Help us win Roll Out The Barrel 2016

Roll out the Barrel is an annual charity event hosted by Lancaster Brewery. For the last five years the brewery has been challenging teams to complete their barrel assault course and raise money for a number of charitable organisations.

We have been entering teams into the competition since the very first Roll out the Barrel in May 2012 and have won three out of the four preceding competitions (read about or wins in 2014 here and 2015 here). Will you help make FGH become overall champions again?

Date: 24th July 2016
Time: 1000 start
Where: Lancaster Brewery, Lancaster Leisure Park, Wyresdale Rd, Lancaster, LA1 3LA (click here for a map)
What we’re looking for: Teams of 3 members of FGH staff (ideally including one female member of staff)

FGH will pay all entrance fees on the day and the brewery will provide free bacon butties and a pint for participants. It’s a great day out for friends and family too (there’ll even be a soft play area).

If you’d like to take part just enter your team details below (if you’d like to take part and haven’t got a team just enter your name into the ‘Name of team member 1’ space and we’ll organise a team for you)…

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Name of team member 2
Name of team member 3
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4 ways to earn an extra £100 in your pay staff bonus scheme


Our people are loyal, willing to continually learn and have an excellent focus on customer service and receive excellent remuneration, industry leading training and a great benefits package in return

1. Know an organisation that could use our services? Earn £100 for just letting us know.

We want your help gathering some ideas on places we could be working in the future.
Do you know a quality site where the security guards are not getting looked after or the sites’ integrity would benefit from FGH Security provided services?
Do you know of any events that would benefit from some FGH friendliness?
Do you know a licensed premises that would benefit from a bit more pride?
Please let us know. Once you do, if we are happy with the proposed organisation fitting within our client portfolio then we will do the rest of the work.

• You will receive the bonus in the payroll after which we have started work for the organisation
• The intelligence is reliable and about a recent incident/ happening/ person to contact etc (not just “You should supply Smith’s because it will be good”)
• If another member of the team has also referred the same organisation we will share the bonus between you
• Use the form below, email your line manager or
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2. Recruit a Friend

The incentive for introducing a friend to the company will increase from £60 to £100.
Terms – only payable when all the below conditions are met:
• Your friend has completed their probationary period (i.e. when security screening is complete – normally 12 weeks)
• Your friend is joining for a permanent SIA licensed position (i.e. part of a regular team and not just coming to work for one weekend)
• Your friend must lists your name in the “How did you find out about FGH Security?” section on our online application form
The incentive is not eligible for members of the Lancaster University RUFC, Salford University RUFC, MMU RUFC as they receive a separate incentive and kit sponsorship

3. Long Service Bonus

£100 paid every year on the 10th December to those who have been with the company 5 complete years or more. Terms:
• Continuous service of at least 100 hours per calendar year should have been worked
• You may also be eligible for other special goodies and treats!

4. Improvement to Paperwork and Procedures

A competition with one winner per financial year. Terms:
• Email with your idea. It can be as simple as marking a current form or procedure up with red pen and photographing it
• If it is not obvious then include your reason why you are recommending a change
• The office team choose a winner on the 1st April every year and results will be made public

Door Supervision Operations Supervisor

Door Supervision Operations Supervisor Overview
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the team at Head Office as an Operations Supervisor. This is a part time role, supporting the Operations team in the day-to-day management of the Door Supervision sector.

Pay Rate: £20,000 per annum (pro-rata)
Contract: Permanent
Days/Hours: 20 hours per week (Monday 930am-130pm, Tuesday 1pm-5pm, Thursday 1pm-5pm, Friday 1pm-5pm, Saturday 1pm-5pm) *All hours are variable subject to Operational Requirements.

Company Mobile Phone, SIA Licence paid for, Enhanced development package.

This vacancy covers Door Supervision Operations in Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside. Travel to Head Office and other areas will be required.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Ensuring all venues have sufficient cover and that all customer requirements are fulfilled
  • Recruiting and interviewing new candidates for positions
  • Forecasting/Booking in upcoming requirements
  • Client liaison with own portfolio
  • Carrying out occasional support visits to Door Supervisors
  • Completing & auditing paperwork such as DSVD’s and report any changes to Assignment Instructions or customer requests.
  • Conducting on-going, formative performance management of front line staff.
  • Assisting the Senior Manager in conducting summative performance appraisal of front line staff.
  • Promote employee engagement and feed employees’ concerns or suggestions back to the Senior Manager.

