NSI – Certification for security and fire protection companies https://www.nsi.org.uk Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:08:33 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 NSI Summit Gold Sponsors and Summit Partner Announced https://www.nsi.org.uk/2018/02/nsi-summit-gold-sponsors-and-summit-partner-announced/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2018/02/nsi-summit-gold-sponsors-and-summit-partner-announced/#respond Wed, 14 Feb 2018 12:00:25 +0000 https://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=17906 Leading brands preparing for this year's Summit

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Exclusively open to all NSI approved companies spanning security, guarding services and fire safety, and industry stakeholders including the Police and Insurer Community, the Summit, now in its fifth year, is growing from strength to strength.

Alongside the Gold sponsors and Summit Partner, NSI approved companies will have access to the UK’s leading equipment, technology and business support providers, with over 60 exhibitors across two halls.  Delegates will benefit from: a Plenary session featuring the latest industry updates; an educational seminar programme led by high calibre specialists incorporating master-classes, panel discussion and case study presentations; one-to-one sessions with NSI industry experts; and not-to-be-missed special offers.

BT RedcareJohn Ware, General Manager, BT Redcare comments “BT Redcare is again delighted to be sponsoring the NSI Summit which will bring into focus the latest initiatives, standards and developments in the industry.  Redcare plays a key part in all these areas and we’re looking forward to meeting with delegates – we have lots to share.”

CSLSpeaking on behalf of CSL, Group Managing Director Simon Banks states “CSL are delighted to be a headline sponsor of the NSI Summit, for the 5th year in a row.  It’s a must attend event in the Fire & Security calendar.  Visit us on the day to find out more about our latest innovations and make the most of our live product demonstrations, whilst catching up with the team.”

Greg Smith, Field Marketing Manager, RISCO Group adds “This is a fantastic event which has always delivered in terms of staying abreast of current developments and providing an opportunity for NSI approved companies to meet with the leading players within the industry.  We’re delighted to support this key event.”

IFSEC InternationalGerry Dunphy, Brand Director IFSEC & FIREX International: “IFSEC is delighted once again to be a key partner of the NSI Summit in 2018.  All NSI approved companies are essential to IFSEC and we always welcome an opportunity to meet with them to relay the key developments for the show in 2018.  Our major offering for the installer community this year is the ‘Show Me How” programme which will emphasise a wide range of learning opportunities and exhibitor demonstrations which will help our installer customers better understand the capabilities and potential of the technologies on offer at IFSEC 2018.”

This year’s Summit theme of ‘Strengthening Partnerships’ explores the relationship between the private and public sectors, shining a spotlight on working closer together to safeguard people, property and the wider community.

NSI Chief Executive, Richard Jenkins comments “We would like to thank BT Redcare, CSL, RISCO Group and IFSEC International for their continued collaboration on the NSI Summit.

“This essential one-day event is specially designed for NSI Approved Companies, the UK’s elite within the security and fire safety companies, to keep them abreast of industry developments and provide an important opportunity to share best practice, conduct business and meet face-to-face with our sponsors and exhibitors who provide an array of expertise within the security and fire safety sectors. It centres on maintaining the highest standards within our industry.”

NSI approved companies can find out more and register free now at www.nsisummit.co.uk.

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NSI Summit – 22 March 2018 – Registration Now Open https://www.nsi.org.uk/2018/01/nsi-summit-22-march-2018-registration-now-open/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2018/01/nsi-summit-22-march-2018-registration-now-open/#respond Thu, 25 Jan 2018 17:59:11 +0000 https://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=17795 NSI approved companies register now!

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NSI Summit 2018Strengthening Partnerships

This year’s Summit theme,Strengthening Partnerships’, celebrates the success of the contribution of private public sector partnership in delivering improved security over many years and asks how forging even closer working partnerships can build on this for the future.

Education and Innovation

This one day event offers an exclusive opportunity for NSI approved companies to meet and keep up to date with the latest industry developments, learn about innovations within the electronic security, guarding and fire safety sectors and benefit from exclusive offers. It promises to be an informative day providing bite-sized sessions presented by high profile speakers, as well as an exhibition where many of the industry’s suppliers and technology companies will be on hand to share their knowledge.

The extensive conference programme has been designed with three concurrent elective content streams. The sessions will include a focus on sectors that have particular security systems, guarding and fire safety challenges such as retail and further education, as well as specific sessions featuring case study examples of how the private sector is increasingly working closely with law enforcement.  There will also be an opportunity for attendees to gain an insight into specific standards-related updates and to meet with NSI’s technical experts.

Richard Jenkins, NSI Chief Executive comments, “The Summit is a valuable and enjoyable opportunity for NSI approved companies to keep up to date with the latest thinking and innovations in our fast-changing sectors. This year we are extending a personal invitation to individuals from the guarding services and fire safety sectors as we broaden the content of the event to include all NSI approved companies and industry stakeholders. Our aim is to deliver an enriching experience for all delegates, whatever their areas of expertise and interest.

“We are delighted to be returning to the Vox, an easy to reach, modern venue ideally suited to our delegates, exhibitors, sponsors and speakers.”

NSI Approved Companies – Register Now!

NSI approved companies save the date and register at nsisummit.co.uk

Exhibition and Sponsorship Enquiries

We would be delighted to hear from organisations interested in exhibiting at the NSI Summit and sponsorship opportunities are also available.  Enquire here

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BSIA and FIA co-host event on changes to the UK Telecommunications Network https://www.nsi.org.uk/2018/01/bsia-to-host-event-on-changes-to-uks-telecommunications-network/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2018/01/bsia-to-host-event-on-changes-to-uks-telecommunications-network/#respond Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:26:24 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=17764 Event takes place on 15 March 2018 in London

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The event will be at UBM, 240 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8BF. The UK telecommunications network is changing and all those working within the security and fire sectors with an interest in alarms signalling are encouraged to attend.

Guest speakers include:

  • OFCOM (UK Regulator)
  • BSIA
  • NICC
  • BT Openreach (Access provider)
  • Leading comms providers

It’s an opportunity to question and gain clarification on these changes and implications for those within the industry and their customers.

Further information is available via the BSIA website.

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NSI Code of Practice for CCTV Installations Updated https://www.nsi.org.uk/2018/01/nsi-code-of-practice-for-cctv-installations-updated/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2018/01/nsi-code-of-practice-for-cctv-installations-updated/#respond Wed, 10 Jan 2018 14:17:33 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=17738 NCP 104 (Issue 3) provides installers with detailed recommendations

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This edition includes guidance on protecting systems from cyber risks and emphasises the importance of thoroughly assessing customer security risks and requirements when developing CCTV system design.

Customers buying CCTV surveillance systems designed, installed and maintained to comply with this latest edition can be assured of:

  • security needs being fully assessed, documented and agreed prior to any design work
  • system design addressing agreed security needs, usability and operating requirements including network (cyber) security
  • thorough validation and testing of the CCTV system
  • appropriate user training
  • fully documented maintenance requirements

The new NCP 104 provides installers with detailed recommendations and guidance to be followed as part of delivering a CCTV system design and ensures sustainability, functionality and effectiveness of a system.  Notable points for installers are that the Code:

  • is in line with the latest standard BS EN 62676-4:2015, (the current application guidelines for the use of video surveillance systems in security applications), but simplifies the process of system development and testing, by omitting specific requirements regarding system grading and the use of some specific image testing requirements
  • introduces requirements for design areas such as network (cyber) security, detectors, video analysis, audio and cabling, that are not covered by in BS EN 62676-4 and also covering current technologies and terminology
  • stands alone from BS 8418 which relates to the installation of remotely monitored detector activated CCTV systems

Tony Weeks, Head of Technical Services, NSI

NSI’s Head of Technical Services, Tony Weeks said “Customers can rely on installers working with the new Issue 3 of the NSI Code to fully document and understand their requirements, so that CCTV system design is fit for purpose. The ‘scale-ability’ of the Code means it can help deliver best practice from the smallest to the most complex of installations.”

The new edition supersedes NCP 104 Issue 2, which will be withdrawn from use on 30 April 2019. Customers seeking the compliance with the new Code prior to this date should check with their NSI approved installer.

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Revision of BS 5306-3:2017 – Fire Extinguishing Installations & Equipment on Premises https://www.nsi.org.uk/2018/01/revision-of-bs-5306-32017-fire-extinguishing-installations-equipment-on-premises/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2018/01/revision-of-bs-5306-32017-fire-extinguishing-installations-equipment-on-premises/#respond Wed, 10 Jan 2018 12:44:04 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=17732 Reminder: Companies are being audited to the new standard

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The revision took place as part of BSI’s routine five-yearly review to update the standard, ensuring alignment with the latest developments through the introduction of a number of changes   These changes include, but are not limited to:

Specific reference to information regarding Portable Fire Extinguishers is included in Fire Risk Assessments

  • Recognition of changes in relevant legislation
  • Greater clarification of procedures
  • Clarification of linkage to BS 5306-8
  • Inclusion of references to BS 5306-9

NSI is a BAFE licensed third party certification body and can offer organisations NSI approval and BAFE registration for BAFE scheme  SP101.  Read about the range of Fire approval schemes we offer.

Buyers of fire safety services can be assured when choosing an NSI company approved to the BAFE SP101 scheme ‘Competency of Portable Fire Extinguisher Organisations and Technicians’.

We have produced a Circular Letter and Technical Bulletin to help NSI approved companies understand the changes, these can be accessed via the Company Login area on our website.

NSI approved companies may purchase copies of this new standard via our online subscription service in the Company Login area.

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Implementation of PD 6662:2017 https://www.nsi.org.uk/2017/12/implementation-pd-66622017/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2017/12/implementation-pd-66622017/#respond Fri, 08 Dec 2017 15:11:22 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=17673 Transition in progress

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NSI issued guidance on PD 6662:2017 to NSI approved companies in October including a Technical Bulletin about the changes.

During the transition period now in operation, NSI NACOSS Gold and Systems Silver approved companies can install systems to either version of the PD depending on the availability of equipment to meet the required standards.

The new PD incorporates the provisions of Industry Agreement 1501:2015, which permits the use of remote devices, such as mobile phones, to operate an alarm system.

The new PD implements the latest editions of European standards including BS EN 50131-1:2006+A2:2017. Importantly this leads to alignment with BS EN 50136-1:2012 – Alarm systems – Alarm transmission systems and equipment – Part 1: General requirements for alarm transmission systems.

NSI Head of Technical Services, Tony Weeks, said “We welcome the new edition of PD 6662 as it updates the scheme to current standards and resolves other issues covered previously in the Industry Agreement”.

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Security and Fire Excellence Awards 2017 – NSI approved companies recognised for outstanding achievements https://www.nsi.org.uk/2017/11/security-fire-excellence-awards-2017-nsi-approved-companies-recognised-outstanding-achievements/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2017/11/security-fire-excellence-awards-2017-nsi-approved-companies-recognised-outstanding-achievements/#respond Thu, 30 Nov 2017 17:16:24 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=17623 Find out who the winning companies are

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We would like to congratulate the 32 NSI approved company finalists whose achievements were acknowledged by the judges and in particular, the NSI approved companies below who took home the top prizes in their particular categories:

Large Security Installer of the Year

Universal Security Systems Ltd

Inspiration in HR Award

Wilson James

Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year

Wilson James

Best Contribution to Standards in the Security Sector

Sainsburys, Mitie, PaS and Sussex Police by Mitie Total Security Management

Security Manager of the Year

Muhammad Fahim, Eurostar by Mitie Total Security Management

View the full list of categories and winners from the Security & Fire Excellence Awards 2017

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NFCC Publish Fire Safety Risk Assessment Guidance https://www.nsi.org.uk/2017/11/nfcc-publish-fire-safety-risk-assessment-guidance/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2017/11/nfcc-publish-fire-safety-risk-assessment-guidance/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:00:14 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=17580 Information and Guidance for those looking for competent fire risk assessors

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These approved companies are also BAFE SP205 registered providers and can help meet your fire risk assessment responsibilities.  NSI audits ensure their competence to deliver this service.

The NFCC guidance includes simple steps and precautions to be taken to help verify the competence and suitability of a prospective contractor.

  • Be satisfied that the fire risk assessor who carries out the work is competent.  This can be demonstrated by them providing evidence of compliance with the competency criteria set down by the Fire Risk Assessment Competency Council (FRACC)
  • Check that they have experience of working for your kind of business and premises.
  • Be clear about the scope of the work to be carried out and ensure that the assessor is provided with access to all areas of the premises and with relevant information.
  • Obtain alternative quotes – make sure they all cover the same scope, so you can draw a proper comparison.
  • It is advisable to request references from previous clients in similar premises types; ask them if they were satisfied and if any problems were later identified by the Fire and Rescue Authority.
  • It is advisable to ask for proof that they have sufficient professional indemnity insurance and to seek assurance that the contractor is impartial and has a complaints procedure.
  • Keep and maintain records of the steps you took in selecting your fire risk assessor.

 

 

 

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ActionAid Inspires Women in Security https://www.nsi.org.uk/2017/11/actionaid-inspires-women-in-security/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2017/11/actionaid-inspires-women-in-security/#respond Tue, 14 Nov 2017 22:32:47 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=17541 Talent of winners at prestigious awards ceremony applauded by guest speaker

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Javeria Ayaz Malik

Originally from Pakistan, Javeria is a security expert who lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. In her role she coordinates the organisation’s safety and security policy and establishes external relationships with global security networks. Javeria also advises ActionAid’s leadership on appropriate security management strategies aimed at reducing the safety and security risks staff may face in the course of their duties.

Responsible for overseeing the security management skills of hundreds of staff in more than 40 countries via a network of security focal persons, Javeria drew upon her personal experiences inspiring the audience with her knowledge and relating it to the daily challenges faced by many UK security professionals.

Working mainly with communities living in poverty, women’s groups, social movements and human rights defenders Javeria highlighted that contrary to common perception, women at grassroots level take a lead role in security management.  Developing a deep contextual understanding, crisis management and knowledge management are universal themes in today’s environment. Javeria’s address resonated with many in the audience who operate in highly challenging environments such as Sodexo’s finalist Susan Markou, a security officer within healthcare responsible for assessing risk and managing volatile situations on a daily basis.

As a certified and experienced security trainer, Javeria’s training curriculums and methodologies include specific modules particularly aimed at enhancing protection strategies for human rights’ defenders.  In the case of female human rights’ defenders working in challenging environments around the world, this is particularly pertinent.

Javeria Ayaz Malik said “Given the diverse geographical areas in which we operate, different cultures, political environments and the very nature of our work, the security challenges ActionAid faces are highly complex. However the fundamental challenges we all face as security professionals are significant and growing.

“It was fantastic to be part of the Women in Security Awards and to witness first-hand this celebration of talented women within the UK security industry who have demonstrated such outstanding commitment to safeguarding our communities.”

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NSI to sponsor Outstanding Installer Category at the OSPAs https://www.nsi.org.uk/2017/10/nsi-to-sponsor-the-ospas/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2017/10/nsi-to-sponsor-the-ospas/#respond Mon, 23 Oct 2017 11:41:08 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=17485 Currently running in 8 countries, the OSPAs recognise outstanding performance

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The UK OSPAs are part of a global awards scheme currently running in eight countries to recognise and reward outstanding performance within the security sector.

Entry to the UK OSPAs is completely free and open to companies, teams and individuals who have performed at an exceptional level, and you don’t have to be a member of an organisation or association to enter. The nomination process is straight forward with only two simple questions to answer that can be submitted on-line at:

www.uk.theospas.com/enter

Nominations are open until 13th November 2017 and submissions are invited in the following categories:

  • Outstanding In-House Security Team
  • Outstanding In-House Security Manager
  • Outstanding Contract Security Company
  • Outstanding Security Consultant
  • Outstanding Customer Service Initiative
  • Outstanding Security Training Initiative
  • Outstanding Security Installer                                               
  • Outstanding Event Security Team
  • Outstanding Security Partnership
  • Outstanding Investigator
  • Outstanding Cyber Security Initiative
  • Outstanding Information Security Company
  • Outstanding Security Equipment Manufacturer
  • Outstanding Security Officer
  • Outstanding Young Security Professional
  • Lifetime Achievement Award“

Richard Jenkins, NSI Chief Executive comments “We are delighted to be sponsoring the UK OSPAs next year. The OSPAs present an exciting opportunity to showcase the best of what the UK has to offer in the electronic security and guarding services sectors, on a global platform.

“Recognising and celebrating the achievements of outstanding installers is an important part of NSI’s focus on raising standards across the UK security industry.”

OSPAS 2017

A panel of leading industry figures will select award winners from finalists and the UK OSPAs will be presented at a prestigious awards dinner to be held at the impressive 5-star venue, The Royal Lancaster, London on 1st March 2018.

More information and to enter the OSPAs

 

 

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NSI Supports new Electronic Call Handling Operation (ECHO) https://www.nsi.org.uk/2017/10/nsi-supports-electronic-call-handling-operation/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2017/10/nsi-supports-electronic-call-handling-operation/#respond Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:28:21 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=17456 Opportunity for more efficient use of emergency services

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The launch presents a significant opportunity to facilitate more efficient use of emergency services, reducing call handling times and errors that can occur from manual call handling.

Successful pilot schemes have been undertaken with a number of alarm companies and police forces, and the opportunity is to widen and standardise the process nationally. The new initiative has the potential to bring about automated Police URN management optimising technology and to deliver both automated audio and visual alarm confirmation.

Richard Jenkins, NSI’s Chief Executive commented: “We welcome this new project which presents a real opportunity to generate significant savings in emergency response resources both through fewer alarms and a potential increase in the effectiveness of emergency response by the police.

“Taking a longer view we believe the potential of applying this technology also in support of the fire service is immense, with critical infrastructure such as care homes, hospitals and heritage all potentially benefitting from enhanced fire alarm transmission and the fire service potentially set to benefit from reduced false alarms.

“It offers the potential to deliver a step change in the provision of public security and fire safety across the country.”

NSI is a not-for-profit UKAS accredited certification body specialising in the approval of security and fire detection and alarm system companies who install and maintain police response intruder alarms,  fire detection and alarm systems, and Alarm Receiving Centres who manage alarm signalling.

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NSI supports new guidance to help prevent false Hold-Up Alarms https://www.nsi.org.uk/2017/10/nsi-supports-new-guidance-to-help-prevent-false-hold-up-alarms/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2017/10/nsi-supports-new-guidance-to-help-prevent-false-hold-up-alarms/#respond Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:47:29 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=17420 Recommendations for installers

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Professional installers help to reduce the number of false alarms by rigorously following these guidelines as they go about their routine installation and maintenance activities.

The impact in saving Police time is invaluable, and demonstrates the effectiveness of installers in their work and in explaining best practice to premises managers and staff.

The simple guidance is aimed at installers and recommends:

  • Taking HUA Systems out of service before work starts and remember to return them to full service when work has been completed
  • Reminding users of the proper use of HUAs as advised by the Police – for use during an attack or threat of an attack involving persons at premises protected by the HUA. A brawl outside the premises or petty theft is not proper use.
  • The repositioning of HUAs vulnerable to damage following changes to internal layout of premises.
  • Ensuring HUA fixings and covers are secure during service visits and remind the users to report minor damage.
  • Reminding users/premises managers of their duty to inform contractors working in the premises that HUAs are installed and active.
  • Discussing correct use of HUAs with all employees who have direct contact with customers.

Richard Jenkins, NSI’s Chief Executive commented: “Police response alarms play a vital role in contributing to public safety and professional installers are key in the effectiveness of the protection HUAs provide.

“The useful tips in this guidance note are a reminder of best practice that every installer can benefit from. It’s a quick and simple recommended read.”

