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NSI-approved companies celebrate success at 2018 IFSEC Security and Fire Excellence Awards

The prestigious 2018 IFSEC Security and Fire Excellence Awards Ceremony was held at the London Hilton Hotel on Park Lane on Wednesday 21 November. A significant number of National Security Inspectorate (NSI)-approved companies from around the UK were among the winners and finalists celebrated at the UBM-organised event for their outstanding achievements.

Approximately 1,000 representatives from the security and fire sectors attended the showcase event, which was hosted by actor James Nesbitt. Organisations, teams and individuals within the security and fire sectors were given well-deserved recognition.

The NSI would like to congratulate the 30 NSI-approved company finalists whose achievements were honoured. Taking home the top prizes in their categories, the organisation applauds the following NSI-approved companies and their teams:

*Active/Passive Fire Project of the Year Marlow Fire & Security

*Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year Glevum Security

*Large Security Installer of the Year Universal Security Systems

*Medium Security Installer of the Year Taylor Technology Systems

*Small Security Installer of the Year Lifeline Alarms & Security Services

*Security Manager of the Year Sarah Watts (Wilson James)

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Engineers of Tomorrow

The NSI is also proud to be a founding stakeholder of the Engineers of Tomorrow competition. As always, the overall winners from the competition (which took place at IFSEC International back in June) were presented with their prizes at the Security and Fire Excellence Awards.

The NSI congratulates the following apprentices on their outstanding achievements and wishes them a rewarding and fulfilling career in the security and fire sectors:

Intruder Alarms Competition

*First Place Max Florey and Josh Dunn (Chris Lewis Fire & Security)

*Second Place Sam Howard and Jamie Rodd (EFT Systems Ltd)

*Third Place Andy Tham and Steven Flannigan (New College Lanarkshire)

Fire Competition (Launched in 2018)

*First Place Sam Howard and Jamie Rodd (EFT Systems Ltd)

*Second Place Aaron Wilson and Stuart McCluskie (New College Lanarkshire)

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Inspiration in HR Award organiser SSR Personnel unveils shortlist for 2018 trophy

The Inspiration in HR Award recognises the work of Human Resources (HR) professionals. Now in its 12th year, the award is open to either individuals or organisations. Judges are looking for Best Practice in HR management where an organisation recognises that HR is a business enabler. 

This year’s finalists are Axis Communications, Axis Security, CIS Security, Gratte Brothers, Helen Corbett (of The Security Institute) and Wilson James.

To reach the shortlist, the above organisations demonstrated that they are wholly focused on quality and have a pride in looking after and developing their workforce.  There’s a partnership in HR and operations management.

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Peter French MBE FSyI CPP: CEO at SSR Personnel and Founder of the Inspiration in HR Award

Shortlisted companies consider that their HR function gives them a competitive edge. They clearly demonstrate going above and beyond any current standards. The Inspiration in HR Award is one that recognises a critical differentiator in business application.

David Clark CPP PCI PSP, chairman of ASIS International’s UK Chapter 208, commented: “This award is increasingly hard to judge, and this year has been even more challenging, I’m enormously pleased to see three organisations from outside of the security guarding sector, which usually comprises the majority of entries, making the shortlist. This is surely testimony to the prestige and expansiveness of this particular award.”

*The winning submission will be announced at the UBM-organised Security and Fire Excellence Awards Ceremony to be held at the London Hilton Hotel, Park Lane on Wednesday 21 November

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Barry Dawson joins Wilson James to head up expanded Southern Region

Security solutions provider Wilson James has amalgamated its City of London and Southern business regions to create a £65 million operational ‘powerhouse’ spearheading a targeted expansion of its specialist security services.

The move signals the company’s increasing focus on offering clients a high level range of technology, cyber and intelligence-led security solutions to complement its industry-leading security guarding offer.

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Barry Dawson

The new Southern Region will be led by Barry Dawson, who joins the business with 30 years’ experience in the security industry encompassing Board level roles at VSG and Advance Security. Dawson is joined by risk management expert Gavin Wilson, tech expert Don McCann and Marc Bannister, working with Crawford Boyce to create and deliver ‘strategic journeys’ for each client in the region.

