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The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games provided both public and private sectors across the UK with a unique opportunity to increase engagement and communicate amongst each other quickly and effectively important safety and security messages that may require the attention of as broad an audience as possible. 

To this end, the Cross-sector Safety and Security Communications project Scotland (CSSC Scotland) was set up, with the aim to deliver one timely and authoritative security message – fed by Police Scotland and other UK agencies - not sensitive in nature, to a range of UK industries, their employees (from office-based to field and contracted staff) and customers potentially affected by them. The BSIA is pleased to be an active part of this project - a legacy from the Games - and as part of its commitment to cascading messages to its members, customers and end-users, it will post relevant communications on this webpage, in reverse chronological order, for the information of our website visitors. 

To find out more about the background of this project, including its links with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, visit the CSSC's official website.



Latest CSSC Scotland Notifications

26/09/2017 - CSSC Scotland Green Message - Haymarket, Edinburgh Sewer Upgrade - 07/10/2017

Please see the link below for details of restrictions for Scottish Water works at Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh, adjacent to Haymarket Rail Station, between 7th October through to Summer 2018 which may impact on local businesses and transport.

http://www.scottishwater.co.uk/Investment-and-Communities/Your-Community/Haymarket-Terrace 

17/09/2017 - CSSC Amber Message - Reduction in UK threat level from international terrorism 

Please see the attached latest edition of PROTECT Scotland, following the announcement by the Home Secretary that the threat level from international terrorism to the UK has been REDUCED from CRITICAL (an attack is expected imminently), to SEVERE (an attack is highly likely).

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11/09/2017 - CSSC Scotland Green Message - 'The Business Advisor' - Cyber-Crime article

Please find attached a feature new to CSSC Scotland, a newsletter entitled 'The Business Advisor' which we aim to produce quarterly. This first edition focuses on Cyber-Crime.

Read more...

11/09/2017 - CSSC Scotland Green Message - NFIB Fraud Alerts

Courier Fraud Alert – The NFIB has identified a rise in reports regarding courier fraud, whereby victims are being contacted by people purporting to be police officers of bank officials and are being asked to withdraw money from their accounts and hand it over to a ‘courier’ for safe keeping.
 
Horse Racing Investment Fraud Alert – The NFIB has identified an emerging trend of fraudulent investments being made within the Horse Racing industry. 

Timeshare Recovery Fraud Alert – The NFIB has received information regarding fraudulently obtained funds from timeshare recovery frauds being transferred to accounts based in the North West of England. 

17/07/2016 - Statement from ACC Johnson following Nice attack

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Johnson, Police Scotland lead officer for Organised Crime, Counter Terrorism and Safer Communities, said: 

"Following the tragic events in Nice yesterday, Police Scotland has reviewed security and safety arrangements as a precautionary measure. This is something we would do as a matter of course after such events and it is not in relation to any specific information or intelligence.

"Police Scotland is committed to ensuring all communities across the country are as safe as they can be and I would ask the public, especially around crowded places and transport hubs, to remain vigilant and alert, but not alarmed. If you suspect something is wrong, then report it to the police.

"I would stress that there is no soecific information which suggests Scotland is at risk of attack, however, the UK threat level remains at Severe and our communities are not immune from the threat of an attack. That's why I would encourage people to go about their business as normal but remain vigilant. 

"I am confident that the diverse, welcoming and multi-cultural communities across Scotland will work together to ensure no individual or community feels marginalised or isolated by the actions of criminals.

"Our thoughts at this time are very much with those individuals and communities affected by the events in France."

30/04/2016- Alert: UK businesses currently being targeted by online extortionists

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau have issued the following alert document to make businesses aware of a current online extortion scam targeting UK businesses. To read the alert document, which includes advice on how to deal with an online extortion attempt against your business, please click the link below.

NFIB Alert document...

22/03/2016 - Statement in response to the attacks in Belgium

In response to the events in Belgium today, Assistant Chief Constable Ruaraidh Nicolson has asked communities to remain vigilant and has provided reassurance about public safety in Scotland. 

ACC Nicolson, Police Scotland lead officer for Organised Crime, Counter Terrorism and Safer Communities, said: 

"Following the tragic events in the Belgian capital earlier today, Police Scotland has reviewed security and safety arrangements as a precautionary measure, which we hope provides reassurance to our communities.

This is something we would do as a matter of course after such events and it is not in relation to any specific information or intelligence. 

Police Scotland is committed to ensuring all communities across the country are as safe as they can be and I would ask the public, especially around crowded places and transport hubs, to remain vigilant and alert, but not alarmed. If you suspect something is wrong, then report it to the police. 

I would stress that there is no specific information which suggests Scotland is at risk of attack, however the UK threat level remains at Severe and our communities are not immune from the threat posed by terrorists. That's why I would encourage people to go about their business as normal but remain vigilant. 

I am confident that the diverse, welcoming and multi-cultural communities across Scotland will work together to defeat terrorism and ensure no individual or community feels marginalised or isolated by the actions of criminals. 

Our thoughts at this time are very much with those individuals and communities affected by the events in Brussels."

10/03/2016 - 2016 Edinburgh Community Resilience Week (12-14 April)

The 2016 Edinburgh Community Resilience Week aims to further enhance community resilience and promote understanding between key sectors and organisations within Edinburgh and across Scotland.

The programme includes a conference with high-calibre speakers, a Prevent seminar, a resilience roundtable and a counter-terrorism training session. All events are free to attend.

For further information and to download a delegate registration form, please visit 2016 Edinburgh Community Resilience Week 

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28/01/2016 - Warning of gale force winds, high travel disruption

The Met Office has issued Amber (Be Prepared) weather warnings with gale force winds and rain expected across large parts of Scotland tonight and tomorrow morning.

Disruption to transport is expected across all modes during the peak period on Friday morning. Scotrail has introduced an emergency timetable with some services cancelled and ferries will also be affected.

There is also a yellow warning for snow and ice going into Saturday with wintry showers expected to be heaviest north of the central belt.
Scottish Ministers are receiving regular updates on the severe weather. The resilience (SGoR) team met this afternoon and is in regular contact to discuss prevention and response activity with responder organisations across the country, including those areas affected by yesterday’s heavy rain.
Transport Scotland is activating the Multi-Agency Response Team (MART) to monitor the conditions. The MART, which involves partner organisations such as Police Scotland and the Met Office, is being co-ordinated at the Traffic Scotland National Control Centre in South Queensferry with access to the best technology available to monitor the situation and react accordingly. 

Transport Minister Derek Mackay said: “We are expecting some very difficult weather conditions tomorrow morning. Winds of this severity bring a high risk of disruption, leading to cancelled ferries, train services and restrictions or closures on bridges. The gale force winds will also make high-sided vehicles particularly prone to being blown over.

“We are in regular contact with the transport operators regarding the situation. They do not take the decision to cancel services lightly but safety is paramount.