Download the ‘Preventing False Hold-Up Alarms’ guide.

 

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BSIA seminar to help installers understand cyber risks of connected security products https://www.nsi.org.uk/2017/10/bsia-hosting-free-seminar-on-security-products-and-cyber-risk/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2017/10/bsia-hosting-free-seminar-on-security-products-and-cyber-risk/#respond Wed, 04 Oct 2017 11:55:51 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=17375 Seminar taking place on 2 November in the West Midlands

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The seminar will include presentations from a wide range of cyber security experts including the West Midlands Police digital cyber crime team and the Scottish Business Resilience Centre’s team of ‘ethical hackers’.

The seminar will also provide delegates with a summary of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which is coming into force in May 2018 which will have implications for businesses on how they process and handle personal data.

The seminar will be of particular interest to security and fire safety installers with an interest in improving their business’ cyber security and data protection policies.

Venue and Timings

The seminar is taking place at the Greswolde Arms Hotel, Knowle, Solihull, B93 0LL on 2 November 2017 between 09.00 and 13.30.

More Information

View the full programme and booking information.

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Revision of BAFE Scheme for Contract Maintenance of Portable Fire Extinguishers https://www.nsi.org.uk/2017/09/revision-of-bafes-scheme-for-contract-maintenance-of-portable-fire-extinguishers/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2017/09/revision-of-bafes-scheme-for-contract-maintenance-of-portable-fire-extinguishers/#respond Fri, 29 Sep 2017 16:40:06 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=17360 Revised Scheme effective from 1st October 2017

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The publication of the revised BAFE Scheme follows lengthy consultation with representatives from the industry, certification bodies and other interested stakeholders. NSI was an active participant in the review of the scheme.

According to BAFE “The revised SP101 scheme continues to provide the best assurances to the industry and their customers of what defines a quality provider of fire extinguisher services in today’s market and also updates and strengthens the role of the fire extinguisher technician…”

BAFE PFE Technician Requirement

BAFE add that the competency of a fire extinguisher technician has been enhanced further by including additional technical competence and the added requirements for training in asbestos awareness and health and safety procedures.

Got to the BAFE website for more information on the Scheme.

Fire Gold and Fire Silver Level

Those working in the portable fire extinguisher sector may be interested to know that from the start of next month, it is no longer an SP101 scheme requirement to operate an ISO 9001 Quality Management System .Consequently, NSI, as a BAFE licenced third party certification body, will offer SP101 approval at Gold and Silver level.  Successfully completing the NSI application process will enable applicants to achieve both BAFE registration and NSI approval to our Fire Gold or Fire Silver schemes.

NSI offers approval for the following BAFE schemes:

  • Fire Detection and Alarm Systems: a modular scheme for design, installation commissioning and maintenance (SP203-1)
  • Competency of Portable Fire Extinguisher Organisations and Technicians (SP101)
  • Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment (SP205-1)
  • Emergency Lighting (SP203-4)
  • Fixed Gaseous Fire Suppression Systems (SP203-3)

Find out more about NSI’s Fire approvals

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NSI Commissions new Perpetuity Research Study – “Maximising the Public Benefits of Automated Alarms” https://www.nsi.org.uk/2017/09/17326/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2017/09/17326/#respond Wed, 27 Sep 2017 13:47:46 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=17326 Research to commence next month

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Richard JenkinsNSI’s Chief Executive Richard Jenkins explained, “The well proven URN (Unique Reference Number) police response process has long been a great unsung mainstay in private-public sector collaboration, and over the last 10-15 years has contributed dramatically to public safety, and increasing efficiency for police at a time when pressures on resources have never been higher. But technology marches on and the opportunities are there for moving the success of the police URN to another level. This study is about crystallising the possibilities from amongst all stakeholders, and envisioning the added benefits that could be realised from further enhancement.

”In 2002/3 NSI appointed Perpetuity Research to produce a report on “the causes of false alarms”. It was widely referred to and became an important reference point for policy and communication, within the security sector, the police service and beyond. The findings from the report have largely stood the test of time. We are very excited now 15 years on to be re-visiting the police response model, and helping define how a modern technology can build further on the success to date. Perpetuity is an expert and knowledgeable partner to help paint a picture of how this might work, and we are confident with input from key stakeholders in the process that this new study will help inform the debate about the URN of the future.”

Martin GillProfessor Martin Gill, Director of Perpetuity Research, commented, “It is our belief that this independent piece of work can help bring clarity to the table and inform the debate about how further success in police URN can be delivered in the interests of public safety, protection of people and property, and police savings. Having delivered the 2003 study, the time is right to revisit this arena, discover how industry and police thinking has moved on, what opportunities are there and how benefit might be realised. We are delighted to have been approached again by NSI to conduct this new research.”

It is expected that the findings from this industry study will be organised on a fast track basis with an initial report available in spring/early summer 2018.

 

Perpetuity

 

Those wishing to find more out about the research should contact
Charlotte Howell of Perpetuity Research or telephone 01892 538690

 

 

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Women in Security Awards 2017 – A Night of Outstanding Achievements https://www.nsi.org.uk/2017/09/women-in-security-awards-2017-a-night-of-outstanding-achievements/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2017/09/women-in-security-awards-2017-a-night-of-outstanding-achievements/#respond Fri, 15 Sep 2017 17:13:42 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=17256 NSI hosts a night of celebration for women in the security sector

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Women in Security Awards 2017 TrophyThe glittering black tie event took place on board the Harmony cruise boat of Bateaux London on the River Thames where London’s grand and iconic buildings offered the perfect backdrop for the 120 guests who gathered to celebrate women’s role and contribution in raising standards of security for people, property and assets throughout the UK.

Richard Jenkins, NSI Chief Executive opened the evening with a welcome address and following a formal four course dinner guests were treated to an inspirational speech by Javeria Ayaz Malik, International Security Advisor and Head of the Staff Security Department at ActionAid International. Javeria shared with guests, a significant number of whom were representatives from NSI approved companies, her wealth of experience in coordinating the organisation’s safety and security policy and establishing external relationships with global security networks.

Roy Cooper, publisher of Professional Security Magazine, and Una Riley introduced the awards whose finalists were shortlisted from over 150 nominations. The winners were:

  • ‘Technical’ – Samantha Bamford from Pelco by Schneider;
  • ‘Contribution to Industry’ – Michelle Bailey from NSI Guarding Gold approved company, Active Response;
  • ‘Manager’ – Siobhan Plunkett from GSLS
  • ‘Frontline’ – Keeley Watson from NSI Guarding Gold approved company, Wilson James.
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L-R Richard Jenkins, Michelle Bailey , Keeley Watson, Samantha Bamford, Siobhan Plunkett, Una Riley and Roy Cooper

Richard Jenkins commented “It was a pleasure to host these awards and see so many people gather to celebrate achievements of women within our industry. The evening was a huge success and we were delighted with the number of nominations received.

“The security sector has a wealth of varied and fulfilling roles, including product development, technical support, managerial and frontline and it’s encouraging to see more and more women choosing careers which have been traditionally male dominated.   I congratulate last night’s winners and finalists on their outstanding achievements and contribution and have no doubt they will help to inspire other women to take forward their careers in the security sector.”

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Publication of BS 5839-1:2017 Fire Detection & Alarm Systems for Buildings https://www.nsi.org.uk/2017/09/publication-of-bs-5839-12017-fire-detection-alarm-systems-for-buildings/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2017/09/publication-of-bs-5839-12017-fire-detection-alarm-systems-for-buildings/#respond Fri, 15 Sep 2017 16:38:04 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=17245 Changes made to the Code of Practice

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BSI has revised BS 5839-1:2017, the Code of Practice for the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of systems in non-domestic dwellings.  The revision was published on 31 August 2017 and supersedes BS 5839-1:2013 which is now withdrawn.

The revision adopts latest industry thinking and new technologies including added guidance on the use of video fire detection and multi-sensor fire detectors with the aim of reducing the incidence of false alarms.

This is a full revision of the Code of Practice and contains a number of changes over the previous version.  Some of the key changes are:

  • To reduce the chance of either malicious or accidental activation it is recommended that all manual call points are fitted with a protective cover.  Fitting protective covers to manual call points is now the default recommendation.  A “variation” to the Code of Practice must be declared if covers are not fitted.
  • Means of safe isolation for maintenance purposes must be provided however there is no longer a requirement to provide double pole isolation adjacent to control equipment and power supply units.
  • Additional guidance including a new annex addressing the selection and application of fire detectors has been incorporated.

The Fire Industry Association are holding complimentary seminars for its members with places currently available on 12th October.  View the FIA Events page for details. 

NSI’s Fire Gold and Silver approved companies may access Technical Bulletin 0039 via the Company Login area of this website which explains the changes in more detail. The Code of Practice is also available for approved companies via NSI’s on-line Standards Subscription service.

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BSIA hosting Series of PD 6669 Breakfast Briefings https://www.nsi.org.uk/2017/08/bsia-hosting-breakfast-briefings-on-pd-6669/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2017/08/bsia-hosting-breakfast-briefings-on-pd-6669/#respond Wed, 23 Aug 2017 11:56:24 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=17168 Installers interested in alarm transmission systems invited to attend

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PD 6669 builds upon the existing BS EN 50136 series for alarm transmission systems by providing guidance, such as additional alarm transmission system performance categories and actions to be taken when the availability fails to meet the required levels. It also provides installation advice to improve the security and reliability of alarm transmission systems.

The briefings will take the format of a small panel of PD 6669 contributors providing a summary of the content and expected use by installers and end-users, followed by a question and answer session.

The briefings will take place at the following venues:

London– 30th August – UBM 240 Blackfriars Rd, London SE1 8BF. Registration opens at 8.30am with presentations from 9.00am until 11.00am. •

Hampshire – 31st August – Southern Monitoring 212-218 London Rd, Waterlooville PO7 7AJ. Registration opens at 8.30am with presentations from 9.00am until 11.00am. •

Wigan – 6th September – NW Fire and Security Exhibition, DW Stadium (South Stand Suite) 15 Loire Dr, Wigan WN5 0UH. Presentation 10.00am – 11.00am (as part of the NW Fire and Security Exhibition speaker programme). •

Nottingham – 13th September – EMCS Ltd Tissington Cl, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 6QG. Registration opens at 8.30am with presentations from 9.00am until 11.00am

To register for your free place at any of the briefings, please visit: http://www.bsia.co.uk/events

NSI approved companies are advised that PD 6669 is available via NSI’s on-line Standards Subscription Service.

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NSI Launches Women in Security Awards 2017 https://www.nsi.org.uk/2017/07/nsi-launches-women-in-security-awards-2017/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2017/07/nsi-launches-women-in-security-awards-2017/#respond Mon, 03 Jul 2017 13:15:46 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=16957 NSI to host Women in Security Awards event 2017

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The Awards, now in their sixth year, provide a unique opportunity to showcase and celebrate the significant contribution of women to the security sector.

The launch was a resounding success attended by many eminent industry figures including Una Riley, Awards founder and the first woman managing director of an NSI approved company and Elizabeth France CBE, Chair of the SIA Board; as well as judges, previous winners and distinguished representatives from companies and industry bodies across the sector.

Women in Security LaunchChief Executive of NSI, Richard Jenkins, encouraged industry professionals to submit nominations, highlighting how the Awards dovetailed with NSI’s commitment to working together to raise standards by recognising and celebrating success.

Una Riley shared her original vision when establishing the Awards, saying:

“In 1985 when I started Euro Alarms Ltd I wanted immediately to be recognised as a professional installer…the route to business was to become NSI (then known as NSCIA and later NACOSS) approved and become a member of the BSIA trade body. Those were the credentials at that time to assure the consumer that the organisation they were choosing had been through a third-party inspection process.  There were no ISO standards then or Investors in People…all the quality platforms were on the horizon and when the NSCIA transformed into NACOSS that is when the professional journey began. NACOSS was instrumental in improving standards in the security industry and the wider world of security.

“As an installation company owner for 23 years I was very involved with NSI from the beginning of the formation of my company. My company was being inspected whilst NSI (then NACOSS) gained accreditation from UKAS for the first time.

“Euro Alarms Ltd was one of the top ten companies to attain BS5750 through NACOSS and I was the first NACOSS Southern Regional Chairman and instrumental in helping define the difference between the services that the BSIA and NACOSS had to offer. NACOSS had a revolutionary impact on the systems sector.

“Since its early beginnings in 1971, NSI has gone on to become the recognised leading certification body for the security and fire protection sectors in the UK.   I am proud of my association with the NSI from 1985 to now.

“I created the Women in Security Awards in order that women are recognised not only for their contribution to the industry by doing a great job but for women who shape the industry by their involvement with their ILB’s (Industry Lead Bodies)”.

Roy Cooper Publisher of Professional Security Magazine and event organiser, announced tickets for the event were already selling out fast and encouraged the whole industry to participate by submitting nominations for all those women who contribute above and beyond their roles in the wider interests of the industry.

The Dinner is the culmination of an awards programme in which nominations for talented and outstanding women in the industry can be submitted in four major categories: frontline; manager; technical; and contribution to industry. The entry deadline for nominations is 11 August 2017. Tickets to attend the glittering evening are available at £105 inc VAT. Full details on the nomination process and how to book your place at the Awards ceremony are online at: www.professionalsecurity.co.uk/wis.

As host of this year’s gala dinner, NSI is offering NSI approved companies an exclusive ‘2 for 1’ ticket price via events@nsi.org.uk.

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NSI Excels at IFSEC International 2017 https://www.nsi.org.uk/2017/06/nsi-excels-at-ifsec-international-2017/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2017/06/nsi-excels-at-ifsec-international-2017/#respond Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:13:03 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=16939 NSI welcomes record number of visitors

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NSI IFSEC teamNSI’s owl, ‘Cash’, flew in again to join the NSI team on the stand to greet visitors and was treated like a celebrity with many keen to take photos and selfies.

Three NSI experts shared their knowledge, taking part in well attended seminars. Tony Weeks, Head of Technical Services participated in a panel discussion on the current trends and future of the security industry; Clare Crump, Auditor, presented with Tony Porter, Surveillance Camera Commissioner, on the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice and what constitutes good operational practice; and Chris Hayes, Operations Manager, provided delegates with guidance on how to choose a competent fire risk assessor.

NSI was also delighted to formally launch the Women in Security Awards at a VIP drinks reception on its stand.  As official hosts of this year’s Awards ceremony taking place on the evening of 14 September on board the Harmony cruise boat of Bateaux London, Richard Jenkins, NSI Chief Executive, announced that nominations for this year are now open. Una Riley, the Awards founder, shared her original thinking in creating the Awards and how they continue to play an important role within today’s security sector. Roy Cooper, Publisher of Professional Security magazine and organiser of the Awards, encouraged industry representatives to nominate colleagues who have gone above and beyond their role to make a significant contribution to the industry.

The Engineers of Tomorrow competition, another key feature of IFSEC International of which NSI has been a stakeholder since it began nearly 20 years ago, was a great spectacle for visitors, showcasing the skills and talent of apprentices and young engineers. NSI auditors Gary Hurst and Bill Baillie provided adjudicator support to oversee the competitors, who worked in pairs pitting their skills against the clock. Richard Jenkins presented the heat winners’ prizes at the end of the first day with this year’s heat winners being Corrie Stewart and Martin Hannaway, who both study at New College Lanarkshire.

Eclipse presentation

Three NSI Gold approved company presentations took place on the NSI stand with all three companies receiving recognition for their transition to the latest 2015 edition of ISO 9001. Representatives were: Neil Alexander, Director, from Eclipse (IP) Ltd in Dumfermline (see picture left), John Helas, Managing Director of Stanley Security Solutions in Swindon and Dean Agg, Manager of Pyrotec Services in Abingdon.

Richard Jenkins comments “We were absolutely delighted by the level of interest in NSI’s certification services at this year’s IFSEC. It was an excellent opportunity to meet on a one-to-one basis with companies who are looking to start their journey in certification and to spend time with specifiers and representatives from our approved companies.

A highlight was launching this year’s Women in Security Awards event taking place in September. Based upon the launch turnout I hope everyone will submit their nominations and book their place to recognise and celebrate success within our industry.”

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IFSEC 2017

The NSI team will be at IFSEC International in force – along with the  much loved and popular NSI owl, ‘Cash’, to welcome visitors, share essential information for the security and fire safety community and launch this year’s Women in Security Awards, in association with Professional Security magazine. NSI are proud to be hosting the Women in Security Awards later in 2017 and mark the significant contributions made in making the UK a safer place.

NSI experts will also be involved in a number of specialist seminars taking place throughout the show.

5234 IFSEC 2017 Engineers of Tomorrow Stamps v5-06The Engineers of Tomorrow competition, supported by NSI over 18 years ago since it started, is being held adjacent to the NSI stand. NSI’s own auditors will be adjudicating the competition over the three days.

This is a showcase of talent of the future of our industry and a spectacle not to be missed.

Richard Jenkins comments “We are delighted to be partnering IFSEC International again in 2017. IFSEC is an opportunity for both our approved companies and those contemplating NSI approval to meet and speak to our team of experts face-to-face.

As the largest industry gathering of the year it’s also a convenient way to keep up to date with the latest developments and technologies within the security and fire sectors. Our experts are looking forward to sharing their knowledge on our stand and in various sessions throughout the three days. For buyers of installation and associated services it’s an ideal opportunity to learn about the value of working with NSI approved companies”

We look forward to greeting visitors to the NSI Stand B950!

VIP Registration for NSI Approved Companies

NSI approved companies attending IFSEC International will be eligible for VIP registration, providing fast track entrance, access to VIP lounges with complimentary refreshments plus additional exclusive benefits provided by the organisers.  Registration details may be found in the Company Login area of this website. Contact the NSI Marketing Department on 01628 764870 for queries.

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NSI Achieves Cyber Essentials PLUS Certification with Flying Colours https://www.nsi.org.uk/2017/05/nsi-achieves-cyber-essentials-plus-certification-with-flying-colours/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2017/05/nsi-achieves-cyber-essentials-plus-certification-with-flying-colours/#respond Fri, 26 May 2017 16:12:18 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=16843 NSI's IT resilience put to the test

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Cyber Essentials (PLUS) Badge Small (72dpi)For many years NSI, the UK’s most widely recognised Certification Body specialising in security and fire safety, has maintained a Business Resilience and Disaster Recovery policy – designed to protect itself and its Approved Company records from cyber threats. Already certificated for Cyber Essentials, NSI has now received the endorsement of Cyber Essentials PLUS, further underlining its commitment to cyber security.

The Cyber Essentials PLUS scheme, developed by the Government and Industry, provides a clear statement of the controls all organisations should implement to minimise risk from internet based threats. Cyber-attacks are at pandemic levels, cost some organisations potentially business crippling expense, put customer data at risk and create severe disruption to normal operations. Cyber criminals target any organisation that holds data of value to criminal interests.

NSI have been certified by Risk Factory, a recognised Cyber Essentials certification body. Nick Roberts, Business Development Director at Risk Factory, comments “having been assessed as meeting the requirements of Cyber Essentials PLUS, NSI’s approach to information risk management demonstrates best practice in cyber-security”.

Richard Jenkins, Chief Executive at NSI, added “Cyber-attacks are a serious matter and the threat and challenges we all face are getting ever more sophisticated. The recent cyber-attacks reported in the media are a wake-up call for organisations large and small to review their risk management processes and procedures.  Achieving Cyber Essentials PLUS provides reassurance that at NSI our IT resilience has been thoroughly stress tested using recognised tools and techniques.

