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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 >

SSAIB Begin Tour of Country with a Week’s Worth of Exhibitions

SSAIB Begin Tour of Country with a Week’s Worth of Exhibitions

If you’ve ever wanted to speak to SSAIB in person then this is the week to do it – as the leading certification body for the fire and security industries is hitting the road to attend no less than three exhibitions in the next seven days.

Sales and marketing manager Andrew Brown will be in attendance for all three, with his first port of call being Consec 2019 on Thursday October 3. Taking place at the Radisson Edwardian Hotel, Middlesex, Andrew will be joined by manned services scheme manager Dougie Callendar for the Association of Security Consultants-organised event.

Following that, Andrew will be joined by PR and communications executive Glen Maxwell for the weekend – as the pair head to the International Centre in Telford for the MLA Expo 2019. The three-day event – hosted by the Master Locksmith Association – has been billed as Europe's largest locksmith exhibition, with doors open between 10am-5:30pm Friday October 4 and Saturday October 5 and 10am-3pm on Sunday October 6.

Finally, our much-travelled sales and marketing manager will make the journey to EventCity in Manchester for Fire Safety North, which begins on Tuesday October 9 at 9am. Joined for both days of the event by Security Systems scheme manager Frank Smith and sales executive Joanne Ellis, Andrew will bring SSAIB’s week of exhibitions to a close at 3:30pm on Wednesday October 10 on stand FS46.

For more information on all three of these events and how to register for them - or any of the other upcoming events SSAIB will be attending - please visit https://ssaib.org/calendar/.

Posted: 02/10/2019 more >

SSAIB Celebrate 25th Anniversary with Successful Hosting of Women in Security Awards

SSAIB Celebrate 25th Anniversary with Successful Hosting of Women in Security Awards

A great night was had by all at this year’s Women in Security Awards, which was hosted by SSAIB in a double celebration with our 25th anniversary.

The event – which took place aboard the Dixie Queen on the River Thames, on Thursday September 12 – was a sold-out affair that not only celebrated SSAIB 25, but also the achievements of females working in the security sector as well.

As a proud supporter of the Women in Security Awards, SSAIB were honoured to be the hosts of this year’s event – as it was the perfect way to further celebrate reaching our milestone 25th year as the leading certification body for the security and fire industries.

SSAIB chief executive Alex Carmichael began the evening by addressing the room and discussing both SSAIB 25 and the importance of celebrating the contribution of females across the security industry. The five awards then followed a celebratory dinner, before all of the guests danced the night away amid the backdrop of an illuminated London sky.

Alex commented: “It was a great night and a fitting double celebration for SSAIB’s 25th birthday and the Women in Security Awards. With SSAIB being the hosts of the this year’s awards, I’d like to extend my congratulations to all of the very worthy, professional women that received their awards from my good friend – the patron and founder of the WiS awards – Una Riley, who was ably supported by the inimitable Roy Cooper from Professional Security.

“I’d also like to say a very big thank you to all of the SSAIB-registered firms that came along to support this wonderful event - as well as all of the guests from the other organisations in attendance, who made it a night that many of us will remember for a long time.

“An event like this takes a lot of hard work, so a very big thank you also to Liz Lloyd from Professional Security for organising a wonderful night. I know I speak for everyone at SSAIB when I say that we’re already looking forward to next year’s Women in Security Awards event, which will be hosted by The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals (WCoSP.)”

The winners of the 2019 Women in Security Awards were as follows:

Security Manager – Jennifer Ciolfi, University of Dundee
Contribution to Industry – Amanda McCloskey, CIS Security
Business Manager – Bernadette Duncan MBE, AUCSO
Technical – Kiran Bhagotra, Protectbox
Frontline – Sara Stephenson, Sodexo

SSAIB would like to echo the sentiments of our chief executive by extending our congratulations to all of this year’s Women in Security Awards winners and nominees.

A full gallery of images from the evening can be viewed at https://www.professionalsecurity.co.uk/gallery/women-in-security-2019/

Posted: 20/09/2019 more >

SSAIB Calls on Firms to Submit OSPAs 2020 Nominations Before October Deadline

SSAIB Calls on Firms to Submit OSPAs 2020 Nominations Before October Deadline

SSAIB firms are reminded that entry to the 2020 UK Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs) will close Tuesday October 1, 2019.

Entering the OSPAs is free and easy and done entirely online, so there is still time to nominate you chosen individual(s) for an award!

With 16 categories to choose from, the awards provide the opportunity to acknowledge people, products and services from right across the security spectrum who have made a significant contribution to the industry.

Once the shortlist of finalists have been selected, the winners will then be revealed on Wednesday February 26 2020 at a prestigious evening awards dinner and ceremony to be held at the Royal Lancaster London.

The judging process is rigorous and robust and only those reaching a high score threshold will be chosen as finalists.  The esteemed panel of judges - including SSAIB's very own chief executive Alex Carmichael - have been nominated by the many leading security associations and bodies and all sign up to an ethics policy, declaring any conflict of interest; and, if a category is not competitively supported, an award will not be made – ensuring only the very best are selected.

Nominations are invited in the following categories and you can enter as many that are applicable:

- Outstanding In-House Security Manager/Director Outstanding Contract Security Manager/Director
- Outstanding Security Team
- Outstanding Contract Security Company (Guarding)
- Outstanding Security Consultant
- Outstanding Customer Service Initiative
- Outstanding Security Training Initiative
- Outstanding Security Installer/Integrator
- Outstanding Event Security Team
- Outstanding Security Partnership
- Outstanding Security Equipment Manufacturer
- Outstanding New Security Product
- Outstanding Security Officer
- Outstanding Young Security Professional
- Outstanding Cyber Security Initiative
- Lifetime Achievement Award

Click here to enter your OSPAs 2020 nominations now.

Posted: 20/09/2019 more >