"Everything possible is being done to try to mitigate the impact of the conditions with experts working alongside each other at our Traffic Scotland National Control Centre.

“Before heading out, people need to consider the conditions. They should listen to radio reports, visit the Traffic Scotland website or twitter feed and take note of the latest police advice.”

Environment Minister Aileen McLeod is encouraging people to remain vigilant: “Members of the public should remain alert to the threat of wintry weather and further flooding across certain parts of the country. Further rain and snow is forecast over the weekend so I would urge everyone to take the necessary steps to stay safe and keep up to date with the latest flood and weather information.

“The Scottish Government resilience committee met again today to help coordinate and support local efforts to prepare for this additional rain, and we will continue to monitor the situation carefully.”

Phil Verster, ScotRail Alliance managing director, said: “We will be withdrawing some services until the worst of the storm has passed.

“The safety of our passengers and workforce is our top priority and we cannot run services on these lines until our engineers have thoroughly inspected the network for any damage.

“In order to get the most up to date information about their journey, customers should check our website or app before setting out to travel. Leaving more time for travel is also advised. 

“We will be monitoring the weather conditions closely throughout the day and have specialist teams ready to deploy quickly to deal with any issues caused by the storm.

“We are also working closely with our industry partners to reduce disruption as much as possible while also operating a safe network for passengers.”
Clyde and Hebrides ferry operator CalMac is warning people to think about their journey before travelling. Their operations director, Drew Collier said:
“Yet again this winter we are in a position where the weather is likely to bring extensive disruption to service across the Clyde and Hebrides routes over the course of the week. People should look at the forecast carefully before travelling and check their arrangements if they plan to travel with us.
"The website and our social media feeds have the very latest information on what is likely to be running and when. We will do all we can do keep services running when the weather allows.”

09/12/2015 Forth Road Bridge closure - update from Police Scotland

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07/12/2015 - Message from Police Scotland

People are urged to consider their travel plans across of the East of Scotland, following the closure of the Forth Road Bridge on Friday 4 December.
 
Work is underway to repair the bridge following the discovery of defective steelwork and it will be closed until the New Year.
 
Police Scotland is supporting its partners in keeping diversionary routes open and running safely whilst the closure remains in place.
 
Assistant Chief Constable Malcolm Graham said: "Road Policing Officers are working closely with traffic management partners to monitor the road network in Fife, Forth Valley, Edinburgh and the Lothians, to ensure travel disruption is minimised whilst the essential repairs take place.
They are on patrol on key routes to help clear any traffic incidents which do occur and keep people moving.
 
"I would urge all drivers to consider if your journey is necessary, and to consider other options like public transport. Please check the conditions before you set off and leave extra time if you must travel.
 
"The closure of the bridge does not affect our ability to respond to emergency calls, and officers will continue to answer 999 calls and carry out our daily tasks as normal."
 
For more information on the closure of the bridge visit www.transportscotland.gov.uk

20/11/2015 - CSSC Bridge Call Summary
This morning the Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, who is the National Lead for Counter Terrorism and head of the Metropolitan Police Service Specialist Operations spoke to Industry Sector Leads on a CSSC Bridge Call to update them on the current threat from international terrorism and activity that will take place as part of Counter Terrorism Awareness Week. This runs between the 23rd – 29th November 2015. 

Please find a summary of the key points attached here.


31/1/15 - 1/2/15 - Scottish League Cup Finals - Glasgow
As supporters gear up for a great weekend of League Cup football in Glasgow, Police Scotland’s security operation gets underway to keep people safe at the matches, in the city and across the country. 

Police Scotland working with British Transport Police and other partners have implemented a plan to minimise disruption to businesses and retailers in Glasgow and other towns and cities as a result of the matches involving Dundee United, Aberdeen, Celtic and Rangers at the National Stadium at Hampden. 

There will be a significant highly-visible police presence in and around the city of Glasgow but also in all 14 police divisions in Scotland in order that officers can respond quickly to any incidents of disorder. In addition, officers will support licensed premises which are anticipating having a busy weekend. 

Traffic management plans are place to facilitate coaches and private cars to and from the stadium and to avoid congestion. Supporters have been asked to their travel in order to arrive at the games on time and to behave responsibly so the focus can firmly be on the football. 

 Please be advised this email address is not monitored and all replies should be sent to scotland@cssc.gb.com or alternatively call 07539 916087


24-30 November 2014 - National Counter Terrorism Awareness Week

Businesses in Scotland are being invited to get involved in the UK wide Counter Terrorism Awareness Week, which will run from 24 November 2014. It will feature a range of opportunities and products designed to help businesses build resilience and protect their assets, staff and public.

Police Scotland are coordinating a week of events in Scotland are working together with colleagues and partner agencies across the UK to support the UK Government’s Counter Terrorist strategy ‘CONTEST’.

CONTEST aims to reduce the threat to the United Kingdom and its interest overseas, from terrorism, so that people can go about their lives freely and with confidence. Police Scotland is fully engaged with local, national and international partners to Keep People Safe and to address the current threat.

For Executive / Senior Management (and accompanying Security Managers / Operational Staff), a launch event is being held at: 09:00hrs on Monday 24 November 2014 at The Banqueting Halls within Glasgow City Chambers.

An opening address is being given by Police Scotland’s Deputy Chief Constable Iain Livingston; followed by presentations on the current global threat picture; Ministerial address from The Scottish Government; and thereafter what the threat from terrorism means to businesses presented by an industry sector Chief Executive.

To register for this event, please email scdctsaglasgow@scotland.pnn.police.uk


02/10/14 - Celtic v Zagreb, Parkhead, Glasgow

The city centre will be the focal point of Dinamo Zagreb fans which will have an impact on local business who may be subject to low level acts of criminality (shoplifting, vandalism) and potential for violence should either of the Zagreb risk group encounter each other or they be engaged by local football risk. Police Scotland have allocated significant resources to this event and full details are available to download here.


23/09/14 - 28/09/14 - Ryder Cup, Gleaneagles 

More than 250,000 golf enthusiasts will be heading for Gleneagles this week, as the Ryder Cup returns to Scotland. The practice events for Ryder Cup Team Europe and Ryder Cup Team USA begin on Tuesday, with the matches beginning on Friday 26th.

Message from Police Scotland:

• The 4 years of planning is on track to support Ryder Cup Europe in the delivery of a safe and successful event from tomorrow onwards.

• We have reviewed our own planning and have been tracking the joint agency plans both on site and in relation to the transportation plan that extends across Scotland and are content that contingencies are in place should they be required and the event is very well placed to start and build towards a fantastic climax over the next 6 days.

• We have done our best to ensure that the additional traffic in the area around Auchterarder, at peak times has been considered and arrangements implemented to lessen the potential for disruption.