”Companies operating within our sector should consider Cyber Essentials as a minimum if they haven’t already done so, as more and more buyers of security services rightly require  evidence of cyber security credentials from their suppliers. It shows your professionalism in a new light.”

Full details about how business can protect itself from cyber-attacks via the Cyber Essentials scheme are available at:

www.cyberaware.gov.uk/cyberessentials/

 

 

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NSI announces successful transition to new accreditation standard https://www.nsi.org.uk/2017/05/nsi-announces-successful-transition-to-new-accreditation-standard/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2017/05/nsi-announces-successful-transition-to-new-accreditation-standard/#respond Tue, 16 May 2017 15:22:31 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=16780 A smooth transition benefitting NSI approved companies

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ISO 17021-1 is the accredited standard for certification bodies, which specifies the “Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems.” This provides the framework on which NSI operates and offers its services.

Logo - Screen - Gold with UKAS PC & MS - ColourBy holding this accreditation NSI approved companies demonstrate their compliance to the highest industry standards, and display this with approval certificates and logos that display the highly regarded UKAS crown and tick – the symbol of the highest integrity and excellence.

NSI is working with its approved companies who are already either approved under the new regime or working towards it. One notable change is that the new standard prescribes ‘gaps in certification’ to be displayed on approved company certificates of approval.

This draws the attention of buyers and users of approved companies’ services to the commitment of NSI Gold approved companies to the ethos of continual improvement and high standards in the timely renewal of their approval.

Richard Jenkins, NSI Chief Executive: “We are delighted to be in the vanguard of new standards and to have achieved ISO 17021-1:2015 with many NSI approved companies already working under the new regime.  We  continue to issue UKAS accredited certificates with the highly respected ‘tick and crown’ for both product certification and management systems, demonstrating the commitment of approved companies to the highest standards in protecting homes and businesses, and the general public throughout the UK”.

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NSI welcomes new Head of Marketing Communications https://www.nsi.org.uk/2017/05/nsi-welcomes-new-head-of-marketing-communications/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2017/05/nsi-welcomes-new-head-of-marketing-communications/#respond Fri, 05 May 2017 11:42:41 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=16751 New position further strengthens NSI brand

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Dianne Gettinby, Head of Marketing Communications at NSI

Responsible for delivering NSI’s strategic plan of marketing and communications, Dianne will optimise the use of all media to build brand recognition, value and loyalty.

Prior to joining NSI Dianne spent 5 years at the British Dental Industry Association where she was responsible for development and implementation of the Association’s marketing and research activities, including the UK’s largest dental exhibition. Previously she worked at IHG in various marketing management roles across EMEA.

Dianne holds an MSc. in International Marketing from Strathclyde University and is a Member of the CIM.

NSI CEO, Richard Jenkins, commented: “As we look to the future Dianne’s appointment reflects the strength of our ongoing commitment to ensuring that we are delivering the highest standards for our wide and diverse audience. I am confident that her experience will be a great asset as we continue to build our brand.”

Commenting on her new role Dianne added, “NSI is such a highly respected organisation within the security and fire protection sectors, widely recognised for its expertise in successfully raising standards through certification and training, so I’m delighted to be appointed to this new position. I’m very much looking forward to contributing to NSI’s continued success and promoting the pivotal role it plays both within these sectors and beyond.”

NSI is the UK’s leading, independent, not-for-profit certification body specialising within the security and fire safety sectors. Each year its expert, in-house team of auditors conduct assessments amongst more than 1800 organisations. Only those companies delivering the highest standards are awarded NSI approval. This ensures home and business owners across the UK can rest assured that in choosing to do business with any NSI approved company they have chosen the highest quality of service provider within these sectors.

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Police and security industry collaboration helping to reduce false alarm calls https://www.nsi.org.uk/2017/04/fall-in-false-alarm-calls/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2017/04/fall-in-false-alarm-calls/#respond Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:22:47 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=16714 Read about the latest fall in false alarm calls

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As reported in Professional Security Magazine online, false alarm calls showed a further fall last year.   Ken Meanwell of Police CPI (Crime Prevention Initiatives Limited) which includes Secured by Design shared the information at the recent NSI Installer Summit in Birmingham. The total of false alarms fell 11% compared with the year before, down to 120,000.

Richard Jenkins NSI Chief Executive with Ken Meanwell CPI Ltd discuss reduction in false alarm calls

Ken Meanwell  hailed the fall to 120,000 as  “a mere fraction of the 1.5m or more a generation ago”  and “absolutely first class thanks to police and the security industry working together and long may that continue”.

See photo of Richard Jenkins, NSI Chief Executive (left) with Ken Meanwell at the NSI Installer Summit.

The article continues “The former police inspector and long-time liaison man described himself as a ‘honest broker’ between police and the private security industry.

Replying to a question from NSI chief Richard Jenkins on the stage of the Summit at the Vox Conference Centre, about the advantage to an alarm user having a URN (unique reference number) over the general 999 emergency number, Ken Meanwell replied that the main advantage was speed of police response. With 999, you go through an operator, then to a police call-taker, asking you who you are and where the problem is, ‘and it all takes time; and they may give you a police response’. From the URN, police know where you are; and if you are the user of a hold-up alarm, that gets a high priority.

Ken Meanwell, compliance manager for Police CPI, gave an update on electronic transfer of alarms, as being trialled by police in the Met, Avon and Somerset and Northamptonshire force areas. An alarm receiving centre will pass the alarm activation digitally to the police control room, rather than to a police call taker. He described that as faster and more efficient, and a fail-safe method, in case premises are not recognised. He did raise the issue of cost; but working with the industry and the NSI (National Security Inspectorate), he spoke of making headway; and looking to the Home Office for funding, ‘because it’s for everybody’s benefit’.

He spoke of key-holders as important, especially if a crime is in progress; and appealed for key-holders not to be ‘150 miles away’; no two key-holders ought to be from the same house, in case they are away at the same time, on holiday.

Speaking earlier to Professional Security, Ken Meanwell said that electronic transfer has been coming in for two years and trials have been successful without issues. A working group between police and industry is seeing how best to progress the technology within the next two years.”

More information will on NSI’s Installer Summit will be featured in the May 2017 print issue of Professional Security magazine.

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Government reopens bids for Funding for Security at Places of Worship https://www.nsi.org.uk/2017/04/bidding-reopens-for-funding-for-security-of-places-of-worship/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2017/04/bidding-reopens-for-funding-for-security-of-places-of-worship/#respond Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:57:50 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=16629 NSI approved installers satisfy Home Office requirements

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As reported by NSI last summer when the first round of bids opened, churches, mosques and temples are invited to bid for funds if they can “demonstrate that any crimes committed at their place of worship (or one not necessarily of the same faith within a two mile radius) was motivated by hostility or prejudice based on religion or faith”.  Read the full criteria.

The Jewish community is exempt under this scheme as a similar commitment was made to fund Jewish community sites through a grant administered by the Community Security Trust.

The scheme was launched last year by Home Secretary, Amber Rudd,  when she outlined a Hate Crime Action Plan.  The Action Plan was launched following a rise in racist incidents since the UK voted to withdraw from the European Union.

Read about the Hate Crime Action Plan on the Gov.UK website

Read about the funding scheme and how to apply on the Gov.UK website

NSI approval is the ultimate hallmark of integrity and best practice in the security and fire safety sectors. NSI’s premier approval scheme for electronic security installers – NSI NACOSS Gold – is the highest accolade for reputable and professional organisations installing and maintaining intruder alarms, CCTV and access control systems.

NSI approved companies can be identified through the Company Finder on the NSI Home page. Find an NSI approved company in your area

The Government will accept bids for its security funding scheme for places of worship until 5pm on 29 May.

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Hundreds Attend NSI Installer Summit https://www.nsi.org.uk/2017/04/hundreds-attend-nsi-installer-summit/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2017/04/hundreds-attend-nsi-installer-summit/#respond Fri, 07 Apr 2017 15:15:25 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=16587 Read about this year's Summit

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Exhibition HallOver 50 product and business support providers filled the large exhibition hall, offering delegates the opportunity to get up close to the latest technology, expand their technical knowledge and take advantage of exclusive Summit deals and offers.

Special emphasis was placed on education this year with 10 speakers covering a range of pertinent security and fire sector-related topics over the course of the day.

Subjects in the plenary session in the morning included the Hatton Garden heist and lessons learned for the security sector; the Government’s perspective on cyber security – the risks and uncertainties; an insight into Jaguar Land Rover’s award winning corporate security strategy and the newly launched Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standard for the security and fire sectors.

In the afternoon, delegates were invited to choose from a variety of half hour educational sessions: home automation and system integration – the opportunities and risks; tips for protecting businesses against cyber-attack; Apprenticeships and the benefits for businesses and guidance on forging closer links with police forces.

NSI Gold approved companies were also given an overview to the changes to the new ISO 9001:2015 Standard from NSI’s expert auditors, plus a presentation on the benefits of NSI approval for automated gates and barriers from NSI’s Technical Officer, with specific emphasis on helping clients reduce their risk and understanding the business opportunities.

The seven main sponsors, instrumental in delivering this year’s Summit were  AvigilonBT Redcare, CSL Dualcom, Fermax, RISCO Group UK, IFSEC International and Texecom. As a not-for profit organisation, NSI is wholly dependent on its sponsors and other exhibitors who make the event possible.

Summit ConferenceRichard Jenkins, NSI Chief Executive: “We were delighted to see hundreds of delegates from NSI approved companies attend this year’s Summit.

NSI approved company delegates clearly value this focused and targeted event which addressed topics specific to their needs, in an effective way, and in a prestigious professional environment with like-minded industry experts ready to share latest developments in the sector. The feedback we have received so far from all participants including speakers, exhibitors and our key sponsors has been overwhelmingly positive, with many seeking to reserve their seats for next year’s event.”

 

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880x880 Installers StaticThis will be the fourth national NSI Installer Summit which is moving to a brand new state-of-the art venue – the Vox Conference Centre, within Resorts World at the NEC, Birmingham on 30th March.   With nearly 400 registrations for this exclusive event for NSI approved companies it looks set to be a great day for the UK’s premier security and fire safety providers.

The NSI Installer Summit is a unique event specifically designed for the business needs of NSI approved companies.  The Summit features a bespoke conference programme, exhibition and a broad educational element with a plethora of specialist presenters.

Find out more and register now.

Richard Jenkins, NSI Chief Executive:  The Summit has now become a highly respected marker in the calendar and we’re very excited about this year’s event.  We’re delighted to be able to offer NSI approved companies exclusive access to a whole range of  product and business support providers and a tailor made conference and educational programme. We are looking forward to welcoming our approved companies and providing them with a day to remember.

The Plenary session will focus on our goal of raising standards in the sector. We’re targeting subjects of specific interest and will focus on trends and market insights:

  • Lessons learning from the Hatton Garden Heist (Graeme Dow, Safeguard Security Consultants)
  • Cyber Security, Opportunities and Risks – the Government Perspective (Stuart Peters, Cyber Security Europe and Head of EU Cyber Security Regulatory Policey)
  • Security Strategy and Management: Setting Standards (Corporate Security Team from Jaguar Land Rover)
  • Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standard for the Fire and Security sector (Simon Banks, CSL)

Over lunch a number of Lunch and Learn sessions will be taking place plus in the afternoon 6 Summit Sessions  hosted by industry specialists:

  • Top tips for Protecting Your Business from Cyber Attack (Mike Gillespie, Advent IM)
  • System Integration – Balancing the  Risks and Opportunities (Steve Martin, ECA and Chris Holder, Bristows LLP)
  • Automated Gates and Barriers – Benefits of NSI Approval (Mark Gallagher, NSI)
  • How to Establish Closer Links with Local Police Services (David Mair, Metropolitan Police – Manager Security Systems Unit and NPCC Security Systems Group Technical representative)
  • ISO 9001: 2015 – the Day is Looming! (Paul Condliffe and Gary Hurst, NSI)
  • Apprentices – the Future of Your Business (Peter Sherry, Skills for Security)

View the programme

Exclusive Summit Offers for NSI Approved Companies

A broad range of exhibitors will be on hand to offer business support services to NSI approved companies.  Many exhibitors will be offering attendees exclusive deals and incentives including  discounts on kit, business services and training.

All NSI approved companies attending the Summit will immediately qualify as VIP visitors at IFSEC and FIREX 2017.  The team will be available at the Summit to discuss these and other perks for approved companies.  PLUS – approved companies employing young engineers and apprentices can sign up at the Summit to this year’s Engineers of Tomorrowthe national high profile competition showcasing the skills of the future of our industry.

NSI approved companies still have time to REGISTER.

With thanks to Installer Summit Sponsors:

Avigilon, BT Redcare, CSL, Fermax, IFSEC InternationalRisco Group UK, Texecom

 

 

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NSI offers Guarding Services companies more choice for SIA’s Approved Contractor Scheme https://www.nsi.org.uk/2017/03/nsi-offers-guarding-services-companies-more-choice-for-sias-approved-contractor-scheme/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2017/03/nsi-offers-guarding-services-companies-more-choice-for-sias-approved-contractor-scheme/#respond Wed, 15 Mar 2017 12:34:34 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=16410 NSI re-appointed as SIA Assessing Body

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NSI provides assessment services to the widest variety of guarding services providers ranging from small local specialist operators to many of the largest national operators.

Most have chosen to hold NSI Guarding Gold with integrated NSI passport to ACS approval. This provides a cost effective solution for businesses wanting to demonstrate both commitment to the holistic values embodied in the ACS, and the rigour of comprehensive compliance with British Standards and the ISO 9001 standard for quality management systems (QMS). The NSI ‘passport’ route to ACS approval also provides cost benefits in holding multiple approvals with NSI.

A popular arrangement, amongst typically more regional providers, is to appoint NSI to conduct assessments as part of their ACS standard route approval.

Now NSI is offering these companies a new middle way; NSI Guarding Silver with NSI’s passport to ACS. This means companies can now ‘upgrade’ to an NSI Guarding Silver approval with Passport to ACS approval, demonstrating full compliance with British Standards over and above standard ACS, without necessarily seeking approval to ISO 9001 (QMS) at the same time.

This will prove a valuable cost effective stepping stone for companies wanting to differentiate themselves from standard route ACS and give buyers additional confidence in their ‘commitment to compliance’ with British Standards.

Having worked with the SIA since 2006, NSI is now looking forward to the ‘next 11 years’ with this extended ACS offering.  NSI is now providing more choice in how companies obtain the approval that best suits business needs and gain true added value guidance from NSI’s full-time expert industry auditors.

Margaret Durr, NSI Head of Field Operations (Services) comments: “Our team of auditors has industry expertise across a broad range of areas including Security Guarding, Close Protection, Keyholding, CCTV, Door Supervision, Event Security and Investigative Services. Feedback from our clients is testament to the added value independent assessment can bring to an organisation.

The ultimate winners are buyers and their staff, visitors and the general public using their services, who benefit from a consistent, measurable high quality service, providing real return on investment. In turn, Security providers interested in the ACS or NSI’s sector-specific approval schemes can be assured of a professional and positive experience with NSI that supports continual improvement goals.”

Max Linnemann, NSI’s Head of Certification Services “We are delighted the SIA has renewed our ACS assessment delivery contract and look forward to continuing to work with organisations providing licensable services with a first class and friendly service. Margaret and her team of Services auditors demonstrate industry leading competence and experience delivering quality ACS audits.”

Having completed over 1000 assessments on behalf of the SIA since the ACS was introduced in 2006, NSI’s 9-strong Services Auditor Team have a unique expert understanding of the sector’s Standards and the issues facing organisations in the industry. Assessing client organisations across the UK, the team is dedicated and committed to delivering a consistent high quality of service that gives additional assurance to buyers of guarding services.

NSI’s experience of conducting assessments for the SIA and for its own premier certification schemes, makes it the number one choice for security providers serious about demonstrating their integrity and capability of ACS requirements and their compliance with relevant British Standards.

Organisations interested in improving their experience of ACS assessments, regardless of size or experience, or finding out about the benefits of NSI Certification, should contact NSI at acs@nsi.org.uk or 01628 764855.

Information about the ACS ‘standard’ and ‘passport’ routes to approval can be found at the SIA website  

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NSI pronounced ‘v 2015’ ready – Accreditation to ISO 9001:2015 Confirmed https://www.nsi.org.uk/2016/11/nsi-pronounced-v-2015-ready-accreditation-to-iso-90012015-confirmed/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2016/11/nsi-pronounced-v-2015-ready-accreditation-to-iso-90012015-confirmed/#respond Tue, 01 Nov 2016 15:43:05 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=16108 NSI First Sector specialist Certification Body to receive accreditation

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This means that NSI is enabled with immediate effect to issue approvals to this latest standard. All NSI’s GOLD Schemes now include the latest version of the ISO 9001 standard. Organisations in the process of applying to NSI for one of its Gold approval schemes, or awaiting their 3 yearly re-certification can benefit from NSI’s latest accreditation, and can now be audited against the latest standard by anyone of NSI’s fully trained team of in-house auditors.

NSI GOLD approved companies who are leading the way and have made the transition:

Alarming UK Ltd (Dereham)

Black Box Security Alarm Systems Ltd (Chorley)

Briar Security Systems Ltd (Cambridge)

CoventBridge (Europe) Ltd (Newbury)

East Midlands Central Station Ltd (EMCS) (Nottingham)

Nu Fire & Security Ltd (Ashton-under-Lyne)

Oakpark Alarms Security Services Ltd (Winslow)

Omni Security Services Ltd (Huntingdon)

The Kirby Group (Sheffield)

Kay Aitkin, Service Delivery Director said: “We are very pleased to be the first security specialist certification body to receive accreditation to ISO 9001:2015.  Our team of auditors are fully trained and are able to conduct transition audits; any company wishing to make the transition should contact their auditor as soon as possible.  Congratulations to the NSI approved companies who are among the first to obtain approval to the new standard and complete the transition from the previous 2008 version– well done!”

Briar Security, an NSI NACOSS Gold approved company, are one of the first NSI approved companies to have gone through the 2008 to 2015 ISO 9001 transition process.

Stephen Cook, Managing Director of Briar comments: “When a new standard comes out some companies see it as burden and others embrace it. If I could give one piece of advice to the smaller companies out there that operate an ISO 9001 quality manual it would be grab this new ISO9001-2015 standard with both hands and make it do the work for your company and not the company do the work for the standard.”

Cook continues: “It’s a great opportunity to stand back look at how your company operates look at how things can be done more efficiently, rationalise operating procedures and giving clarity of thought.”

Richard Jenkins, NSI Chief Executive: “We are delighted to have received confirmation from UKAS that our internal processes, training and audit delivery in the field, are demonstrably up to the mark. We are very much ‘v2015 ready’in every respect.  It’s important to us that the certification service we provide to the UK’s finest security and fire safety companies leads the way in delivering the latest standards and approvals.  The evidence to date is that NSI approved companies who have been the early adopters in this transition, have already seen how the latest standard can help them in their own process of continual improvement in serving their customers better.”

NSI ISO 9001 Transition Training Courses

NSI holds regular ISO 9001 Transition training courses for its approved companies. The courses are proving to be very popular and the next available dates are 25 January 2017 and 23 March 2017. Companies interested in attending should contact Maxine Dent, NSI Training Executive on 01628 764831.

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First UK Companies Achieve NSI Approval for Powered Gates https://www.nsi.org.uk/2016/10/first-uk-companies-achieve-nsi-approval-for-powered-gates/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2016/10/first-uk-companies-achieve-nsi-approval-for-powered-gates/#respond Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:38:42 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=16054 Four companies lead the way in commitment to powered gate safety

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A1 Security Systems Ltd (Petersfield), Autogate Systems Ltd (Bolton), Broadsword Security Services (Chipping Norton) and Tremorfa Ltd (Cardiff), are the first companies to achieve the prestigious Gates Gold approval from NSI.

