South Bank Patrol officers praised for their actions following Westminster terrorist attack

Corps Security, the leading provider of specialist security services, has recognised five of its officers for their actions during the immediate aftermath of the Westminster terrorist attack, which left four dead and over 50 injured. Corps Security officers are contracted by the South Bank Employers’ Group (SBEG) and on that day members of the South Bank Patrol team were among the first people to arrive at the scene, helping the injured, cordoning off the area and liaising with all the security and emergency services.

Corps Security has worked with SBEG since March 2016 to run the South Bank Patrol which works closely with the police in Lambeth and Blackfriars to improve the everyday experience of people who live, work and visit South Bank.

The South Bank Patrol is trained in advanced interpersonal skills and adopting a non-confrontational approach. This means they are able to help manage anti-social behaviour but they also act as ambassadors for South Bank, helping visitors and Londoners alike with directions. Some members of the South Bank Patrol have targeted powers under the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS).

The calm, professional way that the South Bank Patrol performed its duties on 22 March has been praised and recognised by Lambeth’s Borough Commander, Richard Wood, and led to them receiving a Special Recognition Award from Corps Security for their actions on that day.

For Peter Webster, Chief Executive of Corps Security, it highlights the vital role of specialist security service providers. He said, ‘I’m incredibly proud of what our officers did on that horrific day in terms of putting the public first and helping the emergency services attend to casualties. I also know that security officers up and down the country would have responded in the same way, which is why I think that greater respect needs to be given to those who perform security related tasks. They are often unsung heroes in situations such as this and I believe that the professionalism of the security industry needs to be more widely acknowledged.’

For further information please contact Corps Security on 0207 566 0500 or E: info@corpssecurity.co.uk

Corps Security, the leading provider of specialist security services, has announced that it has been awarded a place on the prestigious London Universities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC) framework agreement for Security Services. Under this new agreement the company will supply a range of services from its portfolio to a broad range of universities and colleges of higher education in and around the capital and the South East of England, as well as other not-for-profit organisations in the arts and culture sectors.

LUPC was established in 1968 as a not-for-profit professional buying organisation owned by its members, for its members. It is one of six higher education purchasing consortia in the UK that work collaboratively together, and with other specialist sector purchasing organisations, to tender and manage more than 100 EU-compliant framework agreements for its members to use.

With over 600 suppliers, LUPC’s agreements are well recognised in the higher education sector and companies have to undergo a rigorous evaluation process. Owing to the high spend potential for its supply agreements, framework agreements and contracts are put out to competitive tender. This involves a process under which forthcoming agreements are advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) and tender responses are assessed under strict guidelines. This ensures that companies are capable of serving all members with a high standard of quality and service and have a commitment to competitive pricing.

Corps Security is one of just four security providers on Lot 1 – Large Contracts (over £250K) of the LUPC framework and its services will be used for a diverse range of large-scale contracts. Being awarded a place on this framework will act as a major enabler for Corps Security to expand into the higher education, arts and culture sectors.

Corps Security’s corporate account Director, Nick Clegg, commented, ‘We are delighted to have been awarded a place on the LUPC framework, as it’s something that we have been working hard towards for the last few years. Just as importantly, it will give us the opportunity to provide our expertise to a diverse range of institutions which will benefit from a superb level of service that exceeds all expectations.’

For further information please contact Corps Security on 0207 566 0500 or E:  info@corpssecurity.co.uk

Corps Security, the leading provider of specialist security services, has announced that Mike Bluestone, Director of the company’s Corps Consult division, will deliver a presentation at Facilities Show 2016, which takes place on 21st-23rd June at ExCeL, London. As a leading expert in the subject of counter terrorism, Bluestone will provide a summary of the issues currently affecting modern organisations and outline some of the key considerations that need to be addressed to make them more resilient, so that they can better protect people, property and assets.

The Facilities Show 2016 will be holding a complementary educational programme which includes practical and strategic presentations to be delivered by handpicked industry experts, such as Bluestone.

Having worked at a senior level in private security for nearly 25 years, Mike is widely recognised for his expertise in, and contribution to, security management, investigations and training. He joined Corps Security in 2010 and is the approved trainer in security management for the British Institute of Facilities Management, having pioneered security management training and security awareness courses within the industry. He is a regular guest broadcaster on the BBC, frequently speaks at seminars and conferences, and has had many articles published on corporate security and related topics.

