More than 200 representatives from National Security Inspectorate (NSI) approved companies gathered at the NSI’s fifth annual Summit on Thursday 22 March, which was held at The Vox, the state-of-the art Conference Centre in Resorts World, right next door to the NEC in Birmingham. The theme of the 2018 Summit was ‘Strengthening Partnerships’, which proved to be very popular with delegates.
Highlights included an insight into the Electronic Call Handling Operation (‘ECHO’) initiative driven by the British Security Industry Association, the Fire and Security Association and the Fire Industry Association in response to the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s policy on further automation of alarm signal transmission to the police service.
There was also a session on the forthcoming Security Framework to be issued by the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), which was of particular interest to SMEs. Carroll Nugent, FM lead for the CCS, and Chris Hugo of Govdata presented details of the Government’s purchasing strategy for security systems and guarding.
The event brought together a host of key industry stakeholders including Tony Porter QPM LLB, the Surveillance Camera Commissioner, Tony Holyland (the Security Industry Authority’s head of quality and standards), Lee Wallace (chair of the Association of Insurance Surveyors) and Simon Banks, founder of Apprentices for Fire and Security and Group managing director at CSL.
The day ended in celebratory mood by marking the NSI’s milestone 20th Anniversary of independence from the Loss Prevention Council, recognising the achievements of NSI approved companies and key stakeholders for their myriad contributions to the security landscape in the UK over the last two decades.
Along with exhibitors, the three Gold sponsors of the event – namely BT Redcare, CSL and RISCO Group, plus NSI Summit partner IFSEC International and Silver sponsors Fermax, HKC and Texecom – were instrumental in delivering such a successful Summit.
As a not-for profit organisation, the NSI is wholly dependent on its sponsors and exhibitors, as well as contributions from leading industry expert speakers, in order to make this annual event possible.
Over 50 product and business support providers filled the exhibition halls, offering delegates the opportunity to see the latest technology, expand their knowledge of suppliers to the fire and security sector and take advantage of exclusive Summit deals and offers. A special emphasis was placed on education this year, with over 20 speakers covering a range of pertinent security and fire sector-related topics over the course of the day.
The ‘Meet the NSI Experts’ area proved particularly popular with delegates, providing an opportunity for companies to meet and discuss their questions about electronic security, guarding services, fire safety, British and International Standards and general approvals.
Richard Jenkins, the NSI’s CEO, said: “We were delighted to see hundreds of delegates from across the community of NSI approved companies attend this year’s Summit. NSI approved company delegates clearly value this focused and targeted event which addresses topics specific to their needs in an effective way and in a prestigious and professional environment, with like-minded industry experts ready to share their news and views on the latest developments in the sector.”
Jenkins concluded: “The feedback we’ve received so far from all participants including speakers, exhibitors and our sponsors has been overwhelmingly positive. We’re already looking forward to next year’s event which will take place at The Vox Conference Centre on 21 March.”