Showsec secures three-year contract with Cardiff City Council for high-profile public events

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Crowd management and event security specialist Showsec has been presented with a fantastic opportunity to play a prominent role in the staging of high-profile public events in Cardiff after securing a new three-year contract with the local authority.

The Leicester-based company can now build upon its existing relationship with Cardiff City Council following success with a tender bid for the role of ‘leading security provider’.

This news represents a major boost for Showsec’s office in the Wales and South West area which has been working with the City Council in the principality on a rolling contract just recently following an initial engagement in 2010.

In that time, Showsec has been involved with providing security for such events as Extreme Sailing, the Harbour Festival, the Royal Horticultural Flower Show and, only last month, the World Half Marathon Championship.

The Rugby World Cup Fan Zones were also big occasions last autumn, although for a rugby-focused city it’s actually football which will feature prominently when looking ahead to the next three years under the new agreement.

Euro 2016 Finals

“Wales’ qualification for the Euro 2016 Finals means there will be many events to celebrate the country’s first appearance in a major tournament for 58 years including, of course, more Fan Zones when games are taking place,” explained Martin Lewis, Showsec’s area manager for Wales and the South West.

“On top of that, the Principality Stadium is hosting the UEFA Champions League Final in May next year. This is one of the biggest occasions in the European football calendar, and there will be a week of events at that time. Cardiff attracts many more high-profile events throughout the year. In terms of prestige, we’re delighted to be playing a part in those events across the next three years now that we’ve been successful in the tender process.”

Lewis continued: “The contract win is recognition for the level of service we’ve provided over the past six years, and now gives us a platform upon which to develop our working relationship with Cardiff City Council still further, while also increasing our presence as a business in and around Cardiff itself. This may well open up other opportunities for us because event organisers who work with the City Council will be directed towards Showsec if they require crowd management and security services as part of any event plan.”

As the capital city of Wales, Cardiff is a popular destination for tourists with its historic attractions, innovative architecture and top-class entertainment, while the redeveloped Cardiff Bay area is now the location of many events.

About the Author
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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