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!
May saw MAN Commercial hold the BSIA Awards Presentation for our Regional winning teams WHG (Midlands) and Bright House (North West) on the 21st. We held the presentation lunch in our training room at Head Office where Andrew Cooper from the BSIA presented our officers individually with their certificates and badges. We are all so very proud of our teams achievements and we are excited for the BSIA Annual National Awards in July, where the teams will be put forward for the national award.
On the 22nd May, some of our team went to the ACS Pacesetters Awards Lunch at Windsor Racecourse along with with our officer Peter Luckman who was given his Officer of Distinction award for his outstanding work in a very difficult situation. Peter was 1 in 13 officers who won the award and we couldn’t be more proud of him. We also received our ACS Pacesetters Company Award. The sun was shining and we all had a wonderful day celebrating!
We had twelve brand new MAN Commercial security response vehicles delivered. Our events have been busy again with us providing security for Velo Birmingham on the 12th, another boxing event on the 18th and a highly anticipated music event from the end of May running into June.
This month we were delighted and very proud to have received notification that we had won 2 BSIA awards for Best Team in their regional sectors, North West and Midlands. Both of the teams – WHG and Bright House, will now be put forward for annual BSIA National Security Awards in July! We will also be holding the BSIA Regional Award Presentation at our MAN head office where our teams will be awarded their certificates.
We had confirmation of an exciting new contract which will be starting May 1st. This had led to us investing in our Head Office structure and staffing and looking to further expand our team in line with what’s going to be a very busy year for MAN Commercial! We have also been trialling innovative search tools with clients and working with our training partners Mercury on Security Officer development.
We’ve arranged aviation training for 8 of our officers to be held at our head office in early May which will run across 2 days.
Our Security Officer Peter Luckman has been awarded a prestigious Officer of Distinction award with the ACS and has been invited to the ACS Pacesetters Award Lunch which will be held at Windsor Racecourse in May!
Events were busy in April at Aintree Racecourse for the Grand National on the 4th, 5th and 6th, boxing at Wembley Arena on the 27th and the London Marathon on the 28th
Our Office Manager Laura turned 30 and we celebrated at head office with brunch and plenty of cake. A lovely morning had by all!
Our Events Teams are gearing up for a busy Spring and Summer ahead, starting in March with us covering two high-profile Championship Boxing occasions, one at the Leicester Morningside Arena and the second at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
On March 20th we were delighted to host many of our peers from the Event Security industry for the UKCMA Annual General Meeting. The meeting took place at our Head Office, with over 40 of our industry colleagues gathering for the very informative meeting, as well as enjoying a great opportunity to network and develop working relationships.
Also this month we ran another of our very popular HR workshops for a group of Site Managers and Supervisors from around the UK. The training session allows our managerial officers to get together and spend time with our HR department, sharing ideas and discussing best practise and procedures as well as receiving training in MAN Commercial HR procedures and Recruitment style.
March was also an exciting time for our Business Development team, who travelled to our very first overseas tender presentation in Luxembourg. As always, our focus at MAN Commercial is to grow our business year on year and we are looking forward to the prospect of new opportunities coming our way this Summer.
The new year started as busy as ever for MAN Commercial, with two new large distribution centre manned guarding contracts in Northampton starting on 2nd January. With over 40 staff to TUPE transfer and Site Management teams to recruit this meant a busy Christmas and New Year for our mobilisation teams, which was all worth it when we received great client feedback once the sites went live.
New Year was also busy around the Midlands area, where we picked up various new jobs from both new and existing clients, including a concierge requirement in Wolverhampton and additional cover for Transport for West Midlands. With this in mind, we held a big recruitment drive in January, focusing on finding new skilled officers to join our teams. HR team members also attended a DWP briefing for Security Industry Recruiters.
We have also added two new Vetting Officers to our HR team to assist with the processing of and communications to our ever-expanding workforce – a big welcome to Lexxie and Emily who started at MAN Head Office in January.
Our Security Team at The Brewery Shopping Centre in Romford received a Special Achievement Award from the Company in recognition of an outstanding performance when a gun was pulled on site. We are looking at this and other outstanding acts our officers have accomplished over the last 12 months as potential nominations for various national Security Awards later in the year.
On a Training front, we have continued to invest in our people by enrolling more Security Supervisors on to Management Training Apprenticeship programmes. We also ran a software training course at Head Office which was attended by our Payroll and Control Room staff – this was beneficial in ensuring we are continually maximising the effectiveness of our workplace management programme, Timegate.
In February, representatives attended a Violent Crime Problem Solving Workshop run by the Home Office which was very insightful – we have also rolled out online ACT Counter Terrorism Training to all of our staff nationwide.
Following our celebration-filled 25th year in 2018, we were delighted to finally gift our chosen charities with the money we raised for them. Pictured are the youngsters at Hall Green Boxing Gym with their cheque for £7,000.
Tom Chaney, the Head Coach at Hall Green Boxing Club passed on his thanks: “I would like to say a big thank you to MAN Commercial Protection from all the volunteer coaching staff & boxers for their very kind and generous donation. This amount will go a long way to keep the doors open at the gym for years to come as well as get us some much needed new equipment. Plus, we also plan to have a team trip away at the end of the season to one of the biggest Box Cups in Europe which will be great for the success and development for all the boxers and the club. This would not have been possible without the donation from MAN Commercial. Yours in Sport. Tommy Chaney”
Having sponsored Hall Green Boxing Club for over 10 years now, everyone at MAN are so pleased to have helped them in such a big way and are looking forward to being involved with the club for many years to come.
