Thursday, 2 November 2017

Breaking News... The Magpie Security Ltd November 2017 Newsletter is OUT NOW

Introducing the First Magpie Security Ltd Training Academy  Graduate…”

Congratulations to Peter Edwards who is the first academy member to graduate through the Security Practitioner course and gain his SIA Level 2 Door Supervision badge along with his Level 2 CCTV (PSS) and First Aid Qualification. Peter has now become very employable to work in the Private Security Sector and as a result has been offered full time employment with Magpie Security Ltd.

Peter had been working in Industry for many years and found himself unemployed after 25 years in the same position.  Magpie picked him up, dusted him down and gave him the confidence to challenge himself, utilising the skills and experience gained in Industry, Peter not only completed the required training course but also was voted by his fellow students best in class.    

Peter is now working his three-month induction to the business and I am sure will become a great asset to the company in his future role.



Top 5 Security Tips for your Bonfire Night…


Bonfire night is one of those very special occasions where people can share unique and magical moments with their family and friends.  According to the Health and Social Care Information Centre, in 2015/16 firework injuries accounted for 4,506 NHS A&E attendances.

These facts and statistics aren’t meant to put a damper on your Bonfire Event. Most firework injuries are a result of unsafe handling and a lack of safety precautions. So as long as you know how to properly set off fireworks, safely control a bonfire, and put in place control measures for preventing injuries, you’ll be perfectly safe hosting your event.

This includes conducting a full risk assessment before you begin a firework display, which helps you recognise how to reduce and eliminate potential hazards.

How to Conduct a Bonfire or Fireworks Risk Assessment
Step 1 – Identify the fire hazards, e.g.:
Rogue or faulty fireworks.
Mishandled sparklers.
Bonfire flames and embers.
Things nearby that could catch on fire and cause fire to spread, e.g. buildings, fences, trees, shrubbery, etc.

Step 2 – Identify the people at risk, e.g.:
People lighting fireworks.
People controlling a bonfire.
People lighting and handling sparklers.
People attending the display, including children & Neighbours.

Step 3 – Evaluate the risks and decide how to remove or reduce them.
This can be achieved by following the firework code and general safety tips, as listed below.

Step 4 – Inform people of the preventative measures.
Give a brief announcement about what fire safety measures are in place to prevent accidents and make sure that everyone understands what to do to follow them. Most importantly, make sure there is adult supervision for children at all times.

Step 5 – Review to make sure your preventative methods are working.
Observe whether anyone is still clearly at risk. Your measures and instruction may not be sufficient if people are still able to put themselves in harm’s way. For example: standing too close to fireworks being set off or not wearing safety gear.
The above is a guide to ensure your Bonfire Night Event starts well and ends well for all involved.


SIA Licence Holders: Powers of Arrest

Recent news articles suggest that talks are at a very advanced stage about Security Companies are about to be given Police powers of arrest.
The minister for Justice, David Lidington, is deciding right now whether to give powers of arrest to as part of a police privatisation plan.
The ideas were revealed in tender documents put out by the Ministry of Justice in August.
The courts already allow private firms to enforce court judgements by sending bailiffs to seize property to encourage payments of courts fines or costs orders.
But the move would mean a huge widening of “warrants of arrest” powers issued by JPs to force people to attend court.
If it went ahead it would mean HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) would privatise part of its operations in a £290 million deal.
The MoJ tender document said: “MoJ would also like to explore the potential transfer of service of all warrants currently executed by Civilian Enforcement Officers...covering fines and community penalty breaches.”
An HMCTS spokesman said: “We have robust processes in place to ensure agency staff comply to the same standards as HMCTS staff ... we are in discussion with providers to extend the work of enforcement agencies and will make further announcements in due course.”
Magpie Security have recently received two Private & Confidential reports entitled ‘Police views on private security and Towards a strategy for change for the Security Sector’
Both reports are a game changer for our industry and offer great opportunity to our business.


