Press Release: Carlisle welcomes Martyn’s Law with introduction of counter terrorism award in Martyn’s honour

17th March 2023

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Facilities management support services provider, Carlisle Support Services welcomes Martyn’s Law with introduction of the Martyn Hett Award for Contribution to Counter-Terrorism at Annual Superstar Awards ceremony.  

Martyn’s Law

Martyn Hett was one of 22 people murdered in the Manchester Arena bombing at the end of an Ariana Grande concert on 22 May 2017. Martyn’s mother, Figen Murray has been campaigning ever since to introduce a legislation in his memory that ensures stronger protections against terrorism in publicly accessible locations and prevents other families from having to go through such experience.

The new legislation is to be introduced across the whole of UK and requires publicly accessible locations in both the private and public sectors, to undertake a range of activities according to their capacity. Martyn’s Law will follow a tiered model linked to the type of activity taking place and the size of the expected audience and will seek to improve how prepared a venue is without putting an undue burden on business.

A standard tier will apply to locations with a maximum capacity of more than 100 people with an enhanced tier applying to locations with a capacity of more than 800 people. Simple measures such as getting staff to complete freely available terrorism awareness training and planning for incidents will be required for all.  Requirements to identify and resolve vulnerabilities, will exist for those who come within the enhanced tier.

The Martyn Hett Award for Contribution to Counter Terrorism

Amongst companies that celebrate the introduction of Martyn’s Law in 2023, Carlisle Support Services recognises, in Martyn’s honour, those that have truly contributed to counter-terrorism awareness. Figen Murray presented the Martyn Hett Award for Contribution to Counter-Terrorism at Carlisle’s annual Superstar Awards which took place at the Manchester Central Convention Complex on Thursday 23rd February.

The awards celebration, organised to recognise the achievements of people within the industry, was attended to by over 250 employees and delegates representing reputable venues and institutions such as Wimbledon’s All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, ACC Liverpool soon to be hosting Eurovision, Marylebone Cricket Club, Coventry University, Liverpool Football Club and many more. All delegates also joined the annual Innovation Lab on the day of 23rd February along innovators, thought leaders and expert speakers to discover and discuss tomorrow’s solutions for delivering exceptional facilities management.

Upon being invited to present the award herself, Figen Murray said:

“I feel so humbled that I have been given the honour to present the award named after our son Martyn. Over the past few years, painful as they were and still are, I have had the privilege to meet so many incredible and outstanding human beings who have the safety and security of others at the forefront of their minds. It therefore gives me absolute pleasure to present the Martyn Hett Award for Contribution to Counter-Terrorism to a very worthy winner.” 

Having worked very closely with Figen Murray to implement Martyn’s Law and minimise terrorism acts across the UK, Retired Detective Chief Superintendent at Counter-Terrorism Policing and Director for Counter-Terrorism at Carlisle Support Services, Nick Aldworth added:

“Figen Murray experienced something that no parent should ever have to experience and has worked tirelessly to turn such a tragic and senseless act into something good. We are honoured to dedicate this award in Martyn’s memory and contribute towards preventing such events from ever occurring again. Martyn would be incredibly proud of his mum but would probably be laughing hilariously at a security award being named after him.”

Chief Executive Officer at Carlisle Support Services, Paul Evans concluded:

“As a security provider to some of the largest venues and public spaces across the UK, not only do we welcome such legislation but will annually reward those going above and beyond to uphold it and keep the public safe.”

About Carlisle Support Services

Carlisle Support Services is a leading supplier of value-added solutions to chosen niche markets. Employing c. 5,000 people, we focus on the provision of cleaning, security, events, and retail facilities support services. We partner with our clients in long-term relationships to deliver sustainable service innovations and operating efficiencies. Continuous improvement in service quality standards is built into all Carlisle business solutions.

Our business aim is to create business efficiencies, which translate into an improvement in shareholder and stakeholder value.

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