• In terms of traffic management, we will constantly monitor the routes to ensure that we are keeping ahead and keeping the traffic flowing as freely as possible. The event will bring a lot of traffic into the local area and whilst it has been a challenge we have looked at providing the best available transportation plan to meet the needs of the local communities and the wider Scottish network and maximizing the event traffic movements.

• The number of people passing through the local area should realise that there could be delays and should allow time for their journey. Speed limits have been introduced to allow a safer working environment for many different groups of people as well as the people who are not used to this area and should be adhered to at all times.

The full Police Scotland message can be downloaded from the CSSC website:http://www.cssc.gb.com/2014-ryder-cup-23-28-september-information-for-businesses/ 


13/09/14 - Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland march taking place in Edinburgh

A march organised by the Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland will take place in the centre of Edinburgh on Saturday 13 September 2014.

Yesterday (Thursday 11th September 2014), The City of Edinburgh Council published the Temporary Traffic Regulation Order and details of the road closures and parking restrictions can be found on the council website:

http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/downloads/file/3892/grand_orange_order_march_-_road_closures_130914

The Procession will start at 1100 hours and the route will be Middle Meadow Walk, Forrest Road, George IV Bridge, Bank Street, The Mound, Market Street, East Market Street, New Street, Canongate, Abbeyhill, Abbeymount to the finish point at Regent Road. Coaches will drop participants off on the north side of Melville Drive at the start of the event before proceeding to the finish point at Regent Road, London Road and Montrose Terrace respectively.

We are expecting somewhere in the region of 12,000 members of the Orange Lodge to take part, this number includes up to 93 bands. We estimate that the march will take 3 hours to complete its route.

This event is the largest Orange Walk that Scotland has ever seen and Police Scotland are committed to Keeping People Safe with planning for this event in its final stages. A large number of Police Officers will be deployed along the route to ensure the safe passage of the march and to keep disruption to your business to a minimum.

Due to the volume of people taking part we would ask you to remain vigilant and if your business has on street merchandise stands, to remove these to assist in the safe passage of the procession and any pedestrians on the pavements.

Police Scotland will be providing live updates via social media. You can find us on Twitter (@EdinburghPolice) or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/EdinburghPoliceDivision)

The City of Edinburgh Council also advise that the road closures are likely to cause delays and congestion, so members of the public are advised to plan their journeys carefully and allow for extra time. Diversions will also be in place for a number of buses; passengers are advised to check with the relevant public transport provider prior to travelling.


11/08/14 - Team Scotland Athletes' Parade

The Team Scotland Athletes’ Parade will be held in Glasgow on Friday, August 15 as an exciting finale to the Commonwealth Games.

The route will start at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum at 4.15pm before the seven-strong fleet of vehicles travel through the city to the finish at George Square.

Members of the public are being encouraged to line the route, giving the athletes an opportunity to thank them for their support throughout the 11 days of the upcoming Games.

Athletes are expected to arrive at George Square at around 5.30pm, where they will be welcomed by an anticipated 5,000 strong audience.

George Square will be a ticketed event, with a number of media outlets set to give away 1,500 of the tickets to members of the public through competitions.

An allocation of 2,500 tickets will also be provided to Games volunteers, with the athletes’ family and friends completing the audience.

Details of road closures associated with this event have been announced are available to view here: http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=12794.

A full map of the route is available to view on the sportscotland website:www.sportscotland.org.uk.


30/07/14 - Travel Bulletin: Plan ahead for Thursday 31st

Download the latest Business Bulletin produced by the Get Ready Glasgow Travel Demand Management Team for travel advice for Wednesday 30th July.

Download travel advice here


29/07/14 - Travel Bulletin: Plan ahead for Wednesday 30th

Download the latest Business Bulletin produced by the Get Ready Glasgow Travel Demand Management Team for travel advice for Wednesday 30th July.

Download travel advice here


29/07/14 - Commonwealth Games Daily Briefing

In summary, the key highlights today are:

• Events will be taking place at 9 different venues (8 around Glasgow and the shooting at Barry Buddon), including athletics at Hampden Park and the Mountain biking at Cathkin Braes

• All 4 Glasgow Live Zones are expected to be very busy throughout the day.

• Over 200,000 spectators and visitors are expected today making around an additional 400,000 journeys

• Venue lockdown completed at Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh in preparation for the Diving commencing on 30th July 2014.

Safety and Security Status: Police Scotland

• Threat Levels to the UK remain unchanged. Current threat level from international terrorism for the UK is assessed as SUBSTANTIAL which means that an attack is a strong possibility. Threat level for Northern Ireland-related terrorism is set separately for Northern Ireland and Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland). In Great Britain the threat level is MODERATE.

• All protest activity to date has been peaceful and lawful. There is no protest activity expected today or tomorrow.

Traffic and Transport Status

• Scottish transport network continues to cope reasonably well with the significant increased demand, particularly over the last 2 days. No major issues have been reported on the roads or public transport network. Messaging is encouraging spectators to leave extra time for journeys and to plan ahead.

Download today's briefing here


28/07/14 - Travel Bulletin: Plan ahead for Tuesday 29th

Please find attached today’s Business Bulletin produced by the Get Ready Glasgow Travel Demand Management Team for travel advice for Tuesday 29th July.

Please also be reminded that the next road event is the Cycling Time Trial which is taking place on Thursday 31 July. It is important businesses plan ahead, please visitwww.getreadyglasgow.com for further details.

Download the travel business bulletin 


28/07/14 -  Commonwealth Games Daily Briefing

In summary, the key highlights today are:

• Events will be taking place at 8 different venues (7 around Glasgow and the shooting at Barry Buddon, Carnoustie), including Athletics at Hampden Park.

• All 4 Glasgow Live Zones and the areas around them are expected to be very busy throughout the day.

• Over 200,000 spectators and visitors are expected and visitors are expected today making around an additional 400,000 journeys.

• Track Cycling concluded at Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and Rugby Sevens concluded at Ibrox, so decommissioning of these venues will begin today.

• Men’s and Women’s 100m finals take place in Athletics at Hampden Park (evening session).

• Venue lockdown scheduled to take place at Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh in preparation for the Diving commencing on 30th July.

Safety and Security Status: Police Scotland

• Threat Levels to the UK remain unchanged. Current threat level from international terrorism for the UK is assessed as SUBSTANTIAL which means that an attack is a strong possibility. Threat level for Northern Ireland-related terrorism is set separately for Northern Ireland and Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland). In Great Britain the threat level is MODERATE.

• All protest activity to date has been peaceful and lawful. There is no protest activity expected today or tomorrow.

Traffic and Transport Status:

o Scottish transport network is coping reasonably well and no major issues have been reported on the roads or public transport network. Messaging is encouraging spectators to leave extra time for journeys.

Resilience Status: Scottish Government/Scottish Fire & Rescue Service/Glasgow City Council

• Nothing significant to report

Download today's briefing here


24/07/14 - Commonwealth Games Daily Briefing

In summary, the key highlights today are:

• Events will be taking place at 7 different venues (6 around Glasgow and the shooting at Barry Buddon, Carnoustie).

