Steve Rogers Security Services

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Steve Rogers Security Services'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 Steve Rogers Security Services 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

www.srsecurity.co.uk

BEST PRACTICE REPRESENTATIVE 2019
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28 | H+H FIRE
Enforcing regulations to raise
standards
The fundamental problem is the
need for fire safety regulations to
be enforced. Legislation is useless if
it is not followed up by the relevant
authorities, with enforcement action
being taken when appropriate. This will
require a cultural shift in our industry.
As a business, many of our clients see
us as a premium brand, and while
they never enjoy spending too much
money, they want their building to be
safe. Crucial to this cultural shift will be
changing the way we think about fire
safety, viewing it as a necessity rather
than simply a cost to be borne.
This will benefit developers, as having
to put things right post-construction is
far more expensive and time consuming
than getting it right in the first place.
We endeavour to highlight this fact,
and there is a developing focus on fire
safety in the construction and insurance
sector. We often receive inquiries
through conveyancing solicitors when
assisting with apartment purchases,
asking us to check the standard
of construction along with the fire
properties of the materials used in the
construction of the building.
As people become more discerning,
they are changing their habits. Some
banks and building societies will no
longer lend on any construction that
contains combustible materials, while
others are taking a much more active
interest in the overall fire safety of
the building upon which their loans
are secured. In some cases, these
checks are being driven by housing
associations and end users, and
we work with clients to prove the
standards of construction of their
buildings, preparing reports and
speaking with occupiers to confirm
that buildings are safe.
Encouraging women into the
industry, and relaxing visa rules
As we look to the future, we are
targeting the continued expansion
of the company. This will include
expanding our workforce to sustain
our growth. It is estimated that
women make up only 9 per cent of
the workforce in the engineering
sector; to combat this, we support
the WISE (Women in Science and
Engineering) campaign to boost
recruits. The obvious way to achieve
this is to recruit women who have
been supported while studying STEM
subjects. In terms of our internal
demographics, we buck the national
trend; at one stage, 40 per cent of
our engineers were female, although
currently we are running at roughly
30 per cent. We feel it is important
to increase these percentages
both for equality and to boost our
marketshare.
In order to further tackle the
recruitment crisis, I believe a change
in visa rules for engineers is essential.
This would make it easier to recruit
employees from outside the EU.
Irrespective of Brexit, there are not
enough engineers worldwide, and so
to have a visa regime which is a barrier
to recruitment is adverse to business
generally, companies like us and, of
course UK plc as a whole.
As we look to
the future, we
are targeting
the continued
expansion of
the company
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29STEVE ROGERS SECURITY SERVICES |
AEROSPACE, DEFENCE & SECURITY
Founder Steve Rogers
A fax check to make sure
everything is up and running
Steve Rogers Security Services provide security for the
outside broadcast trade, covering events that range
from Premier League football, part of Sky’s flagship
programming, to royal weddings. Established by its namesake
Steve Rogers, the growth of the business has been based on
the personal service and flexibility they offer to their customers.
As the needs of the security industry have changed, moving
from thieving to the threat of international terrorism, they have
adapted accordingly. Steve tells
The Parliamentary Review
about
the changing nature of the security sector.
Next year, we will be celebrating our 25-year anniversary in the security industry.
I founded the company to provide an income for myself and because I was
disillusioned and fed up with the way security companies were treating their staff. I
wanted my future in my own hands.
The company provides security for broadcast trucks, covering all areas of outside
broadcasting. Prior to establishing the company, I had worked for another firm and
fell in love with the job. While I enjoyed the job itself, the company I was working
for did not treat their staff honourably. I decided to branch out on my own, and
in 1995 I decided to establish my own company, using the industry contacts I had
gained. Many security companies adopt fancy names; I decided to be different. By
naming the company Steve Rogers Security Services, our clients always know who
they are dealing with and we are instantly recognisable.
FACTS ABOUT
STEVE ROGERS SECURITY
SERVICES
»Founder: Steve Rogers
»Established in 1995
»Based in Newport but
operates around the country
»No. of employees: Over 50
Steve Rogers Security
Services
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
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THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
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30 | STEVE ROGERS SECURITY SERVICES
The arrival of pay-per-view
broadcasting
For the first three years we worked
on a variety of contracts including
supporting Sky’s rugby league
coverage and the
Pepsi Chart
show.
The arrival of pay-per-view changed
the industry and our work significantly
developed because of this. We
developed the company, establishing
a crew in London where the majority
of the work was located. We also
established a crew in Manchester to
cover the new BBC studios there. We
cover broadcasts all over the country,
also supporting BBC Scotland and BBC
Wales. We are on site for the entire
period of broadcast: from the moment
the job starts to when the trucks finally
pull out. We now cover the entirety
of the Premier League alongside any
major event that requires outside
broadcast: from the royal wedding
to the funerals of prominent
publicfigures.
Our growth and development
have been driven primarily by
recommendations and the positive
reviews we receive from those
we work with. The people who
are successful in our industry start
at the bottom, understanding
the foundations of the job, and
subsequently work their way up. Key
to our appeal is the level of personal
service we offer. I make sure everybody
feels welcome and always remains
friendly, acting in a front-of-house role
in many ways. This helps to build the
reputation of the company and rapport
with our clients. Because of this, we
have built close relationships with our
clients and this in turn leads to the
development of trust. If there are ever
cash-flow issues, and companies are
slow to pay our clients, we remain
very flexible and trust they will pay us
when they can. This level of flexibility
and understanding pays dividends
in the future through repeat work.
Beyond our immediate clients, we
build relationships with the venues and
clubs we regularly work at. This helps
to ensure we can keep presenters safe
and find innovative ways of getting
them from the studio to the TV
compound with the least attention.
Adapting our service to the
needs of the venue
We always tailor our service to the
needs of different venues and projects,
which can vary in terms of the amount
of security personnel as well as
depending on the specific locations:
A television production
truck
Each cable plays an
important part
We always
tailor our
service to the
needs of
different
venues and
projects
31STEVE ROGERS SECURITY SERVICES |
AEROSPACE, DEFENCE & SECURITY
where they have to be stationed, what
their key responsibilities are and the
issues that each specific venue faces.
Every operation takes days of planning
