FIREX International 2016 welcomes over 16,000 attendees at ExCeL London

UBM EMEA has described “another successful year” for FIREX International, the leading industry event for fire protection, prevention and detection professionals. Hosted once again at London’s ExCeL from 21-23 June, FIREX International welcomed 16,290 attendees across the three days, which is a positive increase on last year’s show.

In addition to the increase in attendees at FIREX International, the show continues to attract the important cohort of decision-makers from across the industry with a 2% increase in integrators visiting ExCeL, a 61% rise in the number of consultants on site and a 23% increase in those visitors with a budget of over £10 million.

FIREX International continued to sit alongside IFSEC International in the South Halls at ExCeL London, reflecting the crossover between the two industries and adding value for both FIREX and IFSEC visitors. The increasing popularity and growth of FIREX International was further demonstrated by the burgeoning number of elaborate trade stand designs compared to 2015.

Gerry Dunphy, event director for IFSEC and FIREX International, commented: ‘’FIREX continues to cement its position as Europe’s premier annual fire safety event. This year saw a return to form with over 76 exhibiting companies present. Exhibitors reported substantial levels of interest from international customers as well as a noticeable growth in major end user attendees. Installers told us they’re continuing to see the alignment with IFSEC as a major advantage of attending both shows as the ever-increasing synergies between fire and security are coming to the fore. FIREX and IFSEC will continue to embrace this overlap for years to come.’’

Major support from the industry

FIREX International continued to receive major support from within the industry, with the Fire Industry Association (FIA), the Fire Protection Association (FPA), the Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) and the Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB) all present as key partners of the show, hosting topical seminar sessions, advice clinics and information zones.

This year, FIREX also welcomed a new supporting association, namely the Fire and Security Association (FSA).

The Passive Protection Zone offered an extremely useful opportunity for delegates to develop their knowledge of passive fire protection via a variety of seminars and Workshops. Due to the location of ASFP member companies around the zone, this area provided a one-stop shop for all passive fire protection needs.

Another big highlight at FIREX this year came from FFE. The company has been working with The Bloodhound Project to ensure fire safety. The Bloodhound Project is the team behind the latest attempt to break the land speed record, which will take place next summer. The car itself was present on the show floor, and FFE was on hand to answer the many questions about how the business has installed special fire detection technology to keep the driver safe.

Inspirational Speaker Series

The Inspirational Speaker Series continued to attract large crowds this year from across the security, safety, fire, facilities management and service management industries. The speakers were again of a very high calibre, with Colonel Tim Collins OBE speaking on Day One followed by Kate Adie OBE on Day Two and finishing with James Cracknell OBE on the final day. The speakers shared key insights into how they’ve overcome adversity and challenges in their extraordinary careers in order to achieve their goals.

FIREX International also continued to benefit from the co-located Health and Safety, facilities, security, service management and workwear and uniform events, which as a total saw over 45,000 visitors at ExCeL over the three days, representing a 4% increase on 2015.

Across the series, visitors were able to benefit from meeting their needs for fleet management, fire integration, security and fire installation, Health and Safety legislation, uniforms and more.

Of these co-located events, IFSEC International welcomed 27,052 attendees across the three days which was in line with 2015. Safety and Health Expo welcomed 13,800 attendees across the three days, representing a 9% increase from the previous year. New for this year, visitors were able to benefit from the Training and Careers Zone. This was sponsored by Amazon and provided guidance on delivering the perfect interview and fast-tracking careers.

The Facilities Show welcomed 11,353 attendees across the three days. That’s an 18% increase in visitors over the first two days who benefited from a variety of seminar programmes offering more speakers and educational content than ever before.

*FIREX International 2017 runs from 20-22 June at ExCeL London

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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