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ISM reports successful event for relaunch into Scotland

ISM reports successful event for relaunch into Scotland

Intergrated Security Management (ISM), a leader in the design, development and manufacture of door entry and intercoms, has hailed the success of Security 2018 Scotland, in particular the positive reaction to its innovative Compact Series.
ISM also showcased its recently-launched IP Connect range of IP door entry products and popular Genesys Integrated Security Management System (ISMS) at the event in Glasgow.
Geoff Pye, Managing Director (Joint) at ISM, says the event was a useful springboard to focus again on the Scottish market: “Security 2018 Scotland has given us a great platform to engage with potential customers and showcase our portfolio of high-quality and reliable systems.
“The Compact door entry system was particularly well received, and it was also very encouraging to have some initial conversations about our new IP Connect range.”
Compact is a robust, vandal resistant telephone entry system for low-rise residential buildings owned or managed by authorities that need a cost-effective system, that is easy to use, install and maintain.
Security 2018 Scotland was hosted at the Hilton hotel in Glasgow and featured a lineup of top industry speakers including Gordon MacKenzie, Head of Security Services at University of Strathclyde, and Dr David BaMaung, Director at Camor Training.


 
UK businesses warned about a ticking data time bomb - in the warehouse

UK businesses warned about a ticking data time bomb - in the warehouse

UK businesses are being warned there could be as many as 30 million out of date boxes in warehouses around the country - acting as at ticking data time bomb.
For years, companies have outsourced storage of millions of boxes filled with papers and records, sometimes for legal reasons because they have to be kept and sometimes for convenience.
But information management experts Crown Records Management say up to 15 per cent of boxes stored are past their 'destroy date' and being kept unnecessarily.
That has huge data protection issues when the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes in on May 25 this year - because companies will need to know what personal data they hold, where it is and be able to edit or delete it on demand.
David Fathers, Regional General Manager at Crown Records Management, said: "This is a far bigger problem than people realise because GDPR doesn't only apply to digital data, it applies to physical data on paper too.
"That means keeping boxes full of records when you don't need to - and especially when you have no idea what they contain - is a ticking data time bomb. It could cost businesses a lot of money and in the worst case scenario lead to data breaches and big fines.
"Getting accurate figures on the number of boxes affected across the country is difficult because of the mix of outsourced managed items and ‘in-house’ storage facilities and then there is also self-storage or removals companies that house documents too. Our company alone stores millions of cartons of documents and we estimate that around 15 per cent are either past their destroy date, or have been kept for over 10 years having never been accessed.
"Based on that, our estimate is that the total number of outsourced boxes alone is between 150m-200m - and that could mean a staggering 22.5-30m cartons which are being kept unnecessarily.”
Businesses are being advised to either destroy boxes which no longer need to be kept or at the very least know why they are keeping them.
David Fathers added: "A lot of people are keeping these boxes 'just in case' or because or they don’t know what’s in them – or because they are worried about throwing something away which will miraculously become useful in the future.
"But that is a false economy. Under GDPR companies really need to know what data they are storing and where it is.
"The regulation gives citizens new rights to ask for their data to be edited or deleted and so paying to store 'mystery boxes' really is bad news."


 
Energy Assets Group Acquires Future Energy

Energy Assets Group Acquires Future Energy

Energy Assets Group (EAG) is pleased to announce the acquisition of Yorkshire-based Future Energy Group. The acquisition will strengthen EAG’s existing nationwide multi-utility network design and construction division and complement its strategy to adopt gas and electricity network assets.
Future Energy Group (FEG) will become part of Energy Assets Utilities (EAU) division, expanding EAU’s capacity and geographical reach to serve multi-utility network customers throughout Britain. FEG will continue to trade under its current name.
FEG is based in Batley and provides a range of services through its subsidiaries Future Utility Solutions, Future Metering Services and Future Plant Services. FEG has grown into a leading utilities infrastructure provider, designing and constructing gas, electricity and water networks for contractors, transporters, operators and consumers across the UK. Its industry accreditations (GIRS, NERS, WIRS), quality-assured performance and innovations in customer service have enabled the company to build a customer base across residential, industrial and commercial market sectors.
Comments Colin Lynch, Chief Executive Officer, Energy Assets Group:
“We are very excited about bringing Future Energy Group under the EAU banner – the company’s expertise, geographic reach and success in residential and commercial markets marks a significant milestone in our plans to extend the reach of our network construction activity across every area of Britain.
“In addition, we see this acquisition as a perfect fit for our asset ownership business stream, delivering opportunities in meter asset management and local network ownership.”
Comments Barry Schofield, Chief Executive Office, Future Energy Group:
“The acquisition of FEG by Energy Assets Group enables the continued growth of our business and expands the delivery of products, services and value to our customers. After some 50 years in the industry and with a strong management team and ownership in place I will step down as CEO and over the next few months hand over to Nathan and the wider FEG and EAG team, providing me the opportunity to retire and spend time with my family. I do this with satisfaction that our loyal and skilled workforce and our customers, many of whom I’ve worked with for most of my working life, will enjoy greater opportunities for advancement within the EA Group and see only benefits for all concerned.”
Comments Nathan Schofield, Sales and Marketing Director, Future Energy Group:
“With the support of Energy Assets, we aim to build on our success over the last 20 years. The financial strength and additional resources that result from being part of a larger dynamic business group will provide additional opportunities and enable us to increase our pace of development. I feel very excited about the future propositions available to our customers following the acquisition by the Energy Assets Group.”
Comments Craig Topley, Managing Director (Construction), Energy Assets Group:
“The addition of Future Energy Group to the EAU family fulfils a strategic aim to build a network design and construction business with true nationwide reach. Alongside our other acquisitions, including SA Gas, Exoteric, Blyth Utilities and Dragon Infrastructure Solutions, we are now strongly positioned to meet the needs of our growing customer base of housebuilders, main contractors, developers and industrial and commercial end users in every part of the country.”
Aside from its construction activities, EAG is Britain’s leading independent meter asset management company in the industrial and commercial sector. The company recently expanded its asset ownership business stream into ‘final mile’ electricity and gas networks through the launch of Energy Assets Pipelines, an independent gas transport operator, and Energy Assets Networks, an independent distribution network operator


