Stadium expanding its team on the back of a busy summer

A Coventry security company is expanding its team after completing one its busiest summers ever – including playing a key role in this year’s summer games.

National event management specialist Stadium has opened 11 full-time positions at its headquarters on Bodmin Road, with a further 140 casual roles across the country.

It comes on the back of new contract wins and growing existing contracts, closing the curtain on a busy summer after working on a number of major projects.

Stadium began an action-packed summer by providing traffic and crowd management services for 26 concerts in 19 days in June, kept crowds safe at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone for the first time in July, and played a pivotal role in the summer games across August.

While more than 1.2 million tickets were sold to watch sporting stars in Birmingham and beyond this summer, Stadium worked in the background to support events ranging from bowls to basketball, and also trained more than 200 previously unemployed people in the local area as part of the West Midlands Combined Authority’s Jobs and Skills Academy.

The programme was backed by £5 million in funding to help upskill local people by securing qualifications in sectors such as security and stewarding, and provide them with opportunities during the summer games.

Carl Taylor, Managing Director at Stadium, said: “It has been fantastic to be involved in one of the busiest summer calendars we have ever had at Stadium, particularly after long periods of disruption for our industry from the pandemic.

“Concert season has been particularly frantic due to several re-scheduled performances following Covid-19, on top of existing touring schedules announced by artists and promoters.

“We’ve won new contracts and expanded existing ones – such as our work at Silverstone this year – and we have been really proud of our involvement in this year’s summer games so close to home, working to help upskill the local workforce.

“This has enabled us to continue our growth and expand our team with a range of roles both in our Coventry headquarters and further afield, so we’re really excited for the future.”

Stadium is recruiting for 11 roles in Coventry including a Traffic and Event Parking Operations Manager and a Training Coordinator, two full-time posts in London, and another full-time position in Liverpool, with casual roles across the country.

It is particularly interested to hear from people who worked at the summer games.

The company was formed in 2009 and provides traffic management, event services and training, as well as rental of security barriers, the hiring of stewards and Security Industry Authority (SIA) security staff for events.

It supports events ranging from the Olympic Games to Premier League football matches, and sell-out concerts to high-profile conferences.

For more information on the new roles, visit www.wearestadium.com/join-our-team.

Stadium appoints new Managing Director

Leading national event management specialist Stadium has appointed a new managing director to accelerate the firm’s UK expansion.

Carl Taylor will lead the UK operations of Stadium, which is headquartered on Bodmin Road, Coventry, but operates globally, and employs more than 1,000 staff.

He brings with him a wealth of experience having worked in the events industry for the past 18 years, and will play a crucial role in Stadium’s involvement in the summer games.

He joins at a key time for the firm, which recently launched one of the biggest recruitment drives in its history with almost 300 jobs available in the West Midlands.

Carl said: “I’m delighted to be joining Stadium and working alongside such a respected team, which has developed an excellent reputation within the events industry.

“It is also a company which has seen a tremendous amount of growth in recent years, and I feel that ambition – and the core values of honesty and integrity – align perfectly with me.

“I’m looking forward to getting out there, meeting our clients, and getting on the ground with all of our teams.”

Carl, who is from Northampton, joins from OCS Group where he helped support preparations for the summer games.

Prior to that he was Head of Events at Carlisle Support Services, working alongside organisations including AELTC, Lord’s Cricket, and Cheltenham Racecourse.

Stadium Founder and Executive Chairman David McAtamney, who continues to lead their global operations, said: “It’s great to have someone of Carl’s experience on board.

“I have no doubt his industry knowledge and contacts will be a great asset for us and our clients, during what is already shaping up to be a busy year.”

Stadium was formed in 2009 and provides traffic management, event services and training, as well as rental of security barriers, the hiring of stewards and Security Industry Authority (SIA) security staff for events.

The firm supports events ranging from the Olympic Games to Premier League football matches, and sell-out concerts to high-profile conferences.

Stadium launches major recruitment drive

A leading Midlands security company has launched one of the biggest recruitment drives in its history with almost 300 new jobs available across Birmingham and the West Midlands.

Coventry-based Stadium has around 280 casual roles to fill as it prepares for a busy 2022.

Jobs range from spectator safety stewards, door supervisors, and customer service stewards, all of which will play a key role in sporting events in the West Midlands this year.

David McAtamney, owner and founder of Stadium, said: “There is lots happening in the sporting and recreation calendar this year across our region which is fantastic to see.

“The year is already lining up to be one of our busiest ever with new work home and abroad, but as a West Midlands company it is great to be able to offer so many jobs locally.

“We have won some exciting new contracts for 2022 and the fact we are continuing to recruit and expand is a fantastic show of confidence in our industry, especially after the past couple of years.”

Roles are on a casual contract basis, giving people flexibility to work around other commitments or work as much as they would like.

Some of the responsibilities include welcoming all visitors to the venues, dealing with queries and offering assistance regarding the event, and helping to direct flow of foot traffic.

Experience working within the field is advantageous but not essential, as Stadium will provide all training to support successful candidates.

Stadium has an excellent reputation within the industry and works on a national and international scale, providing traffic management, event services and training, as well as rental of security barriers, the hiring of stewards and SIA security staff for events.

The leading security specialist supports a wide variety of events ranging from sell-out concerts, high-profile conferences, to Premier League football matches with clients including Liverpool Football Club, Burnley Football Club, and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

For further details on the roles and to apply, visit www.wearestadium.com/join-our-team.

Stadium joins national effort against Covid-19

A Coventry-based event management specialist has joined the national effort against Covid-19 by committing resource to a new network of lateral flow testing sites across the city.

Stadium, which is based on Bodmin Road, Coventry, is providing around 80 of its experienced events staff to help facilitate lateral flow covid tests for asymptomatic individuals, which produce results after 30 minutes.

The new testing sites that Stadium staff will be supporting include Coventry Transport Museum, The Alan Higgs Centre and Moat House Leisure & Neighbourhood Centre, with more sites to follow.

Coventry City Council, which is overseeing the running of the sites, enlisted the support of Stadium to help the sites collectively cater for up to 20,000 lateral flow tests a week.

Stadium’s staff will be assisting with the registration of visitors to each site and managing socially-distanced queues, as well as guiding individuals through the self-administered test and processing test results.

Scott Metcalfe, Managing Director at Stadium, said: “We are really proud to be able to play our part in helping the city of Coventry to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus.

“All of our staff are experienced in safety management and working on large, high-profile events, making them ideally placed to provide the efficiency and attention to detail that the operation of these new testing sites require.

“Our staff have a crucial role to play in helping the city of Coventry to drive down the Covid infection rate, since the more people that are tested, the higher the chances are that asymptomatic carriers can self-isolate before infecting others.

“We’re extremely honoured as a business to be asked to support in this way, and hopefully more testing such as this can have a positive impact on reducing infections while the vaccine continues to be rolled out.”

Stadium, an event management specialist, has performed on the world’s biggest stages for the past ten years, ensuring that as audiences have been entertained, they have shared experiences in a safe and secure environment. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and the government restrictions affecting venues and stadia, Stadium have re-assigned their staffing resources to support the national effort.

Councillor George Duggins, Leader of Coventry City Council, said: “We are very grateful to have the support of Stadium. Community testing is an important component in stopping the spread of Coronavirus, but we need willing people to come forward and join our dedicated workforce in order to make this happen.

“Stadium have shown their willingness and commitment in putting others first in the fight against coronavirus by playing their part in this work. We are delighted to have them on board and through their help, continue to deliver these vital tests to Coventry people.”

Innovative system helps retail customers safely return

Two Coventry firms are at the front of the queue in helping retailers attract customers back to the town and city centres.

Stadium, which specialises in security, safety and traffic management, has teamed up with Flood Engineering to design and produce an innovative queuing system which will keep shoppers socially distanced as well as dry, and also allow retailers to double the number of people they have waiting to enter their stores.

The new system allows two parallel lines of people separated by an anti – bacterial perspex dividing wall, while a roof keeps them dry as they wait outside a store, business or venue.

The structure can either be temporarily surface mouthed or fixed more permanently to the floor using a patented locking system, and can vary in length to suit the requirements of the business/ event.

David McAtamney, founder of Stadium, said the new system was designed to help property owners ensure customer safety but also to protect the public from the elements.

He said: “The lockdown and partial re-opening has, by and large, coincided with some good summer weather but that will change and with social distancing here to stay for some considerable time, people’s appetite for queueing when the conditions are not so good, may start to wane.

“We have worked in stewarding and safety for 10 years, and we know that creating conditions that allow people to queue in safety and in a way which is very obvious for them, is best.

“As more normal conditions return and there are more pedestrians in towns and city centres, stores are going to have to be very organized to ensure the highest levels of safety, and people will only use those business which now have the best measures in place.”

The two companies have already conducted a demonstration in Coventry city centre which proved successful.

David added: “We have the contract for stewarding and safety in the city and have helped ensure that the city centre re-opened successfully, so it was the ideal time to showcase.

“We have had great feedback from retailers and the city centre authorities and hope to soon have the system in action for real.

“As well as helping retailers ensure that queuing is orderly and safe, it also offers great opportunities for branding and marketing, which would allow the businesses to offset their costs.”

At Stadium we provide Event Services, HVM Rental Solutions and Training.  To discuss any of our services in more detail please call us on 024 7518 9999 or send us an email at info@wearestadium.com

For more ways to get in touch head to our Contact page.

We are open and happy to help

Stadium remains open for business as normal despite the difficulties everyone is facing due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

The Covid-19 pandemic presents new challenges for many businesses but as a nation we must all support each other as much as possible throughout this time of uncertainty.

The health of our staff and their families remains our number one priority, however, as a business we are fortunate to remain open and continue to support our clients, both existing and new.

Stadium is in the best position to help your business as priorities turn to reducing conflict in our everyday lives, keeping people safe and the security of open and closed premises.

As a major supplier to the events industry we have more than 1,000 trained and experienced staff available to provide a range of high-quality services, including:

  • Stewarding and patrols
  • Hiring and installing Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM) barriers
  • Car park management
  • Queue management
  • Traffic management
  • Building security and access control
  • Transport and logistics (lorries & vans available)
  • Crowd fencing, traffic signs and cones

Our stewards are trained in crowd safety and the handling of crowd issues, the movement of people, dealing with incidents and emergencies, First Aid, searching, and customer service.

They are also trained to provide the highest standards of security when it comes to protecting businesses.

We would happy to discuss how we can help your business. Please contact us on 024 7518 9999, info@wearestadium.com or visit www.wearestadium.com for more information.

Keeping people safe – that’s what we do.

Coronavirus: Stadium measures 13 March 2020

Founder and Managing Director, David McAtamney for Stadium said: “We respect the Premier League and the EFL’s decision to defer all football matches until the weekend of April 3 due to coronavirus.

“We are closely monitoring the advice from the UK Government, Public Health England and the World Health Organisation to inform our response to the outbreak.

“The health and well-being of our staff and their families is of paramount importance to Stadium.

“We await future announcements from the Premier League and the EFL about when fans can return to attending matches.”

 

Stadium wins Best Security Company award

A Coventry security company is celebrating after scooping a prestigious national industry award for a highly successful 2019.

Stadium won the ‘Best Security Company’ award at the Event Production Awards, held in London in March.

The awards aim to recognise the very best suppliers to the major outdoor and live events industry.

Stadium was able to win the award thanks to its rapid progress in 2019 – including winning a contract to train senior safety officials in Qatar ahead of the FIFA World Cup in 2022.

Stadium’s founder David McAtamney was delighted the firm won an award in such an important category.

He said: “Stadium had a fantastic 2019 – we hugely increased our stock and variety of hostile vehicle mitigation barriers, meaning we could appeal to far more customers than ever before.

“Some of the events we installed HVM at included the ICC Cricket World Cup, NFL matches in London, the Fever Tree Tennis Championships, and the Godiva Music Festival in Coventry.

“We also won the contract to provide a bespoke training programme to safety officials and police in Qatar ahead of the FIFA World Cup in 2022, and trained around 1,300 learners in the country in the last year alone.

“We were so pleased the Event Production Awards recognised our achievements by crowning us ‘Best Security Company’ at the ceremony.

“We’re continuing to make great strides this year – we are now accredited by training body Lantra to teach traffic management courses, have attracted more clients for our range of services, and our training programme in Qatar is continuing in earnest.

“I’d like to thank all the team at Stadium for their amazing work over 2019 – we could not have won this award without them.”

Stadium’s win in the Event Production Awards capped off a successful award season for the firm.

Stadium were finalists in two categories in the Midlands Business Awards 2020, for two categories in the Outstanding Security Performance Awards 2020, the Coventry Telegraph Business Awards 2019, and the Amazon Growing Business Awards 2019.

At Stadium we provide Event Services, HVM Rental Solutions and Training.  To discuss any of our services in more detail please call us on 024 7518 9999 or send us an email at info@wearestadium.com

For more ways to get in touch head to our Contact page.

Lantra accreditation for Stadium

Highways workers looking to qualify to work on the UK’s roads can now earn their stripes from a Coventry-based event management firm after it earned accreditation from a major industry body – Lantra.

Stadium has now been approved by Lantra, a major provider of training in a variety of land-based industries, to deliver important traffic management courses at any venue they choose.

The firm has been accredited to teach a course known as ‘Highways Sector Scheme 12D’, which ensures anyone who works on urban or rural roads, be they construction workers, highway inspectors or traffic management staff, are fully competent before they start work.

Completion of the course means a trainee becomes a Registered Traffic Management Operative (RTMO).

Jemma Baillie, HR and Training Manager at Stadium, said: “Being accredited by Lantra is a real boost for Stadium, as anyone wishing to qualify to work on UK roads in a number of roles will now be able to come to us to earn their qualification.

“Not only that, we will also be able to head out and deliver this course externally for those who aren’t able to come to Coventry easily.

“Lantra qualifications are developed by industry experts, who we have been working alongside to get our course ready to go.