and organising to make sure the
broadcast can go ahead without any
issues, and we always liaise with both
the broadcasters and the venue to
ensure we can achieve this.
Key to our industry is keeping a low
profile while working at venues and we
are adept at this. Beyond this, clients
appreciate us for our faultless reliability
and flexibility: if clients need someone
to work at short notice, we are almost
always able to provide someone. We
pride ourselves on the level of service
we are able to offer and my staff are
incredibly loyal. Internal friendships
and relationships are key to the success
of our organisation.
The changing nature of
security
As you can imagine, the security
sector, like all sectors, has changed
beyond all recognition in the last 25
years. The organisation, the logistics
and the threats we face have all
changed. From an organisational level,
the facilities for outside broadcasting
have changed considerably. When
we began, almost all venues had
no designated TV compound, and
broadcasters would usually be placed
in a handful of car parking spaces near
the ground. Now every Premier League
ground has a designated area and
are far more prepared regarding both
space and infrastructure.
The threats we have to prepare for
have also changed considerably.
Whereas previously, the biggest
threat we faced was petty thieving,
the rise of international terrorism
has changed our sector completely.
Whenever we work at international
events at Twickenham or Old Trafford,
we always converse with the safety
officer to see if there have been any
alerts or prior warnings. As these
events are televised across the world,
they are often a target for terrorist
groups. To combat this, we ensure we
have enough manpower and that it
is allocated properly. While this acts
mostly as a deterrent, it is still essential.
As the issues have changed, we
haveadapted.
During the 25 years we have been in
business, we have faced a number
of issues. The problems of our clients
become our problems and we always
try to help as much as we can. Key
issues include cash flow and delays
to the supply chain, but I have always
maintained that honesty is the best
way to solve these issues, working
together and remaining flexible.
Looking ahead, we will continue to
work closely with our clients and face
any new challenges head-on. We
can only work to the demands of the
clients but will always advise them as
best as we can. I feel fortunate to be in
our current position , but that has not
come easily: we have worked hard and
reaped the rewards.
The rise of
international
terrorism has
changed our
sector
completely
My home in a TV
compound
BEST PRACTICE REPRESENTATIVE 2019
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
30 | STEVE ROGERS SECURITY SERVICES
The arrival of pay-per-view
broadcasting
For the first three years we worked
on a variety of contracts including
supporting Sky’s rugby league
coverage and the
Pepsi Chart
show.
The arrival of pay-per-view changed
the industry and our work significantly
developed because of this. We
developed the company, establishing
a crew in London where the majority
of the work was located. We also
established a crew in Manchester to
cover the new BBC studios there. We
cover broadcasts all over the country,
also supporting BBC Scotland and BBC
Wales. We are on site for the entire
period of broadcast: from the moment
the job starts to when the trucks finally
pull out. We now cover the entirety
of the Premier League alongside any
major event that requires outside
broadcast: from the royal wedding
to the funerals of prominent
publicfigures.
Our growth and development
have been driven primarily by
recommendations and the positive
reviews we receive from those
we work with. The people who
are successful in our industry start
at the bottom, understanding
the foundations of the job, and
subsequently work their way up. Key
to our appeal is the level of personal
service we offer. I make sure everybody
feels welcome and always remains
friendly, acting in a front-of-house role
in many ways. This helps to build the
reputation of the company and rapport
with our clients. Because of this, we
have built close relationships with our
clients and this in turn leads to the
development of trust. If there are ever
cash-flow issues, and companies are
slow to pay our clients, we remain
very flexible and trust they will pay us
when they can. This level of flexibility
and understanding pays dividends
in the future through repeat work.
Beyond our immediate clients, we
build relationships with the venues and
clubs we regularly work at. This helps
to ensure we can keep presenters safe
and find innovative ways of getting
them from the studio to the TV
compound with the least attention.
Adapting our service to the
needs of the venue
We always tailor our service to the
needs of different venues and projects,
which can vary in terms of the amount
of security personnel as well as
depending on the specific locations:
A television production
truck
Each cable plays an
important part
We always
tailor our
service to the
needs of
different
venues and
projects
31STEVE ROGERS SECURITY SERVICES |
AEROSPACE, DEFENCE & SECURITY
where they have to be stationed, what
their key responsibilities are and the
issues that each specific venue faces.
Every operation takes days of planning
and organising to make sure the
broadcast can go ahead without any
issues, and we always liaise with both
the broadcasters and the venue to
ensure we can achieve this.
Key to our industry is keeping a low
profile while working at venues and we
are adept at this. Beyond this, clients
appreciate us for our faultless reliability
and flexibility: if clients need someone
to work at short notice, we are almost
always able to provide someone. We
pride ourselves on the level of service
we are able to offer and my staff are
incredibly loyal. Internal friendships
and relationships are key to the success
of our organisation.
The changing nature of
security
As you can imagine, the security
sector, like all sectors, has changed
beyond all recognition in the last 25
years. The organisation, the logistics
and the threats we face have all
changed. From an organisational level,
the facilities for outside broadcasting
have changed considerably. When
we began, almost all venues had
no designated TV compound, and
broadcasters would usually be placed
in a handful of car parking spaces near
the ground. Now every Premier League
ground has a designated area and
are far more prepared regarding both
space and infrastructure.
The threats we have to prepare for
have also changed considerably.
Whereas previously, the biggest
threat we faced was petty thieving,
the rise of international terrorism
has changed our sector completely.
Whenever we work at international
events at Twickenham or Old Trafford,
we always converse with the safety
officer to see if there have been any
alerts or prior warnings. As these
events are televised across the world,
they are often a target for terrorist
groups. To combat this, we ensure we
have enough manpower and that it
is allocated properly. While this acts
mostly as a deterrent, it is still essential.
As the issues have changed, we
haveadapted.
During the 25 years we have been in
business, we have faced a number
of issues. The problems of our clients
become our problems and we always
try to help as much as we can. Key
issues include cash flow and delays
to the supply chain, but I have always
maintained that honesty is the best
way to solve these issues, working
together and remaining flexible.
Looking ahead, we will continue to
work closely with our clients and face
any new challenges head-on. We
can only work to the demands of the
clients but will always advise them as
best as we can. I feel fortunate to be in
our current position , but that has not
come easily: we have worked hard and
reaped the rewards.
The rise of
international
terrorism has
changed our
sector
completely
My home in a TV
compound