Countering Terrorism – Practical Guidance for FMs will take place on the 22nd June between 3.20pm and 3.50pm in the FM Operational Excellence Arena. Mike will cover a range of topics including how to identify the sources of threats, terrorist methodology and the impact of terrorism on public and private sector organisations. He will also examine BS 65000 Guidance for Organisational Resilience, the importance of policies and procedures, employee training and awareness programmes, and the need for regular reviews and audits. The presentation will then go on to look at why enterprises should have the right level of physical and electronic security in place, and how to go about ensuring that an infrastructure can cope with an unplanned event.

‘It’s an enormous honour to be invited to Facilities Show 2016 to talk about this incredibly important subject,’ Mike commented. ‘The direct and indirect effects of a terrorist attack can have a devastating impact on an organisation and the need to have systems in place to deal with such an event should not be ignored. I’m looking forward to giving delegates a wealth of information about organisational resilience that will help them deal with this issue in an efficient, effective and decisive manner.’

For further information please contact Corps Security on 0207 566 0500 or E:  info@corpssecurity.co.uk

Building on the success of its previous events, Corps Security, the leading provider of specialist security services, has announced that at its next Breakfast Briefing experts will examine the subject of organisational resilience. The ‘Resilience Against Terrorism and Organised Crime’ event will take place on 9th June between 8.15am-10.30am at Corps Security’s headquarters in Cowcross Street, London.

The issue of organisational resilience has been the subject of increasing attention in recent years and in late 2014, BSI published BS 65000 Guidance for Organisational Resilience. It highlighted how organisations need to assess their capacity to anticipate, respond and adapt to any unplanned event through the integration of disciplines that are essential for resilience. They need to take a proactive approach to governance and understand the importance of being forewarned. Organisational resilience works alongside existing risk, crisis and business continuity management strategies to provide a solid defence against the repercussions of an attack.

Corps Security’s Breakfast Briefings attract a diverse cross-section of delegates such as heads of security and security directors, alongside others involved in the procurement of security services. At this latest event, delegates from a wide variety of public and private sector organisations will get to hear from an Officer of the Metropolitan Police Service Flying Squad who will examine organisational resilience in light of one of the most audacious crimes of modern times. He will explain the mistakes that were made and how better strategic planning could have thwarted the thieves.

Ralph Davies, Corps Security’s Business Development Manager will then join Mike Bluestone, the company’s Director of its Corps Consult division, for a presentation titled Establishing Resilience to Counter the Threat From Terrorism. They will cover a range of topics including how to identify the sources of threats and terrorist methodology, and the impact of terrorism on public and private sector organisations, before going on to explain the importance of policies and procedures, employee training, awareness programmes, and the need for regular reviews and audits. Their presentation will conclude with an overview of why enterprises should have the right level of physical and electronic security in place and how delegates can go about ensuring that an operation can cope with an unplanned event.

Refreshments will be provided during the Breakfast Briefing and there will be an opportunity to network. Those interested in attending need to be quick though and pre-register, as these events are always oversubscribed and limited to 35 places. Interested parties should email breakfastbriefings@corpssecurity.co.uk

Mike Bluestone commented, ‘Security professionals are incredibly busy people and taking time out to attend events in the middle of a working day is often impossible. Having the Breakfast Briefings early in the morning allows delegates to obtain valuable information and network without negatively impacting on their schedules. I’m certain that anyone interested in becoming more organisationally resilient in the face of a growing terrorist threat and increase in organised crime will gain a great deal from attending this event. I look forward to welcoming delegates on the 9th June.’

For further information please contact Corps Security on 0207 566 0500 or E:  info@corpssecurity.co.uk

Representatives of security specialist, Corps Security, have been collecting money up and down the country for the Royal British Legion this year.

Wearing the ‘full shout’ uniform of the Corps of Commissionaires, some of the team are seen here collecting outside Farringdon station near the company’s London HQ.

The Corps of Commissionaires was founded in 1859 as a way to provide gainful employment for ex-servicemen returning from the Crimean War.  Nowadays over 55% of its workforce is ex-military so the company has a strong allegiance to the armed forces.

According to CEO, Peter Webster: “We are always pleased to do as much as we can at this time of year to remember those we have lost and to help those who have served or are currently serving their country”.

 

For further information please contact Corps Security on 0207 566 0500or E:  info@corpssecurity.co.uk

Now in their seventeenth year, the Security Personnel Awards mark the achievements and contributions made by those working in the UK’s private security industry.