• All 4 Glasgow Live Zones are expected to be very busy throughout the day.

• Diving Athletes Village opened at MacDonald Holyrood House Hotel, Edinburgh which means parking restrictions are now in place

• Over 100,000 spectators and visitors are expected today making around an additional 270,000 journeys.

Safety and Security Status: Police Scotland

• Threat Levels remain unchanged. Current threat level from international terrorism for the UK is assessed as SUBSTANTIAL which means that an attack is a strong possibility. Threat level for Northern Ireland-related terrorism is set separately for Northern Ireland and Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland). In Great Britain the threat level is MODERATE.

• There is some protest activity expected today, further detail is provided below.All activity is expected to be peaceful and lawful.

Traffic and Transport Status:

• Scottish transport network is coping well and no major issues have been reported on the roads or public transport.

Resilience Status: Scottish Government/Scottish Fire & Rescue Service/Glasgow City Council. Nothing significant to report.

You can also read the Brief in full in the News section of the CSSC Scotland website:

http://www.cssc.gb.com/cssc-scotland-to-share-daily-briefs-during-the-games/


24/07/14 - Commonwealth Games Daily Briefing

In summary, the key highlights today are:

• Opening Ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games took place last night with a very positive reception and almost 40,000 spectators and Games Family members in attendance

• Good turnout at Festival 2014 sites for the Opening Ceremony with 10,792 in attendance at Glasgow Green and 1,641 at Kelvingrove Bandstand

• Events will be taking place at 8 of the 14 venues including the Triathlon at Strathclyde Country Park

• All Glasgow Live Zones are expected to be very busy throughout the day

• Over 150,000 spectators and visitors are expected today making around an additional 300,000 journeys

Safety and Security Status: Police Scotland

• Threat Levels remain unchanged. Current threat level from international terrorism for the UK is assessed as SUBSTANTIAL which means that an attack is a strong possibility. Threat level for Northern Ireland-related terrorism is set separately for Northern Ireland and Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland). In Great Britain the threat level is MODERATE.

• There is some protest activity expected today, further detail is provided below. All activity is expected to be peaceful and lawful.

Traffic and Transport Status:

• Scottish transport network is coping well and no major issues have been reported on the roads or public transport.

Resilience Status: Scottish Government/Scottish Fire & Rescue Service/Glasgow City Council

• Nothing significant to report

You can also read the Brief in full in the News section of the CSSC Scotland website

www.cssc.gb.com.


23/07/14 - Pro-Palestine demonstration in Glasgow

Further to this morning's CSSC Scotland daily Commonwealth Games briefing, Police Scotland have advised that the Pro-Palestine demonstration will commence today (23rd July 2014) at 6pm and involve approximately 50-60 persons. Information indicates that demonstrators will meet at Ballater Street near to its junction with Gorbals Street, Glasgow and thereafter move to the South Portland Street suspension bridge, Glasgow. Previous demonstrations of this nature did not cause any significant concerns from a policing perspective. There is a proportionate policing plan in place and Police Scotland is in constant engagement with the organisers of the event.


23/07/14 - Commonwealth Games Daily Briefing

With the opening ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games set to take place tonight, CSSC Scotland has released its first daily briefing, covering safety and security issues including protest information and resilience reports.

Download today's briefing here


18/07/14 - Police Scotland's new Business Security Toolkit

In the interests of safety of staff and customers, companies have to guard against a variety of potential threats. While incidents are far from commonplace, constant vigilance is necessary. It is vital that everyone is aware of the procedures that are in place to deal with threats to staff buildings or customers.

This interactive guide has been prepared as a directory from existing information. The information contained within, are points you may wish to consider as part of your security planning or business continuity model.

Visit the guide online via this link: http://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/business-advice/


11/07/2014 - CSSC Scotland Queen’s Baton Relay Briefing Week 5: 12th July-18th July 2014

The Queen’s Baton now commences the final week of its journey across the country before it arrives in Glasgow on Sunday 20th July for the final leg of the relay ahead of the Opening Ceremony on 23rd July. It has been very well received by the public across the country so far and CSSC Scotland has not been made aware of any major issues or concerns from a business perspective.

Social media users will be able to receive regular updates from the police by following Police Scotland on Facebook or on Twitter. #KeepG2014Safe #BatonRelay

A map of the full route in Scotland (street by street) and timings are available on the Glasgow 2014 website: http://www.glasgow2014.com/join/queens-baton-relay


04/07/14 - CSSC Scotland Queen’s Baton Relay Briefing Week 4: 5th July-11th July 2014

The Queens Baton Relay has now made its way across more than half of the local authorities in Scotland and appears to have been very well received so far with spectators coming out in strong numbers. CSSC Scotland has not been made aware of any major issues or concerns from a business perspective.

Please see below a summary from Police Scotland regarding week 3 of the Relay:

There have been no issues of significant concern from Police Scotland's perspective during the third week of the Queen’s Baton Relay in Scotland. Engagement by the public and communities that the Baton is visiting has been superb, a notable highlight in the past week being Day 18 (1 July) when the Baton arrived on the Shetland Isles in glorious sunshine and to great acclaim. We will continue to ensure the safety and security of everyone connected to the Relay; the spectating public, the batonbearers and the staff and partners involved in delivering the Relay itself. Our Local Policing teams are working in close partnership with the local authorities' stewards and officials to deliver a safe and secure spectator experience. We will continue to keep our audiences and partners informed about the Relay on Facebook and Twitter with information about the Relay route, the Police Security Team, and any relevant safety and security messages as the Relay continues on its journey around the country.

If you are a social media user, you will be able to receive regular updates by following Police Scotland on Facebook or Twitter. #KeepG2014Safe #BatonRelay

A map of the full route in Scotland (street by street) and timings are available on the Glasgow 2014 website: http://www.glasgow2014.com/join/queens-baton-relay

The next CSSC Scotland QBR Brief will be issued on Friday 11th July.

Please let us know if there is anything else you would like included in these briefs and remember you can also feed in any information, comments or queries to us atScotland@cssc.gb.com or call us on 07539 916087


27/06/14 - CSSC Scotland Queen’s Baton Relay Briefing Week 3: 28th June-4th July 2014

The Queens Baton Relay (QBR) has now made its way across 13 of the 32 local authorities in Scotland and appears to have been very well received in each area. CSSC Scotland has not been made aware of any major issues or concerns from a business perspective.

Please see below an update from Police Scotland regarding week 2 of the QBR:

‘There have been no issues of any significant concern from a Police Scotland perspective in the second week of the Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR). As you know, we are responsible for ensuring the safety and security of everyone connected to the QBR on its journey across Scotland, whether this is the spectating public or the baton bearers involved in the Relay itself. Media coverage continues to be extremely positive and we have seen Local Policing uniformed officers working in close partnership with the local authorities' stewards to deliver a safe and secure spectator experience for the 10,000s of people who have turned out to support the Relay and baton bearers.

