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Cirrus Research, specialists in the design and manufacture of noise monitoring equipment, won a Highly Commended award for the Best Stand Competition at Safety & Health Expo held at the NEC Birmingham.

Cirrus Research saw off tough competition to be crowned Highly Commended in the first ever Best Stand competition. This year saw the return of the Tardis and the introduction of the Noise Doctors, who were on hand throughout the three days to offer advice and information on the Cirrus Researchs’ range of noise measurement instruments.

Judges of the Best Stand competition commended Cirrus Research on their visually striking stand and staff, who actively encouraged visitors to enter the ‘Play your noises right’ competition, and try out their Optimus and doseBadge ranges.

James Tingay, Group Marketing Manager at Cirrus Research commented: “We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Safety & Health Expo and feel honoured to have received this award. It is testament to the dedication and hard work from everyone at Cirrus Research that helped to

produce what is now an award-winning stand.”

James continued: “Launching the Noise Doctor at the Safety & Health Expo was the ideal platform for Cirrus Research; it meant that we were able to meet our customers face-to-face and offer them the best solution

to their noise measuring issues. We would also like to congratulate SHE Software Ltd on being the winners of the Best Stand competition.”


More than 100,000 kids from 600 schools across the UK have marched for road safety as part of the charity Brake's Giant Walking Bus. The event aimed to celebrate the benefits of walking and calls on drivers to ‘GO 20' - slow down to 20mph or below around homes, schools and shops - to protect kids on foot and enable more to walk. It also calls for more safe walking and cycling measures such as widespread 20 limits and safe pavements, paths and crossings.

Brake's Giant Walking Bus is an annual event in primary schools where children


learn about traffic pollution and danger, and transport choices. In a survey by Brake of more than 11,000 kids taking part in the event, children explained their need for safer streets to enable them to get out more on foot and bike. It found:

• three quarters (76%) think more kids would walk or cycle to school if roads were made safer

• more than half (54%) say their route to school needs to be made safer for walking and cycling

• two in three (69%) want more paths, cycle paths and crossings in their neighbourhood.

• One in three (33%) report being scared by traffic when walking or cycling in their neighbourhood.

Every school day in the UK, 23 children are run over and hurt when walking or cycling to or from school and four of these children are killed or suffer serious, sometimes life-long, injuries. That's 713 children killed or seriously injured walking or cycling to school each year. Death on the road is the biggest non-medical killer of school aged children, greater than drowning, falls or accidental poisoning combined.

The GO 20 campaign - by Brake and a coalition of charities - calls for 20mph to become the norm in built-up areas, and appeals to drivers to slow down and make roads safer for kids and adults on foot and bike.

Julie Townsend, Deputy Chief Executive of Brake, the road safety charity, said: ‘We're appealing to drivers to listen to the thousands of kids who have marched, and take the simple step of slowing down to 20mph or less around homes, schools and shops. It's a case of putting kids before getting there a few minutes faster.”

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