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Autumn Regional Meetings Finalised As SSAIB Start Plans on Next Year's

Autumn Regional Meetings Finalised As SSAIB Start Plans on Next Year's

SSAIB have announced the venues for their final four regional meetings of 2017 and have also revealed the dates for more being held within the first five months of next year as well.

The Tavcom training centre in Southampton will host the South Coast regional meeting on September 12, while Solihull’s Cranmore Park will be the setting for the West Midlands get together on October 4.

Our South West firms are invited to join us at the Yeovil College on November 7, before the final regional meeting of the year takes place a day later – at the Village Hotel in Cardiff, on November 8.

As we enter 2018, SSAIB will also be reaching out to firms in the North East (January 30) , North West (January 31), South East (March 6), East Anglia (March 7), South Yorkshire / East Midlands (March 8), Scotland (April 24) and Belfast (May 22) to let them know the latest developments within SSAIB – as well giving them the opportunity to give feedback on the service they receive.

Venues for these meetings are still to be confirmed, but you can still register your interest in any of these events as well.

Chief executive Alex Carmichael will provide an update on SSAIB and will also discuss consumer legislation, while the new Trailblazers apprentice scheme will be explained by training manager Trevor Jenks.

The meetings will also feature an update on PD666 from one of our technical experts and Openreach will give us an insight into the IP Transformation upgrade service - which will see all of their customers migrated to an IP service by 2025 - and the effects it will have on the security industry.

To book your place for any of the four remaining 2017 meetings – or declare your interest for the 2018 meetings - choose your preferred regional meeting and sign up through your Registered Firms website log-in or phone the SSAIB on 0191 296 3242 and ask to speak to Victoria or Andrew.

These meetings are just some of the numerous venues around the UK and Ireland that we will be visiting throughout the next 12 months. For a full list of our current schedule, please visit https://ssaib.org/calendar/.

Posted: 11/08/2017 more >

Nominate Outstanding Individuals for the SSAIB-Supported FSA Awards

Nominate Outstanding Individuals for the SSAIB-Supported FSA Awards

SSAIB are urging our registered firms to nominate outstanding individuals who have changed the fire, emergency and security industry sector for the better, ahead of this year’s FSA Awards.

With 2017 marking the tenth birthday of the Fire and Security Association (FSA), the two annual awards that are being presented - at the industry-leading IFSEC Security and Fire Excellence Awards on November 22 in London - are the Peter Greenwood Security Award and the Ian Marsh Fire Award.

The Peter Greenwood Security Award is handed out to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the security systems industry. Last year’s winner was Andy Gilmore of AAI Security and he was selected for upholding technical standards for 25 years.

Meanwhile, the Ian Marsh Fire Award recognises individuals who demonstrate enthusiasm and selfless concern for the fire and emergency systems industry. Chris Watts of Wavelength Associates won the award last year, being rewarded for his commitment to emergency lighting.

The FSA – the leading trade association dedicated to companies who design, install, commission, maintain and monitor electronic fire, emergency and security systems. - is an official partner at IFSEC’s Security and Fire Excellence Awards’, which is the most prestigious event on the industry calendar. The winners of both FSA awards - plus one guest each - will be given free places on the FSA’s table on the evening.

Head of the FSA Steve Martin commented: “The FSA is delighted to announce that nominations are open for our sector-leading awards and we urge anyone involved in fire, emergency and security to put forward outstanding individuals.

“There have been many deserving winners of both the Peter Greenwood Security Award and the Ian Marsh Fire Award and we look forward to recognising another duo of industry champions this year.”

The deadline for FSA Award nominations is 5pm on Friday September 15 and the nominations will be reviewed by an independent panel of judges in the autumn. For more details - or to nominate an individual for either award - please click here.

Posted: 07/08/2017 more >

Pioneering Training Partnership Between SSAIB and BT Redcare Announced

Pioneering Training Partnership Between SSAIB and BT Redcare Announced

SSAIB are delighted to announce a pioneering training partnership with BT Redcare, to increase our commitment to facilitating training in the security industry.

BT Redcare are the first manufacturer to work with the SSAIB to extend their training, in order to include syllabus items from the new fire, emergency and security systems standard. This new format will then be delivered to both companies and colleges that specialise in security and fire systems.

On top of that, BT Redcare will also become the first manufacturer to be listed on the new training component of the SSAIB’s website for registered firms. This will grow to include a wealth of information on training schemes and a list of colleges and commercial providers that offer them.

SSAIB training manager Trevor Jenks briefly discussed this revolutionary new link up at the company’s Installers Forum earlier this year and he believes that partnerships of this type are needed in the industry to improve the training of engineers – as well as supporting those that provide it.

“BT Redcare have been doing this for a long time, so it’s a way to enhance their training and ensure the essential knowledge of the technology is put in place,” Trevor said. “It’s a way of extending the existing training and expand the knowledge of engineers in this industry.

“It will also support the colleges and training providers - and we have to support them - but the main thing is that the existing product training is enhanced by ensuring that the fundamental technology is understood by experienced engineers and apprentices alike.

“There are a lot of engineers out in the field who know how to fit and - with experience - maintain the products.  However, by keeping their foundation knowledge up to date, they will become even better engineers and that’s the aim.”

BT Redcare have been a pioneer in the fire and security market for 25 years and they are the largest supplier of alarm signalling services in the UK - securing hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses with their services - and their regional technical manager Rob McLaughlin also welcomed the new partnership with SSAIB.

