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26 March 2018

More than 200 representatives from NSI approved companies gathered at NSI’s fifth annual Summit on 22nd March at the Vox, the state-of-the art conference centre at Resorts World, next door to the NEC, Birmingham.

The theme of the Summit was ‘Strengthening Partnerships’. Highlights included an insight into the Electronic Call Handling Operation (‘echo’) initiative being driven by the BSIA, FSA and FIA in response to NPCC policy with regard to further automation of alarm signal transmission to the police, and a session on the forthcoming Security Framework to be issued by Crown Commercial Service (CCS), of particular interest to SMEs.  Carroll Nugent, the FM Lead for CCS and Chris Hugo of Govdata presented the government purchasing strategy for security systems and guarding.

The event brought together a host of key industry stakeholders including Tony Porter, the Surveillance Camera Commissioner, Tony Holyland the SIA’s Head of Quality and Standards, Lee Wallace, the Chairman 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 marking NSI’s milestone 20th anniversary of independence from the Loss Prevention Council, recognising the achievements of NSI approved companies and key stakeholders in their contribution to the security landscape in the UK over the last two decades.

The three gold sponsors, BT Redcare, CSL and RISCO Group, Summit Partner, IFSEC International and Silver sponsors, Fermax, HKC and Texecom along with exhibitors, were instrumental in delivering such a successful Summit again this year. As a not-for profit organisation, NSI is wholly dependent on its sponsors and exhibitors, and contributions from leading industry expert speakers to make the event possible.

Over 50 product and business support providers filled the exhibition halls, offering delegates the opportunity to get up close to the latest technology, expand their knowledge of suppliers to the fire and security sector and take advantage of exclusive Summit deals and offers.  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 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 approval.

Richard Jenkins, NSI Chief Executive: “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 addressed topics specific to their needs, in an effective way, and in a prestigious professional environment with like-minded industry experts ready to share latest developments in the sector.

The feedback we have 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 on 21st March 2019.”