Pro-Activ Publications launches SiX event for security installers and system integrators

Supported by IFSEC International’s organiser UBM, Pro-Activ Publications has announced the detail behind an all-new event designed for security installers and system integrators. SiX will run in November 2019 at EventCity in Manchester.

Security installers and system integrators are currently experiencing changes in the market, with the shift from hardware to software-based solutions as well as the impact of Internet of Things technologies. While Pro-Activ Publications titles Professional Security Installer (PSI) and Benchmark magazines address the need for installer and integrator-focused information, there has been no UK trade show addressing this sector. Until now, that is.

SiX will be an event aimed squarely at installers and integrators. Running on 5-6 November next year, SiX will offer a conference programme* delivered by subject experts rather than manufacturers or Government bodies and a parellel exhibition. In addition, the annual PSI Premier Awards Dinner will be held on the evening of 5 November.

Requirements of the trade

“After talking to installers and distributors, we realised that the industry needed an event focused solely on the requirements of the trade rather than a catch-all show that includes an element of security as one of its points of focus,” explained Andy Clutton, Editor of Risk Xtra’s sister title PSI. “While PSI and Benchmark make installers aware of the innovations and developments in the sector, there’s no event that specifically targets their needs. Furthermore, the industry requires a trade show in the North of England such that the installers, most of whom are self-employed, can cut down on travel time and make their visit cost-effective.”

With free parking on site, world-class leisure and shopping facilities and over 1,000 on-site hotel rooms at TraffordCity, EventCity in Manchester offers a complete package for the SiX experience. For the show itself, EventCity boasts the largest conference venue in Manchester, not to mention a choice of halls.

“For installers and integrators, the evolving technological landscape presents significant opportunities for growth through the delivery of bespoke solutions,” added Pete Conway, Editor of Benchmark. “However, as well as offering added value, there are also many challenges which must be addressed. Events such as SiX offer a valuable vehicle to help installers and integrators learn more about the potential of new technologies and ensure that they’re updated with relevant Best Practice to ensure systems remain reliable and effective.”

Highly-targeted regional event

As stated, SiX already enjoys the support of the UK’s largest security event, IFSEC International. Simon Parker, managing director of UBM EMEA (UK), stated: “IFSEC International is delighted to support and partner Pro-Activ Publications in the exciting launch of the SiX event in Manchester. We’ve been listening to our customers in the North and Midlands for a number of years now and fully understand the need for a highly-targeted regional event which provides support and guidance for security professionals.’’

Parker continued: “IFSEC International and Pro-Activ Publications have enjoyed a rewarding and long-standing partnership. This new strategic alliance will play to the strengths of both brands. Pro-Activ Publications has a formidable reach and a proven reputation within the installer market, while IFSEC International is a prominent 44 year-old brand which has provided the global security sector with an unparalleled opportunity to bring buyers and sellers together. Pro-Activ Publications’ media assets, including PSI, Benchmark, Risk Xtra and The Paper, will provide powerful platforms to communicate and support this new event. Coupled with IFSEC’s exclusive relationships with leading associations such as the British Security Industry Association, the overall proposition for this event is hugely exciting.’’

A comprehensive range of exhibition stand packages are available direct from Pro-Activ Publications. For further details contact David Lewis (tel: 0208 295 8309, e-mail: and Nick Tiday (tel: 0208 295 8302, e-mail:

*Conference details will be announced in Q2 2019

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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