Essential Criteria

  • Problem solving skills
  • Alignment with company values
  • Excellent understanding of Door Supervision and the late night leisure industry
  • Aged 21+ with a full driving licence
  • Worked for FGH Security for at least 12 months.
  • Completed FGH Supervisor Training and/or have previous experience of management/supervision
  • Excellent communication and reporting skills
  • Basic computer literacy skills including email and Microsoft packages
  • Highly motivated with a “can do” attitude

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience of administering performance activity
  • Educated to A-Level standard (or equivalent)
  • Advanced computer literacy skills

A successful candidate can work as a Door Supervisor, Head Door Supervisor or Security Supervisor at a venue whilst undertaking this role however it should be understood that the long-term plan is to expand this role in to a full-time management position.

Applications should be submitted by email to Ben Knott ( Applicants should enclose an up to date CV and covering letter.

FGH Cat Division


We embrace change and continually innovate and invest in new technologies wherever possible

FGH has always been proud of its pioneering spirit; it’s determination to innovate and adopt the latest technologies to improve its service delivery, both for our staff and customers. With this in mind we are proud to announce that FGH has teamed up with leading animal behaviourist and star of TV’s ‘My Cat from Hell’ Jackson Galaxy to create the industry’s very first feline patrol team. Although a name for the initiative has not been finalised as yet, initial thoughts are to call out feline team Pussy Patrol.


‘I have to admit’, says Peter Harrison, FGH Security Managing Director, and cat connoisseur, ‘this is probably one of my most genius ideas’. ‘The debate on who’s better, cats or dogs is ages old and though I have always been firmly on team cat, it was only after watching the recent BBC documentary ‘Cats V Dogs: Which is Best?’ that I realised how very superior cats are to dogs. This got me thinking: why do we use dogs widely within the security industry? Surely the attuned senses, unparalleled instincts and general ninja skills of cats make them a more usable resource? I think one issue is that people are quick to assume that cats are difficult to train but I’ve seen loads of videos on YouTube of cats being trained to use the toilet and Jackson Galaxy can turn even the most feral of felines into a placid, trainable pussy cats.’ Lewis Walsh, Senior Manager, is already spearheading the scheme in his division. ‘It’s still early days but I’ve already been to the nearest rescue centre and chosen my cat. He’s a quick learner too. He has just about mastered the computer system but his lack of opposable thumbs are causing a bit of an issue but I’m sure we’ll have him writing assignment instructions in no time. I’m also in the process of assigning a feline operative to my each of my supervisory staff so hopefully we will have a three tier cat supervisory team in place by the summer. What a time to be part of FGH’.

prideThis summer will see FGH’s Events Division trialling the feline patrol scheme throughout key events including Manchester Pride. Alex Redman, Operations Manager, could not be more enthusiastic about the trial. ‘It’s a cracking idea’ agrees Alex, ‘I might sign my own cat Sir Laddington up. He’s normally a little anxious and unhappy about change, but I figure with a bit of training he could be taught to be less of a pussy’.

Initial findings suggest that cats could form a vital role in conflict management both within Door Supervision and key deployments in Events and as a cat’s senses are as attuned as a dogs and the formation of a feline detection unit can be a viable and cost-effective solution to the issue of contraband getting into festivals, nightclubs and bars. Cats can form both a distraction to help de-escalate conflict but also a fluffy friend to help reduce stress in the work place. Andy Marshall, General Manager of the Albert Hall and Albert’s Schloss said, ‘Dogs are so last year. Cats are not only more on trend but are also far more personable. Initial trails at Albert’s Schloss have been a resounding success so far. Nibbles has been a credit to us and everyone leaves the venue happy that they’ve seen a pussy that evening’.

FGH has also been in talks with the manufacturers of Go-Pro cameras to see if it is possible to make the technology (and associated harnasses) much smaller to allow them to be mounted on cats. This will revolutionise our guarding division. After all, who would suspect detection from a cat? It is hoped that live footage from CatCam (Patent Pending) back to a CCTV control centre can help ensure police are dispatched early and trespassers and wrong-doers caught in the act. door-supervision-catIt is also envisaged that the feline division could be trained to form a stealth undercover operation and assist in spotting and apprehending would-be criminals in festivals, in nightclubs and bars. Dave Taylor, FGH Senior Manager, has acknowledged that initially it would be difficult to teach cats effective physical intervention skills: ‘you would need several cats to overcome your average miscreant’ says Dave but suggests that this could be overcome by buddying Security Operatives with a Feline counterpart. The human half of the duo who could then take over and apprehend as and when needed.

FGH has seen the future-it’s feline. We are now need your help to talent spot for this next evolution in the security industry.
Do you have a cat whose talents you feel maybe wasted? Do you have a feline who you think may have the raw skills to make an exceptional Feline Security Operative? Perhaps you’ve noticed that your cat is particularly stealthy?

