Event stewarding

Security steward at a live event

Choosing an event stewarding company

If you are hosting an event you may wish to use an event stewarding service. NSI approved companies work to a British Standard (BS 8406).

An event steward’s main responsibility is the safety of the public at the event, but can also include checking tickets, directing visitors, manning exit doors and gates, and providing a reassuring presence.  

Over 2.75 million Certificates of Compliance for security and fire safety installations issued by NSI approved companies.

Assessing and managing risk

Most councils have information on their website for organisers of large events such as this one for Newcastle City Council

An NSI approved event stewarding company will undertake a risk assessment to identify significant risks, which hazards can be eliminated, and for those which cannot, the reasonable measures needed to reduce or control them. Ask about their levels of professional indemnity insurance.

While event stewards are not required to hold an SIA licence, NSI approved event stewarding companies require staff to be security screened and trained to the highest standards of safety.


NSI guarding companies are committed to:

At least twice yearly, independent, expert compliance audits

NSI Guarding Gold companies operate a Quality Management System

Compliance with British and international standards including ISO 9001

Screening every employee as required

Demanding adherence to the Provision of Labour in the Security and Events Sectors (NCP 119) across their supply chain

The company you choose may be part of the SIA's Approved Contractor Scheme. This is increasingly becoming the minimum requirement for buyers of security services.

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It’s the most widely recognised mark of approval in security and
fire safety. NSI approval tells you the company is:


Technically Competent

Working to International and British Standards and NSI Codes of Practice, teams have relevant technical experience


Gold approval - operating a Quality Management System to ISO 9001 and NSI Quality Schedules


Reputable Directors & leaders with relevant business experience and effective employee security screening

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