Alpha Crew

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Alpha Crew's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Alpha Crew is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

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Besarion Gaprindashvili,
Operations Director
Alpha Crew on-site, in
France for Cannes Lions
Alpha Crew is one of the leading providers of event staff
across London, Manchester, Birmingham, Paris and the
south of France. Having previously worked with clients
including Google, Spotify, ITV, the BBC, Facebook, Cannes
Lions, MIPCOM and Formula E Monaco. Founded in 2012, the
company has grown rapidly to now employ more than 300
event professionals. An emphasis on the environment and
wellbeing alongside the Alpha Crew values of “people, passion
and progression” have been central to this growth.
Currently, spreading positivity comes in the form of a variety of sustainability,
training and health and wellness initiatives. Working in events such as corporate
events, promotional events, music festivals and film premiers, Alpha Crew know all
too well the impact that large-scale events can have, having witnessed the effects
of pollution first-hand. We believe, however, that not just every business but every
person has a responsibility to look after our planet. Leading by example is how we
have chosen to champion this cause.
Putting the environment, health and wellbeing first
Reducing single-use plastics by giving all staff reusable water bottles, using
recycling apps to responsibly manage waste from uniforms and implementing a
city cycling scheme, meaning staff receive a free, top-of-the-range aluminium bike,
are just a few of the ways we have reduced our company carbon footprint while
promoting health and wellbeing in the workplace.
FACTS ABOUT
ALPHA CREW
»Directors: Besarion
Gaprindashvili and George
Saladze
»Established in 2012
»Based in London
»Services: Event staffing
»No. of crew: More than 300
»Operates in 5 major regions
»Offers event crew, technical
crew, “man in van” and
health and safety services
»Average of 2,500 shifts
worked per month
Alpha Crew
BEST PRACTICE SPONSOR 2020
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
40 | ALPHA CREW
Besarion Gaprindashvili,
Operations Director
Alpha Crew on-site, in
France for Cannes Lions
Alpha Crew is one of the leading providers of event staff
across London, Manchester, Birmingham, Paris and the
south of France. Having previously worked with clients
including Google, Spotify, ITV, the BBC, Facebook, Cannes
Lions, MIPCOM and Formula E Monaco. Founded in 2012, the
company has grown rapidly to now employ more than 300
event professionals. An emphasis on the environment and
wellbeing alongside the Alpha Crew values of “people, passion
and progression” have been central to this growth.
Currently, spreading positivity comes in the form of a variety of sustainability,
training and health and wellness initiatives. Working in events such as corporate
events, promotional events, music festivals and film premiers, Alpha Crew know all
too well the impact that large-scale events can have, having witnessed the effects
of pollution first-hand. We believe, however, that not just every business but every
person has a responsibility to look after our planet. Leading by example is how we
have chosen to champion this cause.
Putting the environment, health and wellbeing first
Reducing single-use plastics by giving all staff reusable water bottles, using
recycling apps to responsibly manage waste from uniforms and implementing a
city cycling scheme, meaning staff receive a free, top-of-the-range aluminium bike,
are just a few of the ways we have reduced our company carbon footprint while
promoting health and wellbeing in the workplace.
FACTS ABOUT
ALPHA CREW
»Directors: Besarion
Gaprindashvili and George
Saladze
»Established in 2012
»Based in London
»Services: Event staffing
»No. of crew: More than 300
»Operates in 5 major regions
»Offers event crew, technical
crew, “man in van” and
health and safety services
»Average of 2,500 shifts
worked per month
Alpha Crew
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LEISURE & TOURISM
With the aim of integrating these
principles throughout every stage of
our operations, one task at a time,
we are paving the way for businesses
everywhere. Looking to Sweden’s
approach to tackling climate change,
we are working on developing green
incentives for our 300-strong crew.
This is something the leadership team
have decided to carry out completely
independently. If there was a bigger
emphasis on this from the government,
perhaps through incentives for
businesses, imagine the difference that
could be made.
Health and wellbeing are also high
on the agenda for Alpha. We are
currently in the process of developing
an employee engagement scheme,
which will have a holistic approach.
The idea is to bring staff health and
wellbeing to the forefront of day-to-
day business, with our key pillars being
encouraging exercise and improving
overall happiness and mental health.
This programme stems from the notion
that being the best in the business
means having the happiest and most
productive team which, in turn, results
in the happiest clients. This concept
also supports our goal to spread
positivity in everything we do.
The UK events industry is worth £42.3
billion, with 35 per cent of the UK
visitor economy accounted for by
events. It’s a growing industry, and
event crewing in particular offers a
vibrant working environment, ideal
for young people. In a bid to offer
an unrivalled level of client service,
Alpha Crew’s training programme is
first class. Offering a huge range of
skills, our programme includes first-
aid training, manual handling, heavy
equipment licences and carpentry, as
well as technical lighting and audio-
visual courses.
Transferable skills like this can
be a massive boost to a person’s
ability to get a fulfilling job. As a
result, our business not only offers
a huge number of roles, but our
training programme also supports
employability long-term. This scheme
is entirely funded by Alpha Crew and,
currently, is without support from
thegovernment.
Alpha Crew truck in
Switzerland
We are paving
the way for
businesses
everywhere
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Review of
Parliament
Thousands gathered
in Parliament Square
to celebrate the UK’s
departure from the EU
“We’re out”
“The British people have spoken,” said the
affable BBC anchorman, David Dimbleby,
“and the answer is: we’reout.”
This was just after 5am on the morning
of Friday, June 24, 2016.
In the end, it took three years, seven
months, seven days and eighteen hours.
It took three prime ministers. Two general
elections. It took, shock-of-shocks,
two
hosts of the BBC’s Question Time. Yes,
dear old Dimbleby himself, who had
chaired that veritable feast of Thursday-
night verbal flagellation since 1994, left
the hotseat a full year before Britain finally
left the European Union. But it did happen.
At 11pm on January 31, 2020, Britain
ceased to be an EU country. The EU was
now comprised of 27 member states rather
than 28. And although, with a transition
period in place, little else of substance
had changed, there was no doubting the
historic significance of the moment.
Addressing the nation from Downing
Street, the prime minister spoke of the
dawn of a new era and the potential for
meaningful and far reaching change:
“This is not an end but a beginning. This
is the moment the dawn breaks and
the curtain goes up on a new act in our
great nationaldrama.”
He spoke about the opportunities
this moment would provide, such as
controlling immigration, creating free
ports, “liberating” our fishing industry,
doing free trade deals or “simply making
our rules and laws for the benefit of the
people of this country.”
A cricket ball’s throw away in Parliament
Square, thousands gathered for a Brexit
party, fronted by The Brexit Party. This
nascent political grouping, not yet a
year old, appeared pretty pleased with
themselves as they swayed and crooned
with the crowd. In winning May’s
European elections, they had precipitated
Theresa May’s departure, ensured her
successor was a paid-up Leave supporter,
and had helped make Brexit a reality.
In a statement, MrsMay declared that
“after more than three years, we can
finally say we have delivered on the
result of the 2016 referendum and have
kept faith with the Britishpeople.”
Outgoing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
said: “Britain’s place in the world will
change. The question is what direction
we now take. Wecan build a truly
internationalist, diverse and outward-
looking Britain. Or we can turn inwards,
and trade our principles, rights and
standards to secure hastily arranged,
one-sided, race-to-the-bottom trade
deals with Donald Trump and others.”
Speaking for the EU, Michel Barnier
expressed his sadness, while Donald Tusk
said: “My dear British friends. We were, we
are, and we will always be a community.
And no Brexit will ever change that.”
And so with a mix of jubilation,
apprehension and sadness, the words
spoken by David Dimbleby in the early
hours of June 24, 2016 were now a
reality. We were out.
Implementing different
values and views from the
industrynorm
Launching in 2012, Alpha Crew started
with just seven eager crew members,
increasing tremendously since then.
Having worked at crewing companies
before launching the business,
founder and managing director
George Saladze knew all too well the
common struggles that event crew
members typically faced. The issues he
saw usually arose from the fact that
everything was incredibly impersonal.
Crew members were literally given
codes instead of names, for example,
summing up the general approach
many crewing companies still have.
Alpha Crew’s values, “people, passion
and progression”, are based on
flipping this historic approach to event
crews. Each individual is respected for
what they bring to the company and
how their role supports the overall
company vision to be the best and
to spread positivity. Passion for the
job is essential to enjoying it and to
delivering the best possible results.
Progression is an ongoing focus in
order to ensure that we are always
learning, striving to improve our work
and, ultimately, our clients’ events. This
is what Alpha Crew has been aiming
towards since day one.
Looking to the future
We are without a doubt an ambitious
company, and Alpha Crew hopes to
provide event services to the Olympics
one day. Despite being a relatively
young company, we have already
supplied crew for some of Britain’s
biggest events, including Glastonbury
Festival, and it’s certainly a goal we
believe is within our reach.
With a huge emphasis on continuous
improvement across all areas, and
a mission to improve the lives of
our own team and others through
health, wellbeing and environmental
initiatives, Alpha Crew is already a
leader in its industry. By bolstering our
efforts in the years to come, we hope
to be a leading example to businesses
across all sectors.
Alpha Crew
started with
just seven
eager crew
members
Setting up event space
for Facebook

