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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 >

SSAIB Raise Funds for Macmillan Cancer Support During Recent Coffee Morning

SSAIB Raise Funds for Macmillan Cancer Support During Recent Coffee Morning

SSAIB are delighted to confirm that a recent coffee morning at the SSAIB office has helped to raise £100 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Hosted earlier this month - as a late edition of the charity’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning fundraising events held worldwide – the morning saw SSAIB staff bring in a selection of cakes and savory food, which they then contributed monetary donations to enjoy.

A baby picture competition – which consisted of SSAIB employees pay for the privilege of guessing which of their co-workers were which from the numbered selections - also saw bookings team leader Michelle Robinson emerge victorious, to claim the prize of a bottle of wine that had also been donated. Finally, a raffle was also held to win a bottle of Prosecco and a collection of various sweets and chocolates.

After Douglas Macmillan founded the charity in 1911, Macmillan have grown to be the UK’s leading source of cancer support, helping more and more people living with cancer thanks to the support they receive from donations.

The World's Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan Cancer Support's biggest fundraising event – as, each year, people in the UK and worldwide host their own coffee morning. The donations received go towards Macmillan services and, in 2016 alone, World's Biggest Coffee Morning raised £29.5 million.

For more information on Macmillan Cancer Support and the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning – or to find out how to host your own fundraising event – please visit https://coffee.macmillan.org.uk/.

Posted: 18/10/2019 more >

SSAIB Success Sees Leading Fire and Security Certification Body Increase Auditor Numbers

SSAIB Success Sees Leading Fire and Security Certification Body Increase Auditor Numbers

With the recent success enjoyed by SSAIB in their 25th year already seeing the creation of a Management Systems scheme manager role, the leading certification body for the fire and security industries have taken the decision to also add to their auditing team with two new vacant positions.

The two full-time fire alarm and security system regional auditor roles - based in the South West of England and the Home Counties – are ideal for any applicants that possess previous experience in the design, installation and maintenance of fire alarm systems and have a keen eye for detail, while some knowledge of electronic security systems is also desirable.

Working flexible hours with the opportunity to travel as well, the successful applicants will receive a salary commensurate with the role and a company car.

Full details for both roles can be found in our Employment Opportunities section, while anyone looking to apply should forward their CV and a cover letter to Karen Rowley (karen@ssaib.co.uk.)

SSAIB also welcome applications from anyone interested in working as a regional auditor elsewhere in the UK and Ireland as well. Please use the same contact details listed above and include which area(s) you would be able to cover.

Posted: 03/10/2019 more >