Manchester-Pride

Manchester Pride Festival 2018

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Manchester Pride was the busiest weekend of the year for FGH Security. Many thousands of attendees descended on the city centre for The Manchester Pride Festival 2018. The award winning four-day event, which celebrates LGBTQ+ life, was a fantastic weekend full of colour and a party atmosphere. The parade on Saturday had over 10,000 participants and for all involved was the heart of the pride weekend. We deployed security staff to oversee the safety of the Parade and events in the village. Our team worked efficiently providing crowd control and crowd management at busy points throughout the parade route whilst working closely with local police, medical teams and other authorities.

Pride Security

Pride transformed the city into a  rainbow celebration over the weekend. Thousands cheered on the floats travelling through the city’s streets. This year’s theme was ‘the Circus of Acceptance’; there was a dazzling array of costumes and floats at the annual celebration of Manchester’s LGBTQ+ community. Organisations taking part in the parade this year included Greater Manchester Police, the fire service, local businesses and charities. Our friendly team joined in the festivities and wore stickers, face paint and glitter to show their pride, reaffirming the positive relationship our team has with the community.

After the parade the celebration continued in the village with performances from Gok Wan, Rita Ora and Sigala. The event drew to a close on Monday evening with a Candlelit Vigil held in Sackville Gardens. The park turned into a sea of candles taking a minute to remember those lost to HIV. The community and authorities pledged to work together to fight the epidemic worldwide and the stigma that still exists.

Peter Harrison, Managing Director and Head of Security said, “Our 6th year at Manchester Pride was our best yet. With sales up 6% year on year we saw record footfall at the event. Our whole team worked very hard to overcome the challenges that a site like this presents in relation to crowd management. Amazing work everyone. A big thanks from me. Especially to all who went the extra mile.”

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Houghton: A Highlight Of The Festival Season

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The Houghton Festival is known for its unique mix of electronic music and alternative sounds. The festival promised visitors 24 hours of continuous music with extended DJ sets in a fantastic setting in the Norfolk Countryside surrounded by extreme art installations.  The festival prides itself on growing year on year based creating really unique and positive experiences for each festival goer. This year the event ran from the 9th until 12th August and welcomed 10,000 customers.

Houghton Festival

This was our first year at Houghton Festival and we invested a lot of managerial time to not only ensure that our staff briefings and deployment patterns met requirements but also our teams complemented each other and added real value to the event organisers. As always, our team out did themselves and went beyond just providing a security remit by being the perfect first point of contact for customers at the event, this has been mirrored by both client and customer feedback.

Houghton Festival

Amy Stanley, Operations Manager who acted as Head of Security at the event, said, “The whole weekend went extremely well, the local Police Inspector told me that this weekend was the slickest security operation he has seen in 17 years. The festival went smoothly from our side because team worked to a consistently high level despite the rainy conditions. It was great to see them forming relationships with festival goers and putting customer service first which really compliment the event. It’s great to see people’s reactions when they see us living up our brand promise of having the friendliest team.”

Houghton Festival

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#DrasticOnPlastic – Making A Difference

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Did you know that it is predicted that there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans by 2050? The UK uses 38.5 million plastic bottles every day, of which 15 million are not recycled.

On April 22nd The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) launched a campaign to coincide with Earth Day and more than 60 festival have committed themselves to banning the use of plastic straws on site in 2018 as a minimum first step. By 2021 they have pledged to eliminate all single use plastic at their events. Not only are we becoming part of this inspirational drive but we are fully eliminating our team’s use of single use plastic this year in 2018.

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Doing our bit!

We are leading the security industry by not only pledging to reduce the use of single-use plastic but also drastically minimise our waste. This year we are issuing 400 reusable drawstring bags which contain a thermal flask, either a protein shaker or sports bottle (based on each team member’s choice) and a torch. As well as furthering our industry leading environmental legacy, initiatives and accreditations we are also taking immediate action to reduce our use of disposable materials. This will save just over 100,000 plastic bottles and 60,000 paper cups going to landfill at the festivals and events our team are working at this summer alone. This works out approx 250 bottles of water per employee.

