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Issue:- 16 February  2012

Local security team is best in the region!

A local team of security officers from Liverpool scooped the Best Team award in the North West round of the British Security Industry Association’s (BSIA) Security Personnel Awards 2012.

The OCS security team at Kings Dock on Liverpool’s waterfront, a prime tourist destination came out on top after a particularly competitive nomination process, thanks to the consistently positive work they have been carrying out at the estate for the past five years. The team of 7 provides manned guarding, CCTV, event management, financial reconciliation, customer service, occupier liaison and personal and public safety duties for the 2.25 sq mile site, comprising the successful Liverpool Echo Arena and BT Convention centre, 2 Hotels, multi storey car park; residential apartment buildings and restaurants. The team also administer a permit holders car park, pay and display and a 54 space coach park together with the financial administration.

The success of the team is down to close cooperation, endless enthusiasm and the strong relationships built with the landowners Homes and Communities Agency, CBRE managing agents, the occupiers, police and the local council.

"Individually and collectively each member of the security team undertakes their role and responsibilities in a professional and thorough manner. Importantly, they provide added value by encouraging and maintaining a safe and healthy environment for all occupiers," said John Sloan, Estates Manager at the Kings Waterfront.

Steven Gardner, from OCS Group UK Ltd, added:- "Prior to the company undertaking the contract, there was extensive damage to cars located on the docks and anti-social behaviour. Thanks to our security team’s dedication and liaison with the local police, the level of incidents has been reduced to zero. Each member of the team has often gone above and beyond their call of duty. Examples have included assisting people intent on self-harming or rescuing attempted suicides from the inland dock. The staff clearly enjoy what they do and their enthusiasm, professionalism and dedication is a credit to all of their efforts."

Sean Morrison, Site Manager for the winning team, commented on their victory:- "We constantly strive to improve our working practices, procedures and training in order to develop our team to be the best it can be. All the officers are passionate about their profession and we are extremely proud that our efforts have been recognised not only by the client, the police and the public, but also by the BSIA."

The wining team was handed the regional award at a presentation by the BSIA on the 9 of February, and will now be put forward to the national judging phase. If successful on the second round, they will be invited to attend the BSIA’s prestigious annual lunch on the 27 June 2012, where they will be presented with the national award.   The BSIA would like to thank Camberford Law plc - specialist insurance brokers to the security industry - for their continued support, having sponsored the awards since their inception 14 years ago.


FOLLOWING the announcement of the Voices Festival 2012, award winning vocal group Sense of Sound is offering Choirs from all musical backgrounds the opportunity to take part in the Voices Festival on Saturday,17 March 2012.

The Voices Festival is a three day celebration of a cappella singing set to take place at Liverpool’s Bluecoat and Black-E arts centres from Friday, 16 March to Sunday, 18 March 2012. Choirs at the Bluecoat will take place in the Hub at the Bluecoat.

Sense of Sound is looking for choirs of all shapes, sizes and musical backgrounds to perform a maximum of three a cappella songs as part of ‘Choirs at the Bluecoat,’ which will celebrate the diversity of a cappella singing. Members of the public will be able to come along, listen to the choirs and enjoy the music for free.

In order to apply, choirs should get in touch with Saphena Aziz, Director at Sense of Sound via email.  A YouTube or Sound Cloud clip would be an advantage as some evidence of your work will be needed.

Saphena Aziz, Director at Sense of Sound said:- ‘’I’m really looking forward to the ‘Choirs at the Bluecoat’ day as part of the Voices Festival. 15 choirs performing one after the other throughout the day will truly showcase and celebrate the diversity of the a cappella genre. We’re looking for all types of choirs from religious choruses and beat box groups to choirs who’ll perform popular numbers or classics in an a cappella arrangement to take part. It’s exciting to be searching for the choirs to take part in this year’s festival and to be able to offer such an incredible platform to showcase new talent. It’s great to use this opportunity to invite other talented singers to be involved in the festival."

Sense of Sound is one of the most unique and inspirational companies in the UK today. Led by four female directors; Jennifer John, Saphena Aziz, Juliet Russell and Perri Alleyne-Hughes, the organisation aims to create and produce amazing ways to celebrate singing and the Voices Festival is no exception. From hip hop to barbershop and contemporary jazz to choral, the Voices Festival will showcase the full (vocal) range of a cappella singing styles, giving plenty of opportunity for everyone to interact, get involved and get singing!

Other events taking place over the duration of the festival include a National Conference for Singing and Health at the Bluecoat, an a cappella concert featuring The Sense of Sound Singers and Connie Lush celebrating the music of Joni Mitchell at the Black-E both on 16 March 2012, as well as a special performance from the most heard beat boxer in history, Shlomo on 17 March 2012. Bringing the festival to a close on Sunday, March 18 will be a free day of family fun with singing workshops for all ages throughout the day and will end with a massive ‘Big Sing’, which will take place in the Bluecoat Hub on the afternoon of Sunday, 18 March 2012.

The Voices Festival is produced by Sense of Sound and the Black-E, more information can be found online.

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