Presentation of NSI Certificates of Approval

Representatives from the four companies were presented with their Certificates of Approval by NSI’s Chief Executive, Richard Jenkins.  The presentation took place at Fencex 2016 at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire on 12 October.

Picture left to right:
Peter Granville (Broadsword Security Services), Paul Beck (A1 Security Systems Ltd), Steve Broughton (Autogate Systems Ltd), Richard Jenkins (NSI) and Stephen Winter (Tremorfa Ltd).

Stephen Winter, Physical Security Specialist (Tremorfa) commented: “NSI are widely regarded as the best Certification Body in the security industry, which is why Tremorfa jumped at the opportunity to become one of the first companies to be accredited to the NSI Gates Gold approval scheme. Achieving such a prestigious accreditation has added significant value to our company and offers our customers the reassurance that Tremorfa operate at the highest standard without our industry.”

Peter Granville, Partner (Broadsword Security Services): “I am proud to have been part of the DHF and NSI pilot programme and consequently achieving the NSI Gold accreditation.  We now have processes to audit against, ensuring full compliance of our powered gate installations and most of all, contributing to making powered gates safe for the future.”

Paul Beck, Director (A1): “Our NSI Gates Gold approval demonstrates our commitment to quality and safety in powered gates.  It will provide reassurance to our customers that they are receiving the best possible product and service from A1.  I have been hoping for regulation in this sector for years and I’m delighted the DHF and NSI have been working together to establish a Code of Practice and certification scheme which brings real credibility to the sector.”

NSI’s Gates approval scheme is tailored to professional installers and maintainers of powered gates and barriers.  Gates Gold approval (with regular audits by NSI at a company’s premises and site inspections) demonstrates both an organisation’s technical competence and also commitment to the continual improvement of their management processes and procedures, through the operation of a Quality Management System to ISO 9001.

NSI and DHF worked closely over two years to develop the DHF Code of Practice TS 011:2016 for the Design, Manufacture, Installation & Maintenance of Powered Gates and Traffic Barriers, which sits at the heart of the NSI Gates approval scheme.  Bearing in the mind the tragic accidents that have occurred in the UK and Ireland (9 deaths and many accidents), the benefit of a specific sector Code of Practice (encapsulating all the mandatory H&S, legal requirements, national and international standards) and a Certification Scheme, which can independently demonstrate an organisation’s compliance, has never been more pertinent.

ifsec-fianlist-2016The collaborative efforts made by NSI and DHF to help confine powered gate accidents to the history books has been formally recognised, with the two organisations being announced recently as joint finalists in the Best Contribution to Standards in the Security Sector category at this year’s prestigious Security and Fire Excellence Awards, taking place in London on 23 November.

Richard Jenkins, NSI CEO, “We are delighted to be able to announce the first four NSI Gates Gold approved companies.  We are extremely grateful to them all for supporting and championing this ground breaking certification scheme based on the comprehensive DHF Code of Practice.  It demonstrates to their customers their commitment to ‘state of the art’ powered gates installations maintained to the highest levels of safety and security, as independently verified.”

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Government Funding for security at Places of Worship https://www.nsi.org.uk/2016/08/government-funding-available-for-security-at-places-of-worship/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2016/08/government-funding-available-for-security-at-places-of-worship/#respond Wed, 10 Aug 2016 08:41:17 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=15527 NSI approved companies referenced on Government website

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Churches, mosques and temples have been invited to bid for funds (synagogues are excluded from the scheme as the Government has provided a separate grant to the Community Security Trust, a charity that provides protection services to Britain’s Jewish communities).

The scheme has been launched by the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, when she recently outlined a Hate Crime Action Plan last month.  The Action Plan was launched following a rise in racist incidents since the UK voted to withdraw from the European Union.

Read about the Hate Crime Action Plan on the Gov.UK website

Read about the funding scheme and how to apply on the Gov.UK website

NSI approval is the ultimate hallmark of integrity and best practice in the security and fire safety sectors. NSI’s premier approval scheme for electronic security installers – NSI NACOSS Gold – is the highest accolade for reputable and professional organisations installing and maintaining intruder alarms, CCTV and access control systems.

NSI approved companies  can be identified through the Company Finder on the NSI Home page. Find an NSI approved company in your area

The Government will accept bids for its security funding scheme for places of worship until 5pm on 20 September.  A second round of bids will open in the spring of next year.

 

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NSI launches Powered Gates Certification Scheme at IFSEC https://www.nsi.org.uk/2016/06/nsi-launches-powered-gates-certification-scheme-at-ifsec/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2016/06/nsi-launches-powered-gates-certification-scheme-at-ifsec/#respond Wed, 22 Jun 2016 15:30:07 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=15268 The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) has announced today the launch of its ground-breaking Powered Gates certification scheme. Installers and maintainers of powered gates, barriers and gate automation equipment are now able to obtain NSI approval for the Services they provide in this sector. NSI approval provides the ultimate reassurance for buyers and users of ‘powered […]

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The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) has announced today the launch of its ground-breaking Powered Gates certification scheme. Installers and maintainers of powered gates, barriers and gate automation equipment are now able to obtain NSI approval for the Services they provide in this sector.

NSI approval provides the ultimate reassurance for buyers and users of ‘powered gates’ that their contractor is complying with the highest standards of safety and security.

DHF Door and Hardware Federation logoFor the past two and a half years, NSI has been working with the Door and Hardware Federation (DHF) in the development of their new Powered Gate Code of Practice (DHF TS 011:2016 – Code of Practice for the Installation and Maintenance of Powered Gates). The new Code, upon which the NSI certification scheme is based, covers installers’ responsibilities for gate design, new installations, risk assessment and commissioning. It also details their responsibilities for the maintenance and modification of existing gates and covers risk assessment, safe isolation and documentation.

The NSI Scheme based on the DHF Code, is a significant response to industry concerns over poor safety standards and tragic accidents caused by unsafe powered gates. Since 2005 there have been seven deaths in the UK and Ireland, at least eight serious injuries and countless near misses caused by dangerous powered gates. It is reported by DHF that just 30% of the 500,000 automated gate installations in service in the UK are safe. NSI’s new Powered Gates certification scheme is designed to reduce the safety risks associated with powered gates to as low as is reasonably practicable , and giving confidence to buyers and users in the service providers they choose to use.

Six companies working in the powered gates sector recently volunteered themselves for scrutiny by taking part in a comprehensive pilot audit programme guided by the DHF and conducted by NSI. The programme tested the efficacy of the new Code as fit for purpose including verifying the competence of NSI auditors, and the practicality of the audit process.

Richard Jenkins, NSI Chief Executive “We are delighted to announce that from today, NSI is open for business for organisations seeking Powered Gate Approval as verification of their expertise and professionalism and commitment to gate safety. The pilot programme was invaluable in validating the Code, the competencies of our auditors and our audit process.

We and the DHF are immensely grateful to the organisations who took part in the pilot programme. Many lessons have been learned over the last 2 and a half years and we can be rightly confident that the ‘Gates’ certification scheme will demonstrate the commitment of progressive organisations working in the Powered Gates sector to raising standards.”

Bob Perry, DHF Executive Chairman says “This has been a really fulfilling project, with us and NSI working so effectively together. I’m really pleased that this important new scheme is being launched today and we wish NSI every success in delivering it.”

Approved Companies will be able to issue NSI/DHF Certificates of Compliance to the owners and operators of installations completed in compliance with the code. DHF TS 011:2016, the Code of Practice for the Installation and Maintenance of Powered Gates can be downloaded from the DHF website.

Companies interested in achieving certification for their powered gates business should contact the NSI Applications Team on: DD: 01628 764855
E: applications@nsi.org.uk

About the DHF:

W: www.dhfonline.org.uk

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NSI at IFSEC and FIREX 21-23 June 2016 https://www.nsi.org.uk/2016/06/nsi-at-ifsec-and-firex-21-23-june-2016/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2016/06/nsi-at-ifsec-and-firex-21-23-june-2016/#respond Tue, 14 Jun 2016 13:25:18 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=15219 Find out about next week's events

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The NSI team are looking forward to welcoming visitors to the NSI Stand (B1050) next week.  Installers and security and fire professionals are encouraged to talk to our experts about any queries they may have to do with Standards and certification.

New Certification Scheme for Installers and Maintainers of Powered Gates

NSI will be hosting various events including a VIP and Press reception on the NSI stand on the afternoon of Wednesday 22 June to formally announce the introduction of NSI’s new and keenly anticipated certification scheme for installers and maintainers of powered gates. Working extensively with the Door and Hardware Federation (DFH) in the development of their new Code of Practice, NSI has been appointed by the DHF on an exclusive basis to approve companies in the sector. Visitors are invited to the NSI Stand, B1050, to find out all about it.

Celebrity Guest

The much loved and popular NSI owl, ‘Cash’, will be flying in especially to make a guest appearance on 21st and 22nd and will be available for visitors’ ‘selfies’ photographs.  He will also be present at NSI medal presentations on the NSI stand, when the capabilities of NSI approved companies will be formally recognised.

Get Educated

On the educational side, Tony Weeks, Head of Technical Services, will be taking part in a panel discussion on ‘Standards and Certification – Fit for Purpose?’ in the IFSEC Installer Theatre on Wednesday at 1440 hrs;

John Davidson, Head of Field Operations (Systems) will be presenting on: ‘Choosing a Competent Fire Risk Assessor (DIY or Specialist?)’ in the FPA Infozone on 21st June at 1300hrs and in the Fire Protection and Emergency Evacuation Theatre in the Safety and Health Expo on 21 June at 1500hrs;

Mark Gallagher, Technical Officer, will be talking to visitors about the importance of powered gate safety. Mark’s presentation: “A Gateway to Safety: Raising Standards in the Powered Gate Sector” will be of particular interest to those in the trade and the Health & Safety and Facilities Management communities.  You can listen to Mark on 22 June at 1020hrs in the IFSEC Installer Theatre and on 23 June at 1200hrs in the FM Operational Excellence area.

Support Young Engineers and Apprentices

Engineers of Tomorrow CompeitionNSI remains committed to supporting the Engineers of Tomorrow competition (B1000) which promotes the value of apprenticeships and training and showcases the skills of the industry’s young engineers and apprentices. Increasing popularity means the competition has been oversubscribed this year, and the standard of the competitors’ skills is expected to be higher than ever.

NSI auditors will be adjudicating and Richard Jenkins, NSI Chief Executive, will be presenting the heat winners prizes at 1550hrs on Thursday 23rd June on the competition stand B1000 (next to NSI) at the show. Come and show your support during the day and watch the competitors in action!

Richard Jenkins comments “We are delighted to be a partnering IFSEC/FIREX again in 2016. The NSI team is very much looking forward to meeting up with individuals from the security and fire sectors, be they already part of the NSI community or those who would like to find out more about NSI certification and how this adds value to their customers.”

There’s still time register to attend.  Register now!

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Security Industry Authority – Self Assessment Workbook Update https://www.nsi.org.uk/2016/06/security-industry-authority-self-assessment-workbook-update/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2016/06/security-industry-authority-self-assessment-workbook-update/#respond Thu, 09 Jun 2016 12:09:40 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=15195 Latest information from the SIA

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Latest information received from the SIA indicates that publication of the updated Self Assessment Workbook will happen at the end of the year, October at the earliest.  Following publication there will be a six month lead-in before changes will become mandatory requirements.  During the lead-in period, Approved Contractors should be aware that Improvement Options will be raised where any issues are identified in relation to the changes.

NSI was one of the first Certification Bodies to be appointed as an SIA Assessing Body. Our team of experts have intimate knowledge of the Approved Contractor Scheme and assess the widest variety of security guarding companies, including the highest scoring businesses in the sector.

To find out about the application routes of becoming an Approved Contractor go to our SIA Approved Contractor Scheme page or contact Michelle Dennehy, Senior Applications Advisor, Tel: 01628 764855 who will be happy to assist.

 

 

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Security Industry Authority to introduce New Licensing System in July https://www.nsi.org.uk/2016/06/security-industry-authority-to-introduce-new-licensing-system-in-july/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2016/06/security-industry-authority-to-introduce-new-licensing-system-in-july/#respond Tue, 07 Jun 2016 10:41:53 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=15184 SIA Approved Contractors to be aware of possible business impact

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The SIA states the ten day cessation period prior to the launch of the new licensing system is essential to process applications already in progress, prior to switching it off and to transfer the large amount of data held in their existing system, to the new one.

Organisations with Approved Contractor status should be aware that if they use officers whose licenses will be coming up for renewal in July, the 10 day cessation may have an impact on their business.

As yet, no specific date in July has been announced by the SIA, but organisations are advised to keep an eye on SIA updates:

Go to the Changes page on the SIA website

View the SIA guidance videos on the new process

Sign up to receive updates from the SIA

NSI will provide further information when available and organisations who have Approved Contractor status via NSI are invited to talk to their NSI Auditor if they have any questions.

 

 

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European Referendum – Impact on Development of Standards https://www.nsi.org.uk/2016/06/european-referendum-impact-on-development-of-standards/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2016/06/european-referendum-impact-on-development-of-standards/#respond Fri, 03 Jun 2016 16:44:27 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=15177 Information published by the BSI

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The British Standards Institution (BSI) has published a useful document on the UK involvement in European standards, titled “European Standards and the UK“. 

 

The BSI document poses a number of questions about standards and the European Single Market and seeks to answer these questions with factual information.  The document includes information about standards development work at both International level (ISO and IEC) and at European level (CEN and CENELEC).

 

Section 5 of the BSI document asks about the impact of a possible UK exit from the EU in terms of UK participation in the European standardization system.

 

BSI states that no judgement is made, or should be inferred, from the information they have provided over the merits or demerits of UK membership of the EU.

 

 

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NSI verifies Conwy Council’s compliance with Surveillance Camera Code of Practice https://www.nsi.org.uk/2016/06/nsi-verifies-conwy-councils-compliance-with-surveillance-camera-code-of-practice/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2016/06/nsi-verifies-conwy-councils-compliance-with-surveillance-camera-code-of-practice/#respond Wed, 01 Jun 2016 10:48:21 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=15153 Presentation by the Surveillance Camera Commissioner

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To ensure that best practice of the Camera Code is followed, Conwy Council appointed NSI, as a designated independent third party certification body, working on behalf of the Surveillance Camera Commissioner, to verify the compliance of its CCTV systems with the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice.

NSI recently completed a thorough review of their systems and recommended the Council for the certification of their public space surveillance camera systems. The verification process is ongoing and the public can be reassured that Conwy Council’s monitoring is appropriately regulated.

Emma Dowell, CCTV Manager at Conwy Council said: “The Council is delighted to have received this accreditation of its Public Space CCTV System. We use 114 CCTV cameras across the county covering 15 towns, and believe that inviting independent assessors to check the system will reassure the public that we are operating our cameras for the purpose intended, which is crime prevention and public safety.

“I would also like to take the opportunity to thank my team of operators, who are all highly trained and have assisted me in meeting the standards required.”

Tony Porter, Surveillance Camera Commissioner, commented “I am delighted to award Conwy this certificate of compliance. This sets the standard for public space surveillance and demonstrates to the public that its system is run efficiently, effectively and transparently. I know NSI have worked closely with Conwy and my Office to ensure this new process runs smoothly. My thanks to all involved and congratulations once again to Conwy.”

Organisations responsible for public space CCTV systems, such as local authorities, can apply to be assessed against the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice to verify the deployment and use of cameras follows best practice and are used only for their intended purpose.  The Code of Practice aims to balance the requirement for cameras with individuals’ rights to privacy drawing upon the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012. Receiving a Certificate of Compliance from the Surveillance Camera Commissioner provides tangible evidence that a CCTV monitoring operation complies with the Code of Practice.

Tony Weeks, NSI’s Head of Technical Services added “Conwy Council should be applauded for choosing to open up their public space CCTV Surveillance operations to independent scrutiny, and in the best interests of the general public. We were delighted to take Conwy Council through the process and we’re pleased that other local authorities are following in their footsteps.”

NSI and Certification for Operators of Public Space CCTV Systems

More information on the Certification Scheme for Operators of Public Space CCTV Systems

Download the Code of Practice and information about the 12 Principles from the Gov.UK website

Contact Michelle Dennehy, NSI Senior Applications Adviser, on 01628 764855 to discuss how NSI helps organisations with the certification process.

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NSI and DHF Join Forces to Promote Powered Gate Safety https://www.nsi.org.uk/2016/04/nsi-and-dhf-join-forces-to-promote-powered-gate-safety/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2016/04/nsi-and-dhf-join-forces-to-promote-powered-gate-safety/#respond Fri, 15 Apr 2016 11:41:44 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=15017 NSI and DHF joining forces to reduce risk of accidents

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More than 200 of the UK’s top security installers were briefed on the biggest development in powered gate safety at the NSI Installer Summit in Birmingham last month.

The Door & Hardware Federation (DHF), whose Powered Gate Group represents Britain’s leading manufacturers, suppliers, installers and maintainers of powered automatic gates and gate automation equipment, presented and exhibited at the Summit as guests of NSI.

A thought-provoking presentation and workshop at the Summit delivered by the DHF informed the installers that since 2005 there have been seven deaths in the UK and Ireland, at least nine serious injuries and countless near misses caused by dangerous powered gates. It is estimated that only 30% of the 500,000 automated gates in service in the UK are safe to use.

The event cemented relationships between the two organisations ahead of the launch of a new NSI approval scheme for installers and maintainers of powered gates, barriers and gate automation equipment. Delegates at the Summit heard how the two organisations, led by DHF Training Officer Nick Perkins and NSI Technical Officer Mark Gallagher, have spent two years developing the DHF Code of Practice for the Design, Manufacture, Installation and Maintenance of Powered Gates (TS 011).

The new Code, upon which the NSI approval scheme will be based, covers installers’ responsibilities for gate design, new installations, risk assessment and commissioning. It details their responsibilities for the maintenance and modification of existing gates and covers risk assessment, safe isolation and documentation.

The NSI “Gates” Scheme will be based on the new Code which is designed to raise standards of powered gate safety to new levels. NSI Gates will be available on two levels: “Gates Gold” for companies that have an ISO 9001 Quality Management System (QMS) and want to be approved to the Code, and “Gates Silver” for those that do not have QMS, but want approval to the Code on its own.

NSI will audit organisations seeking approval against the Code to verify compliance and this will initially be offered to DHF members and NSI approved companies, delegates heard.

At the conference, DHF Powered Gate Group chairman Neil Sampson told delegates: “Properly installed and maintained automated gates are perfectly safe to use. Our industry will not tolerate unsafe automated gate installations being carried out by unskilled installers, or gates that are dangerous due to lack of testing and maintenance. The new DHF code of practice and the NSI approval scheme will help us achieve our joint aim of confining powered gate accidents to the history books.”

Delegates learned it was the legal duty of building owners and landlords – as well as gate installers, maintainers and repairers – to ensure the safe operation of automatic gates.

Richard Jenkins, NSI Chief Executive commented: “We were delighted to invite the DHF to the NSI Installer Summit: there is great synergy between our organisations in raising standards of safety and security for people and property.

The new NSI “Gates” scheme will significantly contribute to public safety, endorse the high competence of specialist businesses in the sector, and give facilities managers and specifiers confidence in the safety of powered gate installations.”

For enquiries about the Code of Practice and the NSI new approval scheme, please contact  Mark Gallagher, NSI Technical Officer: mark.gallagher@nsi.org.uk 01628 764857 or go to the DHF website:  www.dhfonline.org.uk

More information to follow in the coming months.

