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SSAIB Successfully Rebrand Twitter Account to @SSAIB

SSAIB Successfully Rebrand Twitter Account to @SSAIB

SSAIB have moved to secure a brand new Twitter handle – after finally persuading Twitter to release @SSAIB from a dormant account.

The industry-leading UKAS-accredited certification body for Security Systems, Fire Safety and Guarding had been using the handle @theSSAIB on the popular social network, but have now made the switch over to the new handle – in an effort to clear up any confusion for those trying to interact with SSAIB on the platform.

PR and communications executive Glen Maxwell noticed that the @SSAIB account had not been updated for nearly a decade and he revealed his elation when Twitter granted the leading certification body for the fire and security industries their request to migrate their old account across.

Glen commented: “We’re delighted to have finally been able to claim the @SSAIB handle for ourselves and are grateful for the help that Twitter gave us in facilitating this change.

“We took the decision to move across to the new handle because we had a number of instances where we’d notice that people had thought they had mentioned us in their tweets, but had incorrectly used the @SSAIB handle. Although we managed to keep a handle on when this was happening, it did make us wonder about if any slipped through without us realising.

“When we looked at that account, it was clear – due to having no photos, header or tweets since June 2010 – that it was a dormant account, so we asked the question to Twitter and they agreed to release the handle and transfer our account across to it.

“Despite the new handle, we’re not expecting our social media output to suffer in any way. Therefore, our followers can still expect all of the latest SSAIB news, industry updates and everything else they come to expect from us straight to their news feeds.”

For anyone not already following SSAIB on Twitter, the new @SSAIB profile can be found at https://twitter.com/ssaib.

Posted: 19/02/2020 more >

SSAIB and Tavcom Training Partner to Maintain High Standards Throughout UK Security Industry

SSAIB and Tavcom Training Partner to Maintain High Standards Throughout UK Security Industry
SSA Posted: 05/02/2020 more >

SSAIB Named as the Official Installer Partner for IFSEC and FIREX 2020

SSAIB Named as the Official Installer Partner for IFSEC and FIREX 2020

SSAIB are proud to have been named as the official Installer Partner for the 2020 IFSEC and FIREX shows, taking place once again at London’s ExCeL from May 19-21.

As the leading certification body for security and fire alarm installation professionals, manned guarding services and monitoring, SSAIB-approved companies are exclusively invited to IFSEC and FIREX 2020 to meet with trained SSAIB personnel and engage with over 500 leading manufacturers and suppliers of security and fire safety technologies and services.

IFSEC and FIREX are the perfect learning environments for SSAIB companies where they can spend three days totally immersed in state-of-the-art technologies, solutions and discussions all focused around the driving issues in security and fire. It’s where the entire security and fire communities always come together to collaborate, ask the big questions and find the practical answers to their current challenges.

SSAIB will also use its time at IFSEC and FIREX to host the regional South East meeting at the show, which makes it convenient for approved companies to make full use of their time at IFSEC; mixing SSAIB business with their own fact-finding and discovery.

The 2020 events also mark the return of SSAIB to FIREX International, where they’ll be on hand to discuss various BAFE-approved certification opportunities in fire system design and installation, life safety risk assessment and the correct use and maintenance of portable extinguisher equipment. With the national agenda now firmly fixed on promoting certified life safety schemes and awareness, SSAIB’s presence at FIREX International will rigorously contribute to the show’s stated aims of promoting expertise and guidance in life safety.

In line with the new decade, SSAIB will once again host the official Installer Bar in IFSEC that will have a dedicated ‘Roaring 20s’ theme to herald 2020. Look out for the Prohibition ‘speakeasy’ themes although, rest assured, none of the refreshments will be bootlegged!

SSAIB chief executive Alex Carmichael commented: “We are delighted to be named as the official installer partner for IFSEC and FIREX International 2020 – as they are the premier events for both the fire and security industries and we would very much encourage our registered firms to visit us there in May.

