THE NATIONAL Security Inspectorate’s (NSI) stand at The Security Event in Birmingham attracted visitors from around the country who took advantage of the opportunity to meet face-to-face with the team following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions by the Government.
In addition to welcoming existing NSI approved companies and applicants on to the stand where discussions took place around the latest industry standards, a large number of visitors with a keen interest in learning more about the benefits of independent certification took the opportunity to meet with the NSI’s experts.
Companies who have recently gained approval with the NSI enjoyed medal presentations conducted by Richard Jenkins, CEO at the Inspectorate. The Protector Group received its ARC Gold approval. RDS Fire and Security, Okto and EPG Security Systems received their NACOSS Gold approvals.
The three-day exhibition and conference programme at the NEC provided the first opportunity for many to reconnect with industry colleagues and was an ideal opportunity for the NSI’s experts to share updates on standards and certification to a wider audience in a personal setting.
Standards in the business environment
Richard Jenkins delivered the opening presentation in the Fire and Security Installer Theatre with an insight into the increasingly important role of standards in the business environment to maintain safety. Matthew Holliday, the NSI’s head of approval schemes, provided an installer update on alarm confirmation for police response, cyber secure installations and access control, while John Davidson (approval schemes manager for systems) updated the audience on changes to fire safety standards and certification schemes.
In celebration of the NSI’s 50th Anniversary, which formally falls in October this year, the organisation hosted a drinks reception on its stand on the first day of the event which was attended by representatives from Security Matters. The reception attracted a great turnout of NSI approved companies and industry stakeholders who raised their glasses in recognition of the NSI’s achievements throughout its evolution and the significant contribution that the organisation has made in raising standards within the security and fire sectors.
Support for installers
Richard Jenkins commented: “We were delighted to be asked to be an Event Partner at The Security Event and support this show for installers. It was a pleasure to greet so many familiar faces on the NSI stand and talk to a significant number of companies who are keen to start their certification journey with us. It seemed appropriate to celebrate our 50th Anniversary at a place where the industry was gathering and it was heartening to welcome so many people to our celebration.”
Jenkins added: “While meaningful for the NSI as an organisation, the real beneficiaries of our 50 years as an independent specialist certification body are the end users. Those who have put their trust into and relied on the services of their security and fire safety providers. It’s the value of independent certification that should be celebrated. We’re delighted to have championed this process for half a century and to have played an active role in keeping people, places and property safe.”
*To find out more about the benefits of the NSI’s independent certification for security and fire safety services visit www.nsi.org.uk