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BBC contract for Pilgrims

BBC Studioworks Ltd, the commercial arm of the BBC which runs the broadcaster’s former White City studio complex in Shepherd’s Bush, west London, has awarded a security services contract to Pilgrims.

The recently redeveloped complex offers studio space to broadcasters and hosts such productions as ITV‘s latest series of The Jonathan Ross Show, pictured. Pilgrims reports that it won in a tender process involving four other companies. The Woking-based contractor provides security services there including manned guarding and close-protection of VIP guests and celebrities.

This follows the company gaining a five year, six premises deal with ITV this year; and according to Pilgrims it represents a significant expansion by the company in the broadcasting and media sectors. Other services provided by Pilgrims are: CCTV monitoring, front of house, reception, a full event management team for all shows broadcast at the studios (currently up to three per day); audience management and search roles (for events up to 500 people).

Pilgrims Senior Operations Manager, Anthony Wisdom says: “We were chosen because we were able to offer a complete bespoke security solution. The clients liked the fact that we were not just a security company but risk management specialists. They were impressed by our existing broadcast experience and our ability to produce the standard and emergency operating procedures both for the site and studios from scratch.”

And David Freear, the company’s Chief Operating Officer says: “We are delighted to be working with BBC Studioworks and feel privileged they have put their faith in Pilgrims. This new role consolidates our growth in the broadcasting and media industries as clients in these sectors recognise how our multi-disciplined approach can enhance their operation.”

Meanwhile Pilgrims Group is developing a new digital communications system, the HUB, for employees to manage policy and human resources documents, and guards to take part in the latest training and to share ideas.


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