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Proposed Changes to SIA’s Self Assessment Workbook Published https://www.nsi.org.uk/2016/04/proposed-changes-to-sias-self-assessment-workbook-published/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2016/04/proposed-changes-to-sias-self-assessment-workbook-published/#respond Wed, 13 Apr 2016 12:16:38 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=14976 Download the Proposed Changes here

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The Security Industry Authority (SIA) have recently come to the end of  a lengthy review stage of the Self Assessment Workbook (SAW) for their Approved Contractor Scheme, following comments and input from the industry and Assessing Bodies including NSI.  The SIA are now circulating the proposed 2016 updates which will be of particular interest to SIA Approved Contractors. 

The SIA say ‘enhancements have been driven by a priority to simplify the SAW and assessment process’. Changes will become mandatory requirements from 1st December 2016 (see the pdf document below for detail).  Between 1st June and 30th November, NSI (as an Assessing Body for the SIA’s Approved Contractor Scheme) will raise any non-conformances in relation to the changes, as Improvement Options only.

The SIA are requesting comments and feedback on the proposed changes by Friday 29 April via email to mailto:ACSenquiries@sia.gsi.gov.uk with the subject ‘ACS SAW Review’.

Download Self Assessment Workbook: Changes Effective 1st December 2016

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NSI approved companies advised about latest developments at the Certification Body https://www.nsi.org.uk/2016/04/nsi-approved-companies-advised-about-latest-nsi-developments/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2016/04/nsi-approved-companies-advised-about-latest-nsi-developments/#respond Wed, 06 Apr 2016 13:56:07 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=14930 NSI CEO, Richard Jenkins, provides update

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NSI Chief Executive, Richard Jenkins, has written to all NSI approved companies about the latest developments at NSI.

Circular Letter 003/16  was issued on 31st March and includes the following subjects: NSI’s new ‘Gates’ approval scheme, which will play a significant role in improving standards of safety of electronic gates and barriers; 2016 pricing structure and rationale; BS EN ISO 9001:2015 – important reminder about the transition period and action to be taken;  the strengthening of NSI’s national auditing team and NSI HQ efficiencies and investments.

NSI approved companies are advised to access the Company Login area of this website and their relevant Circular Letters pages to find out more.

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NSI Installer Summit 2016 – hundreds Attend Exclusive Event https://www.nsi.org.uk/2016/03/nsi-installer-summit-2016/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2016/03/nsi-installer-summit-2016/#respond Mon, 21 Mar 2016 16:31:53 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=14717 Matt Allwright, TV presenter and journalist at the Summit

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The NSI Installer Summit is an exclusive event for NSI approved companies in the security and fire installation sectors.

The format of the event has been well received by installers which  specifically emphasises  education and learning.

NSI approved companies have a keen appetite for learning about latest technology, industry updates and best practice. Keeping up to date gives them an advantage in delivering a consistent, high quality service to their clients and in maintaining their competitive edge.

The Summit Conference provided an opportunity for installers to listen to a variety of thought-provoking speakers from the security and fire sectors.  Speakers were:

ConferenceDavid Mair (Security Systems Manager, National Police Chiefs’ Council), Mike Jay (Convenor, RISCAuthority Security Group), Douglas Barnett (Chairman, BAFE), Simon Banks (Group Managing Director, CSL DualCom), Dr Jim Glockling (Technical Director, Fire Protection Association), Steve Riley (Commercial Director, RISCO Group UK),  David Wilkinson (Director of Technical Services, BSIA) and Neil Sampson (Chairman or the Powered Gates Group of the Door and Hardware Federation).

Four Summit Session discussion groups were held in the afternoon on focussed industry topics: Cyber Security, ISO 9001:2015, Apprenticeships and Powered Gates and Barriers (a heads-up for installers on NSI’s upcoming new approval scheme).

_MG_2876The date for next year’s NSI Installer Summit has already been set – 30th March 2017 and  installers should put the date in their diaries now.

2017 Exhibitor enquiries should be directed to: nigel.aitkin@nsi.org.uk or T: 01628 764843

NSI would like to thank Installer Summit 2016 sponsors: CSL DualCom, IFSEC International, RISCO Group UK and BT Redcare.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NSI Installer Summit 2016 – Record Numbers Expected https://www.nsi.org.uk/2016/03/nsi-installer-summit-10-march-2016/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2016/03/nsi-installer-summit-10-march-2016/#respond Thu, 03 Mar 2016 10:56:13 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=14604 The excitement is building for next week's exclusive event

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Only one week to go until NSI’s third national Installer Summit at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham.  The NSI Installer Summit is a unique event specifically designed for the business needs of NSI approved electronic security and fire installers.

The first Installer Summit in 2014 was extremely well received by NSI installers  and since then regional Installer Summits in Manchester and Scotland have taken place with the second national Summit in Birmingham last year.  The Installer Summit features a bespoke conference programme, exhibition and four Summit Sessions led by specialist presenters.

Richard Jenkins, NSI Chief Executive: “This is an exclusive event for NSI installers, bringing together the latest innovations in technology and business support services.  We’ve taken on board our installers’ feedback from previous Summits and are striving to bring them an event that will make the day more than worth their while.”

Matt Allwright

Matt Allwright, well known TV presenter, will be returning to this year’s Installer Summit as guest speaker.

As a consumer champion, Matt has contributed enormously over the years to the exposure of rogue traders and those providing poor service, encouraging consumers to be more discerning when selecting contractors.  Matt’s sense of humour coupled with insights from his own experience will make for a lively conference session.

High profile industry speakers will be participating in the morning conference session on the following subjects:

  • Latest News on Police Response to Security Systems
  •  Intruder Alarm Systems: the Insurers’ view
  • Electronic Security within the Internet of Things
  • BAFE: How do you demonstrate competency?
  • Connecting the Communications Value Chain
  • Driving Quality and Embracing Change
  • A Technical Solution to the Unwanted and False Fire Alarm problem
  • Raising Standards and Improving Safety in the Powered Gates Sector

50 leading organisations representing industry bodies, manufacturers, distributors and service providers will be heading to the Summit to offer assistance to our installers and will be featured in the exhibition area.  Four afternoon Summit Sessions of 45 minutes each are taking place in the afternoon for installers interested in:

  • Cyber Security: Top tips on how to secure your business from cyber attack
  • Powered Gates and Barriers: Find out about NSI’s new approval scheme for installers
  • Apprenticeships: The Future is in your hands – practical advice for installers on nurturing talent within their business
  • ISO 9001:2015 Transition – a helpful overview for NSI Gold installers on the ISO 9001 changes

View the video of Richard Jenkins with Andy Fyvie, Head of BT Redcare discussing the Installer Summit.

With an excellent educational programme, four focused business-related Summit Sessions and 50 organisations keen to help NSI installers with their business needs, the NSI Installer Summit is a must-attend event for progressive NSI installers.

A record number of NSI installers are expected this year and if any installers are yet to register, we encourage them to register as soon as possible.

NSI would like to thank our headline sponsors for their support:

 CSL Dualcom, IFSEC International, RISCO Group and BT Redcare

MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING SPEAKERS, EXHIBITORS AND TO REGISTER

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Who are the UK’s most promising engineers of tomorrow? https://www.nsi.org.uk/2016/02/who-are-the-uks-most-promising-engineers-of-tomorrow/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2016/02/who-are-the-uks-most-promising-engineers-of-tomorrow/#respond Mon, 22 Feb 2016 12:07:18 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=14544 Registration for national competition now open

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The prestigious Engineers of Tomorrow annual competition is now open for the security industry’s brightest young engineers to register their interest. Successful entrants will then be invited to pit their skills against each other in a live installation challenge at Europe’s largest security exhibition, IFSEC International this June.

Two competitorsEach year more than 50 apprentice engineers participate in pairs to complete a 90-minute live challenge that will take place on the busy exhibition floor at IFSEC International.

The engineers are assessed by a leading panel of judges from the security inspectorates, NSI and SSAIB, and points are allocated based on performance in the various disciplines.

Heat winners and their employers will be invited to the prestigious Security & Fire Excellence Awards where the winner will be announced and awarded a £1000 cash prize.

Simon Banks, Group Managing Director at CSL DualCom Group, said:

“The purpose of Engineers Of Tomorrow is to showcase the very best talent the security industry has to offer. It recognises the value of skills in our sector and for any Installers who have invested in an apprentice, the competition is a great opportunity to demonstrate their competency on a World stage.”

Engineers of Tomorrow is part of Apprenticeships for Fire & Security, an initiative that places apprentices into careers in the security industry and supports their development. Sponsored by IFSEC, CSL DualCom, NSI, SSAIB and Skills for Security, the scheme has already helped launch the careers of more than 3,000 young apprentices.

Joint 2015 WinnersAt the heart of the installation apprentice and young engineer industry, the competition will provide participants with a global stage to compete against their peers and represent their company.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three pairs of engineers, with a first prize of £1000 provided by CSL DualCom, the second prize donated by NSI of a £500 Red Letter Day and finally a third prize of £300 supported by SSAIB.

This year IFSEC International will run from 21-23 June in 2016 at London’s ExCeL and will once again be presented as part of UBM EMEA’s Protection & Management Series, the UK’s largest event dedicated to protecting and managing property, people and information. The series incorporates major events including IFSEC International along with FIREX International, Facilities Show, Safety & Health Expo and Service Management Expo.

For more information and to register for the competition please visit www.ifsec.co.uk/EOT

 

 

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NSI approved companies advised about the future of NSI Certificates of Compliance https://www.nsi.org.uk/2016/02/nsi-approved-companies-advised-about-the-future-of-nsi-certificates-of-compliance/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2016/02/nsi-approved-companies-advised-about-the-future-of-nsi-certificates-of-compliance/#respond Wed, 17 Feb 2016 12:01:45 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=14515 Issue of NSI Circular Letter 02/16

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NSI issued Circular Letter 002/16 on 4 February 2016 advising its security and fire installers that paper NSI Certificates of Compliance will be withdrawn later this year.   Electronic Certificates of Compliance are now the preferred option for NSI approved companies, with over 80% of NSI Certificates of Compliance now issued in this format.

NSI Certificates of Compliance for electronic security and fire safety systems are issued to customers of NSI approved companies on completion of an installation of a security system and/or the relevant module of a fire system. NSI Certificates of Compliance provide evidence to the property owner, or responsible person, that the NSI approved company has installed the security or fire system to specific industry standards and codes of practice.

NSI approved companies are advised to access the Company Login area of this website and their relevant Circular Letters pages to find out more.

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NSI Gold approved Companies advised about Changes to Recertification Visits https://www.nsi.org.uk/2016/02/nsi-gold-approved-companies-advised-about-changes-to-recertification-visits/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2016/02/nsi-gold-approved-companies-advised-about-changes-to-recertification-visits/#respond Wed, 10 Feb 2016 18:23:08 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=14490 Issue of NSI Circular Letter 001/16

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NSI has issued a Circular Letter 001/16 on 25 January advising its NSI Gold approved companies about the changing requirements for recertification with reference to BS EN ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015.

A change to recertification audit schedules will be of benefit to NSI Gold approved companies, allowing extra time to complete the process prior to the expiry date of Certificates of Approval.

All NSI Gold approved companies are advised to access the Company Login area of this website and their relevant Circular Letters pages to find out more.

 

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SIA Review – Industry Feedback Sought https://www.nsi.org.uk/2016/02/sia-review-industry-feedback-sought/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2016/02/sia-review-industry-feedback-sought/#respond Tue, 09 Feb 2016 12:20:57 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=14465 Deadline for survey responses is 18 February

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The SIA review is being carried out on behalf of the Secretary of State by a senior Home Office official who is independent of both the SIA and its sponsorship unit in the Home Office.

All private security industry stakeholders are encouraged to contribute to the review process by completing an online survey. 

The deadline for responses is 12pm on 18 February. Access the survey

The call for evidence is open to all interested parties but in particular those with a direct interest in the work of the SIA including employers and employees, local authorities, police forces, other Government departments, the devolved administrations and professional bodies.

SIA Chief Executive Alan Clamp said:

“The purpose of the review is to identify what we do well, what changes might be required and areas where we could be more effective and efficient. This is why we encourage everyone who is involved in the private security industry, at whatever level, to complete the call for evidence. This is your industry and this is an opportunity for you to have a say on how the SIA carries out its regulatory duties.”

Access the survey (Deadline for responses 12pm 18 February):

http://www.homeofficesurveys.homeoffice.gov.uk/s/VXFAG/

Further information on the SIA:

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the United Kingdom, reporting to the Home Secretary under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. The SIA’s main duties are: the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities; and managing the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme.*

Comments made in response to the call for evidence will be considered by the Review Team and will inform the final report to Home Office Ministers.  The report will be laid in the Libraries of the Houses of Parliament and published on the GOV.UK website in late spring 2016

  1. A new section on the SIA website has been created entitled ‘Review of the SIA’ that contains further information on the scope of the review. It also includes a new publication ‘SIA Annual Review 2014-15: Improving Standards and Protecting the Public’.
  2. For further information about the SIA or to sign up for email updates visit: www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk. The SIA is also on Facebook (Security Industry Authority) and Twitter (SIAuk).

* NSI is an Assessing Body for the SIA’s Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS). Organisations are welcome to contact NSI to discuss their ACS requirements.

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Invitation to join RISCAuthority Webinar on CCTV and Property Protection https://www.nsi.org.uk/2016/01/invitation-to-join-riscauthority-webinar-on-cctv-and-property-protection/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2016/01/invitation-to-join-riscauthority-webinar-on-cctv-and-property-protection/#respond Wed, 27 Jan 2016 15:18:00 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=14375 Register for the webinar taking place on 12 February

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RISCAuthorityAbout the webinar: In suitable undertakings, CCTV can make a significant impact on crime and the protection of property.  In unsuitable applications however, it can disappoint and attract the criticism of those in the community concerned about the “surveillance society”.

Mike Jay, Convenor of the RISCAuthority Security Working Group*, will provide an overview of today’s environment for CCTV in the private sector, reviewing some of the basic principles underpinning a successful installation and updating on recent developments.

Register for the 45 minute webinar on 12 February:

  • Click Register at the bottom of the page
  • On the registration form enter your details and click ‘submit’

You will receive a confirmation e-mail message with instructions how to join the event.

*About RISCAuthority Security Working Group

Mike Jay

The RISCAuthority Security Group is a technical forum of security risk management experts drawn from the majority of insurers transacting property insurance business (fire, crime risks etc) in the UK.  The committee has three formal meetings per year in addition to ad hoc meetings with stakeholders.

The group is one of a number of insurer forums within, and managed by, the Fire Protection Association (FPA).  The group’s remit is to research crime trends and security solutions and publish bulletins and best practice guidelines, as well as represent the Association of British Insurers (ABI) in forums such as the BSI.

Mike Jay (pictured), Convenor of the Security Working Group.

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Surveillance Camera Commissioner Launches Survey into Information Requirements for CCTV https://www.nsi.org.uk/2016/01/surveillance-camera-commissioner-launches-survey-into-information-requirements-for-cctv/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2016/01/surveillance-camera-commissioner-launches-survey-into-information-requirements-for-cctv/#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2016 16:20:46 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=14312 Call for those with an interest in CCTV to take part

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The Surveillance Camera Commissioner, with the British Standards Institution (BSI), are carrying out research to identify where people and organisations go to obtain information about CCTV and the support they require.

Researchers have already carried out some in depth interviews with CCTV operators, installers, manufacturers and law enforcers.  The Surveillance Camera Commissioner and BSI are now conducting a survey and would like to get responses from a range of organisations as well as members of the public.

Tony Porter, Surveillance Camera Commissioner said:

“The standards and information framework for CCTV is horribly complex. My standards group has been working hard to look at how we can simplify it. Whilst we’re making some headway this piece of research lead by BSI will really help inform how we can continue to make things easier for people who use CCTV day in and day out. I’d urge anyone with an interest in CCTV to complete it.”

The findings will be used to:

  • raise awareness of the regulatory environment, the role of standards and the surveillance camera code of practice
  • increase the uptake of the standards and other information relating to CCTV
  • support the uptake and use of the standards and code of practice

The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.

The survey will run until the end of January 2016.

Take part in the Survey

 

 

 

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Scottish NSI Installer Mini Summit https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/11/scottish-nsi-installer-mini-summit/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/11/scottish-nsi-installer-mini-summit/#respond Wed, 25 Nov 2015 14:55:32 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=14130 It was a great success

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NSI-Mini-Summit-Scotland-2015-593x272-v1 cslWe held an NSI Installer Mini Summit in West Lothian last week which was heralded a great success by NSI’s security and fire installers who attended.

We were delighted to take our highly-regarded Installer Summit format to Scotland to gather our Scottish NSI approved companies under one roof and take advantage of a dedicated on-site exhibition and conference.  Sponsored by CSL DualCom and RISCO Group, this was the first such event to take place in Scotland and it which was attended by over 60 installers with 13 exhibitors representing manufacturers, distributors, industry bodies and other service and support providers.

QE5A2219 1 Scottish SummitThe Mini Summit  included an educational conference, with speakers from BAFE (the Scottish Fire market);  AXA Insurance (Trends and Concerns from an Insurer’s Perspective); RSM Corporate Finance (Financial Considerations for those in the Sector); CSL DualCom (Maximising business potential with IOT, SEO and Apprenticeships) and RISCO (Smart home systems).

The Mini Summit was followed by a NACOSS Gold regional meeting, enabling our   premier electronic security installers to discuss industry issues. The   Scottish regional meeting, is one of the nine regional meetings to take place around the UK for NSI installers, providing them with a dedicated forum to discuss technical and industry issues.

QE5A2182 1Graeme Hazlewood, NSI Business Development Director comments: “We are committed to providing support and educational opportunities for our approved companies and our Mini Summit in Scotland last week was successful on many levels, not least because it provided them with an  opportunity to meet technical experts and their industry colleagues.”

Hazlewood continues “The tremendous feedback we received from installers, speakers and exhibitors from the event clearly shows there is a desire within the NSI community for events such as this.  We are already planning next year’s  third National NSI Installer Summit which will be taking place on 10 March in Birmingham which brings together hundreds of NSI installers, exhibitors and high profile speakers.”

Organisations interested in exhibiting at the NSI Installer Summit in March are advised to contact Nigel Aitkin at NSI for more information.

 

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New Certification Scheme for Public Space Surveillance Camera Systems https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/11/new-certification-scheme-for-public-space-surveillance-camera-systems/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/11/new-certification-scheme-for-public-space-surveillance-camera-systems/#respond Tue, 10 Nov 2015 11:14:33 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=14032 The Surveillance Camera Code of Practice has been developed to ensure cameras in public places are regulated and are only used in pursuit of a specified purpose.  The Code of Practice aims to balance the need for cameras with individuals’ rights to privacy, taking into account the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012. The voluntary certification scheme will […]

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The Surveillance Camera Code of Practice has been developed to ensure cameras in public places are regulated and are only used in pursuit of a specified purpose.  The Code of Practice aims to balance the need for cameras with individuals’ rights to privacy, taking into account the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012.

The voluntary certification scheme will provide reassurance to local communities that public space CCTV systems are managed appropriately and the information gathered from them is used in an appropriate manner and in accordance with strict guidelines.

As a specialist certification body for the security and fire sectors, NSI will carry out independent verification checks against the Code of Practice and  provide a recommendation to the Surveillance Camera Commissioner regarding certification of the organisation’s CCTV scheme.