Clarence, who lives in South East London, joined Corps Security in 2013 after working in the construction industry, and has made an overwhelmingly positive impression amongst colleagues and customers alike. He has been noted for his ability to consistently deliver an outstanding level of customer service and raise the performance of others he works alongside. Always willing to share his knowledge, he also provides voluntary mentoring for new recruits or younger members of the organisation, in order to make them feel welcome and to ensure that they conduct their duties in the correct manner.

On receiving his award, Clarence said, ‘After winning the regional competition, I’m obviously delighted to be named Best Newcomer at the BSIA National Security Personnel Awards 2015. The last two years have been fantastic and I’ve learned so much during this period thanks to the help and support of my colleagues at Corps Security. I’ve received first-class training and being part of an industry leading company that has such a proud history and values my efforts so highly has made me determined to go as far as I possibly can within my chosen profession.’

Thanks to his ‘can-do’ attitude, many of Corps Security’s customers have requested that Clarence remains on their sites as part of a permanent team. They have all remarked upon his approachable personality and ability to perform his role in a way that personifies Corps Security’s 156-year-old ethos of ‘loyalty, integrity, service’.

Peter Webster, Corps Security’s Chief Executive, stated, ‘We pride ourselves on employing people of the highest calibre in order to provide our customers with the best possible standards of service. Since joining us Clarence has performed his duties with a level of professionalism, skill and dedication that serves as a benchmark for others in the industry. He fully deserves the BSIA National Security Personnel Award for Best Newcomer and I wish him all the best for rest of his career.’

For further information please contact Corps Security on 0207 566 0500or E:  info@corpssecurity.co.uk

Corps Security provides high-level civilian guarding services to six Royal Marines sites in the south-west of England – Commando Training Centre Royal Marines (CTCRM) at Lympstone, Royal Marines Chivenor, Royal Marines Bickleigh, Royal Marines Norton Manor, Royal Marines Stonehouse and The Royal Citadel.

‘This is an incredibly important contract to us and we are proud to have the opportunity to provide our services to MoD HOCS Commercial for a second consecutive term,’ commented Gary Broad, Major Accounts Director at Corps Security. ‘As expected, the tender process was extremely rigorous and we are pleased that the standards that we work so hard to achieve and maintain have once again been recognised.’

The six bases have to be tightly guarded and protected from the possibility of a terrorist or other security threat. With people entering access points on a 24-hour basis, the Corps Security team is charged with checking personal identity cards and vehicle passes and carrying out vehicle checks. In addition, personnel carry out internal and external patrols in vehicles and on foot to maintain a visible presence and also monitor CCTV from designated on-site stations. Vigilance is a must and established policy and procedure must be followed to the letter at all times.

The Corps Security team working on this contract has been independently recognised at the British Security Industry Association’s (BSIA) Security Personnel Awards on a number of occasions. In 2014 it won the Best Team accolade, where the judges identified its ability to communicate effectively, carry out duties with enthusiasm and flexibility, and ‘go the extra mile’.

Corps Security has always been proud of its long association with the armed forces. The Corps of Commissionaires was founded in 1859 by Captain Sir Edward Walter, a retired officer of the 8th Hussars, as a way to provide gainful employment for ex-servicemen on return from the Crimean War. The company’s current president, Sir Robert Fulton, is a Royal Marines ex-commandant general and the organisation also has an Armed Forces Corporate Covenant stating its commitments to supporting the UK armed forces community. Furthermore, over 60 per cent of those deployed on the MoD Fleet Commercial are ex-armed services personnel, who are selected for their ability to recognise the types of threats that these environments face.

For further information please contact Corps Security on 0207 566 0500 or E:  info@corpssecurity.co.uk

The purpose of the £1m Magnolia House Appeal is to build a facility for families who need as much help as possible at a difficult time. It will be a place where they can go and compose themselves, have time to think, and act as a location where siblings and parents can come together for support and peace.  Corps Security has raised money on previous occasions for the Hospital, and Potter was therefore keen to participate.

Organised by Wesleyan Assurance Society, the official charity sponsor, Potter was part of a 69-strong team.  When it came to the climb itself, the team was split into smaller groups of up to 10 people and despite the inclement weather conditions everyone made it to the top and back down without injury.

