G4S under starter’s orders for 24th year at the Grand National
Up to 1,700 staff from G4S Events are working throughout all three days of the Crabbie’s Grand National Festival, which culminates in the world-famous Grand National steeplechase on Saturday. In addition, staff from the company’s Cash Solutions business will be transporting the takings from the assembled punters.
Watched by an estimated worldwide audience of 600 million live on television, an additional 80,000 race-goers will be packing into Aintree Racecourse and hoping the odds are in their favour.
Mark Grant, Operations Director for G4S Events, who is overseeing the security and stewarding operation at Aintree during the festival, said:
“We’ve been working for Jockey Club Racecourses for 24 years now, but every year is exciting, and it’s a thrill for us to be part of this fantastic event. Our team will have been looking after more than 150,000 people over the whole festival, doing everything from searching race-goers, stewarding, track protection and customer service. Our Cash Solutions colleagues are also here this year, providing their cash-in-transit services. They’re likely to be extremely busy!
The Grand National attracts everyone from Royalty to high-profile celebrities, who will be rubbing shoulders with the tipsters and the punters on race day.
Mark Grant added:
“We’re advising everyone to look at the weather forecast and come dressed appropriately, and to take note of the safety and security advice on the Grand National website and on the advice they will have been given with their tickets.
“If anyone has any problems on the day, our staff are on hand to help them, and although our guys won’t be able to rival the ladies in the fashion stakes, we’re highly visible around the course in our branded uniforms.”
- G4S Events
G4S is part of G4S Secure Solutions (UK). The company employs almost 21,000 people throughout the UK, working with a wide range of public sector and commercial clients, including 59 FTSE 100 companies. The company provides specialist security solutions to over 13,000 customers across a range of sectors including: government, utilities, financial institutions, leisure and tourism, and transport.
G4S Cash Solutions
A subsidiary of G4S plc, G4S Cash Solutions is the leading UK provider of cash solutions, including secure cash transportation, ATM outsourcing solutions and outsourced till management. In the UK we deploy over 6,000 employees and utilise a fleet of around 2,000 vehicles throughout a network of 42 cash transportation branches and 10 cash and coin centres.