Celebrating 10 years of Gottwood

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GOTTWOOD FESTIVAL HAS BEEN CALLED AN AMAZING SUCCESS BY ORGANISERS AND CRITICS

This year was Gottwood Festivals 10th Anniversary and its best year so far with a fantastic electronic and underground line up which saw 5,000 fans head to the Isle of Anglesey this weekend. Gottwood is a forest festival and has got to be one of the most beautiful festivals in the country, with stages set around a beautiful lake only a short walk from the campsite. The weather changed rapidly on Thursday evening from one of the warmest days in the past month to one of the wettest in the space of 24 hours but this didn’t get anyone at the festival down and although it got a little muddy the festival continued to be a safe and enjoyable.

FGH worked closely with Gottwood organisers, North Wales Police and Medical teams to secure this unique and vibrant festival. We deployed 200 of our trademark friendly and helpful security professionals on the ground over the course of the weekend to ensure the safety of the 5,000 revellers, artist and crew. Amy Stanley, Operations Manager and Security Manager overseeing the event said, ‘Gottwood was an exciting experience, the team performed very well in all weathers! A massive thanks to the Event Management Team for their support throughout the event and to our FGH Team who continued to deliver a fantastic customer service experience to all Gottwood customers. Our main focus was crowd management within the arenas, this was done effectively and all of plans worked!’

Tom Elkington, Festival Director, said, ‘…we have had nothing but positive reports for everyone about security and we all want to extended our thanks to you team but more importantly your management.’

Community Impact Team – Parklife 2019

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE COMMUNITY AROUND HEATON PARK

As well as Gottwood and The Great North Swim security last weekend (8th – 9th June 2019) FGH also deployed over a hundred friendly team members to operate in the community surrounding Heaton Park as Parklife 2019 took place as part of the Community Impact Team. FGH have provided staff for this remit for the past four years with the primary focus of discouraging anti-social behaviour, ensuring festival goers are respectful of the local community and engaging with residence to address any concerns they have. We worked in conjunction Greater Manchester Police, Bury, Rochdale and Manchester City Council and Environmental Health Officials to help minimise any social impact as 180,000 festival attended the event over three days.

 

Lewis Walsh, FGH Security, Community Impact Manager said, “This weekend the FGH Security Team were deployed at Parklife held at Heaton Park Manchester, during the event we deployed 121 staff who formed part of the Community Impact Team working alongside Bury, Rochdale and Manchester City Council, Parklife Management, Ground Control, Greater Manchester Police, Ideal Cleaning, NWAS, and other partner agencies. This operation focused on ensuring that the impact to communities surrounding the park is reduced via engagement with the residents, businesses and indeed the 180,000 customers who attended and enjoyed the 3-day extravaganza.  A key part of the Community Impact Operation is to egress and disperse the crowds safely at the end of each evening, this can only be achieved by the co-operation of all involved including Showsec, SEP and TFGM. This year’s event has yet again been hailed a great success and we at FGH Security are very proud to have played our part in delivering such a fantastic event for the city of Manchester.”

Liverpool’s Champions League Victory Parade

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FGH SECURING LIVERPOOL’S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TROPHY PARADE

On Sunday 2nd June 2019 an estimated 750,000 supporters enjoyed Liverpool’s Champions League victory parade after Jurgen Klopp’s team were crowned European Champions for a sixth time after beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in Madrid on Saturday.

The people of Liverpool made sure the champions received nothing but a hero’s welcome by lining the parade route to get a glimpse of the bus carrying their team, manager and trophy. The live updates of the parade reached millions of people around the world and featured the integral role FGH played in securing the route. Our team were also featured on the front page of The Times and Daily Express showing them ensuring the integrity of the protective bubble surrounding the bus.

The operation also saw our team working strategically alongside Merseyside Police, Liverpool City Council and Culture Liverpool. The route itself covered more than 8 miles and culminated with tens of thousands lining the Strand as the bus passed the iconic Liver Building and the Albert Dock.

Lewis Walsh, Head of Security and Crowd Management said, ‘On Sunday we had the privilege to provide the security and crowd management operation for the homecoming of Liverpool Football Club to celebrate their victory in the Campions League Final against Tottenham Hotspur.

The operation saw 226 staff deployed at strategic points across the city and in the protection bubble around the players, officials and press buses within the parade. The strategic goal of the operation was to deliver a safe a secure environment for not only the players, parade but for the 750,000 fans who turned up to welcome their heroes home.