Commenting on his achievement, Potter said, ‘This was a significant challenge but even though it rained for a significant part of the journey and was very cloudy and misty, everyone remained in good spirits, knowing that our efforts would raise money for a very worthwhile cause. My personal sponsorship totalled £485 and overall the Wesleyan Snowdon Challenge has so far raised over £6,500.’

The Wesleyan Snowdon Challenge team has set up a JustGiving page and if you would like to show your generosity you can visit its website: http://www.justgiving.com/WesleyanSnowdon/utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=WesleyanSnowdon&utm_campaign=pfp-email

For further information please contact Corps Security on 0207 566 0500 or E:  info@corpssecurity.co.uk

While already operating across a diverse range of vertical sectors, Corps Security saw a massive upsurge in the number of healthcare related organisations procuring its services. The company also strengthened its foothold in the financial, local government, research, utilities, arts and leisure sectors, thanks to its unique ability to offer solutions that combine manned guarding, surveillance technology and remote monitoring. It has also reported high demand from facilities management (FM) organisations requiring specialist services.

Thanks to a growing awareness of the advantages of security monitoring, Corps Monitoring has also reported increased levels of business. Utilising state-of-the-art technology, Corps Monitoring provides remote CCTV monitoring, alarm receiving, environmental monitoring and call centre management. It also specialises in lone worker monitoring and Corps Security’s innovative CorpsGuard next generation smartphone app, which provides enhanced levels of personal safety for individuals, has recently been the subject of a significant order from a major international airline.

While the economic recovery has been a welcome relief for organisations of all sizes, the ever-present terrorist threat means that they need to be extra vigilant in keeping people, property and assets safe, and not just view security as a commodity purchase. Security providers therefore need to demonstrate the highest levels of service along with excellent value for money. Corps Security believes that its ability to offer its customers robust, effective and personally tailored solutions that meet their specific needs is more in demand than ever.

Customer feedback suggests one of the key factors in Corps Security’s recent success is its investment in its employees. This ensures that it retains the highest calibre personnel who, with the requisite knowledge and skills, can enhance their careers and exemplify the company’s 150 year old ethos of ‘loyalty, integrity, service’. As well as a Colleague Charter, which is based around the acronym PRIDE – promise, respect and recognition, information, development and envoys – employees also have access to the award winning Securing Success and Securing Excellence programmes, which have been developed in conjunction with subject matter experts from across the business.

‘More organisations than ever before are recognising the importance of high quality security provision and are addressing this need in a more considered and professional way,’ commented Peter Webster, Chief Executive at Corps Security. ‘This means that our long-established messages are resonating with an increasing number of clients, who want to work with a specialist security services provider that offers the value and service that they demand. It vindicates our approach to all aspects of our operation and we intend to build on the highly encouraging performance of the business over recent years.’

For further information please contact Corps Security on 0207 566 0500 or E:  info@corpssecurity.co.uk

Clearly a man who loves a challenge, he will shirk the lightweight shorts and singlet favoured by most of the other competitors, in favour of the traditional military style uniform first worn by the early operational staff of Corps Security. Known as the Full Shout uniform, it is still very much part of Corps Security’s identity, although rarely used by those undertaking sporting endeavours.

However, this will not be the first time that Salman has run in this attire, having completed a 5k (3.1 miles) event two years ago. ‘Last time the biggest challenge was definitely the heat combined with a uniform that was never really designed to cope with running conditions,’ he said. ‘This time I felt it only right to increase the personal challenge, hence I am doing a half marathon which will mean running 13.1 miles. This will take me just over two hours and although I’m sure that the latter part of the race will be testing, the thought of raising as much money as I can for the Gurkha Welfare Trust will keep me going.’

As the leading Gurkha charity, the Gurkha Welfare Trust provides financial, medical and community aid to nearly 7,000 retired soldiers and widows in Nepal who have no other form of income. Most are now in their 80s and 90s and are heavily reliant on support for a secure and comfortable old age.

Asked why he chose to support this particular charity, Salman replies, ‘2015 marks the bicentennial of loyal Gurkha service to the British Crown. I’m incredibly lucky to work with a number of fantastic Gurkha colleagues at Corps Security and therefore proud to do my small bit at a time of such significance.  The recent traumatic earthquakes in Nepal have obviously exacerbated the problem – which has given me added impetus to achieve my goal’.

Anyone wishing to support Salman and help him reach his financial target can donate by visiting his JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/SalmanShamim