“Magpie Security Ltd Management Team will be attending….”
Practitioner | Graduate | Expert



“Magpie Moving Forward…”
“The only thing worse than training people and having them leave, is not training them and having them stay” -Zig Ziglar






Your people may have all the expertise in the world but, if they're not motivated, it's very unlikely that they'll achieve their true potential.

Research has shown that up to a staggering 80% of any organizations success can be directly linked to the employees’ attributes of personal motivation, attitudes, beliefs, expectations, self-confidence and self-concept. It has been proven that someone with a high self-concept but limited resources can perform at the highest level. The same cannot be said of someone with advanced skills but low self-concept.

Motivated people have a positive outlook, they're excited about what they're doing, and they know that they're investing their time in something that's truly worthwhile. In short, motivated people enjoy their jobs and perform well.

The Key to having a highly motivated workforce is by having employees learn how to motivate themselves regardless of the situation or circumstances.

In 2018 the training academy are introducing two new training courses to it’s portfolio.
The Power of One and Miracle Team Building presentations are unique in the fact that they both demonstrate and share the secrets of self-motivation.

This is not about business theory, it’s about breaking negative patterns and tapping into people’s true natural ability.

To do this, we embrace a unique philosophy of education called I.C.E.2.
Most often people know what to do, but don’t do what they know.

Does your team have waning confidence, too much change, lack of focus or outdated thinking and abilities? It's not that they are unable to make big moves, take bold action or embrace change. It's just that the hustle and bustle of diverse priorities seems to get in their way. It happens. There is a solution that will be reviewed in next month’s newsletter. Look out for it, and see how you can be part of it. Consider it as an early Christmas gift.

For Further information or to discuss your booking requirements, please email steve.drake@magpie-security.co.uk 


Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Introducing the Magpie Security Ltd October 2017 Newsletter








Magpie Security Ltd Celebrates 15 Years of Success

On Wednesday 18th October 2017, Magpie Security Ltd celebrates its 15th year operating within the security industry.

From the birth of the business in 2002, the company has made phenomenal strides to become the premier security and training specialist within Nottinghamshire.

Landmark projects to date have included NET Phase 2, Bio City and the army’s Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre to name but a few.

Continual investment into the business and its personnel has given the company the competitive advantage which differentiates its position as a market leader from its competitors

“Magpie Security Ltd will always aim to exceed the expectations of our clients for service, professionalism and complete security solutions to ensure our position as the premier security provider within the industry”

 - Mr. Jason Bailey.  Company Director







 
A night out at the Nottingham Goose Fair is a great experience that has been enjoyed by families for generations.  The ambiance, the smell of the hot dogs and the thrill of the rides can make for an unforgettable experience.  But how can you be sure you, your family, friends including loved ones stay safe?

Stay Safe in the Crowd
Make it good practice to know the location of Emergency Exits and First Aid points in case of the unlikely event of any illness or incident. Maintain your awareness, keep your eyes up, and off the smart phone, as large crowds are an absolute pick pocketers paradise as well distraction robberies.

Keep your keys separate from your bag and easy to access, not only does this mean you can get inside quickly, if you’re your bag is stolen you can still get home.
Do not take short cuts in poorly lit areas, parks or alleyways, trust your intuition? If it does not feel right move away fast, seek help if required.
Only use licensed Taxis and pre-book them if you can. At least then they are looking for you.
Finally, listen to your intuition and follow your instincts to safety. Don’t be afraid to be impolite, and never stay in an uncomfortable situation.
Take only what you need? Leave any valuables that you do not need at need at home or in your vehicle 

Know where the exits are.
Exits are well-signed

Have a meeting point.
Agree ahead of time where to meet if you get separated

Make sure your child knows where to go.
Arrange a meeting point with your child
Nottingham's Goose Fair returns from Wednesday 4 to Sunday 8 October 2017 at the Forest Recreation Ground to thrill and delight city residents and visitors





Heading Back To Campus:  Personal Safety Is Essential…


Simple, Practical and Effective Self-DΓ©fense Strategies for University Students

Over the next few days students across the country will be moving away from home for the first time to attend colleges and universities in brand new cities and towns.  For most students, college is the first time they will be living without supervision, making their own decisions, experimenting with different social scenes and staying out late -- all while being surrounded by new and unfamiliar faces. While the college experience is always exciting and life changing, often these new living arrangements can present students with circumstances in which they are unsure how to navigate the social scene while protecting and defending themselves.