The successful partnership between Police Scotland, the Organising Committee and Local Authorities in addition to the commitment of all our officers and staff involved has ensured that the passage of the QBR around the country has been a real success so far. We will also continue to update our audiences on Facebook and Twitter with information about the QBR’s route, the QBR Police Security Team, and any relevant safety and security messages as the baton relay makes its way around the country.’

If you are a social media user, you will be able to receive regular updates by following @policescotland on Twitter or Police Scotland on Facebook.

A map of the full route in Scotland (street by street) and timings are available on the Glasgow 2014 website: http://www.glasgow2014.com/join/queens-baton-relay


14/06/14 - 20/06/14 - Queen’s Baton Relay Briefing

The Queens Baton Relay (QBR) arrives in Scotland on Saturday 14th June offering everyone the chance to be a part of the celebrations and countdown to Scotland’s biggest-ever sporting and cultural event, the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. The QBR will visit all 32 Scottish Local Authorities with up to 100 batonbearers carrying Her Majesty’s message daily.

Police Scotland will be deployed whenever the baton is on the move. They will run alongside each baton bearer and there will be a security convoy accompanying the baton which will take approximately 5 to 10 minutes to pass a static point.

Please see message below from Police Scotland:

Police Scotland has, in partnership with G2014, all local authorities, Scottish Government and other agencies delivered operational plans for each of the 40 days of the relay commencing 14 June in the Scottish Borders town of Coldstream. The daily operations are multi-faceted commencing about 0800 with a combination of baton-bearing through communities and visits to iconic sites and venues chosen by the partnership. Each day concludes with an evening celebration hosted by the local authority, the first held at the Ross Bandstand in Edinburgh and the last at Glasgow Green in Glasgow. The baton usually departs the venue at 1915 hours although the celebration may continue.

Various table-top and live testing and exercising has been conducted to develop readiness and appropriate contingencies. Reporting from the rest of the UK has informed planning processes and indicated that the public will engage with and enjoy the great spectacle that the QBR will deliver throughout Scotland on its journey back to Glasgow for the Opening Ceremony on 23 July.

An interactive map of the full route in Scotland (street by street) and timings are now available on the Glasgow 2014 website: http://www.glasgow2014.com/join/queens-baton-relay


29/05/14 - Commonwealth Games Security Plans on Track

Police Scotland, supported by Glasgow 2014, today (Thursday, 29 May) revealed details of the integrated multi-agency approach to deliver a safe and secure Commonwealth Games this summer.

Seven years after Glasgow won the Bid to host the Games and with around seven weeks to go until the Opening Ceremony, Police Scotland, the Organising Committee and key partners including the military and the private security industry are preparing to deliver a safety and security programme the scale of which has not been seen in Scotland before.

Police officers will be supported by military personnel, British Transport Police and officers from the Scottish Prison Service along with private contract security guards and contract safety stewards covering all aspects of the security operation, ensuring those attending from Scotland and across the Commonwealth can enjoy the “friendly games” safely. Members of the public are also asked to play their part by remaining vigilant and alert.

In November 2013 in line with the existing safety and security processes for the Games, a number of private companies were invited to support Police Scotland’s staffing commitment to the event and provide contract security and safety stewarding personnel as part of the overall safety and security operation. It was confirmed today that a total of 17 companies have now been contracted to deliver those services.

Following a robust and competitive tendering process, which examined key factors including capability and value for money, suppliers have been appointed to the Glasgow 2014 Security and Stewarding Frameworks. Under the leadership of Police Scotland, the Organising Committee (OC) is working with contractors to deliver the security and stewarding programme.

The programme has continual monitoring in place to ensure successful delivery in the lead up to and during the Games. The level of scrutiny being applied is unprecedented in the provision of a contract security and safety stewarding workforce.

Police Scotland Deputy Chief Constable Steve Allen, Security Director for the Commonwealth Games, said:

“Planning for the safety and security operation has taken place over the past seven years.

It’s an operation unprecedented in scale in terms of the resources needed to ensure the games run safely and securely across all aspects of the event.

“Police Scotland has been working with a wide range of organisations in Scotland and the UK and the successful delivery of a safe and secure games will be achieved only as a result of this team effort.

“Police officers, private contract security staff and safety stewards and military personnel will all be working together to keep people safe before and during the games as we see an influx of visitors to Glasgow and Scotland and local communities get ready for the Games.

“Stewards and security staff from the private sector will help to ensure sites are protected and members of the public are safe. Military personnel from a number of UK units will be deployed to take on front-facing roles in helping make the event a success.

“We will also have Special Constables and Police Scotland Youth Volunteers working as part of the safety and security operation and from elsewhere across the public sector, personnel are working together, including Scottish Prison Service staff, skilled in search techniques. And there is one more critical safety and security team asset – the public.

“The success of the safety and security operation will be achieved with their support and I would ask them to remain vigilant and alert.

“2014 is a landmark year for Scotland for many reasons and the hosting of the XX Commonwealth Games puts our country and our policing in the global spotlight. By working together as true team under Project Servator – law enforcement, partners and the public – we will deliver a safe and secure Glasgow 2014.”

The integrated multi-agency approach delivers on the commitment to learn from major events like the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, with Police Scotland in charge of mix of personnel delivering Games safety and security.

DCC Allen added:

“We have carried out numerous exercises involving all of the partners to ensure our planning is as strong as it can be so that we can respond when needed in the most effective way. Our planning has been meticulous.

“Police Scotland and the Organising Committee are confident that Glasgow 2014 will be a success in every sense, an event that will be remembered for years to come and one that athletes, spectators and the people of Glasgow and Scotland can fully enjoy.”

David Leather, Glasgow 2014 Chief Operating Officer said:

“Glasgow 2014 has been working positively and collaboratively with Police Scotland and the private security industry to develop security and stewarding solutions which will play a key role in delivering a safe and secure Commonwealth Games in less than two months’ time.

“We recognise and value the important role private security suppliers have to play and we are delighted to have created the opportunity for a wide range of security providers to contribute to delivering a safe and enjoyable Games experience for athletes, officials and spectators under the guidance of Police Scotland.

“We are applying a level of scrutiny that is unprecedented in the provision of a contractor security and stewarding workforce. That means the progress of every contractor towards the successful delivery of their commitments is fully transparent and there is accountability at every step of the way.

“Glasgow 2014, Games Partners, Skills Development Scotland and colleges across Scotland are also pleased to be creating training and job opportunities in the security industry for hundreds of people; which is a positive outcome for individuals, for Scotland and for the Commonwealth.