www.srsecurity.co.uk

This article was sponsored by Steve Rogers Security Services. 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 Michael Gove.

Rt Hon Michael Gove's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Michael Gove

This year's Parliamentary Review comes at a momentous time for parliament, as we collectively determine the destiny of the United Kingdom. 

On October 31, the UK will leave the European Union. The successful implementation of this process is this government's number-one priority.

Three years after a historic referendum vote, we will deliver on the decisive mandate from the British people. Trust in our democracy depends on it. Until that final hour, we will work determinedly and diligently to negotiate a deal, one that abolishes the backstop and upholds the warm and close relationship we share with our friends, allies and neighbours in the EU. But in the event that the EU refuses to meet us at the table, we must be prepared to leave without a deal.

As the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, it is my job to lead on this government's approach, should that scenario happen. Preparing for Brexit is my department's driving mission. But while I am leading this turbocharged effort, the whole of government is committed to this endeavour.

Ministers across Whitehall are working together to ensure that every possibility is considered, every plan is scrutinised and every provision is made. A daily drumbeat of meetings means that we are holding departments accountable, so that preparations are completed on time.

The chancellor has confirmed that all necessary funding will be made available. And we have mobilised thecivil service, assigning 15,000 of our most talented civil servants to manage our exit from the EU.

We will make sure that on November 1, there is as little disruption to national life as possible. Our trade relationships will continue to thrive, thanks to agreements with countries around the world worth £70 billion. Our country will remain secure, thanks to nearly 1,000 new officers posted at our borders. And the 3.2 million EU nationals now living and working among us can remain confident, with absolute certainty, of their right to remain in the UK.

Above all, our goal is to be transparent. Soon, we will launch a public information campaign so that citizens, communities and businesses are ready and reassured about what will happen in the event of “no deal”.

In my first few weeks in this role, I have travelled to ports and tarmacs, borders and bridges, all across the UK –from the seaside of Dover to the rolling green hills of County Armagh. I have heard from business owners and border officials, farmers and hauliers. They are ready to put an end to uncertainty. And they are ready to embrace the opportunities ahead.

Our departure from the EU will be a once in a lifetime chance to chart a new course for the United Kingdom. Preparing for that new course will be a herculean effort. But this country has made astounding efforts before. We can do it again.
Rt Hon Michael Gove
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster