CDS strengthens its team with two regional sales manager appointments

CDS’ commitment to grow its business has taken a step forward this week with the appointment of two new regional sales managers.

London-based Simon Gregory, who has worked on projects with big names such as Facebook, Apple and the Royal Academy of Arts during his 30-year career in life safety systems, takes on the role in the South East.

His extensive pedigree includes stints with global heavyweights such as ADT and security services specialist G4S. He has huge technical experience in the design and implementation of fire alarms, security, CCTV and access control systems.

Zubair Gheewala will fulfil the same role in the South Midlands. A fellow veteran of global security systems giant ADT he has been working in the life safety systems arena for the past decade.

He has worked on projects for a wide range of high-profile customers and sectors, including social housing, hospitals, large industrial projects and numerous retail organisations.

MD Simon Abley explained: “Simon and Zubair both have impressive track records for expanding business for their previous employers, exceeding their sales targets and bringing in new customers. They both have the essential skills of all good sales managers – an ability to understand the detailed technical requirements of this very complex area and an understanding that, for example, industrial sites have totally different needs from healthcare settings. CDS has a 33-year track record of working with companies in these sectors as well as education, logistics, housing and the public sector.”

CDS’ clients include global property management company Greystar, which has a multi-billion-pound portfolio of large-scale rental properties, Nottingham Trent University, Leicestershire Police and numerous local authorities.

Zubair Gheewala is one of two new regional sales managers to join CDS

CDS helps families in need with Christmas food bank donation

Colleagues at life safety systems specialist CDS have been collecting food and toiletries to help families in need this Christmas.

Their contributions will help make the festive season a little less challenging for a number of households in Lutterworth and the surrounding villages.

Rotary Club member and CDS director Martin Iliffe said he and his fellow Rotarians already supported the Lutterworth Food Bank, and when colleagues debated how they could help the community this Christmas it seemed an obvious choice.

The Leicestershire centre is one of around 1,200 such facilities nationwide overseen by the Trussell Trust, a charity whose longer-term aim is to end the need for food banks in the UK.

Martin explained: “This year food banks across the whole nation have been struggling to keep pace with demand. Market towns like Lutterworth seem relatively affluent on the surface, but there is an undercurrent of families who are struggling, particularly this year, and the demands on the food bank are greater than ever.”

Individual CDS employees brought in grocery contributions themselves and the wider company donated products, using the proceeds of the sale of some of their office equipment to boost their donations.

“The bulk of what we’ve provided is not actually edible produce, as what the food bank says it’s really short of is things like shower gel and shampoo. We’ve majored on toiletries and, because of the time of year, biscuits and more frivolous luxury items like chocolate and that sort of thing. People tend not to supply these. Food banks are overwhelmed with things like baked beans.”

The CDS contributions will be parcelled up into hampers which will be distributed by food bank volunteers into household size parcels for distribution over the next few days.

Last year the Trussell Trust distributed 1.9 million food parcels to some of the 14 million people living in poverty in the UK, 4.5 million of whom are children.

As well as supporting food banks UK-wide, the Trust’s five-year plan to end the need for such centres includes addressing the underlying reasons why people need such facilities, tackling the causes of poverty and creating a compassionate society.

CDS plans to continue to support the food bank during 2021.

  • John Keenan from CDS’ stores and logistics department loads up supplies donated to the Lutterworth Food Bank

Specialist door openers ensure fire safety in a COVID-19-secure workplace, says CDS

While people are still being advised to work from home where possible, many, for whom it is not practical, are returning to the office in the new year, perhaps after months cocooned in their own space.

And for some companies, striking the balance between ensuring a COVID-19-secure workplace while complying with fire regulations can seem an impossible conundrum.

Reducing touchpoints and improving ventilation are two areas which workplaces need to address – but the solutions to both of those could mean leaving fire doors open, which is not only illegal but also potentially lethal.

CDS is able to help companies ensure they are fire safety compliant and recently oversaw a project which addressed this very dichotomy as part of a wider programme of fire safety measures at Nottingham Trent University.

It supplied more than 500 fire door retainers which provide an easy, safe and legal way to hold fire doors open and reduce the use of touch surfaces such as door handles and door plates. The plunger devices deactivate on hearing a fire alarm, shutting the doors.

As well as reducing touchpoints, the door openers have the added benefit of improving ventilation, another important factor in heling reduce transmission of the virus in indoor spaces.

Using door retaining devices may even have the knock-on effect of boosting mental wellbeing by enabling people who have been isolated for a long time to feel part of the wider workplace community. By keeping the doors open between departments colleagues can see each other at a safe distance and not feel they are, yet again, forced into an enclosed space.

CDS, which has a 33-year track record in the commercial and public sectors, can carry out a fire risk assessment to ensure workplaces comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and specify, supply and fit equipment which will ensure that COVID-19 compliance doesn’t compromise fire safety.