“We are one of the best in the events industry when it comes to the training we provide, so being accredited by Lantra is another feather in our cap and enables us to meet even more of the needs of the events industry than we already do.

“We’re really looking forward to teaching our first cohort of trainees and getting them qualified as RTMOs.”

Stadium already provides training toward Level 2, 3 and 4 NVQs in Spectator Safety, SIA-accredited security courses, and in customer service.

It also provides bespoke training programmes to overseas clients, including Qatari security officials to prepare them for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and has also provided them to staff from the Korea Sports Promotion Foundation.

At Stadium we provide a wide range of event safety training courses. To discuss our options please call us on 024 7518 9999 or send us an email at info@wearestadium.com

For more ways to get in touch head to our Contact page.

Stadium hits fundraising anniversary target

A Coventry security firm which aimed to raise money for ten different charities during its tenth anniversary in 2019 has achieved its ambitious fundraising target.

Stadium’s staff have raised more than £10,000 for the charities after taking part in more than 30 fundraising events throughout the year.

The firm’s appeal was launched in February 2019 with its male staff braving a charity spray tan.

Further events during the year included staff conquering the Three Peaks Challenge, abseiling down the side of Coventry Cathedral, a 5km ‘Pretty Muddy’ obstacle course, and flying across the Ricoh Arena on a zipwire.

The money will be shared between Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, Alzheimer’s Society, Cancer Research UK, Coventry & Warwickshire Mind, Emmaus, Macmillan Cancer Support, Myton Hospices, The Forest Hermitage, YoungMinds and Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice.

Maria Holmes-Keeling, marketing manager at Stadium who organised the appeal, said every member of the Stadium staff had contributed to the fundraising efforts.

“Our staff have worked so hard to contribute to this fundraising appeal, so we’re really pleased to have met our fundraising pledge,” she said.

“The charities we’ve raised money for all had personal connections to our staff, which meant everyone had strong incentives to raise as much as they possibly could for the appeal.

“We really threw ourselves into the charity events – many of our male staff members braved their first ever spray tans, and we were so relieved to complete tough physical events like the Three Peaks Challenge.

“Raising all this money is a fitting way to have marked our tenth anniversary, and we’re so glad to have supported these ten local and national charities which all do such great work.”

Stadium’s tenth anniversary was notable for other reasons besides raising more than £10,000 for its charities.

The firm scooped a Midlands Business Award for ‘Innovation of the Year’, expanded its international connections and has trained 1,300 senior safety officials in Qatar ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

It also rebranded from its old name of ‘StadiumTM’ to ‘Stadium’, and launched a new website reflecting the name change in the summer.

This was in order to give the brand more focus and show that Stadium also leases hostile vehicle mitigation barriers to clients and provides safety training around the world.

David McAtamney, founder and managing director of Stadium, added: “This has been a fantastic year for Stadium.

“We have provided training to clients around the world, grown our team and raised a wonderful amount of money for charities that mean so much to our staff.

“We have come a long way since our foundation in 2009, and we are looking forward to continuing our success in 2020 and beyond.”

Maria wins Employee of the Year award 2019

Stadium’s marketing manager who oversaw the firm’s rebrand and enabled it to raise more than £10,000 for ten different charities has been named its Employee of the Year.

Maria Holmes-Keeling, who joined Stadium in November 2018, won the accolade after an incredibly busy 2019 for the company.

Due to Stadium celebrating its tenth anniversary at the start of the year, Maria was tasked with co-ordinating a large fundraising campaign to raise £10,000 for various charities.

On top of that, Stadium changed its name from ‘StadiumTM’ in the middle of the year, which required a comprehensive rebranding exercise that Maria led on.

Lorraine Baillie, HR Director at Stadium, praised Maria for how much she has done for the firm in such a short amount of time.

“Maria took charge of our marketing at a very busy time for us, so she needed to hit the ground running,” she said.

“Organising our successful rebrand and bringing the whole team along with it takes real skill and hard work, and Maria managed it without breaking a sweat. Without her, I honestly think we may have struggled to do it.

“And her commitment to our charity fundraising this year has been tremendous. We’ve had so many events all throughout 2019 to mark our tenth anniversary, and each one has been fantastic thanks to her organisation.

“She is a wonderful asset to Stadium and she fully deserves to be named Employee of the Year. We love having her around and we can’t wait to see what she’ll bring to Stadium in 2020.”

Maria said: “I am honoured to be recognised as ‘Employee of the Year’. I was given the opportunity to manage some great projects throughout 2019 and I have enjoyed every minute.

“It’s been a very busy year with the rebrand and tenth anniversary in addition to establishing a consistent marketing presence for Stadium, but I thrive on a challenge and am thankful that Stadium put their faith in me.  I am looking forward to 2020 and beyond.”