G4S has signed a strategic co-operation agreement with Huawei Technologies which gives the former preferred supplier status for security services in all of the markets in which both companies operate for the next five years.
G4S currently provides security guarding and total facilities management for Huawei in Tanzania, Namibia, Egypt, Guatemala, the UAE, Angola and DR Congo. This agreement expands the scope of co-operation between the two companies such that G4S will provide – when certain commercial conditions are met – security services in all 41 countries around the globe where both companies operate, including operations in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia.
The agreement is part of G4S’ expanding pipeline of work with China-based technology, construction and oil and gas companies presently investing across the world. G4S already provides security services (including security guarding and electronic security services), cash solutions, risk consulting and facilities management to a number of Chinese firms investing overseas, including in the UAE, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Argentina, Ecuador, Malaysia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Saudi Arabia as well as in more than ten African nations.
Announcing the new agreement, Jon Corner (G4S’ regional president for the Asia Pacific zone) said: “The breadth and scale of Huawei’s operations and development ambitions in both developed and emerging markets means that the business needs a premium quality security partner that has the global reach, capability and infrastructure to protect both its assets and people wherever they are in the world. With our footprint in over 100 countries, we’re uniquely placed to deliver just that.”
Corner added: “We’re very proud to be Huawei’s security provider of choice, and we look forward to building a comprehensive and long-term strategic partnership for worldwide business which helps the company advance its aim of creating a more connected world.”
Huawei Technologies is a multinational telecommunications and networking company and a recognised global leader in the sphere of ICT solutions. The company is ranked 285th on the Global Fortune 500 based on its revenues in 2013. Last year, revenues reached approximately USD46.5 billion.
G4S FM hires inaugural facilities management graduates on development programme
G4S Facilities Management (G4S FM) has appointed its first facilities management graduates – namely Jackline Kibe and Doga Tasli – on its new Graduate Development Programme.
Kibe has a BSc in Architectural Technology from the University of Brighton and an MSc in Facilities Management gained at University College London. Tasli has a BEng (Hons) in Architectural Environment Engineering and an MSc in Renewable Energy and Architecture from the University of Nottingham.
The pair were among more than 130 university applicants assessed for G4S FM’s new Graduate Programme. Both candidates were exceptional applicants and now have permanent roles with G4S FM encompassing a structured development programme.
They will work across different contracts for a five-month period and also within the central teams at G4S FM’s head office in Banbury. The graduates will experience all service streams within the business, as well as an overview of the role of a contract manager and how G4S FM teams interact with clients.
Kibe has joined the team at the Nuffield Orthopedic Centre in Oxford. “I’m gaining valuable insight into the industry, as well first-hand experience on a range of projects. It’s great to see how innovation and technology in FM, coupled with excellent customer focus, can make a real difference to our clients.”
Tasli is working with the G4S FM team at Bayer’s UK and Ireland headquarters in Newbury. “I’m thrilled to be working here,” said Tasli. “This is my first experience of the management side of hard FM, and I’m also learning the key issues of soft FM. G4S has warmly welcomed me to the business, as has our client Bayer, helping me adapt to both environments and working cultures. I’m excited about the future and thankful for this opportunity.”
These appointments are part of a raft of learning and development opportunities either already available or being introduced at G4S FM. Earlier this year, two higher apprentices were appointed while a Banbury and Bicester College student is presently being sponsored on his university degree.