BSIA to run free ‘Controlling Risks and Liabilities with Access Control’ event in Birmingham

On Tuesday 12 April at Villa Park in Birmingham, the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) is running a free one-day security event. This event is being organised on behalf of the BSIA’s Access and Asset Protection Section under the banner ‘Controlling Risks and Liabilities with Access Control’.

Speakers have been selected to deliver presentations on a wide range of issues from highlighting the risks to owners through to business solutions using security management platforms and an overview of all insurance-related issues.

To date, speakers confirmed for the event include:
*Stephen Halpin (Four Security Group)
*James Fee (VPS)
*Mike Sussman (TDSi)
*Steve Bailes (Gallagher)
*Ged Baron (Peninsula UK)

Free-to-attend for delegates, the conference looks set to spark a lively debate on the issue of ‘Controlling Risks and Liabilities with Access Control’, while also enabling representatives from local and national businesses to raise their own questions to members of the Expert Panel.

Alongside the conference, exhibitors from across the security industry will be on hand to demonstrate their latest products and services, giving attendees the opportunity to view the latest technological innovations at close quarters, meet potential suppliers and find out more about which solutions would best suit their business.

The event will also include a free luncheon and a complete stadium tour of Villa Park.

*To secure your delegate place at what promises to be an informative and educational event, complete the online booking form by following this link:

**There are only 150 places available so please register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment

Nominations for the 2016 Apprentice Installer Awards

The BSIA has opened the 2016 Apprentice Installer Awards for nominations. These esteemed awards recognise the very best emerging talent from the electronic security industry.

Awarded by the BSIA, the Apprentice Installer Awards serve to acknowledge the achievements of second and third year apprentices involved in the installation of alarms, CCTV, access control or a combination of these systems.

Now in their sixteenth year, the awards also represent the commitment of security companies and training bodies in providing new talent with the opportunity to succeed in the security industry.

This year’s awards will be presented at the BSIA’s Annual Luncheon, which is set to take place at the London Hilton Hotel, Park Lane on Tuesday 12 July.

Nominations can be made for apprentices from security companies – including non-BSIA member companies – certified for their activities by a UKAS accredited certification body. The scheme is designed particularly for third year apprentices or outstanding second year apprentices.

James Kelly, CEO of the BSIA, commented: “The security industry has a wide range of rewarding career opportunities available. An apprenticeship is an ideal way to begin a career. Recognising the skills of our industry’s newest recruits is essential in encouraging them to commit to a long-term career in security. The awards enable us to ensure that their hard work, commitment to customer service and technological expertise are suitably rewarded.”

The 2016 Apprentice Installer Awards are sponsored by Eaton, one of the leading manufacturers of security equipment for all types of commercial and residential premises. Tony Walsh, vice-president of engineering and business leader at Eaton Security, commented: “As a business, Eaton Security places a high priority on training and development. We’re therefore very proud to sponsor the Apprentice Installer Awards which recognise the achievements of installer apprentices.”

*The deadline for nominations is 18 April. Companies interested in nominating their apprentice(s) for this year’s Apprentice Installer Awards can do so by downloading a nomination form via the following link:

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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