“The strategic journey is a tailored approach that allows us to offer clients a range of services including not just excellent security guarding, but also Front of House, counter-terrorism, intelligence reporting, global travel risk and social media monitoring,” commented Dawson.

Reporting directly to Dawson are Allison Fraser, Mark Jones and Shai Zach who become strategic account directors, all of them pivotal within the region to ensure Wilson James continues to lead the security sector and deliver service excellence.

Managing director Gemma Quirke observed: “This hugely experienced team means we can offer even better bespoke services to all our clients in this region. It’s an approach that will power the expansion of our security services across all of our operations.”

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BSI launches independent assessment scheme to mitigate risks in supply chain security

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has announced that Wilson James is the first company in the UK to be certified to ISO 28000 for supply chain security management.

The global transportation of goods is becoming a tougher exercise. Organisations operating in high risk countries face daily threats to their supply chains from theft, acts of terrorism, smuggling and product safety.

Globally, over $23 billion worth of cargo is stolen each year while the annual number of cargo thefts has risen by an estimated 24%, exceeding ten-fold the overall increase in merchandise exports. According to the BSI’s most recent global intelligence report, it’s European countries such as Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands that have witnessed the greatest number of thefts.

In response, the BSI has launched an independent assessment scheme specifically designed to assist companies of all sizes to achieve and demonstrate competence in their supply chain security.

ISO 28000, the international standard for supply chain security management, has been developed to help organisations better assess security risks in their supply chain, manage new threats as they emerge and implement the appropriate controls.

The BSI has launched a new scheme to mitigate risks in supply chain security

The BSI has launched a new scheme to mitigate risks in supply chain security

A supply chain security management system ensures traditional supply chain management practices are followed and matched with vital security measures such as validating supplier credentials, screening cargo and securing cargo transit. Addressing security threats aids the global fight against cargo theft and reassures stakeholders of an organisation’s commitment to the safety of its people and the security of goods and services.

London Gateway site contract

Wilson James – a leading provider of security, logistics and business support services in the UK – has now become the first company to be independently assessed by the BSI and achieve certification to ISO 28000.

In 2013, the company won the contract to secure the new London Gateway site of global port operator DP World. A key aspect of the selection of a security provider was that the appointed contractor would achieve ISO 28000 certification by the end of 2014.

For Wilson James, the most obvious benefit of certification to ISO 28000 is being able to ensure that the client’s project requirements are met and that the benefits of the standard will be realised across DP World. There are additional benefits to be realised as well.

“As the first known UK security company to achieve ISO 28000, we can deliver high levels of security management to our customers, differentiating us from others and giving us a clear competitive edge,” commented Angela Goldberg, quality manager at Wilson James. “At the same time we can help our customers recognise the value we’re able to deliver to their business.”

Goldberg continued: “Another important benefit is the reassurance ISO 28000 provides to existing and potential customers. Early indications show it may also save the company money as a result of the introduction of Best Practice procedures that will, in turn, lead to improvements in both performance and efficiencies.”

Lorna Anderson, supply chain security scheme manager at BSI, added: “International cargo is the lifeblood of our global society. It’s essential for countries and companies to reach new markets and achieve growth. Any compromise of supply chains imposes both direct and indirect impacts. Direct impacts include the cost of managing security incidents and increased insurance premiums, while indirect impacts would be reputational damage and loss of trust resulting in a drain on global productivity.”

In conclusion, Anderson explained: “By addressing and reducing the impact cargo disruption has on their business and their clients, organisations stand to benefit financially at the same time as they assist international trade.”

*To view the full Wilson James Case Study visit: http://www.bsigroup.com/Documents/iso-28000/case-study/BSI-ISO-28000-WilsonJames-case-study-UK-EN.pdf

BSI’s tips for implementing ISO 28000

(1) Lead from the top by securing commitment from senior management
(2) Involve the whole business through effective internal communication
(3) Review existing processes with relevant ISO 28000 requirements
(4) Bring your customers and suppliers on board by soliciting feedback around security practices
(5) Establish an implementation team to get the best results
(6) Map out and share roles, responsibilities and timescales
(7) Adapt the requirements of the ISO 28000 standard to your business
(8) Motivate staff with training and incentives
(9) Encourage staff to train as internal auditors
(10) Regularly review procedures to ensure continual improvement

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Wilson James appoints Gemma Quirke as managing director of Security Services

Security and logistics specialist Wilson James has appointed Gemma Quirke as its new managing director for Security Services, adding to the strength of the company’s dedicated security team.