Graeme Hazlewood, NSI’s Director of Business Development: “We are delighted to have been selected to provide the certification service for organisations operating public space camera surveillance systems.   People are increasingly aware these days about surveillance and rights to privacy and this new voluntary certification scheme will enable operators to demonstrate they take their legal obligations seriously and provide reassurance for their local communities”.

More Information

Download the Code of Practice and associated documentation from Gov.uk

Read more about the Certification Scheme

Contact

Local authorities and organisations interested in finding out about the certification scheme and process can find out more from Michelle Dennehy, NSI Senior Applications Advisor E: michelle.dennehy@nsi.org.uk T: 01628 764855.

 

 

 

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NSI security installers invited to join IFSEC Advisory Board https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/11/nsi-security-installers-invited-to-join-ifsec-advisory-board/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/11/nsi-security-installers-invited-to-join-ifsec-advisory-board/#respond Tue, 03 Nov 2015 13:28:27 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=13940 Opportunity to influence IFSEC 2016 programme

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IFSEC have said that through the group discussions they hope to understand the industry a little better and any specific challenges installers may face.

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Benefits of joining

There is no fee for joining the advisory board, installers are simply asked to commit their time.  As a member you will benefit from the following perks:

  • VIP ticket to IFSEC
  • Full write-ups of all Installer Advisory Board Meetings
  • Tour of UBM’s smart office at 240 Blackfriars Road
  • Be promoted as an Advisory Board Member on IFSEC marketing materials
  • Benchmark and grow your network of professionals
  • Have the option to raise your profile further, taking part in an exclusive interview for www.ifsecglobal.com

Attendance at meetings

If there are meetings members can’t attend in person, there will be the option to attend through a conference call or video conference facility. If there are meetings members can’t attend at all, they will be encouraged to submit any questions/feedback over the phone or over email with the IFSEC team.

Structure of the meetings

Meetings will be scheduled for dates and times that suit the majority of members and will last 3 hours. Discussions will be kept private and Chatham House rules apply.

The group discussion will be made up of two parts.  The first part, which will last for around two hours, will be spent discussing the key issues/challenges/priorities advisory board members are facing. This part of the agenda will be made up entirely of the discussion points that members want to talk about and can focus on any area they would like their peers’ insight into or advice on. For the second part of the agenda, which will last around 1 hour, the IFSEC team will ask for advice on the content, positioning and strategy of the event.

Location

Venue: 240 Blackfriars Road, Southwark, London Meetings will take place in UBM’s smart office, one of the most smart, sustainable buildings in London. (IFSEC is part of UBM). Refreshments will be supplied and members of the advisory board will also be invited for a tour of the facilities.

Next steps

Contact Charlotte Wright, Senior Content Manager for IFSEC if you are interested in joining or would like more information: charlotte.wright@ubm.com or 0207 921 8008. Numbers will be capped and places will be given on a first come first served basis.

Go to the IFSEC Website

 

 

 

 

 

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New Powered Gate Code of Practice to Play Vital Safety Role https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/10/new-powered-gate-code-of-practice-to-play-vital-safety-role/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/10/new-powered-gate-code-of-practice-to-play-vital-safety-role/#respond Tue, 20 Oct 2015 16:30:51 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=13858 NSI to help powered gate providers demonstrate competence

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NSI has been working with the DHF for the past two years on the development of this new code of practice. The code aims to reduce the risks associated with powered gates to as low as is reasonably practicable. It draws on safety legislation, European standards, and industry best practice. It gives practical help to all those involved in powered gates to meet their legal obligations by providing clear guidance on the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of powered gates.

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Photo taken at the Gate Safety Conference on 14 October 2015:

L-R: Tony Weeks (NSI Head of Technical Services), Michael Skelding (DHF General Manager),  Bob Perry (DHF CEO), Graeme Hazlewood (NSI Director of Business Development),  Nick Perkins (DHF Technical Officer)

Development of the Code

Our two organisations, led by NSI Technical Officer Mark Gallagher and DHF Training Officer Nick Perkins, have worked tirelessly over the past two years developing the DHF Code of Practice for the Design, Manufacture, Installation and Maintenance of Powered Gates.

As an independent specialist certification body, NSI will audit organisations seeking NSI approval against the code to verify compliance.  This will initially be offered to DHF members and to existing NSI approved companies. All members of the DHF Powered Gate Group* are being advised by the DHF to abide by the code of practice when it comes into operation next year, regardless of whether or not they wish to seek NSI approval.

The new code covers manufacturers’ and installers’ responsibilities for gate design, new gate installations, risk assessment and commissioning. It details their responsibilities for maintenance and modification of existing gates covering risk assessment, safe isolation and documentation.

Certificates of Compliance for Customers

Organisations granted NSI approval will be eligible to issue their customers with renewable DHF/NSI certificates of compliance for their powered gate installations, providing customers and users with peace of mind regarding the safety of their powered gates.

Bob Perry, DHF CEO “Since 2005 there have been seven deaths in the UK and Ireland, at least nine serious injuries and countless near misses caused by dangerous powered gates. It’s estimated that only 30% of the 500,000 automated gates in service in the UK are safe to use. As an industry we find this completely unacceptable. We’re absolutely determined to do everything we can to ensure no more tragic accidents happen. This new DHF code of practice will help us achieve our ultimate aim of confining powered gate accidents to the history books.”

Richard Jenkins, NSI CEO “At NSI, our first and only mission is to raise standards of safety and security for people and property. Properly installed and maintained powered gates are a key part of the safety and security landscape, so collaboration between the DHF and NSI is a perfect fit. Organisations who sign up to the DHF’s Code of Practice and choose the NSI approval route will have the right to issue their customers with a unique Certificate of Compliance for each powered gate they install and/or maintain, providing the customers with the greatest confidence in their equipment and maintenance regime.

“With several tragic accidents involving powered gates, the potential value of certification in helping increase safety in this area is clear. We are confident that professional installers will seek NSI approval and certificate powered gate installations as a demonstration of their commitment to safety for their customers and users alike.”

The Code of Practice (DHF TS 011) will be available shortly.

Pilot Scheme

Our two organisations are about to embark on a pilot scheme which will include a select number of DHF members and NSI approved companies which will run to March 2016. It is anticipated that the NSI approval scheme will ‘go live’ in the second quarter of 2016.

*The DHF’s Powered Gate Group represents more than 100 of Britain’s leading manufacturers, suppliers, installers and maintainers of powered automatic gates and gate automation equipment.

For further information, see contact details below:

Contact: NSI:

Mark Gallagher, NSI Technical Officer  T: 01628 764857 E: mark.gallagher@nsi.org.uk

Contact: DHF

T: 01827 52337 E: info@dhfonline.org.uk  W: www.dhfonline.org.uk

 

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ISO 9001:2015 Just Published! https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/09/iso-90012015-just-published/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/09/iso-90012015-just-published/#respond Thu, 24 Sep 2015 17:16:56 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=13713 Long awaited publication is announced

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The latest edition – BS EN ISO 9001:2015 has been developed to bring it in line with changing business trends and the needs of buyers of products and services.

NSI’s Gold approved companies, providing security services for buyers in the UK commercial and domestic markets, all operate an ISO 9001 management system, which along with product certification, provides unparalleled reassurance and confidence for buyers.

The ISO 9001:2015 edition readily integrates with other management systems organisations may also be operating.  For example, organisations are frequently being asked to substantiate environmental credentials and are adopting Environmental Management System BS 14001. A revised version of BS 14001 has also just been published and as an accredited certification body, NSI already audits a growing number of NSI Gold approved companies against both Standards.

NSI is encouraging its NSI Gold approved companies to plan ahead and prepare to make the transition to the revised ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 Standards within two years – by September 2017, twelve months ahead of the official three year deadline.  This is a realistic timescale for NSI  approved companies, considering their experience, with some already well on the way to making the relatively straightforward transition.

To provide assistance, NSI’s popular ISO 9001 ‘Transition’ seminars, tailor-made with a sector-specific context, are helping companies understand better what, if any, additional assistance they will need to make the transition.

Both Standards will be available to NSI approved companies via our online Standards subscription service or directly through NSI in early October.

Here to Help NSI Approved Companies – ISO 9001 ‘Transition’ Seminars

NSI approved companies should start their transition preparation as soon as possible.  Those interested in attending an ISO 9001 ‘Transition’ seminar, should contact: Maxine Dent, Training Executive, on T: 01628 764831 E: Maxine.dent@nsi.org.uk for further information and availability.

A more detailed update will be provided for our NSI Gold approved companies, directly, in the near future.

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SIA Approved Contractors Urged to complete On-line Approval Survey https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/09/sia-approved-contractors-urged-to-complete-on-line-approval-survey/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/09/sia-approved-contractors-urged-to-complete-on-line-approval-survey/#respond Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:37:11 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=13625 Hardcopy survey no longer valid

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The Approval Survey in its hardcopy form, is no longer valid and should not be used by SIA Approved Contractors.  If received by the SIA’s Customer Support Team, they will be rejected and returned to the companies who have submitted them.

From now on, the SIA will include a link to the on-line Approval Survey in the e-mails they send to Approved Contractors confirming they have been successful in their assessments.

The SIA are urging Approved Contractors to complete the survey annually which, they say, will help them to improve the quality of service they provide.  They are seeking feedback on the following areas:

  • Approval Process
  • Quality of the assessment (verification visit)
  • Benefits of the Scheme

The Survey will take in the region of 15 minutes to complete and all responses will be treated as confidential.

 

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Apprentices for Fire & Security – Addressing the Skills Gap https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/08/apprentices-for-fire-security-addressing-the-skills-gap/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/08/apprentices-for-fire-security-addressing-the-skills-gap/#respond Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:04:26 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=13594 Seeking the industry's support

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Apprentices-for-Fire-and-Security-logo‘Apprentices for Fire & Security’ aims to convince employers that young people can provide skills that may be lacking in their business.  With the right career planning and succession path, apprentices can become a prized asset instrumental to the future of a business.

The 100 in 100 apprentice drive, as it was formerly known, was founded in 2011 by Simon Banks, Group Managing Director of CSL DualCom and has had the continued support of NSI plus other leading organisations in the security sector: Skills for Security, IFSEC International and SSAIB.  Since it began, over 3,000 16-24 year olds have been placed into careers in the security sector ranging from engineering, IT, product design, marketing, sales and many more.

Looking for an apprentice? Place your vacancy free of charge on www.apprentices4fs.com to be matched with potential candidates.

 * Read the news about the Government approving the Trailblazer Apprenticeship standard for the security and fire sectors and more about Apprentices for Fire & Security in Risk UK magazine.

 

 

 

 

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NSI issues Fire Safety Update on Operation of Fire Protection Measures https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/08/nsi-issues-fire-safety-update-on-operation-of-fire-protection-measures/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/08/nsi-issues-fire-safety-update-on-operation-of-fire-protection-measures/#respond Thu, 20 Aug 2015 16:28:26 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=13568 Publication of BS 7273-4:2015 for Fire safety Installers

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The latest NSI Circular Letter relates to the publication of BS 7273-4:2015 – Code of Practice for the Operation of Fire Protection Measures – Part 4: Actuation of Release Mechanisms for Doors.

BS 7273-4:2015 is a full revision of the previous standard and gives recommendations for the interfacing of fire detection and fire alarm systems to devices that:

a) hold open self-closing fire-resisting doors (e.g. electromagnetic and acoustically and/or radio-actuated, hold-open devices)

b) secure doors on means of escape (e.g. electromagnetically held locking devices and solenoid-operated locks)

c) operate powered sliding doors on means of escape, which might be required to open permanently on operation of the fire detection and fire alarm system

With effect from 1st October 2015 systems must, where applicable be designed to comply with the recommendations of BS 7273-4:2015 and NSI auditors will audit systems against the recommendations of this standard, BS 5839-1:2013 and other applicable standards.

NSI Fire Gold and Fire Silver approved companies and applicants are advised to access the Company Login area of this website and their relevant Circular Letters pages to find out more.

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NSI Technical Bulletin Released on Detector-Activated CCTV Systems https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/08/nsi-technical-bulletin-released-on-detector-activated-cctv-systems/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/08/nsi-technical-bulletin-released-on-detector-activated-cctv-systems/#respond Wed, 19 Aug 2015 14:26:42 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=13559 Information regarding BS 8418:2015

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An NSI Technical Bulletin has been released this week offering guidance to NSI approved companies on the application of BS 8418:2015 – Installation and Remote Monitoring of Detector-Activated CCTV Systems.

BS 8418:2015 is a full revision of the standard and includes many editorial changes to the wording compared to the previous 2010 version.  The NSI Bulletin provides NSI approved companies and applicants with important and helpful information about the significant changes and key points.

NSI NACOSS Gold, Systems Silver and ARC Gold approved companies and applicants are advised to access the Company Login area of this website and their relevant Technical Bulletin pages to familiarise themselves with the information.

 

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NPCC Policy on Police Response Published https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/08/npcc-policy-on-police-response-published/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/08/npcc-policy-on-police-response-published/#respond Fri, 14 Aug 2015 16:10:07 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=13490 Download the policy here

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The published content does not differ from the draft reviewed by NSI and the comments made in our news item of 17 July still stand.  View here.

The document is now available on the Secured by Design website and for the convenience of those interested, can be obtained here:

Download the NPCC policy

 

Reminder to readers: The National Police Chiefs’ Council is the organisation formerly known as the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

 

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We are Recruiting – NSI Auditor Team being Strengthened https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/08/we-are-recruiting-nsi-auditor-team-being-strengthened/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/08/we-are-recruiting-nsi-auditor-team-being-strengthened/#respond Mon, 10 Aug 2015 11:46:32 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=13400 Guarding Services Auditor opportunity

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NSI approved companies lead the way in the provision of security and fire safety services in the UK and Eire, ensuring public and private spaces are safer for all those who use them.

Our growing team of expert auditors delivers in the region of 4000 audits per year across 1800 NSI approved companies.

We are looking for a special individual to join the NSI Services auditing team who will be part of a national team of over 30 NSI auditors.

The position we are looking to fill is for a Guarding Services Auditor to be based in the Midlands/North region.

Closing date for applications is Monday 17 August 2015.

More information

 

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Manned security sector worth over £4billion: Mintel’s 2016 forecast https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/07/manned-security-sector-worth-over-4billion-mintels-2016-forecast/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/07/manned-security-sector-worth-over-4billion-mintels-2016-forecast/#respond Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:23:09 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=13333 Exclusive discount on reports

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Real terms growth of 6%pa forecast for both 2015 and 2016, will be driven almost exclusively by the prison and custodial services sector, with new probation contracts anticipated mostly in favour of the largest operators.

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Terry Leggett, Senior Industrial Analyst at Mintel, comments:

“Projected growth in the manned security market is highly dependent on the public sector outsourcing climate. This forecast expansion is expected to be biased towards a small number of companies, masking continued difficulties for small and medium-sized businesses in the guarding sector. These companies can increase commercial opportunities by marketing the specialist nature of their services, building partnerships with electronic systems manufacturers and looking to develop deep customer relationships that differentiate them from larger multi-service brands.

Building additional business services beyond just guarding or supervision, which exploit the intelligence gathered from integrated electronic system solutions, could also improve sales as the facilities management sector increasingly eats into specialist firms’ contract revenues.”

Amongst SMEs, NSI Guarding Gold approved companies who demonstrate commitment to integrity, competence and professionalism in addition to SIA Approved Contractor Scheme status, stand out as leaders in their sector. See NSI video for further insight.

Those interested in purchasing any of Mintel’s B2B reports should reference ‘NSI10’ to receive a 10% discount valid until 14/8/15. 

Mintel is an independent award-winning provider of world-leading market intelligence.Please visit Mintel’s website to view the full list of reports available including those for the electronic security and fire sectors.

Please visit http://store.mintel.com/industries/industrial 

Contact: Hamed Darvishian T: +44(0)203 416 4319 E: hdarvishian@mintel.com

 

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NSI helps forge new Industry agreement on Intruder & Hold-up Alarm Systems https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/07/nsi-helps-forge-new-industry-agreement-on-intruder-hold-up-alarm-systems/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/07/nsi-helps-forge-new-industry-agreement-on-intruder-hold-up-alarm-systems/#respond Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:43:08 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=13319 PD 6662 update announced

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NSI provided input as a key industry stakeholder to the interim update, alongside the trade associations, SSAIB, Police and insurers.  The main focus of the update was to align PD 6662 with other Standards and to take into account the increasing use of mobile devices by users to operate their intruder and hold-up systems, which the current Standards do not fully address in today’s environment.

Tony Weeks, Head of Technical Services at NSI, commented:

The NSI has played a strong part in the development of the industry agreement on PD 6662 and we are pleased with the co-operative way the industry organisations have worked together to create the final document.

“An important part of the agreement is to facilitate the use of mobile devices, such as smart phones, to operate intruder and hold-up alarm systems.  Whilst we have a degree of reservation about false alarms, in tune with other organisations we feel it is important to enable use of new technology and to encourage users to have systems on police response.

“There will be a fuller review of PD 6662 via the British Standards Institution (BSI), which will incorporate the industry agreement and introduce more changes in line with developments to European Standards including the EN 50131 series for intruder and hold-up alarm systems and the EN 50136 series for alarm transmission systems.”

The full revision of PD 6662 is expected to take place within the next year or so.  NSI has already sent more detailed information to approved companies, which can also be found in the Company Login area of this website.

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National Police Chiefs’ Council Policy on Police Response https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/07/national-police-chiefs-council-policy-on-police-response/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/07/national-police-chiefs-council-policy-on-police-response/#respond Fri, 17 Jul 2015 16:20:12 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=13256 Changes to Policy

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The NPCC is in the process of issuing a new policy on police response entitled “Police Requirements & Response to Security Systems” and the new NPCC policy is superseding the April 2014 ACPO Policy.

Based on the draft we have seen, the NPCC policy remains substantially the same as the previous ACPO policy and there are no changes to the URN fees.  However changes to the policy are understood to include the following:

The chief officer of police must be notified within 28 days of all variations to company details including change of inspectorate or change of maintaining company.

Electronic transfer of intruder and hold up alarm activations will be mandatory with effect from 1 April 2020. This relates to an industry project whereby Alarm Receiving Centres (ARCs) transfer intruder and hold up alarm activations electronically to police control rooms rather than by telephone voice communication.

Some additional information will be in Appendix C regarding the conviction check process.

The following additional advice will be given in Appendix H with regard to police advice to members of the public:

  • Avoid long term monitoring contracts
  • Terms which transfer inappropriate risks to consumers may be unfair and one kind of risk that should not be unfairly imposed on the consumer is that of the supplier’s own insolvency.  This may occur where the purchase price of goods or services, or a large part of it, is demanded substantially earlier than is needed to cover the supplier’s costs.  Such a prepayment assists the cash flow of the supplier, but is liable to be lost to the consumer if the business is wound up before completion of the contract

The new NPCC policy should be available soon from the Secured By Design website.  Please refer to this website for further details and please note the new URN application forms are available to use already.

We will provide further information about the changes directly to NSI approved companies as soon as possible.

 

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BSIA Awards Recognise talent within NSI Approved Companies https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/07/bsia-awards-recognise-talent-within-nsi-approved-companies/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/07/bsia-awards-recognise-talent-within-nsi-approved-companies/#respond Fri, 17 Jul 2015 11:52:22 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=13232 Read about this week's award ceremony

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Apprentice Installer Awards

Sponsored by Pyronix, the Apprentice Installer Awards recognised the achievements of Level Two and Level Three apprentices involved in the installation of alarms, CCTV, access control or a combination of these systems and represent the commitment of security companies and training bodies in providing young talent with the opportunity to succeed in the security industry.

