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Veracity wins prestigious environment accolade at 2016 VIBES Awards

Veracity, the provider of innovative and intelligent solutions that solve real-world IP video challenges in transmission, storage and display has won a Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland (VIBES) 2016 ‘Environmental Product or Service’ Award, which recognises the significant contribution to the environment made by the company through its products and approach to end-to-end product lifecycle management.

VIBES* is Scotland’s leading environmental awards scheme. For the last 17 years, it has recognised and rewarded those businesses contributing towards the country’s sustainable development by taking significant steps to either improve or reduce their impact on the environment. This year, 32 Scottish businesses were shortlisted from a record number of entries. Each of the finalists underwent a rigorous judging process, including a programme of site visits, in order that their environmental practices could be assessed.

The award recognises the significant contribution to the environment which Veracity’s products make while delivering cutting-edge technology and consistently reliable quality. The manner in which the company and its staff demonstrably commits to reducing energy costs in the production, performance and lifecycle of its products was duly recognised by the Judges.

Alongside the continued enthusiasm of the team, this award should assist in stimulating a wider adoption of the technology globally, in turn creating measurable environmental and economic benefits through a quantifiable reduction in the carbon footprint associated with the rapidly growing surveillance industry.

VIBES 2016 Awards Ceremony, Tue, 8, November, 2016

Veracity’s Murray Bothwell and Sam Brown accept the 2016 VIBES Award

Both Veracity’s COLDSTORE and TIMENET solutions were mentioned specifically for the significant levels of energy saved, as was the company’s consideration of the whole end-to-end product lifecycle.

“COLDSTORE has won a number of awards for technical innovation, so we’re delighted to see that its environmental credentials have also now been recognised,” said Alastair McLeod, Group CEO of Veracity. “Winning in our first year of entering these awards is a great achievement. We’re very grateful to the Veracity team that developed COLDSTORE, the design of which is underpinned by the three core values of the company: innovation, reliability and environmental awareness.”

Gillian Bruce, chair of the VIBES Awards, commented: “The VIBES Awards recognise and showcase the fantastic work being undertaken by businesses across the country to put sustainability at the heart of their operations, often saving money in the process. We’ve been very impressed by the high standard of entries in 2016, and with a record number of companies entering the VIBES Awards this year, it’s encouraging to see that so many businesses understand how reducing their environmental impact can also benefit their business. We would like to congratulate Veracity and all of our 2016 winners and finalists and hope that many more companies will be inspired to follow in their footsteps by recognising the benefits of sustainability in business.”

Alongside winning the Environmental Product or Service Award, Veracity was also shortlisted in the VIBES Innovation category and will now go forward to the larger-scale European awards which take place in 2017.

*VIBES is a strategic partnership between the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, the Scottish Government, Scottish Water, Scottish Enterprise, Highland and Islands Enterprise, Zero Waste Scotland, the Energy Saving Trust and Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group. The awards are further supported by CBI Scotland, the Institute of Directors, the Federation of Small Businesses, Bright Green Business and Quality Scotland

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Pointer presented with Investors in Young People Gold Award for impressive youth employment policy

Recognised as one of the largest independent security companies in the UK, Pointer has now been honoured for its commitment to employing young people, with the Investors in Young People (IIYP) Gold Award for Good Practice bestowed upon the Glasgow-based business by Annabelle Ewing MSP.

To mark the accreditation, Ewing (the Minister for Youth and Women’s Employment) visited Pointer’s headquarters in Glasgow city centre in order to meet some of the talented and ambitious young people recruited by the company and also learn about some of the training and recognition they’ve received.

The Minister duly commended Pointer for its commitment to young people as well as the company’s strong focus on creating employment and training opportunities within Scotland’s risk and security management sector.

Speaking at the presentation, Annabelle Ewing enthused: “I’m delighted that Pointer has been recognised for its commitment to employing and investing in young people. Over the last few years, the company has introduced a number of youth employment programmes for staff who want to pursue a career in the risk and security management sector. In fact, this is the perfect example of what companies in the risk sector can do. It offers recruitment and training opportunities that provide good development potential for young people so they can plan ahead and nurture longer-term ambitions.”

Ewing added: “This accreditation is a very significant achievement and indicative of the culture that Pointer has created. It’s a culture that places young people at the very heart of how the business consistently achieves its results.”

Funding from the Scottish Government

An initiative devised by Investors in People Scotland, the IIYP scheme is supported by £1 million worth of funding from the Scottish Government. It’s Scotland’s only people management award focusing on employers’ recruitment and retention of young people.

The scheme originated through a key recommendation from the Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, led by Sir Ian Wood.