The event went without any serious incident and was hailed a success by LFC, Liverpool City Council and Merseyside Police. I would like to thank the security team on the ground and the thousands of fans that waited patiently to see their team bring the trophy home.’

Claire McColgan, Director of Culture Liverpool, said, ‘I truly don’t know where to start……….. but I know how to end, that is to end in saying a huge, massive, gigantic thank you to you and your team in helping deliver a parade that will live long in the memories of the thousands of people who lined the parade route.  That’s not to mention the thousands who greeted the parade in the city and the countless thousands who watched it on the TV and social media. It would not have been the success it was without the dedication and commitment of all teams working together and your help in making that happen is very much appreciated. Here’s to the next one!’

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Providing To Neighbourhood Weekender 2019

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FESTIVAL SEASON RETURNS

May Bank Holiday weekend saw FGH’s first festival deployment of 2019 to ‘Neighbourhood Weekender’. The festival returned for a second year (since announcing its return in 2020) and brought with it some of the finest musical talent to Warrington’s Victoria Park. The big name acts included the 4 times platinum singer/songwriter, George Ezra, Nothing But Thieves, Maximo Park, Tom Grennan, You Me At Six and Sunday headliner, the legendary Richard Ashcroft and many more. Click here to check out the full line up.

Neighbourhood Weekender

Since its beginnings in 2018 Neighbourhood Weekender has expanded further into Victoria Park and includes more activities and artists. Luckily for the attending crowd the weather stayed (mostly) dry with warm weather boosting the festival atmosphere that Neighbourhood is becoming renowned for.

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FGH deployed 279 SIA Security Staff and Stewards to oversee the security provision and safety of the 35,000+ festival goers, artists and crew. Our team delivered exceptional customer service to the public with duties including security searches, routine patrols inside and outside the grounds and securing facilities and crew campsites. By using our pioneering scientific approach we worked closely with Neighbourhood Weekender organisers to minimise risk and maximise safety. No major incidents took place at the park and we are happy to report the weekend passed peacefully. The NBHD management were happy with the security and pleased to collaborate with FGH again. The council and police also spoke positively of the security provision and the improvements made to the egress operation.

Security Manager Lewis Walsh said, “It was great to have the festival team deployed at Neighbourhood Weekender, this is our first large scale event of the 2019 festival season. The team provided an excellent service and have received great feedback from the public on social media and verbally at the festival. I’m very proud of the way the team conducted themselves and look forward to working side by side the team at our next event. A positive start to an exciting season ahead”

Our next events will be Parklife & Gottwood taking place 7th – 9th June.

 

FGH Security Awarded Multi-Site Government Contracts

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The new contract includes 5 separate one-off music festivals with up to 250,000 people in attendance at each one.

The five events will take place across the whole stretch of the UK including: a central London site (likely to be Hyde Park), a central England site, a Welsh site, a Scottish site and a site in Belfast.

FGH Security, the UK’s most decorated security company, and the only security company to ever feature in the Times Top 100 list was a natural choice for the events.  However, representatives from the UK government and the FGH Security MD held talks over the weekend, including a final negotiation that lasted long into the night with UK PM Theresa May.

After deciding the country is unhappy with the current delays over Brexit, parliament have decided they want to cheer everyone up.

Tickets are completely free!  Each music festival is to be given one of two themes, that will be put down to a people’s vote.  There will be a choice between:

  1. BrexFest; a celebration of the UK’s independence with iconic bands including the The Libertines, Radiohead and The Corral.  Food will include Traditional Breakfasts, Sunday Roasts, plus Fish & Chips.  Union Jack Flags will fly across every flagpole.
  2. RemainRave; a celebration of all things European with iconic DJ’s including Tiesto, Martin Garrix and Swedish House Mafia.  Food will include Paella, Pizza & Pasta, plus Frogs Legs.

Which festival would you like to go to? Vote now on our dedicated Facebook Poll by clicking here.

The Best Security Company In The UK To Work For

The Best Security Company In The UK To Work For

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We are extremely proud to announce that we have been placed 89th on the 2019 Sunday Times Best 100 Small Companies to Work for List and 23rd in The Best Companies to Work For in the North West 2019 list.

Since been founded in Lancaster 16 years ago FGH have gone on to win a range of industry awards and we are now the most decorated security company in the UK. The only security company to ever make the Times Top 100 List.

The prestigious Best Companies List, published annually, is all about putting Britain’s best employers in the spotlight. Organisations across the board are judged on a variety of factors, including workplace engagement, staff well-being, perks, and company culture.

