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The Environment Bill 2020 – What It Means For Businesses

Over the next seven days, it’s Sustainability Awareness Week. With that, we thought we’d share with you some information on the Environment Bill 2020 and what it might mean for businesses in the coming years.

What is The Environment Bill 2020?

The Government are currently passing a new policy paper through Parliament, which sets out to develop legally binding targets on air quality, water, waste and biodiversity in the UK. It aims to bring urgent action that will help to meet targets that have been set out in the 25 Year Environment Plan, helping us to cut emissions and create a green economy. The targets laid out by the bill will be subject to public consultation and will be legally binding for businesses and organisations, creating a strong target-delivering mechanism.

What could the bill mean for businesses?

Although the bill is new and we don’t know a great deal of specifics, we do know some factors and the likely effects they will have on businesses in the future. Firstly, businesses will get their say on the proposed targets. Once the framework of targets has been laid out – which is expected to be early 2022 – businesses and communities will be allowed to share their views and responses on them. This will be a great opportunity to voice opinions and share any criticisms that could benefit the bill, so businesses should keep an eye out for when it’s open.

What we also know is that there will be a range of targets for each of the priority areas (air quality, water, waste and biodiversity), including at least one long-term target for each. This means that businesses will have to focus on every area in order to comply and reach the goals that have been set. Emissions will have to be limited, pollutants will have to be reduced, waste management will need to be revised and improved. With effective and timely planning, these targets will be easy to meet and will ultimately help our economy and create a new, more sustainable future.

Finally, we know that the targets are going to be legally binding. This means that businesses and organisations will have to stick to them and attain certain levels of sustainability by a certain point in time. Although this could lead to financial punishments if they’re not achieved, this should create a positive urgency that will help our economy to become greener. Businesses who excel may even receive awards and of course, it won’t hurt to stand out for doing good for the economy of the country!

How can Aegis help businesses to reach environmental targets?

As with all new laws and targets, new challenges will arise that businesses will have to plan for and overcome. Given that these targets will be legally binding, it’s essential that all businesses are able to stick to goals and reach the final outcome. That’s where we can help. As an experienced facilities management provider, we know what it takes to become more sustainable.

Our waste management service can help your business to reduce waste and streamline your processes to become more sustainable. By reducing the waste that your business creates, and by recycling more, you’ll be well on your way to achieving targets set out in the main focus areas including waste, water and biodiversity! Although the specific targets have not yet been set, and it may be a while before they’re known, by getting a head start early on, your business will be left with less, if not nothing left to do after they’ve been announced, in order to reach the legally binding outcomes.

The Future Of Offices – Are They Staying Or Going?

Over the last half a year, Covid-19 has shown that working from home could become the new future for offices. Lots of people are able to work at home easily and many people actually prefer working from home. Couple that with the fact that it’s cheaper for companies in the long run, and you can see why there’s growing motivation to move to a home office only system.

What factors suggest that offices might go away?

Since the outbreak of Covid, many offices have had to get workers to work from home. A common misconception before this was that home office workers were not as efficient as those working in an office, due to distractions and the potential to simply not work as hard. However, research has shown that for many businesses, since switching to home office, have either seen no change in productivity, or have even seen an increase from their workers. This is likely due to workers feeling happier and more comfortable within their own home, and the fact that no travel times increases their free time and time to relax.

In addition to this, surveys have shown that 73% of office workers would like to have more flexible working from home options in the future. Over 51% of all office workers even feel like office working has now become “unnecessary”. With this overwhelming opinion that home office working would be a great addition for the future it would make sense for more businesses to provide it as a standard option, as it’s likely to make their workers happier.

As if there weren’t enough visible benefits to working from home already, getting your workers to do so could save companies huge amounts of money. Lower utility bills to pay, less or no rent for office space, no food or water costs for staff and it could lower a business’s tax burden if they own less or fewer properties. With such a huge potential to save and reduce costs, it makes sense for businesses to move in this direction moving forward.

Are there any benefits to office spaces?

There are of course still reasons why businesses may not want to switch to working from home. One of these being the fact that it creates a big change for management – many have never managed remote teams and so this can be a bit of a learning curve that can take time to adapt to.

What’s more is that many workers have struggles when switching to working from home because of the changes. It can throw out your daily routine and many people say that they find it hard to switch off at home. Around 20% of office workers also say that they’d actually like to get back to the office and that they much prefer it to home working – that’s a sizeable chunk of your workers.

