On the 2nd and 3rd April we held aviation training at Head Office whilst maintaining social distancing.
We have been busy with online presentations and tenders via the all-new way of communication, Zoom! We have also won new contracts this month to start later this year. Even though our events are all cancelled for now, these have been replaced with new contracts. Our out of hours response vehicles have been extremely busy with alarm calls and property checks also.
Our Head Office continues to be open as usual throughout the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are observing social distancing of at least 2 metres apart but are still open 24 hours and very busy meeting the demands of our clients. Our contracts managers are working from home.
Our Account Director Gill Yardley had a special milestone birthday, we celebrated with an afternoon tea at Head Office, again whilst maintaining social distancing and only having a small group of staff go down and eat cake together at the same time! Some of our girls at Head Office baked a cake each and every one of them was delicious! We wanted to make it special for Gill and it was a lovely afternoon had by all. Happy Birthday again Gill!
We want to thank all of our officers and staff again for working hard and staying positive throughout the pandemic. We know it’s still a very challenging time and we have a long way to go before things can resume back to normal, but we have noticed the general attitude and spirit of everyone has been very positive, so we thank you for that! We are all in this together.
We hit our 27th year of trading in March, time flies when you’re having fun! We’ve been updating and making more improvements to our head office again by redecorating 1 of our walls in the main office.
Our events team were out at the Cheltenham Festival from 10th – 13th March. We have also done and won some presentations in March which work will begin for later this year.
On March 18th, we held a ‘Women In Security’ brunch at Head Office to celebrate International Womens Day on 8th March. We drew 3 of our female security officers at random and delivered a big bouquet of flowers to their site. We asked our female security officrs if they would like to say anything about being a women in security and here are a few of our responses:
Fiona Griffiths, UK NSI‘Being a female security officer, a few years ago there was a stigma attached being in a male dominated profession. I remember going for a job many years ago in a nightclub and was told they did not want women. I can only assume they felt females were not aggressive enough, (little do they know!) Being in security does harden you as a person as you have to work a lot harder, stand your ground and not be seen as weak.
We do the profession because we can do it. We’re a lot less of a threat and choose empathy over conflict. I would like to think that we have changed people’s attitudes on how female officers work but there’s still not enough of us!’
Michelle Sheils, Sunseeker International ‘I have been a security officer for 25 years now. I started off my career as a security guard, then quickly got promoted to a supervisor. A couple of years after this I was promoted again to a senior site supervisor. Originally I had a team of 10 security guards, 2 of which were female guards.. This over the years increase to 40 officers.
I am very proud of my achievements and goals in my career as a security guard. I helped my position for 18 years until I moved to Poole Dorset. I am a security guard for Man Commercial, I continue to be proud of my work in a man world’s as they say. I am the only woman here in our small team. I am very well respected, and do my job to best of my ability. Security work is very long hours, my children were small when I first started my career. It would be nice to see more women in security. More girl power is very much needed’
Rebecca Eastman, Control Room Head Office‘I love that Man Commercial are recognising women in security. When I first joined Man back in 2012 I was only 1 of a few females. I have never been treated differently because I am a female, and MAN’s expectations of me have been the same as my male counterparts and now clients are realising that females are an asset to their companies security and embrace it. Even though I no longer work on sites but in the control room, I feel that I still make a contribution to the female workforce in security.’
These are challenging times we are all facing currently with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. MAN Commercial are classed as key workers providing our security services across many crucial sectors and our Head Office remains open 24/7. We have been extremely busy supporting our officers and clients and will continue to do so. Key workers like Security Officers are essential personnel, without whom the public could be at risk. MAN Commercial are extremely proud to be offering our services unwaveringly in the face of adversity, and are so grateful to every colleague who is helping make this happen.
The 13th February saw us install our brand new MAN Commercial pool table at Head Office, the pool table is in Iain’s office and for every game played, a donation will be requested and at the end of the year all donations will go to Hall Green Boxing club to support them.
On the 21st February, Maria our Office Manager went to Mercury Training who are our training providers in Birmingham, to celebrate the learners graduation! The learners have completed and passed their 5 week security course and all are now able to apply for their SIA badge to start their new and exciting careers in security! West Midlands Combined Authority and Job Centre Plus were also in attendance on the day. It was great to watch each of the learners collect their certificates and celebrate their success. Some of them have already secured jobs at MAN Commercial, we are looking forward to having them on board!
We held a presentation for our long-serving continuous employees on the 28th February, there were 5 employees in total. Darren Hodges, Ian Smith, Darren Bray, Mark Houlihan and Steve Tysall. Our Quality Director, Chris Smith has also been with us over 20 years. It was a great morning with the guys, chatting and reminising about the old times over breakfast butties and a cuppa! We wanted to show our appreciation for their hard work, dedication and loyalty over the years, and hopefully we all work together for many more years to come! All the long-serving employees were awarded with a certificate and a bottle of champagne.
Numerous contracts have been won with jobs starting in March and April across the UK, we have also been to do many presentations and have expanded our Head Office staff again, particularly in our HR/Vetting and Sales departments.
MAN were also back providing security at the home of British boxing at York Hall in Bethnal Green this month, for a show which was live on ITV and BT Sport.
Our events team are getting set up for another busy year which a number of sports, music and boxing events coming up in the next couple of months.
MAN Commercial have started the year as we mean to go on! We have held two training days at our Head Office for HR processes and Partner Patrol Training.