“Glasgow 2014 is the biggest multi-sport event Scotland has ever hosted, it will be a special time and we want people to enjoy their experience as much as possible. We are confident that the approach being taken regarding both security and safety stewarding will play a positive role in the delivery of a safe and secure Games we can all be proud of.”

Brigadier Paul Harkness, Commander 51 Infantry Brigade said:

“The Armed Forces is delighted to be able to provide support to Police Scotland throughout the Commonwealth Games. Headquarters 51st Infantry Brigade will be responsible for the Regulars and Reserves from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force in providing the Military Venue Security Force and Ceremonial support to what we know will be a fortnight of exciting international sport. All involved are very much looking forward to being part of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.”

Welcoming the announcement, James Kelly, Chief Executive of the BSIA said:

“The approach taken by the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee and Police Scotland is an excellent example of a fully integrated and carefully considered approach to event security, which has taken into account all elements of safety and security and involved key stakeholders at each stage of the decision-making process.

“The level of scrutiny applied to potential suppliers has resulted in a Security and Stewarding Framework which is comprehensive, collaborative and fit for purpose, and I am confident that this approach will result in an enjoyable, yet secure, event.”

Private Contract Security and Stewarding contracts have been awarded to;

Private Contract Security and Stewarding only

SecuriGroup

Show & Event

Sword

The Protector Group

Private Contract Security only

Allander

Controlled Event Solution

Corps Security

Kingdom

Servoca

Total Security Group

Vigilant

Wilson James

Contract Safety Stewarding only

AP Security

Celtic FC (Protect Event)

G4S

Garrion Security Services Ltd.

Stadium Traffic Management Ltd

Security staff working at the Commonwealth Games will have SIA accreditation. Stewards will have either two of the available industry standards (SVQ2 / NVQ2) or AUSSE or an agreed level of competency.

The accreditation process, run jointly by Police Scotland and the Home Office, is rigorous and more stringent than the industry baseline. Anyone deployed in these roles during the Games will go through that accreditation process regardless of performing stewarding or security roles.

Continual monitoring of all suppliers will continue in the lead up to and during the Games to ensure that contractual obligations are being met at all times.


27/05/14 - Less than 100 days to go - Are you on your way to getting ready for the Games?

It is now only 61 days to go until the opening ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Businesses across Glasgow and Scotland are making plans to ensure that they are able to maintain business operations during the Games.

The Get Ready Glasgow Travel Advice for Business (TAB) team is continuing to provide information and support to help businesses understand how operations will be affected by the Games. Support is available to businesses to help them develop a Travel Action Plan that takes account of journeys by staff, customers, visitors, suppliers and delivery companies. The Action Plan should consider whether it is possible to remode, retime, reduce or re-route any of these journeys.

The team is providing support through information and advice on the Get Ready Glasgow website, this newsletter and workshops and events.

Make sure you are benefiting from all the support available to your business by visitinggetreadyglasgow.com now.


09/05/14 -Local events for Glasgow residents announced ahead of Commonwealth Games

Throughout May everyone living or working near Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games' venues will have the chance to find out more about the impact on their neighbourhoods as the city prepares to host the largest sporting and cultural event ever held in Scotland.

A series of 10 local events are being held for residents and businesses near Games' venues or cultural live sites, offering useful information on the changes they can expect to see in the lead up to and during Games time, how to prepare for potential alterations to daily routines and how to ensure they can make the most of the opportunity to get involved.

Organised by Glasgow City Council, Glasgow 2014 and Police Scotland, the events will give people the chance to find out more about the recently released Local Area Traffic Management and Parking plans (LATM&Ps), and discuss how they may be affected.

All events run from 5.30pm - 7.30pm, with a short presentation at 6pm, followed by a question and answer session. To help us manage numbers we're asking people to pre-register for the session they'd like to attend at www.getreadyglasgow.com but it is not compulsory.

A previous series of community information events were held in March, before the publication of the LATM&Ps, providing general information on how Games-time activities could impact local areas. Since these plans will be the main focus of the events, it may be useful to consult the plans for your area at www.getreadyglasgow.com.

The Commonwealth Games will touch the lives of everyone in the city, in some way shape or form. The event will also change how the city functions and operates for its duration. Get Ready Glasgow is the campaign to help people across Glasgow plan for the Games.

For further information on how the 2014 Commonwealth Games will affect you or your business, please visit www.getreadyglasgow.com.

The website will have the most up to date information so that people can see what's happening at a local level and can sign up for regular email updates. The website has some useful travel advice tools to help businesses get ready for the Games.

Get Ready Glasgow is also on twitter @getreadyglasgow.


08/05/14 - Register now for free travel advice to get your business ready for the Games.

This summer Glasgow will play host to the biggest sporting and cultural event Scotland has ever seen. Glasgow will welcome more than 6,500 athletes and team officials and up to one million additional visitors to the city for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

At certain times and in certain locations, our transport networks will be very busy coping with the increased demand that hosting the Games will bring. In addition to the increased number of people using the transport network, a range of changes will be made to how local transport operates in the lead up to and during the Games.

This may include changes to road access, parking availability and public transport. To help you prepare for the Games, Get Ready Glasgow will be providing information and advice online and through a series of workshops for businesses that may be impacted by the Games. The Get Ready Glasgow website will be a one-stop-shop for businesses to obtain the most up-to-date information about the impact of the Games on the city.

A dedicated Travel Advice for Business team has been established to help businesses with their planning. The team is now running a series of free 2 hour workshops that you as a business based in Glasgow, or the surrounding area, can come along to. At the workshops, the team will explain the planned transport changes for the Games, how these will affect your daily operations and then help you to prepare a Games time travel action plan.

Registration is now open on the website for sessions in April, May and June. Tools to help you plan ahead are also available to download from the site.

Visit http://www.businesstravel.getreadyglasgow.com for more information and to register for a workshop.


24/04/14 - Plans to help keep Glasgow running at Games time detailed

Detailed plans for traffic management around venues in Glasgow during this summer’s Commonwealth Games have been revealed today, Thursday 24 April.

The announcement by the Get Ready Glasgow campaign coincides with a further round of information sessions for business being held during April and May to cover specific plans around what travel and parking options are available.

Temporary traffic management measures being brought in for the Games are intended to protect residents and businesses around competition venues from informal spectator parking. They will also ensure Games related transport, including that provided for athletes and officials, is able to get to venues in time.

The plans are also designed to manage the flow of spectators to and from venues, ensuring that they arrive and exit events as quickly and as safely as possible and have been designed to make sure that walking, cycling and public transport are the best ways to get to the Games encouraging spectators to leave their cars at home.

Within 10 minutes’ walk of a venue, parking restrictions are likely to be in force in order to protect residents and businesses. Some restrictions and diversions may also be in place within 20 minutes’ walk.

To help residents and businesses with their planning, a series of maps have been produced to provide a venue by venue guide of the traffic management and parking measures that will be in place in the run up to and during the Games.