We are always busy covering events in December, and this year our teams were out across the country covering Championship Boxing Shows in Brentwood and Manchester, as well as seasonal events such as the Cambridge Christmas Fayre and the annual New Years Eve Embankment fireworks display in London.
We also visited more of our teams on sites across Northamptonshire to deliver their 25th Year Anniversary cupcakes and celebrated Christmas at Head Office with our annual Christmas Jumper day!
December has been another exciting time for our mobilisation teams as we prepared for a large new contract start for a distribution centre in Northampton. 2018 has been a fantastic year for MAN and are looking forward to the New Year and all the opportunities it will bring us. Happy New Year all!
November 23rd was the night of our 25th Anniversary Boxing Show and what a night it was! Throughout 2018 MAN Commercial have been celebrating our 25th birthday in a range of ways, and fundraising for children’s charities along the way.
It meant a lot to the team at MAN to mark this landmark anniversary in style, and we also wanted to make sure we were using it as a great opportunity to support charitable causes close to our heart at the same time.
After the event on November 23rd we were able to announce that we have raised a massive £13,000 in donations from the evening and from various fundraisers throughout the Summer. We were able to make sizable donations to Luna’s Legacy, Sturge Weber UK, The Lewis Dunne Foundation and Hall Green Youth Boxing Club who partnered with us for the Boxing Show.
The night was a huge success and we are delighted to have received great feedback from many of the 350 guests who attended. Table guests were treated to a three course meal, prize raffle and DJ plus the outstanding boxing show put on by Hall Green Boxing Club and some of their peers, who joined us as opponents from as far as Liverpool and Wales.
Aside from our celebrations, it was business as usual with two new distribution centre contracts starting on November 1st. Our mobilisation and HR teams were busy welcoming over 30 new staff by TUPE transfer, and we also took on Concierge Contracts in Glasgow, Edinburgh and our first in Northern Ireland.
Events were busy in October, with our teams covering Championship Boxing Shoes in Leicester and Essex, as well as shows Coventry City Football Club.
Two new manned guarding contracts also started on October 1st, in Northampton and Gloucestershire and we have welcomed new teams to our staff at both locations. As Autumn is always a busy time for us, we also recruited a new Accounts Assistant to join our Head Office team.
We were pleased to host a large lunch meeting for the BSIA mid-month, which was a great opportunity to meet people from other areas of our industry and show them around MAN Commercial.
Our 25th Anniversary celebrations continue – we held a Charity Fun Day at Head Office on 5th October. We were blown away by the support the event received from our staff and our neighbours, with our BBQ, tombola and sponsored team run raising a massive £850.00! We are so proud of all our staff who got involved and completed a sponsored lap around the business park!
Preparations are also underway for our Charity Boxing Show in November, which we are putting on in partnership with Hall Green Boxing club, whom we have sponsored for many years. The night is sure to be a good one, with music, food and raffle alongside the live sporting entertainment.
September kicked off with the start of a new contract for MAN, providing manned guarding at an electronics distributer in Mansfield. We have also added to our keyholding portfolio and had an extra response phone line installed in our 24 hour control room.
Work also began in September to mobilise upcoming new contracts, with our teams out in Daventry, Northampton and Gloucestershire getting the process moving ready for start dates later in the Autumn.
We are getting closer now with our target to delivery a 25th Anniversary cupcake to each employee, and September saw trips to Uxbridge, St Albans, Wolverhampton and Walsall. We are also excitedly working on some special charity fundraising events in honour of our big birthday, and are delighted to have partnered with three children’s’ charities; Hall Green Boxing Club, Luna’s Legacy and The Lewis Dunne Foundation. Our Just Giving Page has a total of £2,500 which we hope to achieve before the end of November.
1st August saw the start of a new Corporate contract for MAN, with us taking over security teams at two Head Office sites in Preston and Walsall. As well as setting up the mobilisation on these sites, our teams were also kept occupied with events throughout the month. August is always a busy time for events, and our teams enjoyed providing cover at a range of Summer occasions including Coventry’s Godiva Festival and the Windsor Park Boxing in Belfast.
Our in-house Head Office training room was put to good use in August – we ran a 2-day Aviation course for our security staff who handle airside packages. The training is informative and in depth, with a focus on the handling of air side packages and anti-terrorism training. We were proud of all our delegates as we received a 100% pass rate. With training and staff development in mind, we also took a team from HR down to Poole to roll out some Recruitment & HR Process training with the Supervisors and Managers who lead our teams at Sunseeker. The training was enjoyed it by all and we received great feedback from the learners who were excited to pass on their knowledge to their teams.
We also enrolled 2 more Security Managers on higher level Management course using our Apprenticeship Levy, and also began the hunt for a new Apprentice Accounts Assistant to join our Head Office team.
August was also a busy month for distributing our 25th Anniversary Cupcakes to officers around the country. Traci and Laura from HR enjoyed spending time with teams on the South Coast, Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire and Warwickshire. Presenting the officers with their cakes is a great opportunity to catch up with them on an informal basis, and get them feeling involved in the Company’s anniversary celebration.