“Most university campuses are incredibly safe and crime is relatively rare,” says Stephen Drake, lifelong martial artist, security training and development manager and author of many published articles on both personal protection and self-defence.  “We all know, however, that because of the college lifestyle of late nights and beverage consumption, students can be easy targets for petty crime and personal attacks.”  Mr. Drake suggests the following simple self-defence strategies for students;

Always trust your instinct.  If your gut is telling you something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t (your more perceptive than you think).  Go back to where you came from, contact campus security or find people as quickly as you can.

Always travel in groups. Never walk alone at night. Avoid "shortcuts".  Criminals, like predators, try to isolate their prey from the herd. Groups are less likely to be confronted, so “buddy up” for the walk home.

Never trust your assailant. Criminals are cunning and can be extremely persuasive. Most likely they will approach you in a friendly manner and appeal to your common senses. No matter what they say or how convincing they are, never believe them. Campus security is the best team for the job.

Never leave the area. Your attacker needs to isolate you. In order to do that, they will use force or any persuasive manoeuvre to convince you that going with them is in your best interest. Don’t go, even when faced with an armed assailant. Put as much space between you and them as fast as possible.

 The Magpie Security Training Academy provides quality personal protection and self-defence instruction training programs that provide a maximum effect with a minimum of time invested.  Contact Steve Drake on 0115 9866 000 to discuss your needs.





Magpie Security Ltd Company Director is a Trustee for The Harley Trust #NottinghamCharity #£10,000Cheque

Recently, The Harley Jae Trust organised a networking event in the form of a family fun day at Newstead Abbey and children and the families that have been supported by us were invited to the event.
Before the event, the Nottingham Paediatric Critical Care Unit approached us, asking whether we could fund an event that would give children with life limiting conditions and their families an opportunity to meet families who are experiencing similar challenges.
We knew this event would be beneficial to all parties involved, allowing children with several different difficulties including epilepsy, long term ventilation, physical disabilities and neurological impairments to meet each other and allow families to connect with one another. The event was a great opportunity for families to share their experiences and support each other.
The event, which was held in the grounds of Newstead Abbey, offered a great day for the children and families including crafts, games, activities and food. All of which were provided free of charge to the families that attended. Also in attendance were twenty nurses that have helped in supporting the children in the Paediatric Care Unit.
The family fun day was a huge success and bonds were made that will last a lifetime thanks to the participation of everyone involved. We would like to thank everybody who attended the event as well as those who continually support and donate to the charity, which helps in the funding of these events, allowing children with life limiting conditions and their families to be able to make connections and continuously supported through their experience.   For More information, simply visit - https://www.theharleyjaetrust.org/
“Together we can make a difference helping children with life limiting conditions” –
 Mr. Jason Bailey. Trustee for The Harley Jae Trust & Company Director of Magpie Security Ltd




“Congratulations to SAM KING our Employee of the Month”
Magpie Security Ltd would like to congratulate Sam on his Employee of the Month Award.

The Magpie Management Team has received exceptional feedback from the client in regards to Sam’s professional approach & attitude.

 “Very well done Sam” – 

Mr. Richard Bailey. 