Congratulations to the following winners:

The overall winner was Robbie Jackson, 18, a third-year apprentice working for Compass Fire and Security in Cumbria, an NSI Systems Silver approved company for the design, installation and Maintenance of security systems. Considering an apprenticeship as an alternative to university, Robbie quickly progressed in his role to become a valued member of the company.

Achieving National Winner status was first-year apprentice, 17 year old Christopher Hunt. Christopher works for Kings Security, an organisation approved by NSI for its premier approval schemes: NACOSS Gold, Guarding Gold and Fire Gold.

Contribution to Training

The award of Contribution to Training was presented to VSG for its Zero Assaults Project.  VSG, has NSI Gold approval for Guarding Services, its Alarm Receiving Centre, Health & Safety and Environmental management systems.

The VSG winning project aims to protect members of the public and minimise criminal or reputational damage and has been deliverered to 240 managers and directors since its launch last May. The project has been rolled out across major contracts in London and now forms part of the mandatory VSG induction process.

Annual Security Personnel Awards

Service to the Customer

Mohammed Amal El-Hajji – Mitie Total Security Management (with an excellent track record with much praise from clients, VIPs and senior state figures).

Donald Murray – VSG (providing excellent service to the customer, forging excellent relationships and empowering team members)

Best use of Technology

Marcin Bereza – VSG (for designing and implementing an electronic Security Operations Dashboard)

Best Team

Centrale Shopping Centre Team – VSG (a 33 strong dedicated team, continually improving their skills adding value to their contract and exceeding expectations).

ITV Security Team – Wilson James – an NSI Guarding Gold approved company.  The Wilson James team were praised for embracing the culture and values of ITV and often go the extra mile to cover additional duties.

Congratulations to the above winners. For more information go the BSIA website.

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Major Milestone Achieved Between NSI and BAFE https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/07/major-milestone-achieved-between-nsi-and-bafe/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/07/major-milestone-achieved-between-nsi-and-bafe/#respond Tue, 07 Jul 2015 11:21:37 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=13155 400 BAFE Registrations with NSI

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NSI is licensed by BAFE to deliver a range of its fire-related third party certification schemes and sees fire sector approval as an important growth area for the organisation.  BAFE Schemes available through NSI are:

  • Fire Detection and Alarms (SP203-1);
  • Fixed Gaseous Fire Suppression Systems (SP203-3);
  • Emergency Lighting (SP203-4);
  • Contract Maintenance of Portable Fire Extinguishers (SP101)
  • Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment (SP205).

Organisations seeking BAFE registration are required to be independently audited through a UKAS approved certification body.  As a specialist Certification Body in the fire and security sectors, organisations are choosing the NSI route to take advantage of its value-added audits and to benefit from increased specifier recognition.

The 400th company registered is Fowler Martin, Chartered Building Services Consultant Engineers situated in Ingatestone, Essex.  They have achieved BAFE registration for Fire Detection and Alarm Systems SP203-1 and Emergency Lighting Systems SP203-4. For a company with principal areas focussing on the design of mechanical and electrical services for the commercial and public sector, the BAFE standard and NSI approval are a marque of competence to provide these services.

Simon Ayres, Director of Fowler Martin comments:

We are extremely happy to have NSI certification and BAFE registration linked to our design work with alarms and emergency lighting systems.  We found the process with both NSI and BAFE to be exceptionally thorough which only increases our confidence in being associated with these bodies.  It is another string to our bow to promote our quality services and provide evidence of this from our third party certification.

Richard Jenkins, NSI Chief Executive adds:

Over 1800 UK and Eire-based organisations have chosen NSI for their security and fire safety certification.  As an independent specialist certification body, our team of full-time auditors are well placed to guide organisations through the application process for NSI approval and BAFE registration.

We are delighted that 400 BAFE registrations have been achieved through NSI.  It is a key milestone for our two organisations and we look forward to working with many more fire safety businesses who are looking to demonstrate competence and professionalism to their clients via third party certification.

Stephen Adams, Chief Executive of BAFE provided the following comment

Thanks to the commitment to quality by our registered companies and our partners in the certification bodies, including NSI, this scheme has tripled in size over the last five years.  Many public sector and private organisations now recognise SP203 as the main criteria when specifying their fire protection requirements.

How can your organisation demonstrate the highest level of competence and integrity to your customers? Call our friendly Applications Team at NSI on 01682 764838 or by email and they’ll tell you how.  

More information about BAFE and the registrations available can be found on the BAFE website.

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Sodexo Gains Guarding Gold Approval for its National Control Room https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/06/sodexo-gains-guarding-gold-approval-for-its-national-control-room/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/06/sodexo-gains-guarding-gold-approval-for-its-national-control-room/#respond Tue, 23 Jun 2015 15:59:21 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=13093 Read about Sodexo's NSI approval

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As the UK’s premier certification body for the security and fire sectors, NSI has robustly assessed the facilities and procedures of Sodexo’s national control room against the relevant industry standards BS 7499:2013, BS 7858:2012, BS EN ISO 9001:2008 and its own Code of Practice, NSI NCP 107.

Opened last year and based in Salford, Sodexo’s national control room monitors 600 employees (permanent and relief security officers) across 260 contracts in the UK and Ireland, 24 hours a day.

Many of Sodexo’s officers provide security for its clients out of hours, or in lone worker situations and the NSI Guarding Gold approval provides reassurance to their officers when on duty, that they have the appropriate back-up should it be required, via their control room.

Simon Pears, Sodexo’s Global Security Director, explained: “NSI Guarding Gold is one of the highest accreditations in the security sector signifying the standards to which we operate and how important people are to our business.  Sodexo has been extremely successful in providing clients with the professional security services and is ranked in the top one per cent of security providers for quality delivery in the UK.  Achieving this standard serves to consolidate this position and is tremendous recognition for the control room team.”

Richard Jenkins, NSI Chief Executive, stated:  “Sodexo is a shining example of what can be achieved when an organisation puts people at the heart of its business. I am delighted Sodexo sought independent verification of the facilities and procedures of its national control room from NSI. NSI’s Guarding Gold approval, demonstrates commitment to employee welfare through the adherence of sector standards, and business excellence, through the sound operation of a Quality Management System to ISO 9001. Certification is a credit to all involved at Sodexo in the Control Room operation and the overseeing of their on-site services of security officers.”

Photo l-r: Richard Jenkins, NSI CEO presenting Simon Pears, Sodexo Global Security Director with an NSI Gold medal and certificate at Sodexo’s national control room

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NSI, ECA and FSA Sign MoU for benefit of Contractors https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/06/nsi-eca-and-fsa-sign-mou-for-benefit-of-contractors/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/06/nsi-eca-and-fsa-sign-mou-for-benefit-of-contractors/#respond Fri, 19 Jun 2015 12:50:32 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=13081 Read about the MoU.

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As a result of the agreement, ECA and FSA members will be eligible for discounts on NSI initial certification fees and training courses. Companies approved already  with the NSI who apply for FSA or ECA membership, will receive a discount on their first year’s subscription fee.

The MoU was signed this week at IFSEC International, the security industry’s leading exhibition and conference, and will take effect from July 1 this year.

Commenting on the new agreement, Steve Bratt, ECA Group CEO, and Richard Jenkins, NSI CEO, had the following to say:

“We’ve worked together on a number of issues over the years, so formalising this relationship in this way was a natural move,” says ECA Group CEO Steve Bratt. “This is a crucial time for the electrical, fire and security industries and this agreement will mean we are able to combine our expertise for the good of the industry and allow our respective members access to the others’ offerings at a reduced rate.”

Richard Jenkins, Chief Executive of NSI, commented:“The ECA, FSA and NSI are committed to improving industry standards, ensuring clients receive the highest quality service from their contractors and helping businesses evolve and grow, so it seems fitting to put this agreement together now. This should help firms of all sizes have access to the services and support they need, and enable us to use our collective expertise to tackle a range of key industry issues.”

Members of ECA and FSA who are interested in finding out about certification with NSI should email the NSI Applications team or call 01628 764844.

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NSI at IFSEC International https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/06/nsi-at-ifsec-international/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/06/nsi-at-ifsec-international/#respond Wed, 10 Jun 2015 15:52:18 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=13000 Discover what NSI has to offer

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We are looking forward to IFSEC  and FIREX International next week at ExCeL, London (16-18 June) and you will find us in the Security & Fire Installer Live area.

NSI Hub – B1050 – Security & Fire Installer Live Area

The ‘NSI Hub’ (B1050), incorporating the NSI Learning Zone, will be the go-to destination for NSI approved companies, police, insurers and those interested in procuring the services of the most reputable and competent security and fire safety organisations in the UK. We are also encouraging installation organisations wanting to demonstrate competence, integrity and professionalism, who are not currently approved by NSI, to come to the NSI Hub to meet the team.

Register Here!

NSI Learning Zone

The NSI Learning Zone will provide visitors with a raft of industry-specific and business solution advice including Standards updates, future technologies, burglary case studies, cyber watch-outs for installers and social media guidance, plus much more!  With specialist speakers, including own NSI experts, these seminars are a must for visitors!

Two speakers taking part in the NSI Learning Zone, have just been announced as being in the top 50 most influential people in the security and fire sectors for 2015.  Our very own Richard Jenkins, NSI Chief Executive is also included.  Congratulations to:

* Mike Gillespie, MD of Advent IM and Professor Martin Gill, Director of Perpetuity Research & Consultancy International

View the seminar programme.

All are welcome to attend and there is no need to book to attend the NSI Learning Zone in advance.

£50 Exclusive Offer for NSI Approved Companies

We have negotiated an exclusive offer for  NSI approved companies who register and attend either IFSEC or FIREX International.  Visit the NSI Hub and we’ll give representatives from NSI approved companies a £50 MasterCard voucher which can be used for any number of things such as travel and subsistence.  Our thanks to IFSEC & FIREX International organisers for making this possible!

GGerry Dunphy Event Directorerry Dunphy, Event Director (Security and Fire) IFSEC & FIREX International on their exclusive offer for NSI approved companies:

We’re delighted to be able to work with the NSI to extend the Platinum Ticket scheme for NSI approved companies attending this year’s IFSEC and FIREX.

It’s a great initiative for us to be able to thank NSI approved companies for their continued support for IFSEC and FIREX over many years and we hope it will help to make the visit to this year’s shows an even more enjoyable experience.”

NSI VIP Lounge

The NSI VIP Lounge (South Gallery 29) is a room for exclusive use by NSI approved companies where people can relax, refuel and enjoy the river views throughout the day. This has easy access either by stairs or lift. We look forward to greeting our approved companies. Come to the NSI Hub (B1050) for information.

 

engineers_of_tomorrow_logo_smallNSI is a proud supporter of the Engineers of Tomorrow competition for apprentices and young engineers.  Taking place across the three days of the event, NSI auditors will once again be adjudicating the competition.

On Tuesday 16th at 4.30pm, Richard Jenkins, NSI Chief Executive, will be presenting the heat winners’ prizes on the Engineers of Tomorrow stand in the Security & Fire Installer Live area.

Take 10 minutes out of your schedule at the show to watch the future engineers of the security sector demonstrate their skills.

 More information on IFSEC and FIREX International

 

register now

 

 

 

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Driving Licences to Change from 8 June 2015 https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/05/driving-licences-to-change-from-8-june-2015/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/05/driving-licences-to-change-from-8-june-2015/#respond Fri, 29 May 2015 13:51:32 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=12960 What does this mean for organisations and employees?

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The following information has been posted on the Gov.uk website regarding the impending driving licence changes that will take place from 8 June. Organisations who are required to verify identities in accordance with relevant industry Standards and use driving licenses as means of identification, or are required to validate employee driving licences for company car use or insurance purposes, are advised to take note of the following information and guidance.

Please note, this does not affect photocard licences issued by DVA in Northern Ireland.

What this means for you

View the following YouTube link to give you an overview of the situation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=VHIIkTDegqE

How to view your driving licence details

The DVLA’s free View Driving Licence service lets you see what details are on your licence, including what vehicles you can drive and any penalty points you may have.

Confirming your driving record to an employer

Information for employees:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qoVARjxKbRQ

Checking Driving Licences

If your organisation regularly checks the counterpart for entitlements or endorsements, you can use the Check driving Licence service to check the licence using the code provided by the driver. With the driver’s consent you can view the details on a driving licence, eg the vehicle categories they’re entitled to drive and any endorsements or penalty points. This service also gives you the option to print or save a copy of the information.

To help companies or employers who use the new service the DVLA have created a step by step guide.

You can make a check by phone if you don’t have a check code to use with the online service. You’ll need to ask the driver you’re doing the check on to call DVLA on 0300 790 6801 and leave permission for the check.

You can then call DVLA on 0906 139 3837 (calls cost 51p per minute) to check the driver’s details after they’ve given their permission.

Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/driving-licence-changes

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NSI approved companies to receive 20% Discount on Tavcom Training Courses https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/05/nsi-approved-companies-to-receive-20-discount-on-tavcom-training-courses/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/05/nsi-approved-companies-to-receive-20-discount-on-tavcom-training-courses/#respond Thu, 28 May 2015 11:21:39 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=12946 Read about NSI's partnership with Tavcom Training

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A partnership arrangement between Tavcom Training, the UK’s leading supplier of practical and e-learning electronic security systems training and NSI, the specialist Certification Body for the UK’s security and fire safety companies, has been established for the benefit of NSI approved companies.

NSI approved companies may now take advantage of a preferential rate for all Tavcom distance learning online programmes, as well as the traditional classroom and workshop based courses conducted at its Hampshire training centre.

“NSI and Tavcom share a vision of raising standards in the electronic security industry, and Tavcom’s offer underpins best practice in all aspects of a security system’s design, implementation, operation and maintenance,” said Paul Tennent, Group Sales Director. “We are therefore very pleased to have agreed this initiative. It is designed to encourage installers, systems integrators, control room operators and other organisations who are NSI approved to take the opportunity to improve their skill sets, and in the process acquire career enhancing, accredited qualifications.”

 

Commenting on the partnership, Richard Jenkins, Chief Executive of NSI said:

“Our national team of auditors complete in the region of 4000 regular and robust audits per year of NSI approved companies to verify continual compliance with industry Standards.  We welcome the opportunity for our NSI approved companies to access high quality training courses in order to  enhance their skills and knowledge as technological advances in the sector continue at pace.

NSI runs its own popular training courses, primarily based on sector Standards, and by complementing this offer with Tavcom’s provision of quality, accredited courses, NSI approved companies have access to a broader range of cost effective, training options to bolster the learning and development of their employees.  NSI approved companies are able to take full advantage of this opportunity. We are delighted that this partnership between our two organisations has been established.”

Tavcom Training

An online version of the Tavcom Prospectus, which provides information on over 70 different classroom, workshop and online training courses, can be viewed at www.tavcom.com, whilst a printed copy is available upon request by emailing sales@tavcom.com.

 

 

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First NSI Gold Certificates of Approval for Investigative Services to BS 102000:2013 https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/05/first-nsi-gold-certificates-of-approval-for-investigative-services-to-bs-1020002013/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/05/first-nsi-gold-certificates-of-approval-for-investigative-services-to-bs-1020002013/#respond Fri, 22 May 2015 15:07:33 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=12932 Three NSI Gold companies lead the way

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NSI has a long history of working with companies providing investigative services, particularly in the area of anti-fraud investigations relating to personal injury claims, having had its own dedicated Code of Practice (NCP 103) accredited by UKAS, for many years.  NSI participated in the BSI drafting panel that produced the new British Standard, with many elements of its NCP 103 being drafted into BS 102000:2013 ‘Code of practice for the provision of investigative services’, and is delighted that the new BS effectively supercedes NCP 103 for progressive businesses operating in this field.

With UKAS accreditation for the Standard, NSI is best placed to help organisations who work in this sector, prove their integrity and competence to their clients.

Sam Greer, Managing Director, R-ISC Investigation & Surveillance Company Ltd, said: “R-ISC has always promoted the value of certification by the NSI and since taking sole ownership of the Company in 2007, I have personally extolled their virtues on numerous occasions. This accreditation to BS 102000 can only add benefit to our services and provide greater assurance to our customers.”

Steve Cook, Director of Operations UK & ROI, Global Options, said: “Having been approved by the NSI since 2006, I have always been an advocate of standards for my company and for this industry. I welcomed the publication of BS 102000 and this accreditation for NSI gives formal recognition for certification to this Standard, which now provides a quality benchmark for our customers.”

Emma Shaw, Managing Director of Esoteric Ltd, a specialist counter-surveillance and investigative services company added “We are proud to have received the BS 102000 certification which is in recognition of our commitment to working to the very highest standards of service.”

Commenting from NSI, Kay Aitkin, NSI Service Delivery Director said:

“NSI has been working with organisations within the Investigative Services sector for many years and those who achieve NSI approval for this Standard will be sending a clear message to their clients of their integrity, professionalism and competence of the highest order, in  committing to independent verification of their compliance against the Standard.  Customers who contract the services of NSI Gold approved companies can be assured of services delivered to the highest standard by businesses committed to quality.”

Organisations providing investigative services interested in becoming NSI approved to BS102000:2013 should contact Julie Sumner at NSI on 01628 764838 for further information.

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NSI and BIFM: together raising standards https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/05/nsi-and-bifm-together-raising-standards/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/05/nsi-and-bifm-together-raising-standards/#respond Wed, 13 May 2015 13:28:21 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=12895 Watch the NSI film previewed at BIFM's ThinkFM Conference

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The Conference ‘Competitive Advantage through the Workplace’, attended by over 300 senior FM professionals from both the public and private sectors, focussed on how FM brings cost effective quality services together to ensure productive and safe working environments.

Introduced by TV’s Natasha Kaplinsky, the full programme features industry-leader interviews and news-style reports. ExCeL London and UCL are showcased as part of the feature, where the deployment of NSI approved companies provides reassurance of the effectiveness of the security and fire safety systems in place.

Douglas Barnett, Chairman of BAFE, the fire sector’s quality registration body, explains in the programme, how those responsible for fire safety can benefit from selecting independently approved expert service providers, such as NSI approved companies.

Richard Jenkins, NSI CEO stated “We are delighted to contribute to this BIFM programme.  NSI has over 40 years’ experience of assessing companies who work in the security environment, verifying their compliance against the sector-specific standards.  Our national team of full-time specialist auditors complete in the region of 4000 rigorous audit visit reports per year for the UK’s premier security and fire safety companies, providing the necessary peace of mind to FM professionals and to those whose responsibility it is to ensure the safety of people, property and assets throughout the UK.

We recognise the value of working with BIFM to deliver our message of reassurance and the need for robust standards of practice in security and fire safety to a wider audience.”

Speaking about NSI’s contribution to the ITN Productions programme and the contribution NSI approved companies make to the security and fire sector, Gareth Tancred, BIFM CEO comments:

“Security and fire safety are integral parts of any facilities management provision.  As such, we have made the subject one of the centrepieces of our new Competitive Edge current affairs programme.  I am delighted that NSI were able to get involved and highlight this important aspect of the FM industry.  I also want to acknowledge the valuable contribution NSI approved companies make to the security and fire sector and the value they bring to those in the facilities management industry.  The BIFM look forward to working with NSI in the future.”

Securing the safety of people and assets in the workplace has never been more of a challenge. NSI is passionate about meeting the challenge. Across the UK its 1800 approved companies are delivering those standards every day. NSI Gold approved companies lead the way in raising standards of security and making it a reality.

A select number of leading UK organisations including NSI, were invited to contribute to the programme to be distributed to the BIFM membership of over 17000 individuals and organisations, highlighting the latest innovations, best practice and impact that FM can have in building competitive advantage for organisations in the public and private sectors.