So, will they go, or will they stay? And what could this mean for your business?

As you can see, the benefits do outweigh the negatives of switching to working from home for most businesses. With reduced costs, increased productivity and better employee wellbeing, it seems that one day a lot of businesses have to go this way. Currently, it’s hard to say how many businesses will move to a remote working system, but it’s fair to say that more and more will be doing so and it’s not unlikely that this will become the main way office workers work in the future.

How could this affect your business though? Well, if the trend continues to build then it could result in more pressure on you to offer remote working to your employees. If so, then you might need to change a few things around to deal with it, such as updating management methods and communications systems. Overall though, if done correctly, working from home could prove very beneficial and cost-effective for your business!

Whilst staff are working from home, we can ensure that your building remains safe and secure with key holding and manned security services. For more information on these useful services, get in touch with us today!

Covid-19 Safety Measures for Schools, Colleges and Universities

With Covid-19 still prevalent in society, it’s essential that people continue to act safely in order to prevent the spread as much as possible. Some of the main areas that need to be kept as extremely safe environments include schools, colleges and universities – due to the large numbers of people attending and the increased risk of close-contact, face-to-face interactions.

In order to keep these areas safe, it is important to introduce an effective plan with sufficient measures that will enable students and staff to continue in a safe educational environment.

What can schools, colleges and uni’s do?

There are a range of things that educational facilities can do that will help to keep areas safe and reduce the contamination of Covid-19.

How can Aegis help your school, college or university?

With years of experience in maintaining safe and healthy environments, we are perfectly prepared to deal with a situation like this. Our teams, each fully trained and dedicated to their relevant services, are able to help carry out effective Covid-19 measures.

Our cleaning teams can help you to keep every part of your building or campus a spotless, Covid-19 free space. With professional equipment and years of experience in cleaning difficult spots, you can be sure our cleaners can get to every spot.

Our facilities management specialists are able to help with all other safety measures by providing you with the necessary signage for one-way systems, social distancing areas and to point out hand-washing and sanitising areas. They will also be able to provide you with hand sanitising stations to make sure you are always kept stocked up.

Finally, our security teams will be able to support you with social distancing marshals who will be able to ensure that students keep a safe distance. They’ll also be able to monitor flow control to ensure that there are never too many people in a certain area or room.

If you’d like to find out more about our Covid-19 support services for schools, colleges and universities, please get in touch with us today. The sooner you start, the safer your school will be!

Aegis Security To Provide Luton Sixth Form College With Safeguarding Officers and More

Aegis Security are proud to announce having been awarded a new contract to provide Safeguarding Officers, Key Holding services and Alarm Response for Luton Sixth Form College.

Our years of experience in these areas will allow us to provide the highest levels of service in order to support the education of the students here. These services have been selected in order to maintain a safe environment where students, parents and staff can trust that their place of work and education will be protected at all times.

Aegis’s Safeguarding Officers are fully trained, vetted and screened to British standards, meaning that they can carry out their job to the highest level. With the help of these officers, Luton Sixth Form College will be able to accommodate the needs of students in an extremely safe environment, reducing the risk of potential harm to students, staff or the building itself.

With the use of our Key Holding service, the College will also be kept safe and secure even when nobody is onsite. Not only will we look after the keys to the building, but our highly trained response officers are always on call to respond to any issues at the location. This added layer of security ensures that everything left within the College will remain protected from damage and theft.

Another important service that will help to keep the Luton Sixth Form College a safe place of education is our Alarm Response team – fully trained and able to deal with tripped alarms in an efficient, effective manner. Our officers are able to arrive rapidly onsite, no matter the time, in order to carry out a thorough check of the situation. Whether any points of entry have been broken, or in the more likely event of a false alarm, our team will be able to assess the situation, deal with any issues, file reports and leave a record for building staff on site.

Aegis Security are dedicated to providing the highest level of service to our customers and will ensure that the Luton Sixth Form College remains a safe and secure environment for all its students and staff. By working together with schools and colleges, Aegis Security can help to create safer educational facilities for students, no matter where they are situated.

Back To School – Why cleaning is so important

After the summer holidays, many schools will be looking to open back up to students. Whilst it is always important for children to be able to learn properly, the current situation with Covid-19 puts health and safety at paramount importance. As a result, schools must remain clean and safe at all times, in order to reduce the risks of spreading the virus.

Why is it so important for schools to be clean?