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This article was sponsored by Alpha Crew. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

The essence of free trade is in the title: freedom. It’s about giving people the power to exchange their goods without heavy government taxation or interference. Commerce and free exchange are the engine room of prosperity and social mobility. I’m determined to tackle the forces who want to hold that back.

One of my priorities is agreeing an exciting new free trade deal with the US, building on the great relationship between our two countries and the Prime Minister and US President. But I’ll also be talking to other partners including New Zealand, Australia and fast-growing Asian markets.

And with the EU too, we want a friendly and constructive relationship, as constitutional equals, and as friends and partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead – a relationship based on a deep free trade agreement. Our country produces some of the world’s most successful exports, and the opportunity to bring these to the rest of the world should make us all excited about the future. It is this excitement, optimism and ambition which I believe will come to define this government.

For too long now, we have been told Britain isn’t big or important enough to survive outside the EU – that we have to accept a deal that reflects our reduced circumstances. I say that’s rubbish. With the right policies in place, we can be the most competitive, free-thinking, prosperous nation on Earth exporting to the world and leading in new developments like AI. To do that, we’ll give the brilliant next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 85 per cent rise in the number of businesses set up by 18 to 24 year olds – twice the level set up by the same age group in France and Germany. We’ll help them flourish by championing enterprise, cutting taxes and making regulation flexible and responsive to their needs.

As we do that, we’ll level up and unite all parts of the UK with great transport links, fibre broadband in every home and proper school funding, so everyone shares in our country’s success.

2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.



Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development