A price worth paying?

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I read with interest that security costs threaten a budget over-run on the currently on track 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Audit Scotland’s progress report said infrastructure projects were running on time and the approved £524m budget. Still, there were risks more cash might be needed because of uncertainty over security costs and potential hitches with the Athletes’ Village and Hampden athletics venue.

According to the BBC, the watchdog said risks around the 2014 event were less than for other Games.

Both the Athletes’ Village and Hampden Park will be completed less than five months before Glasgow hosts the Games in July and August 2014.

Audit Scotland said security planning was still relatively early, so it was unclear whether the budget would cover all security costs.

I can see where the uncertainty lies.  Given that Zaun, the company I run, picked up a first London 2012 Olympics security contract in 2007 – and we’re now up to more than 15 contracts at the last count with securing the perimeter of temporary structures at Wembley and Weymouth the latest requirements.  It’s easy to see how costs can climb.

This is an era in which the threat from terrorism is dynamic and continually evolving, which has driven a revolution in the energy with which counter-terrorism experts are thinking.

We have developed many new products that address the specific security risks associated with high profile sporting events such as the Commonwealth Games or Olympics.  Pressing needs for perimeter protection were present, but no existing solutions were available, so we have had to develop entirely new systems.

We are sharing our insights and developments with experts from the government, armed forces, security services, law enforcement and major event organisers from all over the world to help shape effective counter-measures.

After all, the most important thing of all is to deliver the safest, most secure and most enjoyable Games experience possible – for athletes, officials, spectators and organisers.  And that’s a price worth paying.

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. They are certified to the ISO 9001 quality standard. 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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