NSI and BIFM take part in ITN programme focused on security and fire safety

Richard Jenkins: CEO at the NSI

Richard Jenkins: CEO at the NSI

In partnership with the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM), the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) has participated in a current affairs-style programme produced by ITN Productions and previewed today at BIFM’s ThinkFM Annual Conference in London. The programme is designed to present the integral role that security and fire safety have to play in the effective management of today’s facilities.

Running under the title ‘Competitive Advantage Through The Workplace’, the BIFM Conference was attended by over 300 senior facilities management (FM) professionals from both the public and private sectors and focused on how FM brings cost-effective quality services together to ensure both productive and safe working environments.

Introduced by popular presenter Natasha Kaplinsky, the full programme features industry-leader interviews and news-style reports.

ExCeL London – the home of IFSEC and FIREX International, which run from 16-18 June – and UCL are showcased. At both venues, the deployment of NSI-approved companies provides reassurance to management and visitors around the effectiveness of the security and fire safety systems in place.

During the programme, Douglas Barnett (chairman of BAFE, the fire sector’s quality registration body) explains how those responsible for fire safety can benefit from selecting independently approved expert service providers such as NSI-approved companies.

Speaking about the programme, the NSI’s CEO Richard Jenkins commented: “We’re delighted to contribute to this BIFM initiative. The NSI has over 40 years’ experience of assessing companies who work in the security environment, verifying their compliance against sector-specific standards. Our national team of full-time specialist auditors complete something in the region of 4,000 rigorous audit visit reports per year for the UK’s premier security and fire safety companies, providing the necessary peace of mind to FM professionals and to those whose responsibility it is to ensure the safety of people, property and assets throughout the UK.”

Jenkins added: “We recognise the value of working with the BIFM to deliver our message of reassurance and the need for robust standards of practice in security and fire safety to a wider audience.”

Security and fire “integral elements” of any FM provision

Gareth Tancred, the BIFM’s CEO, stated: “Security and fire safety are integral parts of any FM provision. As such, we have made the subject one of the centrepieces of our new Competitive Edge current affairs programme. I’m delighted that the NSI was able to be involved and highlight this hugely important aspect of the FM industry. I would also like to acknowledge the valuable contribution that NSI-approved companies make to the security and fire sector and the value they bring to those in the FM sector. The BIFM looks forward to working with the NSI in the future.”

The challenge of securing the safety of people and assets in the workplace has perhaps never been greater. For its part, the NSI is extremely passionate about meeting that challenge. Across the UK, its 1,800 approved companies are delivering the highest standards every day. Indeed, NSI Gold-approved companies lead the way when it comes to raising standards in security and making first class security provision a reality for host organisations.

*A select number of leading UK organisations including the NSI were invited to contribute to the programme that will now be distributed to the BIFM’s membership of over 17,000 individuals and organisations, in turn highlighting the latest innovations, Best Practice and impact that FM can have in building competitive advantage for organisations in the public and private sectors.

**View the NSI’s segment of the ITN Productions programme

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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