The 2019 edition of the National Security Inspectorate’s (NSI) annual Summit gathered over 250 approved company representatives and key industry stakeholders on 21 March at the Vox Conference Centre in Birmingham. Supported by IFSEC International and attended by senior representatives from the Security Industry Authority, the National Police Chiefs’ Council and a host of other key industry bodies, the Summit provided an unrivalled opportunity to both strengthen and build effective sector partnerships.
The opening session included updates from Tony Porter QPM LLB (the Surveillance Camera Commissioner), Jonathan O’Neill OBE (managing director of the Fire Protection Association) and an update on the Apprenticeship Standard for the security and fire sectors.
NSI Summit sessions were developed specifically for the fire safety, electronic security and security services audiences. Over 25 speakers covered a range of subjects including industry perspectives on the ECHO automated call handling project, a variety of updates on standards, new approvals, the SIA’s new Approved Contractor Scheme assessment, the management of unwanted fire signals and document awareness.
Fire safety and security product and service providers filled the two large exhibition halls, offering delegates the opportunity to expand their technical knowledge and understanding of the latest market developments.
New Summit features – the Apprenticeships Hub and the Associate Consultancy Programme areas – proved to be both practical and insightful additions to an already packed programme. The Apprenticeships Hub proved particularly successful with significant interest from approved companies keen to discuss the apprenticeship process. An output of the Summit will certainly be a better understanding of how apprenticeships work in practice, as well as facilitating engagement from colleges in key geographic areas.
Approved companies and NSI applicants took advantage of the ‘Meet the NSI Experts’ area to discuss their questions with knowledgeable technical experts.
The main sponsors instrumental in helping to deliver this year’s Summit were BT Redcare, CSL, the British Security Industry Association and Texecom. As a not-for profit organisation, the NSI is wholly dependent on its sponsors and exhibitors who make the event possible.
Richard Jenkins, CEO at the NSI, commented: “We were delighted to welcome more delegates than ever to this year’s Summit. Approved companies and industry stakeholders alike clearly value this focused and targeted event that addresses topics specific to their needs in an effective way. The Summit benefits from the significant number of like-minded industry experts ready to share latest developments in the sector.”
Jenkins “added: The feedback we’ve received so far from all participants including speakers, exhibitors and our key sponsors has been overwhelmingly positive, with many already seeking to reserve their seats for our next event. I would like to personally thank all of our sponsors, exhibitors and speakers for supporting this important event.”