The virus spreads through respiratory droplets that are expelled when somebody talks, coughs or sneezes. These droplets can form on surfaces, leaving behind the virus, which can survive for up to three days on certain materials. It’s therefore crucial that these surfaces are cleaned and disinfected regularly to prevent the chance of somebody touching them and contracting the virus.

What’s more is that schools are unfortunately a prime location for surface to person spread. With younger children being less aware of things like coughs and sneezes, it is highly likely that droplets can end up on surfaces. Children are also more likely to interact with surfaces and not wash their hands before itching their faces or eating. With this in mind, it makes it even more important for schools to focus on effective cleaning strategies that will keep all surfaces pristine and free from potential Covid-19 droplets.

How can schools achieve this?

It is important that all surfaces, especially those that are used frequently, are cleaned at least daily, if not several times throughout. Areas and surfaces that are highly used within schools, such as desks, chairs, door handles, handrails, light switches and computers must be effectively cleaned as much as possible in order to remain safe for children to continue to interact with.

Surfaces that are not used as often or come into contact with hands less often should still be cleaned but do not require this as regularly. Areas such as floors, windows and walls near where people sit should be wiped and disinfected. Carpeted areas, rugs and curtains can be cleaned using soaps or appropriate sprays. Although these areas are less likely to transmit Covid-19, they should still be cleaned daily due to the busyness of school environments.

How can Aegis Facilities help?

Aegis Facilities can ensure that your school is kept extremely clean and in turn, safe for children and students to return to learning. With years of experience, we have the tools and the knowledge to effectively maintain a clean and safe environment. We are proud to be accredited by BICSc; the UK’s leading commercial cleaning trade institute with over 5,000 members providing education and advice, thus ensuring quality standards are maintained.

We will put in place an efficient cleaning program that will make sure all surfaces are disinfected and wiped down regularly to prevent any potential build-ups of the virus. In addition to this all floors will be kept clean and we will make sure that no harmful chemicals are used when scrubbing carpets or rugs. Aegis Facilities can also help to provide your school with extra features that will minimise Covid-19 risks, such as face shields for staff, hand sanitising stations, covers for keyboards and desktop barriers to divide large spaces or in highly frequented offices.

If you have any further questions about a safe cleaning solution for your school, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. For more information on our Cleaning and Covid-19 services, visit their corresponding pages.

How can the UK reduce its £50 billion crime costs?

In the UK, crime costs the government over £50 billion per year. That money comes from taxes that are paid by businesses and individuals. With such high costs, huge amounts of money are being spent on something that we should be actively reducing.

How does crime affect business?

Whilst crime costs the UK over £50 billion per year, more than £17 billion of this is from crime against small and medium businesses.

The impact on businesses around the UK is huge – 51% of all small and medium businesses have been targeted by some form of crime. On average, each incident costs a business £2625. With just over half of all businesses experiencing some form of crime, it’s easy to see that more measures need to be put in place to reduce this number.

On top of this, over 800,000 businesses have applied for bankruptcy as a result of crime, showing that the financial trouble caused by incidents can have an extreme impact on the success of a business. Unfortunately, as crime rates continue to go up, so does the number of businesses filing for bankruptcy. More businesses need to ensure that they taking more precautions and installing further measures to deter criminals and prevent incidents.

What measures can help to reduce crime?

CCTV Systems

Having visible CCTV camera systems in place has been shown to reduce the levels of burglary and theft, especially in private spaces. Due to their ability to record events and help identify suspects, just having visible CCTV cameras is enough to put many criminals off and will help to keep buildings, homes and carparks safer from burglary and theft.

Lighting

Increasing the number of streetlights and outdoor lights is another way in which crime levels can be reduced. Due to increased visibility at night, incidents involving burglary and theft are more likely to be deterred in places that are well lit. By investing in good outdoor lighting for dark areas, crime rates can be reduced and these areas can be kept safer.

Security Patrols

Mobile security patrols have been shown to reduce crime such as vandalism, burglary and theft. By having irregular patrols pass through areas, it acts as a deterrent to people who may otherwise have committed a crime in the area – the risk of them being caught by a random security patrol is enough to prevent them from doing anything in areas where patrols are active.

Security Guards

Much like CCTV cameras, if security guards are visible in a certain place, then they will act as an effective deterrent. If people know that they are being watched and can be seen, then they know that the chances of them getting caught is much higher. In turn, many incidents can be prevented simply by placing visible security guards in certain places.