“I am ecstatic. Today is probably one of the biggest days of my business life. There are over 5 million SME’s in the UK. So to even make the list and be recognised as a Sunday Times Top 100 Employer means the absolute world. Even more so as this is based on opinions from our team.

Managing Director, Peter Harrison commented;

“Business is about so much more than just money; if we can put a bit of good back into the world then brilliant. As always, I just want to thank all the people in our team who work so hard to make this happen.”

Dave & Ben receiving the award

Dave & Ben receiving the award

How has the Sunday Times Best 100 Small Companies to Work for List been compiled?

The Best Companies Survey comprises of statements for employees to score from ‘strongly agree’ to ‘strongly disagree’ on a seven-point scale. These then fall into seven categories, which are: Leadership, Well being, My Manager, My Team, Fair Deal, Giving Something Back, My Company and Personal Growth.

The list then analyses the replies to questionnaires asking employees how happy they are with all areas of their working life.

Founder and chief executive of Best Companies, Jonathan Austin says:

“It’s my great pleasure to confirm that you have achieved, our 3 Star accreditation status. This means your organisation has shown extraordinary levels of engagement. You are one of the Top 100 best small companies to work for in 2019, congratulations!”

Their ranking shows that FGH employees had plenty of positive things to say about their job, the culture and the company they work for.

Human Resources Manager, Lyndsay Holt said;

“As Human Resources Manager of FGH Security Ltd my role is people centric, with responsibility for ensuring the organisation cares for our stakeholders in line with our core values. Our employees are the lifeblood of the organisation and one of the many ways in which we differentiate as an employer is our emphasis on the team and their welfare. Through the HR function we have the ability to contribute to the performance of the organisation by driving the procurement, progression and retention of talent which is key to the ongoing success and growth of the company. Our success is measured by the achievements of our team and I am immensely proud to be part of an organisation voted as one of the top 100 companies – indeed the only security company –  to work for in the UK by our peers”

As a growing company FGH are dedicated in building the company on strong foundations by having the Best Trained Team possible. Operations Manager for Lancashire & Cumbria, Kevin Blakemore says the secret to his success is looking for the friendliest people to join his team.

“This ranking epitomises the hard work done by the team on the ground as well as the Management Team. We are always striving to improve and uphold our main purpose, Keeping People Safe.”

Times Top 100 Best Small Companies To Work For Trophy

Times Top 100 Best Small Companies To Work For Trophy

 

Festival Supplier Awards 2019

Winners at The Festival Supplier Awards 2019

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FGH Security has been awarded Best Crowd Management / Security for the second year running!

MD Peter Harrison and Marketing Manager, David Hassall attended the awards ceremony on Thursday 31st of January where more than 350 of the best of the festival industry’s leading suppliers, organisers and stakeholders met at the prestigious London’s Hurlingham Club.

Crowd Management is a large part of FGH.  To be judged by our peers in our industry demonstrates the hard work and dedication we have shown to all our clients throughout 2018.

To be crowned for the second year running is an amazing achievement.

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The Festival Supplier Awards were established in 2014 as the leading authority in recognising achievements of outdoor event and festival suppliers. The award categories cover multiple event essentials: from staging, crowd management and stage crew, to technology and security. The awards also recognise environmental impact in the form of awards for green suppliers, as well as acknowledging stand out production teams.

Festival Supplier Awards 2019 Award, WINNER, Best Crows Management / Security - FGH Security.

Festival Supplier Awards 2019 Award

These awards are dedicated to highlighting the creativity and innovation that festival suppliers such as FGH deliver to produce fantastic events across the UK.

Our Security Manager, Lewis Walsh told us what the award means to him:

Want to be part of an award winning team? Click here to find out more.

The Big Team Winter Walk

A Winter Walk To Rivington Pike, Winter Hill & The Two Lads

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Congratulations to our team who reached the top of Winter Hill yesterday!

This annual winter walk event enables staff who only work for us over the summer months the opportunity to have a catch up with other members of the FGH team. It also allows the people who are thinking about joining the company the chance to meet current members of our team and see how friendly we are.

The team walked around 6 miles, reaching Rivington Pike before crossing the moor to Winter Hill and visiting The Two Lads Cairn, before circling back to Rivington Hall.

