MITIE Group plc, the strategic outsourcing organisation, has announced the acquisition of Procius” a leading UK pre-employment screening company” from the management team. Procius is a specialist in pre-employment screening and vetting, and has particular expertise in the aviation and transportation sectors. This acquisition will provide MITIE’s Total Security Management business with additional niche capability and support its growth as one of the UK’s largest providers of pre-employment screening, competency management and criminal records checking services. The combined business provides solutions for over 3,000 customers across all sectors. The acquisition will add an operational hub in Basingstoke to MITIE’s well-established PeopleCert and UKCRBs businesses located at MiTec (MITIE’s technology hub in Northern Ireland). Speaking about this latest development, Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE (MITIE Group plc’s CEO, pictured) commented:” I’m delighted to welcome the Procius employees to our rapidly growing screening and vetting business. This acquisition will significantly enhance the services that we offer to our customers, particularly in the aviation and transport sectors.” MITIE launches Digihub in Birmingham MITIE has also launched Digihub, a centre for offsite printing, scanning and data capture located in Birmingham. The outsourcer has made a substantial investment in the new facility’s hardware, software and key personnel. It will use state-of-the-art equipment and software for print production and print management, record scanning and data capture and manipulation. The facility will also bring in 20 onsite job roles which will rise to 45 once all business lines within MITIE’s Total Document Management business come into stream. As a flexible resource, this facility will support many of MITIE’s key clients from across the UK including local authorities, blue chip companies, global law firms, global consultancy businesses and many household brand names. James Gilding, managing director of MITIE’s Total Document Management business, said:” We have seen a substantial increase in the use of these services from across all sectors. It made sense to bring this all together at a site designed to provide the most efficient and secure document services. We’re very excited about this facility opening. It will ensure all areas of the UK can benefit from these services, while at the same time increasing our presence in what is a key market for MITIE’s business.” Chris Newton crowned Facilities Manager of the Year at BIFM Awards 2014 MITIE’s Chris Newton has been awarded the prestigious BIFM Facilities Manager (FM) of the Year Award for 2014 which recognises outstanding personal and professional performance in FM. Newton, who was presented with the accolade at the recent annual BIFM Awards ceremony, has enjoyed a successful career in FM with overarching commitment to customer engagement and mentoring his team. At present, Newton is MITIE’s contract managing director for Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) and directly responsible for setting and delivering the FM strategy for LBG (having TUPE transferred from LBG in 2012). Newton’s personal and professional skills have been applied to great effect on this contract where he was part of the team that designed the scope of the contract and then implemented and delivered what is one of the largest integrated FM contracts in the UK. Newton has driven change on the contract from the front as a true leader and, as a result, has received praise and recognition from Ruby McGregor-Smith. Speaking about his award, Newton said:” I feel humbled and extremely proud to be recognised by the BIFM. This award is testament to the teams I have been privileged to lead throughout my career. I’m now looking forward to continuing to lead FM delivery for MITIE within Lloyds Banking Group.” Martyn Freeman, managing director of MITIE’s FM division, commented:” I’m thrilled that Chris has been awarded the BIFM’s FM of the Year Award. He has first class change management expertise and an exceptional track record in exceeding expectations while always maintaining high levels of customer service and team engagement throughout. This makes Chris a very worthy winner of this year’s trophy.”
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.