 


250 waterbottles = 1 FGH #DrasticOnPlastic Waterbottle

 

Leading from the front and Peter Harrison is going even further;

Peter Harrison, FGH Managing Director, said, “There is a lot we can do to stop using disposable plastic, such as opting for reusable flasks, cups and shakers. We’re leading by example to inspire people to make a change. It’s a substantial investment and a major shift in the way organisations like our own think, but it is worth it for our children and their children.”

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AIF CEO Paul Reed said, “It is encouraging and inspiring that so many AIF members have taken this initiative and pledge on-board without hesitation and are taking a collective stand against single-use plastic. This is one of the most critical issues facing our businesses and wider society. By working together as an industry and taking affirmative action, we can make a tangible difference.”

To see the latest updates check out the Hashtag #DrasticOnPlastic or keep and eye on our social media and site over the course of the next few months to see the difference we’re making.

Rewind North

Rewind North 2018

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This weekend saw FGH’s first deployment to Rewind North. The 80’s festival wowed audiences at the beautiful Capesthorne Hall from the 4th-5th August. Iconic acts such as Tiffany, Billy Ocean, The Boomtown Rats and Legendary headliners The Jacksons took to the stage.

The event now spans 3 venues; Scotland, Henley-on-Thames and Macclesfield with the hugely popular festivals being a highlight for thousands of devoted fans here to see 80’s Gold. This the 10th year of the festival saw 45,000 people attend in Macclesfield.

rewind north

We deployed over 260 SIA Security Staff and Stewards to oversee the security provision and safety at Rewind North. As this was our first time at the festival every staff member was briefed and saw an onsite orientation before the gates opened to give maximum service delivery to the public.

Duties the security staff undertook included bag searches on entrances to control items being carried into the venue and maintaining communication with the Rewind North organisers, medical teams and local police to provide the best possible service.

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The team has since been praised for their excellent customer service skills, and friendly and helpful approach. Thankfully for festival goers and out staff after the bad weather that plagued the Kendal Calling Festival last weekend the weather stayed dry. The blazing sunshine helped boost the atmosphere, spirits of the team and the positivity of the crowd.

Mark Hussey, Training & Development Officer and Security Manager said, “The teams worked really well at Rewind over the weekend. Friday was very challenging for the team on the campsite entrance, but they all pulled together and did a fantastic job which continued to over the weekend. We have since received praise for making visitors feel welcome and keeping them smiling. Well done to all those that worked Rewind North!”

Kendal Calling

Kendal Calling 2018

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Kendal Calling, the award winning four day family event, kicked off in the sunshine on Thursday 26th July. Set in the spectacular Cumbrian countryside with a crowd pleasing line up including Hacienda Classical, Plan B & Catfish and the Bottlemen; the event covered 11 stages, with a sold out audience of 25,000 festival goers.

fgh team at Kendal Calling

Kendal Calling is one of our most anticipated events. Staff and revellers alike can never wait to get back into the fields! The event was our biggest deployment of SIA licensed security staff and stewards to date. Our team, once again fully reunited, after covering two deployments last weekend at Blue Dot and Liverpool International Music Festival Festival to oversee the safety of this weekend’s visitors. Too soon the weather turned and thunderstorms brought heavy rain throughout the latter half of the weekend. Our team battled through the mud, cold and wet weather, and despite these conditions prevailed through supporting each other and going the extra mile. Staff morale was boosted by the excellent work of Supervisor, distributing umbrellas, hot soup and drinks to ensure everyone had plenty of breaks to warm though.

Searching at Kendal Calling

The key to our success? Teamwork, planning and preparation; taking a scientific approach. This was the 13th consecutive year FGH secured the event and worked with the Kendal Calling organisers, local police and medical teams. Our security team is as much of a part of the Kendal Calling experience as the stages and unique installations around the event. Our experienced teams worked closely with Cumbria Police to ensure a proactive approach to policing and securing the site. As such this year only 14 arrests took place and the police saw a fall in drug related crimes and offences. Subsequently our team has been praised for their friendly and helpful security presence. This reassured visitors and helped them enjoy the festivities.

Managing Director and Head of Security Peter Harrison said, “We came to Kendal Calling with the purpose of keeping people safe and we have been successful. Fantastic work to everyone in our team who pushed through another hour and went that little bit further than you needed to, just because being average is not for you. You are what makes FGH special and this keeps new contracts, awards and praise coming. You are the people keeping 5 million people safe this year.”