George Vincent, Project Management and Design Manager, said:

"Glasgow will be open for business throughout the Games, but it won't be business as usual. Now is the right time to plan ahead and find out how you might be affected.

"If you live or work near a venue, we are putting in place measures to keep your community moving and help make sure you can enjoy being at the very heart of Glasgow's biggest ever celebration.

"We're already working closely with businesses across the city to make sure they know what these changes mean for them - and we will be returning to venues next month to talk to local people, share the latest information and answer any questions they have as we approach the Games."

John Fryer, Glasgow 2014 Transport Manager, said:

“The success of the Games doesn’t start and end inside the Games venues - we want to make sure that everyone attending the Games is able to get around the city quickly, safely and easily.

“We are encouraging spectators to walk, cycle, use public transport or use a park-and-ride site to get to venues. The measures in the Traffic Management and Parking plans are integral to making this as easy as possible for spectators.

“We are also committed to making sure that the people who live, work and operate businesses in this fantastic host city are able to go about their days with minimal impact. This is central to all our transport plans.”

Hugh Gillies, Head of Transport Scotland’s 2014 team said:

“Business and journey planning is crucial for organisations in and around the city to ensure they can enjoy all the Games has to offer while still operating as close to usual as possible. This is also key to keeping Glasgow and Scotland moving during the summer.

“The plans being shared by Get Ready Glasgow have been developed in partnership with a number of organisations, including Transport Scotland, and we would encourage anyone who thinks they will be affected to attend one of the business briefing sessions.”

Stuart Patrick, Chief Executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, said:

“We were told that April would be the key month when we would get all the information, and we’re encouraged that details of the specific traffic and transport measures around the Games venues are now being revealed.

“We called some time ago for easy access to information and support as early as is practical, and to that end we’ve had regular meetings with the City Council and the 2014 Organising Committee.

“It’s good that information is being supplied as early as possible, allowing businesses to start to plan their operations during the 11 days of the Games.

“We urge all businesses to really think about their plans and to make full use of the suite of tools available on the getreadyglasgow.com website.”

Glasgow is a city familiar with running large events and local residents and businesses around major venues like Hampden, Celtic Park and Ibrox will already be aware of the impact a large event has on the local area.

However, the Commonwealth Games will be unique - many of the venues will be used across the day and evening, more than one group of spectators may come and go from a venue in any one day and a large number of the venues will host sporting action every day for the full 11 days of the Games.

As a result, the traffic management plans required are, in many cases, different from the plans normally used around existing venues during other types of events.

Further detail on this is available through workshops already under way run for businesses. At these workshops, travel advisors will help businesses understand what this means for them.

A second series of community information events at or near venues are being held in May where residents and businesses will receive more information from Get Ready Glasgow on how they will be affected by the Games. This will include information on local parking arrangements and details on how to get parking permits.

The traffic management plans are the second major transport update to be shared through the Get Ready Glasgow campaign. It follows the publication of the Games Route Network (GRN) which was made available to residents and businesses earlier this month.

Glasgow City Council is investing £4.5million in the GRN, which includes upgrades to CCTV and traffic signals; investment in more variable message signs, and improvements to junctions, signing and lining – all of which will create a legacy for Glasgow’s network after the Games.

The Commonwealth Games will touch the lives of everyone in the city, in some way shape or form. The event will also change how the city functions and operates for its duration. Get Ready Glasgow is the campaign to help people across Glasgow plan ahead for the Games.

Glasgow residents and businesses can sign up at www.getreadyglasgow.com for the latest updates on travel and transport and businesses can also register for the Travel Advice for Business workshops.

Get Ready Glasgow is also on Twitter @getreadyglasgow.


03/04/14 - Glasgow's route to a smooth Games revealed

The core route through Glasgow linking key venues for this summer’s Commonwealth Games has been unveiled this week.

Known as the Games Route Network (GRN), it ranges from Scotstoun in the west to Tollcross in the east and will be crucial to the success of Scotland’s largest ever sporting and cultural event.

Glasgow City Council is investing £4.5million in the route, which includes upgrades to CCTV and traffic signals; investment in more variable message signs, and improvements to junctions, signing and lining – all of which will create a legacy for Glasgow’s network after the Games.

A Games Route Network is a requirement of any city chosen to host the Games and ensures athletes and officials are able to get to venues in time. Glasgow 2014 and Glasgow City Council have worked hard to make sure it also helps keeps the rest of the city moving.

Unlike many other sporting events, over 85% of the Glasgow network will be shared with other road users, and less than 15% will make any use of Games Lanes.

Where Games Lanes are used, there will usually be other lanes available on the same stretch for other traffic.

The only sections where this is not possible, for safety reasons, are the M8 Stobcross off ramp and Clydeside Expressway Finnieston St (west) off-ramp – where local diversions will be in place.

There will be some temporary turning and kerbside restrictions, but these have been kept to a minimum – ensuring there are viable local alternatives for parking and loading. The network will be enforced by Police Scotland.

Work along the route is getting under way and will continue into July. The GRN will be phased-in from 8 July, becoming fully operational from 21 July.

Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow City Council, Cllr Archie Graham said:

“Glasgow is one of the world’s top sporting cities and provides athletes with a great experience.

“This investment in our network will build on that reputation, but also takes into account the needs of businesses and residents.”

Michael Renshaw, Glasgow 2014 Director of Transport, said:

“The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will see over 6,500 athletes and officials come to Glasgow for 11 days of fantastic competition that will put Glasgow and Scotland on the world stage.

“We’ve seen unprecedented interest in the Games, including amazing demand for tickets from people all over Scotland, the rest of the UK and internationally.

“We know this means the city will be bustling with activity come Games time and with that, our transport networks will be busier than usual. The Games Route Network is essential to make sure athletes and officials reach events on time.

“Glasgow and the surrounding area may have to operate differently but by working together to make sure we are informed, prepared and ready, we can deliver an outstanding Games that everyone can enjoy.”

Hugh Gillies, Head of Transport Scotland’s 2014 team said:

“Scotland will be on the global stage during Glasgow 2014 and it is important that we make every effort to have our road networks running smoothly. That is why we have worked in close partnership with Glasgow2014 and Glasgow City Council to develop a Games Route Network that plays a part in making this year a huge success.

“In addition, the money already invested in the M74 and M80 will make a vital contribution to key access routes in and out of the city while bringing legacy benefits for years to come.”

The Commonwealth Games will touch the lives of everyone in the city, in some way shape or form. The event will also change how the city functions and operates for its duration. Get Ready Glasgow is the campaign to help people across Glasgow plan ahead for the Games.

Already everyone living or working near Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games’ venues has had the chance to find out more about how the city will look and feel as it prepares to the largest ever sporting event in Scotland.

A series of 10 local events were held for residents living on the doorstep of a Games’ venue or Live Zone last month, offering useful information on the changes they can expect to see in the lead up to and during Games time, how to prepare for potential alterations to daily routines and how to ensure they make the most of the opportunity to get involved.