Details of our walk:

  • Distance   =  5.57 miles
  • Duration     =   3 hrs, with stops (start 11.30pm – finish 2.30pm)
  • Total Ascent  =   1,218 ft, highest point Winter Hill 1,496ft
  • Start/Finish    =  Rivington Hall Barn
  • Date & Weather   =   6th January 2018 – 9C, poor visibility

With dogs Grubie, Juno, Harry and Cocktail leading the way, the team walked through woodland, under Lever Bridge and around Lever Gardens. The track rose, becoming steeper as the team trekked up the wooden steps to Rivington Pike and the weather became increasingly misty.

Rivington Pike is a turret on the west side of Winter Hill, at 1,191 ft it normally gives a view over West Lancashire and parts of Cheshire but considering the weather conditions our team were just happy to make it to their first marker.

Rivington Pike

Rivington Pike

From the Pike we left crowds of fellow walkers, descended onto the moor and cross country across the most direct route to Winter Hill. Poor visibility and boggy terrain meant that the team could easily have become lost, but thanks to Peter Harrison’s skilled map reading and Dave Hassall’s encouragement we stayed together, and Winter Hill was safely reached.

Mist on Winter Hill

Into the mist

Winter Hill is one of Lancashire’s most recognisable landmarks because of its large transmitting station with accompanying aerials. It is a hotly contested boarder between Chorley and Bolton. It rises above Bolton and is visible from along Lancashire’s motorways. You can normally see it from many Lakeland peaks but yesterday, shrouded in the mist, the Winter Hill Transmitting Station was barely noticeable until it was 10 feet before us.

Top of Winter Hill

Top of Winter Hill

The team then followed the road south west to meet The Two Lads Cairn before descending to Rivington Hall Barn for some well-deserved Fish & Chips and a cheeky beer.

The Two Lads

The Two Lads

Rivington Hall Barn

Rivington Hall Barn

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FGH SHORTLISTED FOR THE FESTIVAL SUPPLIER AWARDS 2019

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We’re proud to have been shortlisted for the 2019 Festival Supplier Awards!

In 2018 we brought home the award for Best Crowd Management and Event Security, in 2019 we’re hoping to build on this success.

The Festival Supplier Awards recognise the festival industries leading suppliers, organisers and brands and last year was attended by more than 350 companies.

Since the awards launched in 2014, they have been established as a leading authority in recognising the achievements and hard work of outdoor event and festival suppliers. The awards evening is an excellent celebration with the awards returning to London’s Hurlingham Club on Thursday 31st January 2019.

The Festival Supplier award categories cover multiple outdoor event essentials, from staging, crowd management, temporary structures and crewing to crowd barriers, toilets, technology, glamping and security. There are also awards to recognise green suppliers and production teams.

These dedicated awards highlight the creativity and innovation that festival suppliers like us deliver to produce fantastic events.

Marketing Manager, David Hassall said,”The Festival Supplier Awards is unique in the sense that the panel of judges are not part of the security industry so entries are assessed from the perspective of the client or end service user. We’re hoping that we can win this award for the second year running after demonstrating the great work our team do throughout the year. Once again the competition is stiff this year but the rest of the support team and myself know the team have shone yet again and have been a credit to the company and the industry as a whole.”

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FGH Is A Finalist In 5 Categories At The UK 2019 OSPA’s

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The UK Outstanding Security Performance Awards 2019 finalists have been announced.

This year FGH has been shortlisted for 5 awards; Outstanding Contract Security Company, Outstanding Customer Service Initiative, Outstanding Security Training Initiative, Outstanding Event Team & Outstanding Security Partnership.

We’re hoping to be victorious once again in 2019 after coming home with the award for Outstanding Security Training Initiative in 2018.

This is the third year the OSPA’s have taken place. These awards serve to acknowledge and credit the contributions that companies like ours makes to the security industry. These five award nominations recognise our teams fantastic work, the exceptional initiative taken place and the individuals who have gone above and beyond their duties.

Winners will be announced at the evening awards ceremony on Thursday, 28 February 2019 at the Royal Lancaster London. FGH will be attending to celebrate the outstanding performance across the industry at this special event.

This news comes just days after the announcement from Best Companies that we have been awarded a 3 Star accreditation. Best Companies compile the Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For lists which are also released in February each year. We don’t know if we’ve made the list yet, but the 3 Star accreditation is the highest we can be awarded and shows an ‘extraordinary’ level of workplace engagement.

Marketing Manager, David Hassall said, “This is a massive achievement because with the Outstanding Security Performance Awards, we are competing on a European stage. I would like to thank all the staff who helped us achieve this.”

Click here to find out more about the OSPA’s,