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Out Of This World Security At Bluedot Festival 2018

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Today is Friday 20th July, it is World Space Exploration Day and 49 years since man walked on the moon, so it is quite fitting we are at Bluedot Festival next to the worlds third-largest radio telescope here at the Jodrell Bank Observatory. The Lovell Telescope is used for tracking anything in space – planets, probes and spacecraft. It is said it is so sensitive it can even pick up a mobile phone signal in a close proximity. It will be picking up a lot more than usual this weekend as some 15,000 people descend on the area.

Welcome to Bluedot Festival. It’s a festival of science as well as music, talks, workshops and interactive stalls. Here, wormholes, aliens and quantum physics are discussed as much as the electronic & space rock bands on the main stages.

Bluedot

The challenge for the FGH team was to keep these visitors safe and the surrounding area secure. Bluedot is a favourite for families with an exciting range of activities, science shows and interactive workshops, including an astrology tent, an inflatable alien landscape of tunnels, a giant suspended Planet Earth and a field full of fire contraptions straight of a Mad Max set. Some 15,000 people attended the event to see this and acts including The Flaming Lips & The Chemical Brothers.

We deployed a team of over 200 SIA licensed security staff and stewards to the event and worked in close partnership with the Bluedot Festival organisers to ensure that we made a real difference to the event whilst delivering our trademark friendly and professional service.FGH team in front of the Lovell Telescope

This festival was not an alien environment to our team. This is the third year in succession FGH Security have patrolled the event. The experienced team quickly succeeded in controlling the flow and movement patterns of the crowd in and out of the main arena. The team had a unique chemistry with the visitors and have become so much a part of the festival as the telescope the festival is built around.

Bluedot will return next year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Moon Landing with a special weekend of music, science and arts.

Beat-Herder 2018

Beat-Herder 2018

2 minutes reading time.

This weekend our team managed the security provision and kept people safe at The Beat-Herder Festival. This year the event was a sell out with over 12,000 people attending across the weekend from around the country to see a range of acts which included Orbital, Soulwax, Django Django, High Contrast, The Rezistance Live, Patrick Topping and Pete Tong.

beat-herder 2018

Beat-herder began in 2006 and catered for just 1200 people with a small stage in the main field and a couple of food stalls. Since then it has grown to cover 4 large fields with 16 dedicated music areas, 14 bars, 40+ stalls and a fairground. The event prides itself on being more than about the music; there are a series of unique art installations and live performances. We deployed over 250 SIA licensed security staff and stewards to oversee the safety of the event and it’s visitors whilst ensuring the event maintained its unique atmosphere. The team worked in partnership with the Beat-Herder event organisers, local constabulary and social services to ensure that we made a real difference to the quality of the event whilst still delivering the friendly and professional service we’ve become renowned for.

 

Head of Security and Managing Director Peter Harrison said, “Securing a rural festival like Beat-Herder is always unique challenge, particularly when this is our first time at the event. The promoters create such a unique festival, with so much detail and hard work going into making quite an amazing experience for the guests. Our team worked really hard to succeed as they always do. Seeing them smiling and helping the festival visitors is a great indication that we are doing the right things. Feedback from the organisers, Ribble Valley Police and child protection services has been amazing – another huge success for FGH Security.”

FGH Are Getting Drastic On Plastic

FGH Are Getting #DrasticOnPlastic

3 minutes reading time.

Did you know that it is predicted that there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans by 2050. The UK uses 38.5 million plastic bottles every day, of which 15 million are not recycled.

On April 22nd The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) launched a campaign to coincide with Earth Day and more than 60 festival have committed themselves to banning the use of plastic straws on site in 2018 as a minimum first step. By 2021 they have pledged to eliminate all single use plastic at their events. Not only are we becoming part of this inspirational drive but we are fully eliminating our team’s use of single use plastic this year in 2018.

DrasticOnPlastic

Doing our bit!

We are leading the security industry by not only pledging to reduce the use of single-use plastic but also drastically minimise our waste. This year we are issuing 400 reusable drawstring bags which contain a thermal flask, either a protein shaker or sports bottle (based on each team member’s choice) and a torch. As well as furthering our industry leading environmental legacy, initiatives and accreditations we are also taking immediate action to reduce our use of disposable materials. This will save just over 100,000 plastic bottles and 60,000 paper cups going to landfill at the festivals and events our team are working at this summer alone. This works out approx 250 bottles of water per employee.

