Published On: December 5, 2023Categories: News2.4 min read
First Response Group (FRG), the nationwide security, risk, and property protection company, has won two awards for its work with Wembley Stadium, at the prestigious Security & Fire Excellence Awards.
Taking place at London’s JW Marriot Grosvenor Hotel in Park Lane on Monday 4th December, FRG picked up the coveted ‘Outsourced or Contract Security Team of the Year’ – Wembley National Stadium Permanent Security Team, while Alex Philiotis landed the ‘Outsourced Security Manager of the Year’, again for the company’s work with Wembley National Stadium.
Colleagues from Team FRG and Wembley Stadium accepting the Contract Security Team fo the Year Award from host Rob Beckett
Simon Alderson, CEO for FRG, said: “This recognition is a testament to the outstanding efforts and proactive measures implemented by the whole team for Wembley National Stadium in safeguarding one of the world’s most iconic landmarks.
“We have worked really hard to transform security culture, not just internally, but with our customers such as Wembley Stadium. I am absolutely delighted for everyone involved. As for Alex, he led everything that has been put into place and he is an exceptional manager who listens to his team, leads by example, refuses to compromise on standards and inspires and empowers others around him to excel.”
Wembley National Stadium, hosting millions of visitors annually, faced diverse security challenges, including multiple concurrent events, safeguarding personnel, VIP visits, stadium tours, and housing the University Campus of Football Business (UCFB). FRG successfully identified and addressed critical vulnerabilities, such as hostile reconnaissance, insider risks, acts of terror, unauthorised access, safety incidents, violence, and the protection of vulnerable persons, particularly students.
FRG also leveraged technology and resources to increase security such as live-streaming body cameras, providing real-time incident feeds to the control room, enhancing decision-making and evidentiary support. Enhanced x-ray training to aviation standards and a dedicated training manager further improved operational efficiency.
Amy Fell, Alex Philiotis, Edgar Chibaka, Simon Alderson, Melisa Wilson and Jamal Tahlil celebrate the double win
FRG founders, Jamal and Edgar, both African immigrants, met while working as security officers. In starting the company, the pair had a shared vision to “create a safer and more secure working environment where people working in the security industry have the opportunity to build their lives through sustainable and fulfilling employment”. From that vision FRG was born in 2007, in one room above an internet cafe in Leeds – with just one laptop.
The company has enjoyed significant commercial success recently, almost tripling the size of the business in fewer than three years. With a workforce of some 1,200 professionals, the company is forecasting revenue in excess of £60m this year, plotting an integrated growth pathway of acquisitions and organic growth that aims to break the £100m threshold within the next three years.
First Response Group Limited currently holds SIA Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) status for the provision of Security Guarding, Key Holding and Public Space CCTV.
FRG currently holds NSI Guarding Gold approval for the provision of Manned Guarding and Keyholding services, NSI NACOSS Gold approval for the provision of CCTV, Access Control an Intruder Detection services, NSI EMS Gold approval and NSI H&S Gold approval.
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