 Managing Director





Thursday, 14 September 2017

UNIVERSITY SPECIAL - HEADING BACK TO CAMPUS: PERSONAL SAFETY IS ESSENTIAL



Simple, Practical and Effective Self-Defence Strategies for University Students

Over the next few days students across the country will be moving away from home for the first time to attend colleges and universities in brand new cities and towns.  For most students, university is the first time they will be living without supervision, making their own decisions, experimenting with different social scenes and staying out late - all while being surrounded by new and unfamiliar faces. While the university experience is always exciting and life changing, often these new living arrangements can present students with circumstances in which they are unsure how to navigate the social scene while protecting and defending themselves.

 “Most university campuses are incredibly safe and crime is relatively rare,” says Stephen Drake, lifelong Martial Artist, Security Training & Development Manager and author of many published articles on both personal protection and self-defence.  “We all know, however, that because of the university lifestyle of late nights and beverage consumption, students can be easy targets for petty crime and personal attacks.”  Mr. Drake suggests the following simple self-defence strategies for students;

 Always trust your instinct.  If your gut is telling you something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t (your more perceptive than you think).  Go back to where you came from, contact campus security or find people as quickly as you can.

 Always travel in groups. Never walk alone at night. Avoid "shortcuts".  Criminals, like predators, try to isolate their prey from the herd. Groups are less likely to be confronted, so “buddy up” for the walk home.

 Never trust your assailant. Criminals are cunning and can be extremely persuasive. Most likely they will approach you in a friendly manner and appeal to your common senses. No matter what they say or how convincing they are, never believe them. Campus security is the best team for the job.

Never leave the area. Your attacker needs to isolate you. In order to do that, they will use force or any persuasive manoeuvre to convince you that going with them is in your best interest. Don’t go, even when faced with an armed assailant. Put as much space between you and them as fast as possible.

An Ounce of Prevention…Here’s how to plan ahead to ensure you never have to find yourself in a desperate situation

Always take advantage of campus safety services.  Become familiar with your university campus security department. Most offer escorts and shuttle services to and from campus dorms after hours.

Study the campus and neighbourhood.  Become familiar with respect to routes between your residence and class/activities schedule. Make note where emergency phones are located.
Share your class and activities schedule. Let parents and a network of close friends know your schedule. This creates a type of "buddy" system. Give network telephone numbers to your parents, advisor's, and friends.

The Magpie Security Training Academy provides quality personal protection and self-defence instruction training programs that provide a maximum effect with a minimum of time invested.  The purpose of such training is it is better to have something and not use it rather than need something and you don’t have it. Self Defence is a life skill just like learning first aid or learning to swim.


The Magpie Security training academy can offer local expert sources to discuss and expand upon the information included above, as well as topics related to physical intervention, conflict management and the like.  Please contact Stephen Drake / 07738 113106 or steve.drake@magpie-security.co.uk or visit www.magpie-security.co.uk  or for more information just google Steve Drake Self Defence 

Friday, 1 September 2017

“Training isn’t just important to any company, it is vital…”



Magpie Security Ltd understand the Importance of Training and Development for a Successful Workforce. Pictured above is Stephen Drake receiving his Level 3 Award in Education and Training (QCF)

Why is Training Important?

Stephen Drake believes that “When your biggest asset is your people, it pays to investigate what factors make them the best.”
In order to help you achieve your goals our Company Director Mr. Jason Bailey. Has established the following people philosophy and expects everyone to help make it happen.
“Whatever role you play in Magpie Security Ltd, our commitment is to give you the opportunity to develop as an individual for the benefit of the team as a whole”

“Training is an investment to the future of your business & development of your workforce”




Back-to-School Security Tips…
Back-to-school does not have to mean back-to-worrying. Times have changed from making sure your child has a notebook and pencil, a clean handkerchief and an apple for lunch. Today’s scholars have the latest up to date I pads, laptops, smartphones and head phones. They all cost a tidy penny and losing any one of the items mentioned are not cheap to replace. I would recommend putting a backpack lock on your shopping list this weekend.
Though safety inside school is ultimately the responsibility of the principal and school staff, parents can take a few basic steps to ensure a safe school experience. These are recommended by the National Association for Primary Education.
-Ensure your routes to school are still the best and most accessible routes
-Ensure you know the Emergency Procedures of your School
-Get involved. Talk with the teacher or head teacher about what you can do to increase school safety, such as organizing parents to form a school / neighbourhood watch before and after school. Sometimes parent groups are highly successful in making improvements in traffic safety during drop off and pick up times.