250 waterbottles = 1 FGH #DrasticOnPlastic Waterbottle

 

Leading from the front Peter Harrison is going even further;

Peter Harrison, FGH Managing Director, said, “There is a lot we can do to stop using disposable plastic, such as opting for reusable flasks, cups and shakers. We’re leading by example to inspire people to make a change. It’s a substantial investment and a major shift in the way organisations like our own think, but it is worth it for our children and their children.”

#DrasticOnPlastic

AIF CEO Paul Reed said, “It is encouraging and inspiring that so many AIF members have taken this initiative and pledge on-board without hesitation and are taking a collective stand against single-use plastic. This is one of the most critical issues facing our businesses and wider society. By working together as an industry and taking affirmative action, we can make a tangible difference.”

To see the latest updates check out the Hashtag #DrasticOnPlastic or keep and eye on our social media and site over the course of the next few months to see the difference we’re making.

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Amazing Atmosphere At Feis Festival – Liverpool’s Irish Music Festival

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It was a scorcher! The sunshine welcomed the first Feis Festival to the city based on the waterfront. Those who attended enjoyed the weather as much as watching the musicians they had come to see. Van Morrison headlined a busy list of fantastic musicians, impressing the crowds visiting from around the country. The festival is part of the Liverpool 2018 events programme which marks the city’s tenth anniversary of being awarded the European Capital of Culture and follows on the heels of the city winning the UNESCO City of Music award in 2015. According to the Liverpool Museum it is estimated that 75% of Liverpool’s population is of Irish decent and the festival was a celebration of this heritage.

Over 12,000 people attended to see some of the biggest names in Irish music and the festival has been the biggest celebration of Irish culture the city has ever seen.

We’re now well into our festival season and we deployed a dedicated supervision team, a friendly arena entrance team geared towards customer service and welfare and worked in partnership with representatives from Liverpool County Council.

feis Festival

Lewis Walsh our Security Manager said, “A new festival is always a unique experience for us and I feel we have excelled across all areas. It’s fantastic to see our team smiling and helping the festival visitors as much as they can in the warm weather. Visitor feedback has once again been amazing. Liverpool Council have been an excellent client to work in partnership with. They are really well organised which has helped make a huge difference in this deployment being a success for us.”

Feis Festival will return in 2019. With this job wrapped up successfully, the FGH team look ahead to making Beat Herder (Friday 13th July – Sunday 15th July 2018), in Ribble Valley, nothing short of a safe and positive experience for all who attend.

Our FGH events team has been recognised many times over as one of the best in the industry. If you’re interested in becoming part of our successful team you can apply here in under 5 mins by following this link.

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FGH Flying The Flag At Armed Forces Day

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Armed Forces Day has been called an amazing success by all those who attended in Llandudno on Saturday 30th June.

It has been estimated some 100,000 people attended from around the nation on one of the warmest weekends in June to honour the soldiers and enjoy the displays, flights and parades from the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast guard. Over 1,000 personnel took part int he parade along the promenade.

Armed Forces Day was the largest scale event ever hosted in the Victorian seaside town as people flocked to the seaside to celebrate the RAF’s 100 year anniversary this year. The parade was given the royal approval being watched by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal who was joined by Prime Minister Theresa May and Carwyn Jones First Minister of Wales.

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FGH worked closely with Conwy County Borough Council and deployed over 150 of our trademark friendly and helpful security professionals on the ground over the course of the weekend to ensure the safety of the 100,000 visitors, forces and dignitaries. The team was stationed overnight on Friday in the run up to the event and then along the parade route throughout Saturday.

Amy Stanley, Operations Manager who oversaw the deployment said, “It was fantastic, the whole day had a really good feel to it. It was also great to watch the interactions between the dignitaries Princess Anne and Theresa May, the public and the FGH Team. Almost 100,000 people arrived but the team did an amazing job on the ground upholding our values in the warm weather. Every member was outstanding and I’m already looking forward to our next event”

With the parade marked another success the FGH team now move back into the Festival Season on target to keep over 5 million people safe this year. Up next on the 7th July is Feis Festival in Liverpool.

Our FGH events team has been recognised as one of the best in the industry. If you are interested in becoming part of our successful team you can apply here in under 5 mins by following this link.