BAFE SP203 fire protection certification scheme registers 900th company as growth continues

This month, BAFE registered the 900th company that has achieved SP203 certification. It’s a milestone of great significance in terms of illustrating the importance of third party certification and the aspiration of quality fire protection companies all across the UK to have their competence verified.

Back in 2010, the 300th SP203 BAFE approval was afforded to ITS Fire & Security ( The company has continued to be third party certified to this day.

“Being BAFE registered gives us an edge over our competitors,” explained Rob Day, managing director at ITS Fire & Security. “Our customers understand that we’re fully competent in everything that we do.”

Over six years, BAFE has approved 600 additional companies to the SP203 schemes. This remarkable growth and continued success of the SP203 schemes displays the desire for fire protection companies right across the UK to provide evidence of their competency and skill around fulfilling these services to the highest quality level.

Clayton Fire & Security Ltd (, certified by the BSI to the Fire Detection and Alarm Systems SP203-1 scheme, is the 900th company to become BAFE SP203 approved. The message of providing assurance of quality work is as ever present as it was six years ago.

“Becoming certified with the BAFE SP203-1 scheme demonstrates our competency in the industry,” stated Clayton Ford, owner of Clayton Fire & Security Ltd. “Our BAFE approval will help us in promoting our quality service to provide fire detection and alarm systems for end users.”

Stephen Adams, CEO at BAFE, commented: “The SP203 schemes have continued to grow, developing a strong base of regional companies providing important services for fire systems across the UK. These schemes are continually reviewed to ensure they always demonstrate the highest competency levels possible to support quality standards.”

The BAFE SP203 schemes cover multiple areas of fire protection that feature modular certification in the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of specific systems. These are fire detection and alarm systems (the BAFE SP203-1 scheme), emergency lighting systems (the BAFE SP203-4 scheme) and fixed gaseous fire suppression systems (the BAFE SP203-3 scheme).

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BAFE supports 2016 FSA Awards

BAFE is proud to support the upcoming Fire & Security Association (FSA) Awards which will be presented at IFSEC’s Security and Fire Excellence Awards event, to be held on 23 November in central London.

Representatives from two of BAFE’s licensed certification bodies, namely the National Security Inspectorate and the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board, will be among the Judges assessing nominations for the two prestigious fire and security awards: the Peter Greenwood Security Award and the Ian Marsh Fire Award.

Both of these prestigious awards celebrate the outstanding contribution and enthusiasm of professionals operating within the fire and security sector.

“BAFE is pleased to be supporting the FSA Awards,” explained Stephen Adams. “These two sectors are becoming closer than ever. We endorse the Electrical Contractors Association as one of the important Trade Associations supporting contractors who have gained third party certification for their proven competence in these areas.”

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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