If this is your cat, we need to hear from you. Please take 2 minutes to complete the application form below. If successful your cat will be accommodated and trained in our planned state of the art cat training facility, they will receive regular medical check-ups and will be fed a low-fat, protein rich diet to keep them in tip-top condition and feline fine.

Your Name (required)Your Email (required)Feline Security Operative's Name Please could we have a picture?

Describe the qualities they have which lead you to believe they would an ideal Feline Security Operative FGH Division you think they would be best suited to?

Become Our Next Security Guarding Supervisor


We are looking to restructure the SG division.

The operation will be overseen and managed by Lewis Walsh.  Three supervisors are being allocated to support the operation in the following areas:
1.Lancaster Area (including Kendal and The Wyre)
2.M65 Area (Preston to Burnley)
3.Greater Manchester Area (City Centre, Salford and Rochdale)

Each supervisor will oversee a small team of approximately 15 permanent security officers and 6-8 sites.

Gary Carr shall be fulfilling position 1. Rob Halls shall be fulfilling position 2.

Position 3 is available.  We wish to recruit staff who live within the above area in order to increase operational effectiveness.

Security Supervisor – Detailed Job Description

Excellent Salary: £19,000 p/a rising to £20,000 p/a on completion of three month probationary period.  An annual performance related increment and performance related bonus’ can be discussed.

Working Hours:

  • 48 hours per week average including

i.36 hours per week as a senior front-line security officer across a variety of sites
ii.12 hours per week on supervisory duties and 8 hours per month in the head office

  • Evening and Weekend work will be required.


  • Use of Company Vehicle
  • 4G Enabled Smart Phone
  • DELL Laptop or similar tablet devise

Oversee the company’s check-call and communications centre operations

  • Testing the effectiveness of the system in partnership with control room staff and review of incident reporting.
  • Responding when check-calls not made by staff in accordance with the duty roster
  • First point of contact for incidents, in accordance with the duty roster.  Escalate as required.

Carrying out Site Inductions

  • Delivering Site Specific Training to untrained security officers.
  • Ensuring Assignment Instructions are signed off and all necessary documentation is present and current on customer sites.

Carry out Supervisory Visits on security officers

  • Every officer must be visited at least once per month and a supervisory visit sheet completed. If a second visit is required or carried out, this should also be recorded.
  • Collecting and collate leave requests.
  • Delivering toolbox training to staff.
  • Recording all visits in the DOB
  • Produce and distribute ID cards to staff.
  • Visits should be made at random times unbeknown to front-line staff.
  • Promote employee engagement and feed employees’ concerns or suggestions back to the Operations Manager.

Logistical Support to Company Operations

  • Can include transporting security guards to sites, transporting uniforms, equipment, erecting signage and guard patrol systems
  • Responding to out of hours staffing requirements by arranging immediate security cover.
  • Undertake to represent the company’s interests at all times and provide an example to other staff members when doing so.

Cover for Holidays, Sickness and other Absence

  • Plan monthly work schedule around permanent officers’ holidays.
  • Cover shifts on sites where holidays are being taken in order to monitor and assess Assignment Instructions, Documentation Standards, Patrol Routes etc.
  • Ensure all shifts within your area of responsibility are covered as per the client’s requirements.

Person Specification

Essential Assessed By Desirable Assessed By
Strong written communication skills. Covering Letter Ability to plan and assess staffing requirements Interview
Proven record of efficient, proactive service delivery. Covering Letter Previous Supervisory experience. Covering Letter
Computer literate. Interview A clear vision of the challenges presented by the role. Covering Letter
Ability to remain calm in high pressure situations. Interview A plan for improving FGH’s service delivery. Interview
Understanding of the requirements of BS7499. Interview Record of delivering effective performance management. Interview
Personal confidence in own decisions. Interview Clear commitment to own professional development. Interview
Ability to deliver basic staff training. Interview Proven leadership qualities Covering Letter
Ability to challenge substandard performance by staff members. Interview Commitment to FGH charitable causes Interview
FGH Values: Friendliness, Teamwork, Pride, Integrity. Interview
Exemplary personal appearance. Interview

To apply please email with a recent copy of your CV and a covering letter detailing why you’d be suitable for the role addressing the points above.

Good luck and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

FGH SIA Licence Saving Scheme


“It’s a brilliant service. It was managed really efficiently and I didn’t even notice the amount coming out each month. It made things so much easier and less stressful when it came to renewing my licence.” – Byron Adams, FGH Security Officer.