How can Aegis help to deal with crime?

Luckily, Aegis Security can provide businesses with many of these solutions that can help to keep premises safer and reduce the likelihood of criminal incidents. With many years of experience in protecting businesses and keeping buildings safe, you can be sure that we are able to help reduce crime.

Our services include high quality CCTV camera systems, both mobile and static security guards and outdoor lighting solutions. We can provide your business with a personalised solution to fit your exact needs so that your building is kept as safe as possible. By reducing the number of incidents, your business can save money and not have to worry about large, unforeseen costs that could put you at risk of bankruptcy.

While lowering crime rates for businesses, this will also reduce the overall level of crime in the UK and could hopefully help to reduce the costs that our country faces from it. With less costs, government spending can be used to benefit other areas and reinvest and strengthen our economy, rather than fixing past incidents. An overall reduction in crime could therefore benefit everyone and is something that we should all strive to achieve.

 

For more information on how Aegis Security can protect your business from crime and which services we can offer you, get in touch with us today here or call us on 03300 500 800.

Measures to take in order to return to work safely

The outbreak of Covid-19 has seen everything go through many changes. As a result of this, workplaces have been empty and large numbers of people have been working from home. Now that restrictions are beginning to relax, businesses are looking to return to work – however, it is crucial that this is done sensibly and safely in order to prevent another outbreak.

Why can’t people just return to work normally?

Due to the risk of new outbreaks and the continued spread of Covid-19, unfortunately people still can’t just return to “normal”. With large groups of people congregating, the risk of spread is increased, making workplaces less safe than they used to be. Therefore, whilst the risk of the virus is still around, workplaces will be required to take extra precautions as they will be where most people meet.

In addition to there being lots of people in the same space, work environments often involve communication and coming into contact with a variety of surfaces. Whilst talking is ok, people must still maintain a safe distance – something that may not be easy in smaller buildings. What’s more is that the virus can survive on certain surfaces for several days, including plastic, cardboard and metal. Things like desks, keyboards, and water stations are at high risk and must be cleaned regularly and used carefully to prevent contamination.

What measures can be put in place to keep safe?

Thankfully, there are a number of measures that be added in order to maintain a safe, functional working environment. These are:

Aegis Security thermal imaging camera to check Covid-19 body temperature

Aegis Security can provide your business with essential Covid-19 health and safety measures

Aegis Group have lots of experience in keeping workplaces safe and secure. With our expertise and services, we can ensure that your staff and customers will remain safe when reopening your business premises. We can provide your business with sufficient measures including those mentioned above, which will allow your business to operate with maximum efficiency at this time.

For more information on our Coivd-19 safety measures, view our service page or get in touch with us today.

Why waste removal is key – Our waste removal service keeps you focused on the important things

Waste management is key to business operations for several reasons. Not only does it help to maintain a clean, safe working environment, but when done correctly it helps your business to recycle more and become more sustainable.

By disposing of waste efficiently and properly, you ensure that materials can be reused and recycled. What’s more is that hazardous materials will not be sent to the wrong facilities, which could lead to environmental damage once they are disposed of improperly. Being a sustainable and responsible business is becoming more and more important as climate change accelerates and customers continue to place more value on environmentalism.

Another essential reason to keep control of your business’s waste management is to keep your building safe. Hazardous objects and materials, including asbestos, can create an unsafe space for customers and employees. With a waste removal service, you can ensure that these are removed safely and quickly, allowing your business to continue without unnecessary disruption. 

The added importance of effective Waste Management today

The current situation with Coronavirus puts extra emphasis on keeping your working environment clean and safe. Due to the fact that the virus can survive on certain surfaces for several days, it is important that any waste is removed quickly and without contaminating other objects or areas of your building. 

Equipment that is being used more frequently now to prevent the spread of the virus, such as masks and gloves, is often thrown away unsafely and can create large build ups. This can increase the risk of spreading the virus if it is not disposed of carefully and safely. Waste removal services will remove rubbish and waste properly to ensure that it is done in the safest possible manner, keeping your premises safe, clean and free from the risks of the Coronavirus.

Aegis Facilities have a range of services to keep your waste under control

Aegis Facilities can help your business by providing a first-class waste removal service, ensuring that your needs are catered to in the most effective manner. We have a strong focus on our clients’ needs and provide you with cost-saving, sustainable solutions. We can streamline your supply chain and use our expertise to help with waste avoidance and recycling. 

