SSAIB Celebrate Another Successful Installers Forum at BT Tower

SSAIB Celebrate Another Successful Installers Forum at BT Tower

SSAIB are once again celebrating a successful Installers Forum event – after our registered firms continued their fantastic support for annual meeting in the capital.

Demand was high for the BT Redcare-sponsored event – as the prestigious guest list was filled in just a few hours after registration opened, meaning that the auditorium at the prestigious BT Tower in London was packed out for the company’s 2019 showpiece occasion.

Those in attendance heard from SSAIB chief executive Alex Carmichael, who discussed the progress that had been made in the last 12 months – as well as looking back over the course of SSAIB’s 25 years, in celebration of our silver anniversary.

There was also an interesting panel session on IP transformation and its effect on the industry, where Alex was joined by BT Group’s senior product manager Phil Cain, BT Redcare general manager John Ware and a representative from the IASME Consortium. The latter followed up with an overview on Cyber Essentials and how it can help secure registered firms and their businesses, before BT Redcare’s account director Baz Choudhury informed the audience of the event host’s latest developments.

Lunch then took place upstairs in the revolving restaurant, which stands at 189 metres high – allowing our guests to enjoy unparalleled views of London as they ate.

SSAIB sales and marketing manager Andrew Brown was delighted with the event and the support it had received from SSAIB firms.

Andrew commented: “It’s great to have held yet another successful Installers Forum at the BT Tower. The success of these events really does depend on our firms and the turnout for this year’s event was fantastic to see.

“I’d like to thank every single person that attended, all of our speakers and our brilliant hosts at BT Redcare. The BT Tower isn’t open to the public, so it’s great to be able to give our guests an almost exclusive visit to the revolving restaurant that has some magnificent views of London.

“We always try to give firms help and advice whenever we visit them, be it here or during our regional meetings throughout the year. So, we hope we’ve given them something to think about with regards to apprenticeships and cyber security – as they’re aspects of business that sometimes get overlooked.

“If we can continue to help and support our firms, then these events are more than worth it.”

Posted: 24/05/2019 more >

SSAIB Release Celebratory The Standard Magazine for 25th Anniversary

SSAIB Release Celebratory The Standard Magazine for 25th Anniversary

The second issue of SSAIB magazine The Standard has been released, with a bumper special issue having been compiled to celebrate the leading UKAS-accredited fire and security certification body’s 25th anniversary.

Copies of the 34-page birthday edition are been sent out alongside April’s issue of FSM – created by producers of The Standard, Western Business Publishing (part of the Nineteen group) – which SSAIB-registered firms should receive through the post this week.

The magazine focuses heavily on SSAIB 25, with chief executive Alex Carmichael and his predecessor – chairman Geoff Tate – both looking back at the organisation’s various achievements over the last quarter of a century. A timeline documenting the history of SSAIB graces the centre pages as well, alongside a number of archive images from the previous 25 years.

Training manager Trevor Jenks - who started working for the Security Services Association (SSA) before it was incorporated into the SSAIB – also gives his insight into the early days of SSAIB and where he sees it going in future, while Mark Peretti of SSAIB-registered firm MRP Alarms talks in-depth about his own long-standing association with the organisation in this year’s Under the Spotlight feature.

That’s not the only focus for this year’s magazine though, with a number of other important topics for our registered firms and the general public to be aware of.

One year on from the first issue of The Standard, Phil Cain - senior product manager, digital voice special services at BT - provides a key update on the modernisation of BT’s phone network and how their plans for a fully digital IP-based phone service by the end of 2025 could affect the fire and security industries.

BAFE chief executive Stephen Adams also makes a return to SSAIB’s annual magazine – as he discusses the ever-growing requirement for third-party certification in the fire detection and alarm sector.

Technical manager Dave Roscoe not only looks at how remote control of intruder alarm systems and CCTV from smartphones is making the purchase of a security system a lot less of a grudge purchase, but he provides his usual Setting the Standard update that provides an insight into the revisions of standards in the industry.

The traditional scheme updates from relevant scheme managers are also included, alongside the latest SSAIB news and a focus on some of the exhibitions and events that SSAIB 25 will be celebrated at in 2019.

Glen Maxwell, editor of The Standard, commented: “The feedback we received from last year’s edition was unbelievable and far surpassed anything that I could have imagined, so I’d like to thank every single person that got in touch to give their thoughts.

“There’s been a lot of work put into this year’s edition of the magazine – as, not only did it have to stand up to last year’s, we felt that it was important to honour such an important milestone as SSAIB celebrating 25 years of excellence in the right way.