“We’ve also incorporated our South East regional meeting into IFSEC 2020, because it gives the many firms that attend our events the opportunity to immerse themselves in all the latest developments and technologies on show at IFSEC and FIREX. Not only can they do this and hear all the latest updates we’ll be sharing, but they’ll also be invited to join us at our Installer Bar for an informal catch-up and refreshments too.

“SSAIB has enjoyed a lot of success lending our name to an IFSEC bar over the last two years, so we’ve decided to try and build on that further by making a welcome return to FIREX as well. Due to the sheer size of the two shows, it’s not always possible to take in everything in one visit and – this way – you’ll get two chances of asking any questions you might have about the many schemes that SSAIB provide certification for.”

IFSEC and FIREX warmly welcome our ever-strengthening partnership with SSAIB and look forward to welcoming their approved companies to next year’s shows. With such comprehensive coverage across the whole of the UK, we’re looking forward to meeting SSAIB’s professional installers at IFSEC and FIREX and helping them overcome the everyday security and fire challenges they encounter.

Rachel Eaton, event manager for IFSEC International and FIREX International commented: “I am very excited to announce the SSAIB as the official Installer Partner of IFSEC International and FIREX International in 2020. The SSAIB has been a champion of IFSEC for over two decades, so I’m also delighted to see the SSAIB return to support FIREX as well.

"Due to the strong relationship we have with the SSAIB, we have managed to bring Scottish installers back to both events; hugely improving the diversity of visitors and exhibitors we have on site.”

Posted: 09/01/2020 more >

SSAIB Achieve Historic 300th BAFE Certification Milestone

SSAIB Achieve Historic 300th BAFE Certification Milestone

SSAIB, one of the licensed certification bodies who deliver BAFE scheme assessments, are delighted to have achieved an historic milestone of 300 active BAFE scheme-certificated companies.

Looking back at last year - in September 2019 – BAFE registered A1 Fire and Security Ltd, who are the 300th active company on the BAFE Fire Safety Register that have been assessed and third-party certificated through SSAIB. They join the more than 1450 BAFE-registered companies who are third-party certificated, with over 1700 BAFE fire safety scheme certifications.

Devon-based A1 Fire and Security Ltd gained third-party certification and BAFE registration to the SP203-1 scheme, for the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire detection and alarm systems.

Matthew Weigham of A1 Fire and Security Ltd stated: “Gaining certification to the BAFE SP203-1 scheme, through SSAIB as our certification body, is vital to show our commitment to quality when providing our fire alarm services. This audit was important to us to prove we are competent, and the certification provides us with substantial credibility that will help us promote this service.”

Stephen Adams, BAFE chief executive, said: “We congratulate both SSAIB on this milestone and A1 Fire and Security Ltd on gaining their third-party certification. SSAIB have been a long-standing supporter of BAFE, who are extremely proactive with their commitment to the fire safety industry.

“We wish them, and all of our licensed certification bodies, further ongoing success in our combined efforts to develop the quality regulation of this industry.”

SSAIB chief executive Alex Carmichael added: “SSAIB are extremely proud to offer the BAFE scheme assessments for fire safety third-party certification in multiple disciplines. Our congratulations go out to A1 Fire and Security on gaining their certification and I would also like to congratulate our fire systems scheme manager, Keith Strugnell, and the SSAIB team on this achievement.

“We will continue to work with BAFE to support the future of fire safety and, through certification of quality companies like A1 Fire and Security, the fire safety of customers’ premises.”

Posted: 08/01/2020 more >

SSAIB Firms ICTS UK and Security Scotland Celebrate Security Excellence Awards Success

SSAIB Firms ICTS UK and Security Scotland Celebrate Security Excellence Awards Success

SSAIB would like to congratulate two of our registered firms for their success at the Security and Fire Excellence Awards held in London last night.

ICTS UK claimed the ACS Champion of the Year award from their impressive four nominations on the night, while the twice-nominated Security Scotland (pictured) took home the trophy for Event Security Team of the Year.

For a full list of winners – and a gallery of all the successful nominees being presented with their awards by BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing presenter Tess Daly – please visit https://www.securityandfireawards.com/winners-2019/.

Posted: 21/11/2019 more >