“Security at “Max Capacity” after 40% drop in licence renewals….”


Britain is facing the prospect of a shortage of qualified event security staff following a sharp drop in the number of Security Industry Authority (SIA) licences being reissued.  Industry bodies have called for more support for the private security sector to combat the "diminishing numbers" of qualified personnel in the UK.  Licence renewals have fallen almost 40% since 2013, according to a report published by the United Kingdom Crowd Management Association (UKCMA) – a situation which, if allowed to continue, could have a “dramatic” effect on safety at venues and large events in the UK.  To read this article further, please visit - http://magpie-security.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/security-at-max-capacity-after-40-drop.html





“Congratulations to Tony Foden
our Employee of the Month”
Magpie Security Ltd would like to congratulate Tony on his Employee of the Month Award.
The Magpie Management Team has received some excellent reports from the client in regards to Tony’s performance, attitude and commitment.
 “Keep up the excellent work Tony” –
Mr. Richard Bailey.
 Managing Director
Magpie Security Ltd





Thursday, 24 August 2017

SECURITY AT “MAX CAPACITY” AFTER 40% DROP IN LICENCE RENEWALS


Industry bodies have called for more support for the private security sector to combat the "diminishing numbers" of qualified personnel in the UK

Britain is facing the prospect of a shortage of qualified event security staff following a sharp drop in the number of Security Industry Authority (SIA) licences being reissued.
Licence renewals have fallen almost 40% since 2013, according to a report published by the United Kingdom Crowd Management Association (UKCMA) – a situation which, if allowed to continue, could have a “dramatic” effect on safety at venues and large events in the UK.
“Given the ongoing heightened security threat levels, the traditional government security services are heavily supplemented by private providers,” reads the report, which follows a February 2017 survey by the University of Derby, backed by UKCMA and the Football Safety Officers Association (FSOA) that sought to explain the “diminishing numbers” of stewards in the UK. “[T]he impact of diminishing numbers of trained security personnel could be dramatic.”
The six key reasons cited for the difficulty in retaining security workers are poor rates of pay; irregular work patterns; the casual nature of the workforce; competition; the cost of qualifications; and the availability of qualified staff. The report suggests the event security sector “seems to be struggling with financial viability, which is impacting on pay and training budgets”.
This lack of qualified stewards is corroborated by UKCMA’s membership, who told the association that, “especially over the busy summer period” many security providers have been working at “maximum capacity”.
“THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO COLLABORATE WITH INDUSTRY AUTHORITIES ON AN ACTION PLAN TO ADDRESS THE DEFICIENCIES IN SKILLS AND NUMBERS OF SECURITY PERSONNEL”
UKCMA, says it’s “encouraging that the industry has recognised there is a problem, as this acquisition of evidence is all in the interest of public safety. The next stage is to engage stakeholders to find solutions.”
Solutions suggested by UKCMA include diverting money from the apprenticeship levy, which it says is “unsuitable for supporting the night-time economy”, to training more security staff; creating new, more flexible, qualifications as an alternative to the standard NVQ; and ensuring the private security sector has the “necessary resources” to meet the increase in demand following a string of terrorist attacks.
“The government needs to collaborate with industry authorities on an action plan to address the deficiencies in skills and numbers of security personnel,” continues Harding. “The private industry must have the capability and capacity to meet not only ongoing business, but [also] any upsurge in demand caused by one-off incidents.”
A panel at the upcoming Event Safety & Security Summit (E3S), The 3 Rs: Reaction, Response & Recovery, questions whether there is a shortage of trained security personnel and resources. E3S takes place at the Intercontinental Hotel at The O2 in London on 10 October.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Introducing the Magpie Security Ltd August Newsletter

Developing High Performance Teams


Our Training and Development approach totally pre-dates the current fad of emotional intelligence by at least a decade. It recognises that human capital is the most valuable asset of any company. Learning to leverage that human capital, and liberate it, is the most effective way to success in the 21st century.