For the past 6 years we have been offering a Licence Saving Scheme to all employees with an SIA licence due to expire within a year.  We agree an amount and then this is deducted from your monthly gross wages.

The benefits to you are:

  • We take the saving before tax so you keep more of your money of your wages
  • Relatively small amount taken each month giving you the comfort of knowing it will be paid for before expiry
  • FGH administer the whole process from start to finish, including reapplying for your new licence

We currently have over 30 employees taking part in this scheme already.

If your licence is expiring in the next 12 – 18 Months, don’t delay, contact your line manager today for more advice and details 01524 847554 (Mon-Fri 0900-1730).

FGH Security Staff Loan Scheme


We know that life can sometimes throw unexpected challenges and situations at you, from the boiler breaking in the middle of winter to the car not starting. We are also sure you’ve seen the amount of advertising that ‘pay day lenders’ currently do and the negative press coverage that they receive for irresponsible lending, interest rates and spirals of debt that people get themselves into.

Did you know that there is a better option? FGH has a staff loan scheme open to all employees because we know that by helping minimising stress outside work means the better you perform at work. As a responsible employer we can lend you up to £500 interest free and to be paid back in agreed instalments from your wages (if you need more than this we’re happy to discuss).

Obviously any discussions are handled in the strictest confidence. Feel free to contact you line manager directly or the Head Office on 01524 847 554 (Mon-Fri 0900-1730).

FGH Security Bike to Work Scheme

We give financial support to encourage a healthy active workforce and at the same time take active steps to lower our environmental impact; including buying bikes for our people

Besides the teams and individual athletes we sponsor did you know that we are part of the Bike to Work scheme. Over 20 people from FGH staff have already taken part; including Graham Blakeley who commented “I first started with FGH in 2005 and have never worked for a company that shows such fantastic interest in the welfare of it staff. From the many perks I have received the discount that I got on a new bike through FGH’s membership of the Bike to Work scheme has to be one of the best. I found a really nice bike reduced to £600 from £800. FGH bought it and I paid for it through my wages. Because it was done before tax and NI’s were taken from my wages it cost me less than £40 per month. Essentially I got almost 50% off a brand new bike that has seen plenty of use – my furthest ride is 40 miles! Thank you FGH !”

The scheme allows you to;
– Save up to 42% on the cost of bikes through a tax exemption while employed by us.
– Spread the cost over monthly interest free payments.
– Save money on travelling costs.
We work with a number of retailers across the region who recognise the scheme (just click here to find your nearest one

If any members of the team would like to take part in the scheme feel free to call the Head Office on 01524 847 554 or email and speak with the HR manager or your line manager who will be happy to help.

FGH Staff Vacancy – Interstellar Opportunity

Sts111-373-001Due to continued tensions with the west, FGH Security has been approached by the Russian government to request a security presence on the International Space Station to ensure the safety of their operatives in what has become a tense environment.  Ideal applicants for this position will have highly developed conflict management skills.  Russian language skills are also preferred.  Pay for this position will be in excess of the National Minimum Wage and there will be a small signing bonus for any applicant able to provide their own space suit.  Travel expenses will be paid by the client.  As part of the vetting process candidates will be expected to demonstrate their ability to wrestle a small bear with their shirt off.

To apply and register your interest please fill out the form below:

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Albert Hall Open Recruitment Day 20th February 2015

security-recruitment-at-the-albert-hall-2The Albert Hall has emerged as Manchester’s premier live music and events venue. Besides the multiple awards it has won (most recently the CityLife Award for Best Music Venue)  It attracts international artists like; Sam Smith, The Manic Street Preachers, The Script and upcoming The Charlatans.  It also hosts club nights with acts like Annie Mac, Sasha, Andy C, What Hannah Wants and Gareth Emery.

We are looking for more members to join the award winning security team on our open day on Friday 20th February at The Albert Hall (click here for a Google Map).  FGH Security is recognised as one of the best providers of Event Security in the UK having won the Security Excellence Award for Best Event Security Team 2014.  If you would like to be part of this team for 2015 then we would love to hear from you.

An ideal candidate should;

  • Have a valid SIA Licence or be available to attend training in March
  • Be friendly and approachable
  • Reside in the Greater Manchester area

As a company we pride ourselves on providing excellent staff benefits, including:security-recruitment-at-the-albert-hall

  • Excellent rates of pay
  • Pension contributions
  • Hours to suit
  • Progression routes for promotion and professional development
  • Sponsorship opportunities

To register your interest please just click the ‘sign up to join the team’ button below and fill out the short form and we will get back in contact with you. Please be aware we only have a limited number of spaces so don’t delay in putting yourself forward.