We were also at Meggitt in Coventry on the 28th January to sign the official contract for the provision of man guarding security services for Meggitt’s Coventry and Ansty Park locations. We are delighted to win this prestigious contract and look forward to a long and lasting working relationship together.
We held our monthly management meeting at Head Office where all of our contract managers and directors meet up to discuss new contracts and business development.
A number of client presentations were held at Our Solihull HQ, We have been awarded new contracts as we continue to grow as a business in our 27th year of trading, We have also secured and retained new events for 2020 in Music, Corporate and Sport .
We have been very busy throughout November and December securing contracts for the new year. On Monday 9th December we had our annual secret santa and Christmas jumper day, we also had the MAN bulldogs in for the day for heir annual Christmas card shoot in front of the tree! Our Christmas party at the NEC was brilliant again this year, and lots of fun was had by all of our head.
We have had our main meeting wall redone with an official photo of us guarding Tyson Fury’s comeback fight at MEN Arena in Manchester on the 9th June 2018! We are also making various other updates and changes to our head office, more to come in the new year so keep your eyes peeled…
We have also passed our quality audit again for another year, a big well done to our head office team! We have now transitioned from ISO 18001 to 45001.Our events team have been busy again with firework displays at Chelmsley Wood and boxing across November and December. Over the Christmas period we have been doing events at the Botanical Gardens in Birmingham. We are culminating 2019 at the London embankment for the New Years fireworks!
As the year draws to a close we are looking forward to a brand new decade here at MAN Commercial, after an extremely successful and exciting year we are excited for what lies ahead. We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our clients, employees, friends, family and everything else in between a very Merry Christmas and happy, healthy New Year!
The jolly Christmas period is upon us, but with all the wonderful festivities, parties and late night celebrations unfortunately comes cause to be aware.
The holiday season is one of the most vulnerable times for unoccupied premises – don’t let worrying about your valuables ruin your celebrations MAN Commercial are here to help. Guarantee a peaceful Christmas break for you and your staff by using our Key Holding service. MAN Commercial Protection offer 24 hour alarmed response and manned patrols, whatever the day, time or weather. Contact us on 0121 733 8484 for more information.
Upon the mobilisation of one of our biggest contracts to date, our director Iain McCallister has been visiting various sites and has been enjoying seeing/meeting our new security officers!
We teamed up with our training partner again on 9th October and held another recruitment day at thei head office in Birmingham city centre. This was another succesful day and we have since welcomed lots of newly qualified officers to our team.
On 12th September we held an in-house HR workshop at our Head Office for our new managers and supervisors to bring them up to speed with our HR processes and policies. Man Commercial now have a LinkedIn In page, please follow us on https://www.linkedin.com/company/man-commercial-protection-limited/ to keep up to date with all things MAN! Its all change here at Head Office as we have been having a refurbishment and now have a brand new kitchen and toilets!
As always our events team have been busy up and down the country, we did the Frank Warren boxing, T20 Cricket at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Ruddell Jewellers, Car Free Day in London in September. In October we were at the NFL American Football at Wembley, boxing at Leeds Arena and the Birmingham Half Marathon.
September and October saw MAN winning more contracts we have been working hard tendering for recently which will be commencing before the end of 2019. We are very proud of this and are excited for even more growth before the end of the year and in to 2020!
August was another busy month for MAN with the mobilisation of a large contract, and with the rapid growth of the business in 2019 we have again been expanding our Head Office team again.
We were very pleased to have our new website go live on 1st August. We have been working hard on this behind the scenes for a while now and are really happy with the result! Throughout Spring/Summer this year we have had professional photographers out on various sites capturing our officers at work. We update the website regularly with our latest news, employee of the month, new recruitment oppurtunities and much more! Keep checking back here to stay in the loop with all things MAN!!
Events we have done is Ride London, Classic Ibiza, The Ashes Cricket, British Athletics and Creamfields over bank holiday. We have also added new vehicles to our fleet, and have been busy with key holding and alarm response.
In July the team attended the British Security Awards 2019 in London on the 10th where we were put forward for the national awards after winning ‘Best Team’ in both the Midlands and the North West. Even though we didn’t win nationally in our categories it was a brilliant day celebrating excellence in the industry and we would like to say a big congratulations to all the winners on the day!
We also recruited a new contracts manager and two operations support officers for a large new guarding contract we are currently mobilising.
Continuing on with our busy Summer our events team have been busy with events up and down the country such as Classic Ibiza, Godiva Festival, Tom Jones, Ruddells Stateley Homes and Lambeth Country Festival.
In June we successfully passed our 4 day ACS audit and continue as a member of the SIA approved contracter scheme which we are very pleased about and extremely proud of. Well done to all of our team involved! Under the new SIA workbook we continue to be ACS in 4 scopes, security guarding, door supervision, CCTV and keyholding.
On the 20th June we teamed up with our training partner and held a recruitment day at their head office in Birmingham city centre. We interviewed and met over 40 candidates and have since recruited many of them to start with MAN Commercial upon completion of their security course.
Our events team have been busy with music events such as Spice Girls, Madness and Muse, and world championship boxing on 15th June at the Leeds Arena featuring Josh Warrington v Kid Galahad live on BT sport!
MAN Commercial are also delighted to commence a large guarding contract in August 2019, and we welcome new management to our team as 2019 is proving to be an extremely exciting and busy year!