Recent research has shown that up to a staggering 80% of any organisations success can be directly linked to the employee’s attributes of personal motivation, attitudes, beliefs, expectations, self – confidence and self-concept.

It has been proven that someone with a high self-concept but limited resources can and will perform at the highest-level time after time – the same cannot be said of someone with advanced skills and low self-esteem.
Our training academy have put together a totally unique and original package of low tech and high impact training courses incorporating education and entertainment. These courses are performance targeted and light years away from the standard ‘chalk and talk’ style still so beloved by traditional trainers in the market today.


If you have been taught through the usual tired old patterns of explanation, demonstration and drill, then the most important and useful part of your ability to learn has been left out. The road to learning is through the unconscious and unconscious installation. Otherwise you will just simply understand.

                      “Empowering Individuals”

Testimonial from the course:

Marie Jane A massive thankyou to the staff at magpie security...it's been an Absolute privilege! I have learnt so much and been in the company of fantastic people.
I'm ready and rearing to go guy's!!!! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ Huge thanks to the one and only aka Jim Loach... 

Philip Martins Really appreciated the training I have received from the magpie academy Mr James loach is a brilliant instructor and made some great friends that I hope to be friends with for many years to come
Darren Armstrong Appreciate the whole magpie team, I’d definitely recommend anybody here! So much learnt! 

“MAGPIE SECURITY LTD TRAINING SERVICES INCLUDE….

-Level 2 Door Supervision                  -The Power of One
-Level 2 CCTV (PSS)                         -Team Building
-Conflict Management                        -Self Defence
-Physical Intervention                         -Personal Protection
-First Aid

For further infomration on the Training Services available, simply contact our Team on 0115 98 66 0r email traing@magpie-security.co.uk



“Congratulations to Mark Goyder

our Employee of the Month”



Magpie Security Ltd would like to congratulate Mark on his Employee of the Month Award.
Mark has exceeded the expectations of clients whilst providing exceptional levels of service.  The Magpie Management Team has been very impressed with Mark’s performance.

 “Great commitment & effort Mark… very well done” –
Mr. Richard Bailey.
 Managing Director

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Security Practitioner Course at Magpie Security Ltd Head Office #NewYearNewCareerNewAmbition

The Security Practitioner Course at Magpie Security Ltd HQ



 Who is this qualification for?
This qualification is aimed at individuals wishing to earn extra income or start a new career in the Private Security Industry. You then have a choice of sectors you may be able to work in, such as a Concierge, Construction Sites, Event Steward, Door Supervisor, Dog Handler, Mobile Response, Railway Industry to name but a few.

How long will it take?
To complete this qualification learners should expect to undertake approximately 45 hours of learning. The SIA stipulates a minimum of 32.5 contact hours if supported distance learning is undertaken over a minimum of 4 training days.

Next Security Practitioner Course:
Dates:   April, May, June 2017 (Courses Full).  Register Your Interest for the Next Course Today

Next Course Dates:  17-20 July 2017
Start Time: 08:00 - 17:30
Cost: £210 inc vat.  £50.00 deposit required to secure your place on the course

Venue:  Magpie Security Ltd Head Office.  Unit 3.  Queens Road.  Nottingham.  NG2 3AS


For Further information please contact Magpie Security Ltd on 01159 866 000 or Email training@magpie-security.co.uk



HABC Level 2 Award for Working as a Door Supervisor within the Private Security Industry (QCF)