Some of the Halo System’s technology is now to be made accessible to venues under 800 capacity affected by the new Martyn’s Law legislation.
Tens of thousands of small businesses, pubs, live music venues and entertainment spaces are to be affected by the government’s new counterterrorism (protection of premises) legislation, which will be committed to law this year.
Halo will offer them one centralised log to manage incidents and minimise risks for their venues free-of-charge, with a maximum of 5 user accounts.
The move comes in direct response to the Manchester Arena Bombing inquiry which is drawing to a close. Lloyd, our CEO & Former Counter Terrorism Police officer, crowd safety and security expert felt compelled to do something constructive and positive within the industry as the families of those who died in the terror attack called on the Government and the Police to act and ensure ’lessons are learned.’
The entertainment and hospitality industry, which is still feeling the fallout from Covid-19, as well as the cost of living and energy crisis, is now bracing itself to see what extra costs and impact the new measures and legislation will have on public safety for its respective industries. The proposed Protect Duty legislation – also known as “Martyn’s Law” – has been drafted and read in Parliament, and will see a raft of new measures aimed at ensuring stronger protections against terrorism in public places following the Manchester Arena terrorist attack.
Speaking about the move, Lloyd said:
Making the entry level Halo System available to all small businesses in the hospitality and entertainment industries is morally and ethically the right thing to do. It has long been a passion of mine to ensure that everyone could benefit from our technology to protect the public, right since the very first concept.
The Manchester Arena bombing inquiry has profoundly affected many people, not just the families of those who died. All too often we hear that ’lessons-will-be-learned’ and very rarely does anything ever change. The families and all of those affected by this tragedy need to see positive action taking place and a greater responsibility and accountability for the protection of the public against terrorism. With the tireless campaigning by Figen Murray OBE, the mother of Martyn Hett, to enshrine greater counter terrorism protection in law for the public, we wanted to play our small part in helping to protect the public, the timing and purpose of this as the enquiry closes feels appropriate and right.
Every year when we review our prices, this has been #1 on the agenda and it’s a terrific indictment of everything that we’ve achieved now we’re finally able to do this, and I’m especially delighted to be the first in our industry to do it. We’ve made our entry level system available for free to assist those venues in taking the appropriate action to protect their customers and the wider public .
Everyone benefits from having access to the Halo system, which strikes directly to our core principles and ethos of ‘Let’s protect everyone’.
“Now, every single small business owner and operator across the world – who has previously expressed to us that they really wanted to use Halo and could see its valuable contribution to crowd and public safety in their businesses – are no longer precluded from using our system because of cost. This is particularly important at a time when many of those small businesses in the entertainment and hospitality sector from pubs to hotels and live music venues are already struggling and being hit by both rising costs and legislation change.
To have the benefit and peace of mind from using the Halo System to manage health and safety, fire safety, security, counter terrorism and even cleaning risks, all in one platform, to protect against legal claims, insurance claims, audits and comply with existing and upcoming legislation is a huge benefit. Public safety is of paramount importance, connectivity is critical, and now we have made the Halo system available to all.”
If you know a small venue that could benefit from the Halo System to help co-ordinate it’s lower-risk operations, ensure they get in touch with us at email@example.com, where a member of the team will be happy to get them started on their Halo journey in seconds.