Zaun supplied the MoJ-approved prison posts and fencing mesh.

Binns has proposed a new model of perimeter security and PIDs procurement and delivery, whereby it offers a single point of contact for the complete perimeter security package, providing greater opportunity for innovation, in turn reducing complexity and the need for managing multiple contractors.

The company believes this could offer significant cost savings on PIDs cable installation as well as both contract and project management costs.

HMP Berwyn is already anticipated to be the cheapest prison to run per prisoner in England and Wales.. It’s expected to run at £14,000 per head per year, including overheads, compared with £40,170 at HMP Parc in Bridgend, which was built under the Government’s Private Finance Initiative and is operated by G4S.

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Jacksons Fencing issues Guide to Managing Noise Pollution for physical perimeter designers

Jacksons Fencing has issued its latest guide, entitled ‘Managing Noise Pollution’, for landscape architects, urban planners, exterior designers and others involved in the specification of external physical perimeters.

A recent study found that those who live in noisy cities are more likely to suffer from hearing loss. The main reason for this is excessive noise from traffic, construction, industry and people going about their daily lives.

Noise pollution has a huge effect on populations causing people stress, fatigue and poor sleep quality. In fact, according to the World Health Organisation, it costs us $750 billion globally when medical bills, lost earnings and other hearing loss-related problems are taken into account.

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Cris Francis, head of commercial sales at Jacksons Fencing, commented: “Noise pollution is now a big concern in our cities as we build more major roads, rail and other transport networks closer to where we live and work. Such a concentration of construction activity, vehicles and people brings with it noise that, in many cases, is unwanted and avoidable. Our new guide highlights the impact of sound and aims to provide advice on how timber acoustic barriers can reduce unwanted noise and improve our surroundings with natural façades that are both sustainable and cost-effective.”

The UK had over 65 million inhabitants at the start of 2016, with a density of 263 people per square kilometre. As our cities expand exponentially, the population is projected to reach 77 million in 2050, so even more demands are being put on housing and critical infrastructure like roads and rail.

The continued growth means that we’re now seeing developments including commercial, leisure and other properties being built very close to each other. When intersected with the aforementioned new transport links, that equates to more exposure to excessive noise for a large number of the populace.

Jacksons Fencing has developed a range of acoustic fencing barriers with the modern urban landscape in mind. Working with independent sound engineers, the firm’s team of technical and engineering experts can assist those involved in the design and construction of external spaces by providing tailored advice, guidance and expertise every step of the way, from design support through to manufacturing and installation.

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Social engineering “a top cause of cyber incidents” finds Cyber Resilience Report

Research commissioned by Crises Control from the Business Continuity Institute for its annual Cyber Resilience Report 2016 confirms much of what we already suspected about the changing nature of the cyber threat and the way that cyber criminals have found new ways to defeat corporate perimeter security.

66% of respondents to the survey reported that their companies had been affected by at least one cyber security incident over the last 12 months. The costs of these incidents varied greatly, with 73% reporting total costs over the year of less than €50,000, but 6% reporting annual costs of more than €500,000.

The increased difficulty of breaching perimeter security and the increased human resources available to cyber criminals has combined to produce a new point of attack. This is focused on the weakest link in the corporate security chain, which is now human beings rather than technology.

The term ‘social engineering’ describes this attack vector, which relies heavily on human interaction and often involves tricking people into breaking normal security procedures. The BCI research shows clearly that phishing (ie obtaining sensitive data through false representation) and social engineering is now the single top cause of cyber disruption, with over 60% of companies reporting being hit by such an incident over the past 12 months.

A further 37% were hit by spear phishing (ie phishing through identity fraud).

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The research has also confirmed that, to effectively counter this threat, companies now need behavioural threat detection provided by a cyber security network monitoring solution. These plug-in devices monitor your network for signs of suspicious insider activity and failed attempts to hack into the system.

They can also provide invaluable intelligence to be acted upon proactively to nip a successful hack or insider threat in the bud.

Traditional anti-virus monitoring software is no longer enough. The BCI research shows that 72% of companies have this software in place, but only 26% of real cyber security incidents were actually discovered through this route. Much worse, 18% of incidents came to attention through an external source such as a customer, a supplier or the impact on a public website.

Network monitoring solutions are much more effective than anti-virus software in terms of alerting companies to a cyber breach, with 63% of businesses having network monitoring software in place and 42% of cyber incidents being brought to attention through the work of the IT Department to whom such systems report.

The scale of the cyber threat can feel overwhelming at times, but educating your own employees about the nature of the threat and then putting in place the right solutions can go a long way towards mitigating the social engineering threat and significantly enhancing your corporate cyber resilience.

The message is simple… Act now before it’s too late.

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