“I feel that we’ve been successful in doing that and that’s in no small part down to the efforts of everyone that has contributed towards The Standard this year, so I hope that comes across when people start to read it. ”

The magazine will also be available to pick up at SSAIB’s regional meetings and all of the exhibitions that the certification body will be attending in 2019. For a full list of all of SSAIB’s events, please visit

Posted: 25/03/2019 more >

SSAIB Start 25th Anniversary Celebrations with Fire Safety Event Drinks Reception

SSAIB Start 25th Anniversary Celebrations with Fire Safety Event Drinks Reception

SSAIB are delighted to announce that we will be officially opening the celebrations for SSAIB 25 at The Fire Safety Event, which is taking place on April 9-11, 2019 at the NEC in Birmingham.

In addition to the 25th anniversary celebrations already announced, SSAIB will be holding a free drinks reception on the first day of this year’s The Fire Safety Event to toast SSAIB 25. All SSAIB-registered firms - and any other visitors to the NEC in Birmingham that day - are welcome to join us in the VIP area of The Fire Safety Event at 3pm on Tuesday April 9.

SSAIB will also be hosting a free seminar at 2pm on Wednesday April 10 in the Security in Practice Theatre, inside The Security Event. The session is CPD accredited and focuses on recent changes to industry standards, with technical manager Dave Roscoe discussing PD 6662:2017 and how it affects your business.

In addition, you can visit the SSAIB on stand FS31, situated on the boundary between The Fire Safety Event and The Security Event. Stop by our stand for information on third-party certification for security installations for intruder alarms, access control and CCTV, each of the BAFE schemes we certify (SP 203 – Fire Detection and Alarm Systems, SP 101 – Maintenance of Portable Fire Extinguishers and SP 205 - Fire Risk Assessment) our manned services portfolio or any of the other certification schemes we currently operate.

Registration for The Fire Safety Event and The Security Event is completely free and the events are co-located with The Health & Safety Event and The Facilities Event.

Registering for one event will give you free access to all four exhibitions and seminar programmes, enabling you to make the most of your visit to the NEC. However, if you register as a visitor for The Security Event, you will also receive free parking onsite at the NEC.

To register via The Fire Safety Event, click here.

Alternatively, to register via The Security Event, click here.

Finally, for more information on the Fire Safety Event, please visit

Posted: 21/03/2019 more >

SSAIB are First Security Certification Body to Sign up for SiX Security Event in Manchester

SSAIB are First Security Certification Body to Sign up for SiX Security Event in Manchester

SSAIB are the first UKAS-accredited third-party certification body for security to confirm their attendance at the brand new SiX security event, taking place this November.

Being held at EventCity in Manchester on Tuesday November 5 and Wednesday November 6, the SiX security event organisers state that it “has been created in response to the rapidly evolving technological landscape; new and emerging technologies have allowed integrators and installers to adopt a range of new working practices, enabling the delivery of flexible and advanced solutions. This event will focus on maximising the impact of the latest innovations in today’s solutions.”

Supported by IFSEC International organisers UBM, the two-day exhibition will also incorporate the annual PSI Premier Awards dinner on the evening of November 5.

Discussing SSAIB’s decision to exhibit at the initial SiX event, sales and marketing manager Andrew Brown explained: “Over the last 25 years, the SSAIB has maintained its position as a name to trust for certification and support. We see SiX as a fantastic opportunity to engage with installers to discuss standards and regulations and how we can raise the professionalism of the security industry.

“We invite all of our members to come to Manchester in November for the inaugural event.”

For more information on SiX security event and details on how to register, please visit

Posted: 21/03/2019 more >

SSAIB Supports New BAFE Focus on Third-Party Certification

SSAIB Supports New BAFE Focus on Third-Party Certification

SSAIB are delighted to support a new video promoting third-party certification created by BAFE, the independent register of quality fire safety service providers.

The video - entitled What is Third-Party Certification? - has been created to act as an educational tool for the end-user audience and can be viewed below.

After the devastating Grenfell Tower fire - and following the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety by Dame Judith Hackitt - there has been an increased focus acting on fire safety responsibilities ‘so far as reasonably practicable’.

This emphasises the responsibility of the person appointed for fire safety within a building and actions they can take to minimise fire risk to the best of their ability, in accordance with national fire safety legislation and Government guidance.

BAFE marketing manager Frazer Wisniewski comments: “With the growing attention the fire industry has been understandably receiving, it is important to educate this wider audience on the importance of third-party certification. With a greater understanding, we aim to help drive demand for third-party certificated fire safety service providers.

"Until there is a clear legislative definition of competency for these specific services, we believe that UKAS-accredited third-party certification is the best independent evidence of competency within the fire safety industry.”

Stephen Adams, BAFE chief executive, added: “First and foremost, we encourage people to specify UKAS-accredited third-party certificated providers in the interest of life safety. We anticipate a much stronger emphasis on competency by Government and the Fire and Rescue Services in the future landscape and third-party certification will be a key element of this.”

Third-party certificated companies must successfully complete stringent and regular assessments, to ensure they can suitably perform specific services. By specifying this certification as a requirement demonstrates you have taken constructive action to find a competent provider.

Posted: 19/02/2019 more >