NewsJanuary 70

Big Plans for the Future for Danieli Holdings...


Exciting expansion plans for Phoenix Security and our holding company Danieli Holdings

The following article is taken from a recent piece in The Journal, regarding our exciting upcoming plans for expansion in the future.

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"Newcastle-based Danieli Holdings could create up to 600 new jobs as part of ambitious developments in its security division.

The Gosforth-headquartered group, which operates in the security, healthcare, training and property development sectors, has revealed plans for further expansion across the UK alongside the creation of hundreds of new roles.

The announcement comes after the group secured a multi-million pound refinancing package from Allied Irish Bank (GB) to drive forward growth plans.

Danieli Holdings is looking to significantly develop its Phoenix Security division by opening new offices in Leeds, Birmingham, Edinburgh and London within the next 12 months, raising both turnover and employee numbers, which currently stand at 1,200 people, by as much as 50%.

Alongside investment in Phoenix, the firm is also growing significantly across its other divisions. Its Northridge Healthcare arm operates care homes and has recently returned to the domiciliary care sector with its new Homecare Plus business.

Meanwhile, Danieli Property Investments has just completed the 137-bed student block development in Shieldfield, Newcastle, known as Barker House, operated by Student Accommodation (UK) which has just sold the site for 6million.

The business, which has seen strong growth since being established in 2000, has been supported in its expansion by a refinancing package from Allied Irish Bank (GB) in Newcastle.

Newcastle law firm Sintons acted for Allied Irish Bank (GB) in the refinancing and GBLF assisted Danieli Holdings.

Neill Winch, group chief executive, said: "We have further expansion plans for the next five to ten years in all of the sectors we operate in, and there are more sectors to come with planned acquisitions in the pipeline. It's a very exciting time indeed and will result in the group becoming one of the fastest-growing, multi-faceted privately owned North East based companies with a national reputation to be proud of."

The first stage of expansion will be for Phoenix, which operates a Door Supervision arm and has a strong presence in the North East, South of England and Scotland.

As a result of its relationship with McDonald's, for whom it looks after 70 of its 24-hour restaurants, Phoenix has recently secured a major deal with the fast food giant to provide overnight supervision for its Ronald McDonald Houses in Manchester, Southampton, Birmingham and London, which provide accommodation for families with children in hospital.

Additionally, Phoenix offers a nationally-acclaimed training scheme for security and safety issues which was involved in the creation of the UK's first Vulnerable People pilot programme in Newcastle, alongside Northumbria Police.

The programme was commended by the Home Office and is now being rolled out nationally as part of the Security Industry Authority's Upskilling and new training criteria.

Steve Howe, managing director of Phoenix Security, said: "We operate a national service at present, but will be able to take on many more contracts through having this infrastructure in these locations. Leeds will be the first new opening for us, and will happen in the early part of next year."

Andrew Love, head of Allied Irish in the North East, said: "We were very pleased to be able to get to know and understand the needs of Danieli Holdings and their diverse divisions within the group, and put together a bespoke refinancing package to support them in their growth.

"Phoenix has a superb reputation in its native North East and beyond, and has some very ambitious plans for further national expansion in the near future."

Mark Dobbin, partner at Sintons and head of its banking and finance team, added: "We have a long-standing relationship with Allied Irish Bank (GB) and they have made a very significant investment into one of the North East's most dynamic businesses, which is growing to become a national force."

Incident at Yates Woodhouse Lane, Leeds


A thank-you from West Yorkshire Police, praising the work of our Door Supervisors

We received the following email from PC Andrew Brook of West Yorkshire Police, thanking our Door Supervisors at Yates Woodhouse Lane in Leeds for their assistance in a potentially fatal incident;

"Just a quick note if you could pass on my thanks to the above premises for their help and assistance on Saturday 21st December at approx. midnight where we came across the immediate aftermath of an assault which, at the time, had the potential to be a one punch murder and was treated as such.

The Door Staff had detained the suspect and we immediately commenced first aid while other units arrived. The Door Staff helped us cordon the area off and move intoxicated members of the public away from the area and diverted them to use different exits and entries, this assisted us greatly.

Due to this and the victim making a rapid recovery at hospital, we were able to scale down the scene and officers involved on such a busy night.

The suspect admitted his part in the incident and was given conditional cautions for 2 assaults.

If you could pass on my thanks to them I would be grateful."

PS 4951 Andrew Brook, West Yorkshire Police

Well done to the Door Supervisors involved in the incident, great work.

Vulnerability Awareness Training


Comments on the latest Vulnerability Training programme in Middlesbrough

Well done to our trainer Malcolm Whitfield - some excellent comments about his recent Vulnerability Course in Middlesbrough:

"I recently attended Phoenix Security's Vulnerability Training and, I must say, I was very impressed with the content and delivery. Even as someone who has been patrolling the town centre streets of Middlesbrough on a night time for over 4 years, I found the presentation most useful and eye opening. I would consider this training invaluable; a must for anyone working or volunteering in city or town centres at night."

Mark Gee, Chair of Middlesbrough Street Angels.

As most of you will already be aware this training aims to ensure Door Supervisors are able to identify vulnerable people and know what steps to take to help protect them.

Well done Mal, great work.

Event Security at the Cornmill Centre


At the beginning of December we provided Event Security for the Cornmill Shopping Centre

Every year the Cornmill Centre organises a parade through the city of Darlington which includes the Shopping Centre's very own Santa Claus in a sleigh pulled by real reindeer.

The event was a great success and it was great to be a part of it.

The next day we received the following feedback from the Event Organiser about the Security team we provided:

"The guys who worked yesterday were excellent and I cannot praise them highly enough. I would have no hesitation in re-booking for these guys to return next year.

A super bunch of guys who were a credit to your company."

Well done to the team who worked at the Event as well as our Event Manager Alex Hutchinson. Great work!

Ronald McDonald House Charities


Providing security concierge services for Ronald McDonald House Charities

At the beginning of December we started providing security concierge staff to 5 Ronald McDonald Charity Houses across the UK.

The Charity supports families while their children are receiving care and treatment in a specialist children's hospital by giving them a warm and welcoming place to rest their heads close to the hospital.

Over the last 25 years the charity has helped tens of thousands of families during some of the toughest periods in their lives. When a child is in hospital their family can often be faced with having to travel long distances each day and either pay for costly hotel rooms or sleep on a chair at their bedside.

Ronald McDonald Charity Houses provide families with a comfortable place to stay that's close to their child, giving them more time and energy to focus on being together.

There are currently 14 Ronald McDonald Houses across the UK, all just moments away from their respective children's wards, with plans for further developments well under way.

Dedicated teams of staff and volunteers welcome families to stay for days, weeks and even years and help them to feel as at home as possible. As an independent charity they rely on the support and generosity of volunteers, fundraisers and donors.

Phoenix Security staff are in place to look after the properties and ensure the families staying in them are safe during the night, 365 days a year.

Nationwide Coverage

Although we are based in Newcastle upon Tyne, we now have national coverage. Our management infrastructure allows us to slowly but surely expand our expertise into towns and cities that we don’t already have a presence in.

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Challenge 21-25

Challenge 25 is a retailing strategy that encourages anyone who is over 18 but looks under 25 to carry acceptable ID (a card bearing the PASS hologram, a photographic driving license or a passport) if they wish to buy alcohol.

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Phoenix Eye

CCTV, Manned Guarding and security and protection for your premises are just some of the things Phoenix Eye can now help you with

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Education and Training Services

Security and safety training is now available, allowing you and your staff the ability to deal with a wide variety of issues

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