Greater Manchester businesses join forces for annual BSIA Security Conference and Exhibition

The Manchester Security 2015 Conference and Exhibition proved to be a great success for both the organisers and delegates

The Manchester Security 2015 Conference and Exhibition proved to be a great success for both the organisers and delegates

Police and security industry experts were on hand to provide valuable security advice to North West-based businesses at the annual Manchester Security Conference and Exhibition.

Organised by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) in partnership with the Greater Manchester Police and the Manchester City Centre Crime Prevention Panel, this annual event aims to inform businesses based in the North West about police initiatives as well as the various security solutions available to help them tackle issues of crime and anti-social behaviour.

Paul King, chairman of the Manchester City Centre Crime Prevention Panel, opened the event alongside ACC Garry Shewan QPM from Greater Manchester Police.

The theme of this year’s gathering was ‘Protecting The Vulnerable’, with a panel of expert speakers each sharing their own expertise on security issues faced by city centre businesses as well as the high-profile issues of child sexual exploitation and counter-terrorism.

Detective Inspector Deborah Oakes from Greater Manchester Police’s Project Phoenix initiative discussed how everyone, regardless of their industry, has a role to play in tackling child sexual exploitation, while Damian Dallimore (the manager of Project Phoenix) focused on the scale of the problem police forces now face when confronting this issue.

Finally, David Wells from the North West Counter-Terrorism Unit offered an extremely informative talk on ‘Countering Terrorism: How We Protect the Vulnerable’.

Better protection for the vulnerable in society

This year’s Manchester Security Conference and Exhibition attracted more than 150 delegates, including representatives of well-known city centre retailers, banks and local public sector organisations.

On hand to showcase the very latest in security services was a record number of exhibitors, who provided delegates with hands-on experience of solutions ranging from electronic security measures through to guarding services.

Introducing the event, the BSIA’s CEO James Kelly said: “Today’s seminar is designed to explore the ways in which security professionals, business leaders and representatives of public sector bodies can work together to provide better protection for the vulnerable people within our society.”

Manchester Security 2015 was sponsored by advanced forensic marking company SelectDNA.

Every year, theft and burglaries cost the UK hundreds of millions of pounds, with security marking providing a simple, low cost but highly effective theft deterrent.

A presentation by SelectaDNA’s Victoria Price explored how property marking solutions are ideal for use on any valuable asset such as electrical goods and vehicles.

Commenting on the event as a whole, James Kelly stated: “I would like to thank the event’s sponsor, SelectaDNA, as well as our event partners the Greater Manchester Police, Manchester City Council and the Manchester City Centre Crime Prevention Panel. In addition, Thank You very much to all of the companies who took part in the exhibition for their magnificent support. Today has proven to be an excellent showcase for the wide range of products and services now available to help protect businesses.”

*Video excerpts from the day’s presentations can be viewed on the BSIA’s YouTube channel

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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