 
LytaScreed top of the class in £10m UCL revamp

LytaScreed top of the class in £10m UCL revamp

Aggregate Industries’ revolutionary LytaScreed has once again proved its outstanding credentials during the renovation of one of the UK’s most prestigious educational institutions, University College London.
As part of UCL’s £1.2 billion refurbishment programme, main contractor Balfour Beatty was tasked with building a terrace next to the 19th Century Grade 1 listed Wilkins Building, providing a vital passage through the university’s Bloomsbury Campus while also serving as an outdoor events space.
Located close to Regent Park in London, the £10m revamp incorporates a complete modernisation programme, including the construction of a new single storey building below the terrace to house a full range of catering kitchen facilities to provide food for the new refectory.
In keeping with the architectural heritage of the Wilkins Building, the terrace included a Portland stone floor, with a new external staircase leading to the refectory at lower ground floor level.
As such, the project required a lightweight podium screed suitable to carry natural stone paviours that could also provide a superior drainage system.
Cue Aggregate Industries and its pioneering LytaScreed – one of the fastest drying and most versatile floor screed ranges available to the UK market.
Specifically designed and manufactured to meet the complex requirements of modern construction practice, when building the Wilkins Terrace 120 tonnes of LytaScreed Topped solution was utilised by placing the LytaScreed Base with a permeable 15mm sand cement topping.
This created a semi dry floor screed suitable for all sensitive floor coverings, such as the Portland natural stone, in as little as five days.
What’s more, with an ever increasing emphasis on sustainable construction, LytaScreed was instrumental in helping the UCL revamp achieving ‘very good’ status BREEAM ratings. This is because not only does the innovative product reduce the weight of a screed by up to 50%, but being a secondary aggregate, it also cuts the demand for natural quarried material.
Steve Curley, Lytag general manager at Aggregate Industries, said: “The Aggregate Industries’ ground-breaking LytaScreed product proved the perfect solution for providing the lightweight podium screed suitable to carry natural stone paviours that the UCL refurbishment required whilst also creating an unrivalled drainage system.”


 
Salisbury Group Gets Global Award for Outstanding Innovation

Salisbury Group Gets Global Award for Outstanding Innovation

Salisbury Group, the national facilities management and maintenance company, has been named winner of the Outstanding Innovation category at the 2018 Global Business Excellence Awards.
The Outstanding Innovation Award recognises the transformational improvements achieved by Salisbury Group in moving its safety and incident reporting process from paper to an app-based system. The change has reduced average incident reporting times from 15 minutes to 90 seconds and has provided a 50% saving in back-of-house administration. It has also improved report completion rates from 40% to 100% and has been very popular with Salisbury Group’s employees, who can access the system from any mobile or tablet device.
Due to their high profile, the Global Business Excellence Awards attract a wide range of entries from across the world, from large international PLCs and public sector organisations to dynamic and innovative SMEs. The winners all have one thing in common – they are truly outstanding at what they do.
The Global Business Excellence Awards pride themselves on having a large panel of independent expert judges who select winners according to strict criteria for each category and sector. The chairman of the judging panel said the award recognised several factors:
“Salisbury Group has elevated health and safety into the digital age with its new app that replaces paper-based record keeping. Accidents and near misses can be recorded immediately, speeding up the response mechanism. The app has a built-in camera and photographs of the accident scene can be transmitted to a central unit – helping first responders and emergency crews work out how best they should respond. Another useful feature is that the app can be used without a mobile signal. This is a ground-breaking app that radically improves efficiency in health and safety and emergency response.”
Upon receiving the award, Ed Swales, CEO, Salisbury Group said: “This award recognises our ability to innovate for the benefit of our employees and customers. Our team worked tirelessly to ensure it was easy to use and met our objectives of simplifying and speeding up the reporting process, and significantly improving overall safety and health in the workplace. We thank the Global Business Excellence Awards for this honour.”


 
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