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Axis Security Appoints New Managing Director Chris Wisely has been promoted from


Head of Operations to the newly-created role of Managing Director of Axis Security, part of the Axis Group of security, reception management, and cleaning and support services companies. He will report to Group Chief Executive, Jonathan Levine. Chris has worked in the security industry for more than 20 years and joined Axis Security in 2009 as Finance Director before progressing to Head of Operations in 2012. In the five years he has been with the business, he has


to New School A SOD-cutting ceremony led by contractor Willmott Dixon this week (18 Nov) marked the official start of works on a brand new primary school in Gainsborough.


Gainsborough Celebrates First Steps


worked with the senior management team in further strengthening the company’s operations, including the launch of its bespoke online portal – Axis e-connect – giving customers easy access to live reports, documentation and information about their portfolio. He has also overseen a significant investment in employee training, and played a key role in creating specialist teams to manage recruitment, training, compliance, contract mobilisation and health and safety. Jonathan Levine says that the appointment comes at an


exciting time for the business, and reflects how far the company has come in such a comparatively short space of time: “Axis Security has an enviable reputation in the industry,” he says, “with a record ACS score and yet more nominations in this year’s Security and Fire Excellence Awards. “Our track record is one that is built firmly on quality and we will continue to focus on delivering the finest services to our customers whilst supporting our employees to be the best they can be.” A focus for Chris as Managing Director is redefining the company’s vision and the business strategy required to deliver that vision: “We want to be viewed as the leading provider of security services in key sectors and geographies, so it is important that we are known more widely. “We also want to be known as the best employer in the industry and have made great strides in developing a comprehensive training programme for our officers and management staff, allowing us to develop and retain the best people at all levels.”


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Stewart Milne Timber Systems targets fresh growth in SE


Stewart Milne Timber Systems has announced a new appointment to support client demand and growth in the south east of England. The move comes as the company sees orders increase by more than 70% across the UK in the last year. David Woods joins as business


The former Castle Hills secondary school site in the Lincolnshire town is set to be transformed into a brand new primary school named Castle Wood Academy, delivering much needed school places for the area. Celebrations mark an important milestone in the project, which has been managed by Lincolnshire County Council and funded jointly by the local authority and the Department for Education. Nick Heath, Operations Director at Willmott Dixon in the East


Midlands, said: “We are excited to create an academy that will benefit the people of Gainsborough and importantly provide essential school places for local children. A desire to give back to the local community is at the heart of all our projects, and we will be sourcing our building materials locally as well as working with Gainsborough-based labourers throughout the project. “The creation of the academy will not only create jobs and local spend immediately, but it will continue to benefit the community for years to come through its creation of more school places and better facilities for local children.”


The academy is expected to be completed and ready for pupils and teachers to move in by September 2015 ready for the start of the new academic year. It will be operated by the Tall Oaks Academy Trust which already operates two outstanding schools in Gainsborough, White’s Wood Academy and Mercer’s Wood Academy.


GEZE UK appoints Matt Gater as Specification Sales Manager for North of England & Scotland


programme with the appointment of Matt Gater as Specification Sales Manager for North of England & Scotland. Matt, who has more than 10 years industry experience and is a BS 7036 and EN 16005 Authorised Technician, will be responsible for providing specification support on GEZE’s manual closer, automatic door and window technology product ranges. In his new role he will provide advice, technical information and customer support to architects and specifiers to ensure they choose the right solutions for each project. He will also assist the company’s area sales teams and work to identify and develop new business across the region. Prior to joining GEZE UK, Matt worked as Business


development manager, having joined the business from Taylor Lane, where he had a similar role. David brings 17 years of


experience in sales including eight in the timber frame sector. In his previous role he spent six years as design co-ordinator giving him a valuable insight into timber systems from the initial idea through to construction. Eddie Stanton, Sales Director at Stewart Milne Timber Systems, said: “The market for timber systems is strong, with our increase in orders a trend we expect to continue into 2015. “To maintain our momentum we need to increase our team to meet the requirements of our clients, David will undertake this role. “David’s appointment is an important one and he will focus on a geographic area which is already starting to embrace the use of timber build systems. It’s an exciting time for the sector and a great opportunity for David to make his mark.” The appointment comes as the construction industry continues


to record impressive growth. This has resulted in a rise in the demand for timber, with


Stewart Milne Timber Systems reporting earlier this month that it had seen orders rise 70% year-on-year. In the coming year, the company expects to continue improving efficiency to meet the growing demand across the UK.


GEZE UK has continued its expansion


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Development Manager for a national window technology company with responsibility for sales to façade fabricators, M&E consultants and end-users. Before this Matt held a specification focused role in the door control industry working with architects, main contractors and sub-contractors. “I have always considered GEZE UK to be a strong, focused and highly professional company offering a range of excellent, well-engineered, market leading products,” said Matt. “I am delighted to join their specification sales team providing high quality Door Controls, Automatic Door Solutions, Glass Solutions and Window Technology to the UK construction market. “My main focus will be to promote the GEZE product range to


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prospective customers, architects and influencers and to play my part in assisting growth and increasing market share for the company.” Andy Howland, sales director of GEZE UK, added: “Matt has an excellent understanding of the market and the requirements of architects and specifiers which will help us to further improve the service we offer our customers. “As GEZE UK grows, we are keen to attract highly skilled and experienced people, who can build on the strengths of our existing teams and ensure we continue to lead the market through exceptional quality and service.” For more information visit www.geze.co.uk.


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