Previously HR director for the business, Quirke has served in the security sector for over 15 years. Throughout this time, Quirke has worked closely with industry bodies including Skills for Security, the British Security Industry Association and the Security Industry Authority.

All the while, Gemma Quirke has been extensively involved in the development of security employment policy and played a key role in helping to raise the standards of professionalism across the industry.

Commenting on the appointment, Quirke stated: “I’m very excited about the security sector’s ongoing development and the direction in which it is heading. There is a great opportunity for the sector to continue to develop and be recognised for the professionalism and expertise it provides. This is something that we are very proud of at Wilson James.”

Gemma Quirke: the new md of Wilson James' security business

Gemma Quirke: the new md of Wilson James’ security business

In conclusion, Quirke added: “I look forward to working with my fellow directors to ensure we continue making great contributions to this ever-evolving and vital business sector.”

Management of strategic direction

Quirke’s role will be specifically focused on managing the strategic direction for security at Wilson James in conjunction with Ron Dickin (customer liaison director) and executive director Stuart Lowden.

Lowden explained: “This is a great opportunity for us to maximise the diverse skills and knowledge that we have across the security sector in Wilson James. Gemma’s experience brings a different dimension to the security team, enabling continuous development in the solutions that we provide to our clients which will help them address their security needs.”

Mark Dobson, CEO at Wilson James, added: “Gemma has the experience and knowledge to take Wilson James’ security operation on the next stage of its journey. She will being a fresh approach to the industry, and an expertise and know-how that will be of great benefit to our clients.”

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ACS Pacesetters recognised at inaugural Achievement Awards Luncheon

The inaugural ACS Pacesetters Achievement Awards Luncheon was held at Royal Windsor Racecourse on Wednesday 4 June. Scheme members in attendance received engraved plaques commemorating their achievements during 2013-2014.

Security companies present included Advance Security, Axis Security, Contract Security (United Kingdom), Corps Security, Danhouse Security, Equinox Security Management, First Response Group, GBM Support Services, Hard Hat Logistics, Incentive Lynx Security, Interr Security, Kingdom Security, Oakpark Security Management, Octavian Security, Shield Security Services, Sodexo, The Specialist Security Company, The Keyholding Company, The Shield Group, TSS Security UK, Ward Security and Wilson James.

Left to Right: Anne Wheeley and Allen Parton (Hounds for Heroes), Terry O’Neil and Lynda Moore (ACS Pacesetters)

Left to Right: Anne Wheeley and Allen Parton (Hounds for Heroes), Terry O’Neil and Lynda Moore (ACS Pacesetters)

The event was kindly sponsored by Cobia, Eurotech Monitoring, the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB), Sutton Specialist Risks, The Security Watchdog (part of Capita plc), Interr Security and Wilson James.

Security Officer of Distinction Awards

The event also witness the launch of the new ‘Security Officer of Distinction Award.

Bill Butler, CEO of the Security Industry Authority, agreed to present individual awards to ten very worthy security officers.

Winners of the Security Officer of Distinction Awards pictured with Bill Butler (CEO, SIA) and Lynda Moore of ACS Pacesetters

Winners of the Security Officer of Distinction Awards pictured with Bill Butler (CEO, SIA) and Lynda Moore of ACS Pacesetters

Each officer was nominated by their client company. Nominations were endorsed by individual employers and the final selections made by the sponsors of the ACS Pacesetters Achievement Awards.