Our services also include the option to remove rubble and fittings if your building is being cleared or renovated, ensuring that empty spaces are clear and safe for repurposing. With asbestos removal services we also ensure that your business environment is a healthy place to be. We can remove all types of asbestos, collect and dispose of asbestos and provide an emergency call out service.

Not only do we provide all of these services at Aegis Facilities, but we provide them with outstanding customer service to keep your business running smoothly, to keep it clean and safe and to keep your staff and customers happy.

Ready to reopen? How contract cleaning services can help to keep your staff safe

Cleaning services are an important part of facilities management. Whether you need windows to be shiny, office carpets to be dust-free, or toilets to be fresh, you should consider contracting someone to do this for you, allowing you to focus on running your business.

Not only is it essential to keep your working environments clean for employees, but it is beneficial to keep the externals of your premises looking clean and new. Cleaning services will do this by removing waste from carparks, cleaning dirty windows and signs, and even removing graffiti or unwanted stains.

The importance of cleaning services during COVID-19

In times like these, it is especially important to keep your business premises clean and free from dirt or viruses. The Coronavirus is able to survive for several days on certain materials, meaning that they must be cleaned frequently to avoid the risks of it spreading. 

If your business is reopening, or employees are returning to work again, they are at risk of transmitting the virus. To avoid the chance of an outbreak within your building, you must make sure that all surfaces are cleaned and disinfected regularly in order to maintain a level of safety. Cleaning services can make sure this happens with quality equipment to reach all corners of your building.

Aegis Facilities’ wide range of services can protect your working environment

At Aegis Facilities, we have been providing businesses with cleaning services for many years. We are proudly accredited by the BICSc, the UK’s leading commercial cleaning trade institute. No matter what service it is that you require, we take the time and care to provide highly trained staff that will fulfil your business needs. You can expect a high level of commitment, flexibility and short lines of communication to management. 

We know how important it is that your building is kept clean, safe and looking new, which is why we offer a wide range of services that cater to all needs. Whether you need carpet cleaning, dusting, mopping, window cleaning, graffiti removal, janitorial supplies or feminine hygiene supplies, Aegis Facilities can provide it for your business with a high level of attention to detail and quality.   

Mobile Patrols – Giving You Peace of Mind That Your Premises Are Secure

Now that most of us are self-quarantined due to stay-at-home orders, businesses across the country are sitting unguarded. This becomes a potential security issue, given the lack of monitoring being done. There are always a few bad actors that will take advantage of a crisis. Think about the potential burglary, theft, and vandalism that could be occurring to businesses everywhere, which are highly vulnerable to security breaches currently.

That is why you need to have your business protected and monitored while you are unable to. You need a reliable and dependable way of keeping an eye on your businesses’ physical location so that you can be at ease and have peace of mind, knowing the premises are secure. How do you do that during a nationwide lockdown? The answer is mobile patrols.

What Are Mobile Patrols?

Mobile patrols are an alternative to static guarding that cost less and are more flexible. These patrols involve highly-trained personnel who will patrol the premises of your business in high-profile liveried vehicles. This creates the highest amount of deterrence, to ward off would-be trespassers. Specially-trained patrol personnel will make their presence known, while they are performing thorough security checks. These can be done either at pre-agreed and regular times or at random times within a certain time frame, throughout the night, as well as weekends.

When you hire the services of trained mobile patrol personnel, you are receiving a service that costs less than stational security guards. Additionally, you receive flexible resources that can be used wherever you need them the most. Any and all vulnerable points of entry, including doors and windows, are inspected. Any issues that were noticed would be reported back. Since mobile patrols are always on the go, they can cover far more area than stationary guards can. This is a highly-flexible service that can benefit you immensely.

Other Benefits of Mobile Patrols

Besides what has already been mentioned, there are even more benefits to using mobile patrols. These are the following:

During these times, when non-essential travel is not allowed, criminals still will, as they do not respect the law at any time. This is why you should invest in making sure your business is safe and secure. You will be more at ease, knowing that there is nothing to worry about. Once the lockdown is lifted, you and your employees can go back and find everything just as it was left.

Aegis Group Can Protect Your Business

Aegis Group provides a full range of facilities management services, including manned security guarding, mobile patrols, cleaning, and high-end specialist services like asbestos removal and disposal. When you hire Aegis, you are choosing to work with a company that provides high-quality services performed by skilled and trained employees. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.

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