Manchester Metropolitan University outsourced security contract awarded to Oltec FM

Facilities management specialist Oltec FM has been awarded the contract to provide all outsourced security and security guarding support to the in-house security team at Manchester Metropolitan University. The new contract expands Oltec’s current role at the university, establishing Oltec FM as the new incumbent security supplier supporting the in-house security team across all of its myriad duties, including security patrols, CCTV monitoring, library security, residential security and protection for special events.

Founded back in 1974, Oltec FM provides integrated building and facilities management services to a range of sectors across the UK. The business is a Security Industry Authority (SIA) Approved Contractor, and achieved a score of 153 during the last SIA audit conducted in October 2016. This score places Oltec FM in the Top 5% of over 800 approved security contractor businesses in the UK.

Speaking about the contract award, John Edwards (facilities management director at Oltec FM) commented: “This is an exciting opportunity for Oltec FM to further develop its role as a key service partner for this flagship customer. We’re incredibly proud to have been working collaboratively with Manchester Metropolitan University since 2015 to support the in-house security operation and deliver tailored security solutions across various sites. The new contract allows us to enhance our security service and develop our on-site team members at the university, enabling them to work even smarter and offer a more efficient and effective service to Manchester Metropolitan University.”

Alan Cain, head of security and business continuity at Manchester Metropolitan University, added: “Oltec FM put considerable effort into researching our security requirements here at Manchester Metropolitan University, an effort that was clearly reflected in the quality of its tender submission. Oltec FM has worked alongside the university’s in-house security team for over a year now in support of both campus security and special events. The new contract expands on this to include support for our in-house teams involved in library and residential security. Both the management and security officers of Oltec FM have shown a ‘can do’ attitude to all that has been asked of them by the university, and I’m very much looking forward to working with them over the coming years.”

Manchester Metropolitan University is the largest campus-based undergraduate university in the UK with a total student population of over 37,000. It’s a leading and modern university with a history of education dating right back to 1824. The central Manchester campus is situated close to the city centre. A second campus is located in Cheshire.

The university is arranged into eight faculties, each providing specialist learning, teaching and research hubs for students at undergraduate, postgraduate and professional development levels.

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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.

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