Zaun helps convert Post’s Olympics sceptic

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Zaun has helped to allay the scepticism of a Birmingham Post Olympics writer in a column in today’s newspaper.

Peter Sharkey admits that his default position has barely budged beyond healthy scepticism for more than six years, borne of deep mistrust of government figures, particularly predictions and claims that have a sorry tendency to range from the obviously selective to the clearly massaged for overtly political purposes.

Good luck to Team GB

He says it’s not so much a ‘typical hack’s attitude’, as the view of someone who read economics at the University of Bristol then trained and worked as an accountant for seven years.

But Peter admits that Zaun is an ‘Olympic success story.

His column says: ‘Following a successful tender in 2008, the company is responsible for supplying 17 kilometres of security fencing around the Olympic Park.

‘This gave rise to several other contract successes, including the supply of six kilometres of high-security electric fencing and gates at the Athletes’ Village in 2010.

Zaun’s marketing manager Ian Wright is unequivocal about the effect these successes have had on the business. “Undoubtedly, other doors have opened for us because of the work we’ve done at the Olympic Park,” he says, adding that Zaun’s profile has risen markedly as a consequence.

‘Not only has the firm delivered, but it has also developed temporary and permanent products and systems with sporting and other applications. For example, it has created a temporary solution to prevent a vehicle attack in the Games’ secure zone.

‘“The solution was developed to meet a specific Olympic requirement,” says Mr Wright, “but we feel it is adaptable enough to have other uses once the Games have ended.”

‘With a raft of high-profile sporting events on the horizon, including the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the World Cup in Brazil in 2014, Zaun have every right to feel they’re sufficiently well placed to secure additional contracts at these or other events.

‘It’s an attitude prevalent amongst Midlands’ business leaders.

‘Paul Deighton, chief executive of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games, maintains that: “The most significant tangible benefit of the Games is the £6.5 billion of business between us and the ODA that 2,000 UK companies enjoyed.“

‘That, he says, is “real contracts, real jobs…and real credentials which [companies] can then use, with their expertise, to get future business. [It] is a massive fillip for the UK economy.” Even sceptics couldn’t argue with that.’

Read the full column here.

About Zaun

Zaun is the only in-house British Manufacturer of Woven and Welded Mesh Fencing Systems. For 27 years, they have been the trusted manufacturing partner for sports and physical perimeter security. With a wide range of fencing, gate, and HVM solutions they can offer Protection Through Innovation for your next project.

Located in the West Midlands, they are a privately owned company first formed in 1996 and continuing to promote British manufacturing on the world stage. A proud member of Made in Britain and Made in the West Midlands, Zaun has worked on numerous projects around the world from Border Security and Airports, to Sports and Critical National Infrastructure.

The continued investment in their manufacturing processes and systems has enabled the latest in problem-solving and innovation. At the same time, an approach to ‘The Right People in the Right Places’ puts the customer experience at the heart of their business.

The quality of their wide range of systems is assured through ISO 9001 and third-party certification for high-security and HVM solutions including LPS 1175, Secured by Design, Approved for UK Government Use (NPSA), and PAS 68.

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