NSI further strengthens industry partnerships at 2019 Summit in Birmingham

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.

All of these sessions were designed in the interest of raising standards, to increase awareness and strengthen partnerships across industry and among stakeholders.

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.

NSI CEO Richard Jenkins addresses the audience

NSI CEO Richard Jenkins addresses the audience

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.”

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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