Mitie has furthered its Facilities Management (FM) contract with Essex County Council (ECC). The company already provides security systems installation and maintenance and response services to ECC. The new contract will include patrolling and managing twelve car parks throughout the county, to enhance the ECC capabilities to enforce parking regulations. Following the team completing a parking enforcement training programme, Mitie proposed a patrol plan to support the portfolio of sites effectively. In the first week, the team increased ticket issuing by six times more than the previous level, and overall season ticket compliance has improved as car park users now see visible car park management. Danny Vant, mobile services director, Mitie’s total security management business said:” The results of the first month were really pleasing. The parking revenue is vital to assist ECC in funding the parks for people to enjoy. By driving up compliance and revenue, this allows the council to maintain them. ” The feedback from the Park Rangers was extremely positive and they are really seeing the benefit of the additional parking enforcement service we are providing.”
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.