Olympics legacy

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Unbelievably, the London 2012 Olympic Games is just 150 days away today. Something that seemed aeons off when we won the bid seven years ago is now almost upon us.

As the company I co-founded has been among the 200,000 Games Makers it’s going to take to stage these Olympics, this prodigious milestone in the countdown to the Games got me thinking about leaving my own little legacy.

Separately, I’ve decided to turn over a new leaf and embrace the world of social media, which I have previously shrunk from. Whether it’s the recent warmth in the air, or a mid-life crisis, who knows?

But I’ve decided to link the two – my legacy and my new leaf – and write a blog on the general theme of security.  Let’s hope I’m not feeling guilty in a month after abject failure to keep it up!

I work in the world of physical security, helping organisations, venues and sites to protect their premises.  It’s a hot topic, with the fear of terrorism still rife, major sports events in the Olympics and Euro 2012 imminent, and the bleak economy fuelling metal theft and burglary.

One of those drivers, London 2012, has fortunately helped us to buck the tough trading conditions. We picked up one piece of work with the ODA five years ago and have now put in many miles of fencing, lighting and CCTV at the Olympic Stadium, the parks, hockey stadium, basketball arena, athletes’ village and media centre.

It’s also given us publicity and credibility beyond measure, opening doors in the Middle East and hopefully setting us up to get into events like the 2014 and 2018 World Cups and the next Olympics in Brazil.

The Olympics has also driven us to innovate and develop ever more robust systems for combating crime – from fences that are more difficult to climb or cut through to barriers that stop fully laden trucks driven at speed from breaching the defences.

So it might first sound dull when I say I work for a fencing business in Wolverhampton. But when you realise we’ve helped secure events with a global audience of two billion, nuclear installations, airports and cash handling sites – all with their particular challenges – you understand why I love it.

I hope I can convey some of that enthusiasm through my blog. So let me know what you like and don’t in my posts, and let’s hope I’m still writing six months from now when the Olympics are over, and we’re winding up for the Paralympic Games.

Wish me luck!

About Zaun

Zaun Limited is the sole remaining manufacturer of welded and woven mesh fencing systems that manufactures the entire system in the UK.  Zaun makes the mesh, fencing panels, posts, clamp bars and fixings at its state-of-the-art five-acre production facility in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands.  Products have been tested and approved by testing organisations including CPNI, LPCB and Secured by Design.

Zaun works very closely with all stakeholders within the business including employees, local, national and international suppliers and a long-established customer base of fencing contractors to design, manufacture and supply high-quality fencing systems, increasingly often providing expertise in integrating PIDs and other systems into holistic security solutions.

Zaun was founded in 1996 and remains a private company solely owned by co-founder Alastair Henman with a regional office in Dubai.  It manufactures to ISO 9001 standards. It is also a member of the Perimeter Security Suppliers’ Association (PSSA), of which Alastair Henman is a director.

Zaun is a proud British manufacturer and founder member of the Made in Britain campaign, a key player in the UK fencing market and one of the fastest-growing companies in an increasingly competitive industry.

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