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MITIE secures the Port of Felixstowe and forms security partnership

04 December 2008

MITIE has been awarded a significant contract to provide security services at the Port of Felixstowe and formed a strategic partnership with Stirling Assynt.

Under the three-year contract, MITIE are working in support of Felixstowe port’s own police force to create a safe and secure environment for all staff and visitors at one of Europe’s largest container terminals. The team of over 60 officers are responsible for controlling access points to the port, undertaking vehicle searches and for providing 24 hour patrols across the 150 hectare site to meet the requirements laid down by the Department for Transport.

The success in winning the security contract further enhances MITIE’s presence in the aviation and transport sectors as well as at the Port of Felixstowe where it already provides a range of catering services.

Tony Medhurst, who heads up MITIE’s transport security team, commented: “The provision of effective security at UK ports is essential in protecting the critical national infrastructure. We’re delighted to be working with the local management team and the Port of Felixstowe to support them in creating a safe, secure environment for all staff and visitors. This success reinforces our capabilities of working in DfT regulated environments”

Strategic partnership with Stirling Assynt
MITIE has announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with leading global security and business intelligence provider Stirling Assynt. The exclusive partnership will provide MITIE with the latest intelligence information from across Stirling Assynt’s global network which will be used to support MITIE’s key clients in planning their security strategy. MITIE customers will also now be able to access individual intelligence reports specific to their sector and operational footprint.

As part of the agreement, the two parties will launch a bi-monthly terrorism update providing security and facilities managers with an overview of the current activities of global terrorist networks and the threats they pose, as well as detailing their potential impact on the UK.

At the launch event held on 25 November, Stirling Assynt and MITIE brought together senior executives and security directors from many of the UK’s leading businesses at a special terrorism seminar chaired by His Grace The Duke of Westminster KG and addressed by Stirling Assynt’s global terrorism advisor. The seminar allowed attendees to debate the current risks facing UK businesses as well as the impact that the recent US elections may have on the global environment in the future.

Jeff Flanagan, Managing Director of MITIE’s security business commented “We’re committed to supporting our customers in the development of their security strategy. Access to quality intelligence is critical to this process and our partnership with Stirling Assynt will aid us to provide a global perspective. Stirling Assynt has gained a reputation as a leader in the provision of the latest information on the global terrorism environment and we’re delighted to be working with them to further expand their profile.”

Hugh McLeod, Chief Operating Officer of Stirling Assynt, commented “Stirling Assynt has forged a reputation for providing industry-leading terrorism analysis. We are delighted to be working with MITIE to offer their clients high quality intelligence in support of their security strategies. We look forward to supporting MITIE’s further development as the UK’s most innovative provider of integrated security services.”

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