SSAIB Enhance FRIEND-ly Certification Body Standing with Central Perk-Inspired IFSEC Lounge

SSAIB Enhance FRIEND-ly Certification Body Standing with Central Perk-Inspired IFSEC Lounge

SSAIB will be there for you during IFSEC International 2019 – as the leading security and fire certification body are celebrating SSAIB 25 with a Central Perk-themed lounge, based on the famous coffee shop in hit US sitcom Friends.

Having formed in the same year that Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey and Phoebe first graced our TV screens, SSAIB will be turning the clocks back to 1994 on stand IF2020 at the ExCel in London – between Tuesday June 18 and Thursday June 20 – as we look back at SSAIB maintaining the highest standards of certification for 25 years while paying homage to the iconic Central Perk coffee shop with this year’s SSAIB Lounge.

Following the fantastic success of the SSAIB Ice Bar 12 months ago, SSAIB sales and marketing manager Andrew Brown revealed that it was an easy decision to do something similar this year to celebrate a milestone anniversary for the certification body.

Andrew commented: “We had no doubt about having another SSAIB bar this year after the reaction we had to the SSAIB Ice Bar. We went back and forth with a few ideas in the office, before it was pointed out that SSAIB and Friends were both celebrating their 25th anniversaries this year.

“SSAIB are proud to be a helpful, friendly certification body that still maintains professional standards, so the penny dropped at that moment – as not only is it a popular show that has enjoyed a comeback of sorts recently on Netflix, Friends was synonymous with the characters sitting relaxing in their favourite coffee shop and we thought we could replicate that with a subtle nod to our shared birthday with this year’s theme.

“We have plenty of celebrations planned to mark our 25 years of excellence, so it would be great if we could enjoy the same amount of success as last year with the SSAIB Lounge, if not more.”

The SSAIB Lounge will not only be the setting for the organisation’s 25th birthday celebrations across all three days of the showpiece security event but – due to SSAIB being the hosts of the 2019 awards ceremony in September – it will also play host to the unveiling of this year’s Women in Security Awards on Wednesday June 19 at 4:30pm, which recognises the achievements of females working within the security sector.

With past and present both covered, SSAIB will also look to the future with our continued backing of the Engineers of Tomorrow competition at IFSEC. As one of the EoT stakeholders, SSAIB has cemented our support for the national apprentice competition – now in its 21st year – once again by assigning training manager Trevor Jenks, technical manager David Roscoe and Security Systems scheme manager Frank Smith to help with the organisation and judging of the three-day contest.

Having become effective on June 1, 2019, David Roscoe will also be on hand to discuss PD6662:2017 - and all of the changes that alarm installers need to be aware of – during his presentation in the The Future of Security Theatre at 3:50pm on the first day of the show.

Registered firms can also visit the SSAIB team at the SSAIB Lounge, have a drink and take the weight off their feet. Of course, SSAIB representatives will be on hand to speak to any interested parties who are looking to gain third-party certification, share industry updates and best practice guidance and answer any other questions that visitors to the stand might have regarding the SSAIB and the role it occupies in the security industry.

Should you wish to visit the Friends-inspired SSAIB Lounge, sponsored by RISCO Group, please register your place at IFSEC International 2019 at