He revealed: “As a leader in fire and security, BT Redcare is committed to providing a range of class leading products, but also to promoting best practice and raising engineering standards within the industry as well.

“We’re extremely excited to work alongside the SSAIB on this new exciting training initiative and help get the next generation of installation engineers off to the best possible start in their careers.”

SSAIB are also currently working with other manufacturers, so we can help facilitate even more training opportunities for our registered firms through security training partnership initiatives.

Posted: 02/08/2017 more >

SSAIB Announce Latest Series of 2017 Regional Meetings

SSAIB Announce Latest Series of 2017 Regional Meetings

After the success enjoyed in the first half of the year, SSAIB have announced their next series of regional meetings for 2017.

Following a fantastic turnout to our events in the first half of the year, the North East-based leading certification body – for organisations providing security systems and services, fire detection and alarm systems, telecare systems and services, manned security services and monitoring services – will make the long trip to the south coast on September 12, with Southampton being confirmed as the location for the first meeting.

The West Midlands regional meeting will take place on October 4, before Exeter plays host to the South West’s event on November 7. With Scotland and Northern Ireland already ticked off the list earlier in the year, SSAIB complete their tour of the British Isles with a visit to the Welsh capital, Cardiff, a day later on November 8.

Chief executive Alex Carmichael will provide an update on SSAIB and will also discuss consumer legislation, while the new Trailblazers apprentice scheme will be explained by training manager Trevor Jenks. The meetings will also feature an update on standards, as well as other speakers yet to be confirmed.

Venues have not been agreed just yet, but keep checking our events page to find out where the remaining regional meetings of 2017 will be taking place.

However, that doesn’t mean you can’t register for them in the meantime – as you can sign up under the Events tab of the Registered Firms side of our website for your preferred meeting. Failing that, ring the SSAIB on 0191 2963242 and ask to speak to Victoria or Andrew.

Posted: 31/07/2017 more >

SSAIB Congratulate 2020 Vision For Celebrating 25 Years of Certification

SSAIB Congratulate 2020 Vision For Celebrating 25 Years of Certification

SSAIB would like to congratulate North Shields-based firm 2020 Vision for reaching the milestone of 25 years of certification with us, in the same year that they celebrate a successful quarter of a century in business.

The SSAIB-registered firm work with clients to implement and support cutting-edge, IP enabled security technology - including video surveillance, access control and converged security solutions - to protect assets, increase situational awareness and deliver business intelligence.

2020 Vision – who first achieved certification with the SSA back in 1992, before the SSAIB was formed two years later - started as a CCTV installer and the company has now grown into one of the top security providers in the UK. They have a proven track record in both the public sector and private sector; working with clients such as universities, the NHS and corporate companies like Stenaline.

And Peter revealed exactly why he had stayed with the SSAIB for two-and-a-half decades, having been one of the company’s founding members during its inception in 1994.

He said: “We’re proud to be one of the founding members of the SSAIB and it’s an association that has benefitted us greatly over the years. Reaching and surpassing the high standards that SSAIB expect has helped us to progress and it also confirms to our customers that we’re as professional as we can be.

“Third-party certification is so important across the security spectrum, because it ensures safety, protection and peace of mind for customers. The SSAIB describe their certification as a ‘mark of excellence’ and I completely agree with that – as they make sure that you’re doing everything you need to, exactly as you should be and that’s vital in this industry.”

As part of the festivities for their 25th anniversary, the company held a celebration evening for staff at Newcastle Racecourse earlier this month.

2020 Vision managing director Peter Houlis said: “I am delighted that the company has reached this great milestone of 25 years in business and is recognised nationally by clients, peers and suppliers alike. I am justly proud of our reputation; exceptional level of repeat business, high degree of referrals and customer retention; many in excess of twenty years.

“The company has gone from strength to strength since we started in 1992. Over that time, we have continued to evolve with the changes in technology and the sector.

“We fully understand the importance of service to the customer and the professionalism and customer focus of our team is integral to our success.

“Our celebration event was the perfect way for the whole 2020 Vision family to come together and celebrate all of our great achievements from the past 25 years and look ahead to a prosperous future.”

The company has already had a successful start to 2017, winning the inaugural outstanding security installer at the UK’s first Outstanding Security Professional Awards (OSPAs). In addition to that, Peter – who is also an independent registered firms’ representative on the SSAIB board – has been named in IFSEC Global’s list of the top 50 influencers in the security and fire industry as well.

He added: “We have a robust track record in delivering integrated technology solutions, which truly benefit our clients. Our customer-centric service is not just about security; we understand the issues our clients are facing and provide clever insight and situational analysis data, which can help to improve operations, protect assets, monitor health and safety and save money.

“Today, security is more about meeting legal obligations and compliance - as well as protecting assets. We strive for excellence, integrity and continual improvement at 2020 Vision and it’s always a great honour to see our work recognised by receiving these awards.”

SSAIB chief executive Alex Carmichael commented: “On behalf of SSAIB, I would like to congratulate Peter and everyone else associated with 2020 Vision for reaching a fantastic milestone of 25 years in business. I’d also like to congratulate them for their equally long association with the SSAIB and its predecessor, the SSA.

“We value each and every one of our firms and we really do appreciate when they continue to work with us year after year – as it shows that they trust what we do, they value the standards that we implement and they appreciate our ability to maintain those professional standards while providing a helpful and friendly approach.

“The SSAIB hope to celebrate many more milestones with 2020 Vision - and a lot of our other registered firms - for years to come.”

Posted: 28/07/2017 more >