Organised by Glasgow City Council, Glasgow 2014 and Police Scotland at each meeting local residents and business owners were able to meet the people bringing world class sport to their doorstep, find out more about the cultural events and legacy projects across the city and speak to those who will be keeping the city open for business this summer.

A newsletter has also been distributed to every business and household in Glasgow this month and a website – www.getreadyglasgow.com – has been set up as a single source of up-to-date information about preparing for the Games. The website has some useful travel advice for business tools to help businesses and people can also sign up for email updates to stay informed.

While some of the restrictions may impact on a small number of commuter journeys, everyone can contribute to the overall success of The Commonwealth Games by using public transport, walking or cycling. They can also make their own journeys easier by using tools such as the free Traveline Scotland app or getreadyglasgow.com.

Detailed plans for traffic management around venues in Glasgow during Games time will be made public towards the end of April and a further round of information sessions will be held in May when more specific detail around traffic, travel and parking is available.

In addition, there are specific information sessions for businesses to help prepare for the Games. These workshops will be open to up to 20 businesses at a time and are available to businesses with at least 25 employees. At each workshop a travel advisor will work with the businesses to help to develop Travel Action Plans. Dates and times for these events can be found in the Business Advice section on the get Ready Glasgow website. Places at workshops must be booked in advance.

Further to the workshops, drop in information sessions will be available to businesses across Glasgow in the run up to the Games. Businesses can attend one of these to find out how they might be affected, pick up some tools to help plan and seek advice and further information. The dates, times and locations of the drop in information sessions will be available from April. There is no need to register for these events.

Get Ready Glasgow is also on twitter @getreadyglasgow


18/03/14 - Baton relay route announced

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games organisers have today revealed the villages, towns and cities in Scotland that the Queen’s Baton Relay will pass through from 14th June to 23rd July. For more information, please see:

Press release:

http://www.glasgow2014.com/press-releases/hundreds-villages-towns-and-cities-named-queens-baton-relay-route-through-scotland

Domestic Route:

http://www.glasgow2014.com/join/queens-baton-relay/qbr-domestic-route


17/02/14 - Travel Advice will help Businesses Get Ready for Glasgow 2014

Businesses are being offered expert advice on planning their travel during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Firms will be able to access specialist support to help them understand how anything from deliveries to staff travel might be affected by the Games – and how they can plan ahead to avoid problems.

Glasgow City Council and Glasgow 2014 Ltd are coordinating work to keep the city running in the lead up to and during the Commonwealth Games - a process known as City Operations.

The Get Ready Glasgow campaign has been designed to tell residents and businesses about what these changes will mean for them.

As part of this, Games partners will be engaging with businesses and residents to make sure they are prepared for some of the changes that the city will experience this summer.

The campaign has already produced a business ready guide and hosted an event attended by more than 300 business leaders representing 150 companies.

On Thursday 13th February, it began the roll-out of travel advice for businesses, meeting with dozens of influential business intermediaries who can help make sure city firms are prepared for the Games.

A series of workshops is already planned – and businesses will also be able to access online self-assessment tools and tips to help them build their own travel plans.

Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “This summer, Glasgow will host its greatest ever party – but there is still serious business to be done during the Games and we want local firms to benefit as much as possible.

“We are acting now to ensure that businesses understand how the way our city runs will change this summer, so they can start to plan ahead and get prepared.

“Glasgow will be open for business during the Games, but it won’t be business as usual, so we need to get ready.”

David Grevemberg, Chief Executive of Glasgow 2014, said: “The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will see over 6,500 athletes and officials come to Glasgow for 11 days of fantastic competition that will put Glasgow and Scotland on the world stage.

“The Games are less than six months away and the excitement and interest is building like never before, from the unprecedented demand for our ticketing programme to the excitement of the Queen’s Baton Relay that has been seen around the Commonwealth.

“We know the city will be bustling with activity come Games time and will be an ideal opportunity for business to showcase their capabilities and benefit from this once-in-a-lifetime event.

“It will also mean that Glasgow and the surrounding area may have to operate differently to ensure we can deliver an outstanding Games that everyone can enjoy. By working together and making sure we are informed, prepared and ready; we can secure lasting benefits for communities, businesses, the city and the country as a whole.”

Stuart Patrick, Chief Executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce said: "Given the importance of keeping Glasgow open for business, we look forward to working closely with the Travel Advice for Business team to provide our members with resources and to help them develop tailored travel plans.

"Businesses continue to request that key information about the Games is made available as early as practical and, with less than six months to go, we envisage regular updates via Get Ready Glasgow.”

With many businesses operating across Scotland and the UK, the drive to plan ahead for the Games also extends beyond the city boundary.

Hugh Gillies, Head of Transport Scotland’s 2014 Team said: “Our nation’s transport system is amongst the best in Europe and 2014 offers a marvellous opportunity to showcase the Scottish Government's ongoing investment in infrastructure and services.

“We continue to lend our support to Glasgow 2014 and Games partners to ensure our transport system makes a full contribution to a successful Commonwealth Games while enhancing the nation’s worldwide reputation as a great place to live, work and invest.

“Everyone, from businesses and commuters to residents and spectators, has a role in making Scotland shine even brighter in 2014. They can play their part by helping to make 2014 a real transport success by planning their journeys carefully through the Get Ready Glasgow website and Traveline Scotland journey planning app.”

Up to 1 million tickets are being sold for competition events, with thousands of others enjoying the atmosphere at live sites and watching sporting action at un-ticketed events.

At times, transport networks will be busy coping with the increased demand that hosting the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow will bring, and roads and public transport will be busier than usual.

Road closures will be required around competition venues, live zones and on road events days.

The Get Ready Glasgow campaign is designed to inform people and help them prepare, should they need to.

A website – www.getreadyglasgow.com – has been set up as a single source of information about the impact the Games will have on Glasgow and will continue to be updated with new information.

People can also sign up for email updates to stay informed or follow on twitter at@GetReadyGlasgow


17/02/14 - Get Ready Glasgow website launched

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games partners have yesterday released information regarding the Travel Demand Management plans and Travel Advice for Business. The Get Ready Glasgow website (www.getreadyglasgow.com) has now been updated with further detail on these plans and the support available for businesses in the run up to the Games.

Please find below the press release which gives further information. CSSC Scotland would encourage all businesses to review and make use of the support available to maximise opportunities from the Games.


20/11/13 - CSSC Scotland - Get Ready Glasgow

As part of the preparations to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow City Council has launched its Get Ready Glasgow web site.

You can access the site using the following link, where you can also register to receive updates from Get Ready Glasgow.

http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=10544

Additionally Get Ready Glasgow have produced a Business Ready Guide containing information about the Games, with sections including traffic, transport, safety and security.

http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=17377&p=0