BSIA unveils new venue and high-profile Keynote Speaker for 50th Anniversary celebration

The Grand Connaught Rooms: new venue for the BSIA's Annual Luncheon

The Grand Connaught Rooms: new venue for the BSIA’s Annual Luncheon

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has unveiled a glamorous new venue as well as details of a high-profile Keynote Speaker for the organisation’s 2017 Annual Luncheon, which marks the BSIA’s 50th Anniversary.

The Annual Luncheon takes place on Wednesday 12 July at Covent Garden’s Grand Connaught Rooms in central London, which offers modern facilities set against an impressive backdrop of art deco glamour. On the day, the venue’s roof terrace will play host to the BSIA’s VIP Drinks Reception.

Each year, the BSIA’s Annual Luncheon incorporates the presentation of the Association’s prestigious Security Personnel of the Year Awards, the Apprentice Installer Awards, the Chairman’s Awards and the CVIT Special Awards. For their part, the Security Personnel of the Year Awards celebrate the achievements made by security officers and teams right across the UK’s private security industry, as well as acknowledging the many contributions made by long-serving industry stalwarts.

James Kelly, CEO of the BSIA, commented: “Our members’ contributions remain at the very heart of the Association’s ongoing success. The annual Security Personnel Awards provide us with the perfect opportunity to recognise the talent and commitment of our industry’s finest.”

Kelly continued: “2017 marks the BSIA’s 50th Anniversary, so this year’s Annual Luncheon will be particularly special for all of us. We’re looking forward to welcoming stakeholders and colleagues from across the industry to a brand new venue for what will be a very special celebration of our industry’s many successes and achievements.”

Journalist and broadcaster Andrew Neil

Journalist and broadcaster Andrew Neil

Speaking at the event will be the highly-respected publisher, writer and broadcaster Andrew Neil, named Journalist of the Year in 2013 by Britain’s prestigious Political Studies Association and, in 2015, listed as one of the 500 most influential people in the UK by Debrett’s.

Neil is a well-known anchorman on BBC TV, currently presenting three editions of the Daily Politics on BBC2 every week as well as the Sunday Politics on BBC1 and the award-winning This Week, which airs on BBC1 each Thursday night. Neil also anchors Politics Europe, which is broadcast on BBC2, the BBC News Channel and BBC World.

Also in attendance as Guest of Honour will be Don Erickson, CEO of the BSIA’s US equivalent (namely the Security Industry Association). Erickson’s address will explore existing synergies between the two countries and the potential for closer working relationships in a post-Brexit environment (see below for further details).

Networking opportunities at the event will include pre-dinner drinks receptions and the continued use of venue space after the awards ceremony is concluded.

*Tickets for the BSIA’s 2017 Annual Luncheon are on sale now, with BSIA members benefiting from a discounted rate of £135 + VAT. This year, to bring the whole industry together in celebration, bookings for the event are also open to non-members of the Association at a standard rate cost of £150 + VAT

**To book your place at what promises to be an entertaining and rewarding afternoon, download a booking form which is available online:

***Some sponsorship opportunities are still available for this year’s event, with sponsors qualifying for VIP access on the day as well as benefiting from a range of PR and branding opportunities at the event and also in associated promotional materials. For more information visit

BSIA forges closer US ties ahead of Brexit negotiations

Forging a closer relationship between the UK and US security markets in preparation for the introduction of post-Brexit trade deals is the key focus of renewed talks between the BSIA and America’s Security Industry Association (SIA). Representing 640 companies across the US, the SIA’s work mirrors that of the BSIA in the UK, engaging with the US Government and both Houses of Congress on Capitol Hill while also developing standards and advancing industry professionalism through the provision of training opportunities.

At a private summit held in Washington DC on Friday 17 March, the BSIA’s public affairs executive Felix Parker-Smith met with SIA counterparts to discuss existing synergies between the two organisations and explore opportunities for closer collaboration in the future. As previously stated, a return visit planned for this summer will see a delegation from the SIA visit the BSIA in London, with the SIA’s CEO Don Erickson scheduled to speak at the BSIA’s Annual Luncheon on Wednesday 12 July.

Providing a platform for the SIA to learn more about the work of the UK security industry, the establishment of closer ties between the two organisations may also help to ensure that the British security industry is best placed to reap the benefits of international trade deals established in the wake of Brexit.

Commenting on the visit, Felix Parker-Smith said: “Although there will be a number of businesses back home in the UK concerned about the potential effects of Brexit, these negotiations are only one side of the debate. We should welcome potential trade agreements beneficial to the UK security industry with open arms. The summit in Washington with the American Security Industry Association reinforces that view, laying the groundwork for a positive trade agreement between the UK and the USA once we leave the EU.”

James Kelly: CEO at the BSIA

James Kelly: CEO at the BSIA

For UK security companies, the US is already an important export market, with British manufacturers exporting an estimated £633 million to American customers. According to a 2016 survey, almost 25% of BSIA Export Council members hope to increase their business in the USA over the next 12 months.

Meanwhile, the BSIA’s links with Europe remain strong through its influential presence on Euralarm and CoESS (Confederation of European Security Suppliers) Committees.

Looking ahead to the forthcoming US visit to London, BSIA CEO James Kelly explained to Risk UK: “It’s an exciting time for the UK to throw open the doors to wider international trade, especially with our closest ally and largest individual trading partner. I look forward to welcoming our American colleagues to London in the summer such that we can showcase the UK’s security industry.”

North West Security Procurement Conference

Educating security buyers on the benefits of a value-based approach towards security procurement is the key focus of a forthcoming BSIA exhibition and conference, taking place in central Liverpool on Wednesday 3 May. This half-day event will provide end users with an expert insight into the importance of quality-led procurement, while at the same time exploring recent developments in the CCTV and security guarding sectors.

Speakers include Pauline Norstrom, managing director of NetVu Ltd and immediate past chair of the BSIA – whose chairmanship initiated the Association’s renewed focus on end user education – and Simon Adcock, CEO at ATEC Fire and Security and chairman of the BSIA’s CCTV Section.

The event is sponsored by ATEC Fire and Security and Securitas and supported by Merseyside Police.

Last year’s event welcomed attendees from a range of organisations including the Co-Operative Group, Arriva, the University of Manchester, William Hill, Saint Gobain and six different police forces. Those security and risk managers who wish to register as delegates can do so via the following link:

*A limited number of exhibition spaces are available at the event, enabling security manufacturers and installers to showcase their latest available products and services to around 150 delegates from businesses across the North West, for whom admission will be free of charge

**The cost of an exhibition space is £595 + VAT for BSIA members (£695 + VAT for non-members). Spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Interested parties can reserve their exhibition space by completing an online booking form, which is accessible at:

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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