In 2014, the winners are as follows:

• Sophie Cook (Axis Security Services)
• Paul Hodgson (Equinox Security Management)
• Muhammad Butt (Interr Security)
• Stuart House (Kingdom Security)
• Stephen Newall (Oakpark Security Systems)
• Nicholas Jansen (Shield Security Services)
• Christopher Lowe (Sodexo)
• Dumitru Didu (TSS Security)
• Douglas Johnson (Ward Security)
• John Taylor (Wilson James)

A charity raffle took place at the conclusion of the event, with all proceeds going to Hounds for Heroes. Over £1,400 was raised on the day for this very worthwhile cause.
Generous prizes were donated by the Hindhead Golf Club, the Royal Windsor Racecourse, Sodexo and FM Contract Watch.

There was also an extremely moving speech delivered by Gulf War veteran Allen Parton, whose long-held dream and partnership with his Labrador, Endal, formed the basis for the foundation of Hounds for Heroes.

The purpose of Hounds for Heroes is to provide specially trained assistance dogs to injured and disabled men and women of both the UK Armed Forces and the Emergency Services. Through this provision, the organisation’s key aim is to provide help and practical support leading to an enhanced quality of life for its clients.

*If you’d like to find out more information on Hounds for Heroes please visit: http://houndsforheroes.com/

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BSIA members invited to tender for Commonwealth Games security contracts

Security arrangements for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games have taken a major step forward, with the event’s Organising Committee announcing a list of 19 security suppliers who have been invited to tender for a range of Games-specific security contracts.

Among the 19 companies invited to tender are eight members of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA). Their proven track record of delivering security at large-scale events will play an integral role in delivering a solution that Games organisers have planned to include a mix of police officers, private security officers, stewards and military personnel so as to cover all aspects of the security operation.

Commenting on the announcement, which was made on Monday 18 November, Police Scotland deputy chief constable Steve Allen (security director for the Commonwealth Games), said: “Glasgow 2014 will be a fantastic sporting event which we want to ensure people can enjoy from the starting blocks to the finishing line. From the time that athletes and spectators start arriving in Scotland through to the Closing Ceremony, it’s Police Scotland’s absolute priority to ensure a safe and secure Commonwealth Games.”

Allen continued: “To deliver that, Police Scotland and the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee have spent many months developing a programme through which we will work with the private security industry to deliver appropriate levels of security and stewarding staff. These staff are expected to be deployed in a range of specific, targeted locations across the footprint of the Commonwealth Games, from Games venues and accommodation to training facilities.”

He added: “19 companies have been invited to sign up to framework agreements. Police Scotland will always have the lead role and responsibility in delivering Games safety and security, with private contract security staff used in roles which do not require police officers to carry out those specific functions such as stewarding and venue and site security.”

19 security suppliers have been invited to tender for a range of 2014 Commonwealth Games-specific security contracts

19 security suppliers have been invited to tender for a range of 2014 Commonwealth Games-specific security contracts

Developing security and stewarding solutions

David Leather, Glasgow 2014’s chief operating officer, explained: “Glasgow 2014 has been working positively and collaboratively with Police Scotland and the private security industry to develop security and stewarding solutions which will play a key role in delivering a safe and secure Commonwealth Games next summer.

“We recognise and value the important role that private security suppliers have to play, and we’ve created an opportunity for a wide range of security providers to contribute to delivering a safe and enjoyable Games experience for athletes, officials and spectators alike.”

Among those companies invited to sign up to framework agreements (including both private contract security and contract safety stewarding) are the following members of the BSIA:

Allander Group
Corps Security
SecuriGroup
Show and Event Security
Showsec
The Protector Group
Wilson James
G4S Secure Solutions (UK)

James Kelly, CEO of the BSIA, commented: “Our members have a long and successful track record in partnering with the police to deliver successful private and public sector security operations. From national celebrations including the Queen’s Jubilee, Royal Wedding and Olympic Torch Relay to large-scale sporting events like Wimbledon and the Grand National, BSIA members have made significant contributions to securing them all. We look forward to welcoming the results of the procurement process and, of course, to a safe and secure Games.”

James Kelly: CEO of the BSIA

James Kelly: CEO of the BSIA

BSIA membership includes several dedicated sections whose members have experience in securing events. These include Crowd Management, Security Guarding, Leisure Industry Security, Police and Public Services and Specialist Services.

For more information about the BSIA and its members visit: http://www.bsia.co.uk

Further detail about the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games can be found at: http://www.glasgow2014.com/

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