Peter Russian, CEO at Investors in People, commented: “Pointer has demonstrated a real desire to recruit, develop and retain young people as part of its business. This Gold Award is a fantastic achievement for the company, and I offer my heartfelt congratulations.”

Russian went on to state: “The Investors in Young People framework not only recognises and supports organisations in the employment of young people, but also marks them out as an employer of choice. The benefits of recruiting and developing young people are countless. These include the creation of a talent pool for the future, new and increased skills, fresh eyes and mindsets on business operations plus enthusiasm and the development of unique talents.”

Sandy Rowan, CEO at Pointer, told Risk UK: “I’m extremely proud that Pointer has achieved this milestone. The IIYP accreditation represents a true commitment to our employees and demonstrates a solid foundation for good practice. One of the biggest challenges businesses face is finding the right personnel to help them grow. Along with IIYP, we firmly believe that the recruitment and development of young people is a great way to build a dynamic and productive workforce.”

Rowan also asserted: “By attaining this accreditation, Pointer has proven itself to be an organisation that listens to new ideas, modern viewpoints and energetic minds while also committing to the realisation of each individual’s true potential. Youth employment is a key pillar of our business plan. I’m delighted that our work in this area has been recognised.”

*Further information about Investors in Young People may be accessed online at: www.investorsinpeople.co.uk/investors-young-people

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Scottish Parliament debates fire risk assessment procedures ten years on from Rosepark Care Home tragedy

Ten years after the fatal fire at the Rosepark Care Home in Lanarkshire, Scotland, MSP Michael McMahon has tabled a Parliamentary Motion (debated in the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 29 October) recommending that all fire risk assessors should be qualified and, preferably, third party certificated.

The fire at Rosepark on 31 January 2004 claimed the lives of 14 elderly residents after flames broke out in a cupboard and subsequently ripped through the building. In support of his Parliamentary Motion, McMahon pointed out that one key finding of the fatal accident enquiry into Rosepark was that the fire risk assessment had been inadequate and the person who carried it out wasn’t qualified to do so.

The MSP for Uddingston and Bellshill in Glasgow believes an awareness campaign would help Duty Holders responsible for care homes to understand the contents of the guidance and those at commercial premises to appreciate the requirements placed on them by the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005. McMahon’s Parliamentary Motion also highlights the contents of the Scottish Government’s Practical Fire Safety Guidance for Care Homes, published back in March this year.

McMahon acknowledges that there has been progress since the fatal Rosepark fire, but added: “Fire risk assessments in complex buildings such as care homes are challenging exercises. The Duty Holder has to rely heavily on the capabilities and competencies of the fire risk assessor. How can the Duty Holder be confident that the fire risk assessor is competent and the advice given is up to standard and up-to-date?”

The fire at Rosepark in January 2004 claimed the lives of 14 elderly residents after flames broke out in a cupboard and ripped through the building

The fire at Rosepark in January 2004 claimed the lives of 14 elderly residents after flames broke out in a cupboard and ripped through the building

According to the MSP, third party accreditation is the only way forward and McMahon is now urging the Scottish Government to take immediate action by:
*Launching an awareness campaign (including direct contact through leaflets and via the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service) demonstrating to businesses the need for fire risk assessments
*Embracing and advocating third party certification
*Consulting the industry and stakeholders to make third party certification mandatory before an assessor can offer fire risk assessment services

Acting decisively to prevent further fires

McMahon feels that much has been done since the Rosepark tragedy, but stresses that more needs to be achieved in the area of fire risk assessment. “We owe it to the memory of those who lost their lives in Rosepark ten years ago, and their friends and relatives, to act decisively and prevent further fires,” urged the MSP.

The Parliamentary Motion was supported by Margaret Mitchell MSP, who commented: “Ten years on from Rosepark, it’s appropriate to evaluate whether or not there are sufficient requirements placed on care homes to prevent such an accident from happening again.”

MSPs Kenneth Gibson and Siobhan McMahon have also supported the Motion, stating that more can be done and that there’s no room for complacency. They agree that third party certification is the best way forward.

Community safety minister Roseanna Cunningham responded by saying that much had already changed. The minister added that the Regulatory Review Group is currently looking at fire safety legislation and is due to report back early next year. Cunningham has promised to write and ask the group to look at fire risk assessment as part of that extensive review.

In a bid to remove potential fire hazards, commercial buildings and non-domestic premises in Scotland are already forced to carry out a fire safety risk assessment under the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 in conjunction with the Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006. If the assessment is thought to have been carried out to an insufficient extent, the enforcing authority has the power to prosecute the Duty Holder.

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