 

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NSI CEO Comments on BBC’s ‘Cash for Qualifications’ Investigation https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/03/nsi-ceo-comments-on-bbcs-cash-for-qualifications-investigation/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/03/nsi-ceo-comments-on-bbcs-cash-for-qualifications-investigation/#respond Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:28:26 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=12511 Read what Richard Jenkins has to say

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Watch Inside Out London (23 March 7.30pm) via BBC’s iPlayer 

The BBC researcher explained, “The regulatory system needs to be sharper and more vigorous. It looks very easy to produce bogus qualification.”

Keith Vaz, MP, later vowed to raise the issue with the Home Secretary at the next Home Affairs Select Committee.  He said: “I’m horrified. We’re talking about a major scandal in Britain’s security industry…The Home Office needs to act extremely urgently.”

Insiders will tell you that this exposee is really only the tip of the iceberg, that underlying impression in the industry is of a wide variation in standards of service and risk to the public, with a competitive market driving down price and standards. Business is won on price, not value.

Against this the regulatory back-drop seems – to the outsider – not exactly joined up. On the one hand, the Security Industry Authority (SIA) Approved Contractor Scheme, on the other, the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), who oversee conformity to British Standards.

Companies with ACS approval receive an annual independent assessment which results in a company’s approval rating, which includes a measure of staff competency.

The Dept for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) appointee UKAS, is the sole national accreditation body to oversee British Standards. BIS recommends the use of UKAS accredited conformity assessment services wherever possible – including within the Security Industry. British Standards compliance-focussed certification audits are comprehensive. Companies who hold relevant “Product Certification”, are required to be fully compliant. Progressive companies also embrace a Quality Management System eg BS EN ISO 9001 in addition to “Product Standards”.

NSI – applies its own due diligence assessment on businesses seeking certification. NSI wraps up due diligence, QMS and ‘Product Certification’ into NSI-GOLD, the Gold Standard. For businesses seeking ultimate assurance from their security provider this accreditation is hard to beat.

It is understandable that end users might be confused and not understand what all the regulations mean in practise, and how they are meant to evaluate providers of security guarding services.

Add then into the mix ‘Cash for Qualifications’. Security companies deploying SIA licensed individuals, can operate freely without any other approval, and so are not subject to the scrutiny of any independent assessment or audit. Here the security risk is greatest for end users. So, what should they do?

The least diligent continue to run the risks implied by latest exposee, ‘Scandals’ such as ‘Cash for Qualifications’ are likely to recur, and Mr Vaz is equally likely to again be ‘horrified’, and more seriously the risks to property and life remain.

The most diligent end users will insist on NSI-Gold Certification (or equivalent) of their suppliers, knowing that such approval requires compliance to earn and retain approval, knowing you can never eliminate risk, but you can go a long way to minimise it.

Richard Jenkins
Chief Executive, NSI

Inside Out London (23 March 7.30pm) via BBC iPlayer

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NSI Installer Summit – What a hoot! https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/03/nsi-installer-summit-what-a-hoot/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/03/nsi-installer-summit-what-a-hoot/#respond Tue, 17 Mar 2015 19:27:49 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=12449 The NSI Installer Summit was a great success. Read all about it...

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BBC's Matt Allwright with Richard Jenkins, NSI CEOThis was the third Installer Summit that NSI has hosted, dedicated to the needs of NSI approved companies who operate in the electronic security and fire safety sectors.

With over 40 exhibitors, a conference programme with high profile speakers, afternoon NSI Summit Sessions, a celebrity guest (Matt Allwright, BBC journalist and presenter) and a VIB, the ‘NSI owl’ , there was something for everyone!

Over 200 representatives from installation companies attended and we have been delighted with the feedback so far received.

The NSI Installer Summit proved again that  NSI installers have a tremendous appetite for knowledge about how they can grow their business and keep them at the leading edge, delivering the highest standards to end users of fire safety and security alarm services.

The Summit Conference was an opportunity to hear from a variety of speakers including Ken Meanwell, Staff Officer, Security Systems Group at ACPO on the future of ACPO which is soon to be replaced (on 1st April 2015) by the National Police Chief’s Council – NPCC, and Tony Porter, Surveillance Camera Commissioner at the Home Office, on the challenges of widening use of CCTV for all forms of public and private space surveillance.

Tony Porter speaking to the audience

Technical Summit Sessions were held later in the day and these also proved especially popular with many delegates spoilt for choice with a variety of subjects including ISO 9001:2015 the transition for installers, Keeping Fire Skills up-to-date (FPA), Selling tips ‘Grudge Purchase or Positive Investment’ (RISCO), The Use of Mobile Devices for controlling Alarm Systems, and an Update on Access Control systems.  There was also an opportunity in the afternoon for NSI Installers to give direct feedback to Tony Porter regarding the Surveillance Code of Practice.

Richard Jenkins, NSI Chief Executive comments:

“NSI is committed to providing up-to-date relevant information to its approved companies, and delivering it in the best possible way. The NSI Installer Summit has a key role to play in achieving our objectives, and will remain part of our planning going forward.

We are proud our NSI approved companies lead the way in the security and fire sectors and it is important to us that we support and educate them in the latest technologies,  industry standards and best practice.”

Installer Feedback

Those installers who have not yet provided their feedback please complete the on-line feedback form by 20 March.

Watch this space for information about future NSI events!

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IFSEC and FIREX International – Exclusive Offer for NSI Installer Summit Attendees https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/03/exclusive-platinum-ticket-offer-nsi-approved-companies-attending-installer-summit-10-march/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/03/exclusive-platinum-ticket-offer-nsi-approved-companies-attending-installer-summit-10-march/#respond Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:24:00 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=12373 Fantastic offer for NSI Installer Summit Attendees

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NSI installers attending the Installer Summit will be given a Platinum Ticket which they will be able to redeem in June at IFSEC and FIREX International, the UK’s major trade event taking place at Excel, London.

The Platinum Ticket be will entitle the bearer to receive a £50 Mastercard gift card which can be redeemed against any costs including travel, accommodation or refreshments.  The gift cards will only be available from the ‘NSI Hub’, located in the Installer Live area of IFSEC 2015.

NSI will have a major presence at this year’s IFSEC and the ‘NSI Hub’ incorporates three unique areas:

  • NSI VIP Lounge: an exclusive, fully serviced suite for NSI approved company representatives to relax and network with industry colleagues
  • NSI Learning Zone: located on the exhibition floor, this will involve a tailored seminar programme for those companies working in the electronic security and fire safety sectors
  • NSI Contact Centre: NSI personnel will be on hand to greet NSI approved companies and those interested in finding out more about the value of NSI certification .  We will also be welcoming those who procure the services of security and fire safety contractors and advising them about the intrinsic importance of using the professional services of NSI approved companies.

Gerry Dunphy, IFSEC and Firex Event Director comments: “IFSEC and Firex International 2015 are delighted to be supporting the NSI Installer Summit on 10 March.  NSI approved companies represent the significant core of the UK security and fire sectors, continually driving competency and excellence in system design, installation and maintenance and highly regarded by IFSEC and FIREX.”

Dunphy continues “We are pleased to be working with NSI on this exclusive offer for NSI approved company representatives attending the NSI Installer Summit.  The Platinum Ticket will entitle Summit delegates to a £50 gift card, personally redeemable from the ‘NSI Hub’ at IFSEC.  NSI’s presence at IFSEC this year is a major new initiative, which aims to give those in the security and fire sectors a truly informative, valuable and rewarding experience.

Richard Jenkins, NSI Chief Executive “We are delighted to be partnering with IFSEC to provide this unique and exclusive offer for NSI approved companies. The Platinum Ticket initiative is a superb offer for NSI installers attending the NSI Installer Summit and clearly demonstrates IFSEC’s commitment to engaging with the UK’s premier security and fire safety companies.  The ‘NSI Hub’ in the Security and Fire Installer Live area this year will be a real focal point and go-to destination for visitors at the show and we are immensely looking forward to this exciting proposition.”

The NSI Installer Summit on 10 March is an exclusive event for NSI approved companies who install electronic security and fire safety systems , combining a tailor-made conference, exhibition and afternoon seminar programme, providing delegates with a unique opportunity to attend an event purely dedicated to the needs of an NSI approved company.

With over 200 NSI installers already heading for the Summit, delegate places are nearing capacity and NSI approved companies are advised to register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

NSI Installers Register Via:  www.ifsec.co.uk/nsisummit

 

Read about Matt Allwright, BBC journalist and TV presenter who will be guest speaker and MC hosting the Seminar programme at the NSI Installer Summit.

View the exhibitors and conference programme

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Matt Allwright, journalist and TV presenter announced as Guest Speaker at NSI Installer Summit https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/02/matt-allwright-journalist-tv-presenter-announced-guest-speaker-nsi-installer-summit/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/02/matt-allwright-journalist-tv-presenter-announced-guest-speaker-nsi-installer-summit/#respond Fri, 20 Feb 2015 13:33:02 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=12314 The Installer Summit caters for NSI approved companies

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The Installer Summit in March follows on the success of the two NSI Summits held in 2014 and this Spring’s event promises to be even better.

Matt’s  TV career has spanned nearly 15 years, in which he has notably been involved with programmes such as Watchdog, Rogue Traders and Fake Britain.

As a champion of consumer standards Matt has contributed enormously to the exposure and denigration of those offering rogue and fake goods and services.  The recent Fake Britain programme featuring a counterfeit certificate of compliance provided for the installation of a domestic alarm system highlights for us the pressing need we all face in the eradication of these illegal and immoral security industry activities.

NSI’s Chief Executive Richard Jenkins comments “We are delighted that Matt will be acting as MC and will share some of his insights with us at the NSI Installer Summit.  Matt is passionate about standards and quality of service and shares these values with NSI installers.  This Summit is a great opportunity for NSI installers to learn about developments in the industry from key industry experts and hear first hand from Matt – it really is a day not to be missed!”

NSI installers are encouraged to book their place as soon as possible.

View the exhibitors and book your place now!

 

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Security Industry Authority Demonstrates continuing Confidence in the National Security Inspectorate https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/01/security-industry-authority-demonstrates-continuing-confidence-national-security-inspectorate/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/01/security-industry-authority-demonstrates-continuing-confidence-national-security-inspectorate/#respond Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:40:48 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=12174 SIA Renews NSI's Contract

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Having completed nearly 1000 assessments on behalf of the SIA since the ACS was introduced in 2006, NSI’s 10-strong Services Auditor Team have a unique expert understanding of the sector’s Standards and the issues facing those organisations working in the industry. Assessing client organisations across the UK, the team is dedicated and committed to delivering consistency and quality of service in all assessments and audits of organisations working in the sector.

NSI’s experience of conducting assessments for the SIA and for its own premier certification schemes, makes it the number one choice for security providers serious about demonstrating their integrity and capability of ACS requirements and their compliance with relevant British Standards. Most companies take advantage of the NSI ‘passport’ route to ASC approval, providing them with additional cost benefits.

Margaret Durr, recently promoted NSI Head of Field Operations (Services) comments:
“Our team of auditors has expertise across a broad range of areas including Security Guarding, Close Protection, Keyholding, CCTV, Door Supervision, Event Security and Investigative Services. Feedback from our clients is testament to the added value independent assessment can bring to an organisation. The ultimate winners are end users who benefit from a consistent, measurable high quality service, providing real return on investment. In turn, Security providers interested in the ACS or NSI’s sector-specific approval schemes can be assured of a professional and positive experience by NSI.”

Kay Aitkin, NSI’s Service Delivery Director stated:
“We are delighted the SIA has renewed our ACS assessment delivery contract and look forward to continuing to work with organisations providing licensable services with a first class and friendly service. Margaret and her team of Services auditors demonstrate industry leading competence, between them having many years experience delivering quality ACS audits.”

Organisations interested in improving their experience of ACS assessments regardless of size or experience, or finding out about the benefits of NSI Certification, should contact NSI at acs@nsi.org.uk or 01628 764838.

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NSI Confirms Appointment of Chief Executive https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/01/nsi-confirms-appointment-chief-executive/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/01/nsi-confirms-appointment-chief-executive/#respond Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:21:37 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=12143 Richard Jenkins accepts role

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The Board of NSI was unanimous in ratifying this key position when they met in December.  Chris Hanks, NSI’s Chairman said, “I am delighted that Richard has accepted the role of Chief Executive on a permanent basis.  He has brought fresh thinking to NSI and a steady hand to the helm.  The NSI brand is revered throughout the industry and beyond and now finds itself well placed to tackle the challenges of the future.”

Jenkins commented “NSI is a tremendous force for good in helping raise standards in the security and fire sectors and is committed to continuing its work.  In particular, the quality of the team at NSI is second to none in the industry and it is an honour to be asked to lead them in their next phase of development.”

Jenkins continued “End users who contract a service provider certificated by NSI for managing the security of life and property, can have the highest level of assurance that they are in safe hands.  The quality, experience and progressiveness of our national network of auditors and head office support team delivers NSI’s unique brand of service underpinned by a determination for continual improvement – an ethos championed by the NSI-Gold approval.”

As the leading specialist Certification Body in the Fire, Electronic Security and Guarding Services sectors, NSI employs over 30 full-time multi-disciplined auditors, providing national coverage across the UK and Eire.

Media Enquiries:

E:marketing@nsi.org.uk
T: 01628 764870

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Surveillance Camera Commissioner – Self Assessment Tool Launched https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/01/surveillance-camera-commissioner-self-assessment-tool-launched/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2015/01/surveillance-camera-commissioner-self-assessment-tool-launched/#respond Fri, 09 Jan 2015 12:41:07 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=12106 Help for organisations to gauge compliance

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The self assessment tool, launched in November 2014, will help organisations show what they are already doing to comply with the code as well as what may need to be done in the future.  The tool has also been tested thoroughly with CCTV camera operators and managers.

At the launch, Tony Porter stated:

“Today is a landmark moment in my tenure as Surveillance Camera Commissioner.  The self assessment tool is easy to use and will really help organisations who use CCTV see where they are meeting the 12 guiding principles or where they may need to do a little more”.

Tony Weeks, NSI’s Head of Technical Services comments:

“NSI has been working closely with the office of the Surveillance Camera Commissioner to help develop the new self assessment tool.  Organisations who have cameras installed on their premises will find the assessment tool helpful in gauging their compliance with the Surveillance Camera code of practice”.

For further information contact Mick Kelly at the Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s Office:

E:  mick.kelly3@sccommissioner.gsi.gov.uk T: 0207 035 8516

Access the self assessment tool here 

 

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NSI New Approvals in September and October 2014 https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/11/nsi-new-approvals-september-october-2014/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/11/nsi-new-approvals-september-october-2014/#respond Tue, 11 Nov 2014 17:20:18 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=11934 New NSI approvals announced

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ARC Gold

Qvis Monitoring Ltd, Qvis HQ, 36 New Lane, Havant, PO9 2JL
T: 0845 4509 992 E: info@qvismonitoring.co.uk

Remote Video Response, Crocus Street, The Meadow, Nottingham, NG2 3EJ
T: 0844 8791701 E: sales@smc.net.co.uk

Fire Gold

1st Ace Security Ltd, 93-97 Homesdale Road, Bromley, BR2 9LE
T: 020 829 05050 E: info@1stacesecurity.co.uk

Chubb Fire & Security Ltd, Unit 261 Lee Valley Technopark, Ashley Road, Tottenham, N17 9LN
T: 0844 879 1856 E: Tottenham.security@chubb.co.uk

Chubb Fire & Security Ltd, Unit J Europa Link, Sheffield Business Park, Sheffield, S9 1XU
T: 0844 8791860 E: Sheffield.security@chubb.co.uk

Chubb Fire & Security Ltd, Units 2 & 3 Commerce Way, Commerce Trade Park, Croydon, CR0 4YN
T: 0844 8791848 E: chubb.croydon@chubb.co.uk

Fire-Rite (UK) Ltd, Unit 14 Roundabout Court, Bedwas House Industrial Estate, Bedwas, Caerphilly, CF83 8FS
T: 029 208 67222 E: sales@firerite.co.uk

Fire Silver

Andrew Garner Electrical Contractor Ltd, Whitegates, Burneston, DL8 2HX
T: 01677 427614 E: info@agecltd.co.uk

APM Fire and Security Ltd, 116 Hucclecote Road, Hucclecote, GL3 3SB
T: 01452 234111 E: info@apmfireandsecurity.com

BEC Services, Unit 7 Stratfield Saye, 20-22 Wellington Road, Bournemouth, BH8 8JN
T: 01202 209260 E: info@bealeselectrical.co.uk

Kelden Fire and Security Solutions Ltd, 144 Jersey Road, Bonymaen, Swansea, SA1 7DQ
T: 01792 470922 E: keldenfs@hotmail.co.uk

Safe System (UK) Ltd, 31 Bradbourne Road, Bexley, DA5 1NS
T: 01322 521993 E: info@c-allsecurity.co.uk

Guarding Silver

University of Plymouth, Estates & Facilities Management, New Cooperage Building, Royal William Yard, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA
T: 01752 600600 E: security@plymouth.ac.uk

Guarding Gold

Blackstone Security Solutions Ltd, Basepoint Building, Stroudley Road, Basingstoke, RG24 8UP
T: 0800 121 4648 E: info@blackstonesecurity.co.uk

Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment Gold

Force Fire Consultancy Ltd, 11 Brunel Road, Gorse Lane Industrial Estate, Clackton-on-Sea, CO15 4LU
T: 01255 221515 E: enquiries@forcefire.com

NACOSS Gold

Balmoral Systems Ltd, Unit 3 Brunel Lock Development, Smeaton Road, Bristol, BS1 6SE
T: 0845 450 3366 E: robf@balmoralsystems.co.uk

Day2Day Fire & Security Ltd, Unit 3, White Post Farm, Clay Tye Road, Upminster, RM14 3PP
T: 01708 3PP E: Sharon@itsfire.co.uk

Premier Fire Security Ltd, Unit 68 Basepoint Business Centre, Andersons Road, Southampton, SO14 5FE
T: 023 8068 2034 E: info@premierfiresecurity.co.uk

Securist Ltd, 7 Kennard Road, Kingswood, Bristol, BS15 8AA
T: 01179 600471 E: info@securist.co.uk

Sure Protection Fire & Security, 1st Floor, 114 Watling Street, Towcester, NN12 6BT
T: 01327 437200 E: admin@suresecuritysystems.co.uk

Systems Silver

Bear Rock Security Ltd, Unit 27 Brockley Business Centre, Endwell Road, Brockley, SE4 2PD
T: 0800 6128 999 E: info@bearrocksecurity.co.uk

Citytalk Communications Ltd, Unit 8, Bridgegate Business Park, Gatehouse Way, Aylesbury, HP19 8XN
T: 01296 744310 E: info@citytalk-comms.co.uk

IC Fire & Security Ltd, Suite 23, Castlecroft Business Centre, Tom Johnston Road, Dundee, DD4 8XD
T: 01382 736655 E: enquiries@icfireandsecurity.com

J Dean Security Services Ltd, 84 Curlew Crescent, Bedford, MK41 7HZ
T: 01234 347699 E: info@jdeansecurityservices.co.uk

Scorpion Security Systems, 15 Hamilton Way, New Milton, BS25 6TQ
T: 01425 200469 E: info@scorpionsec.co.uk

Smart Integrated Solutions Ltd, Unit 1, Four Brooks Business Park, Stanier Road, Calne, SN11 9PP
T: 0845 5195785 E: headoffice@smartintegrated.co.uk

Solutions 4 Security Ltd, 30 Heath Road, Ipswich, IP4 5OA
T: 01473 414547 E: info@solutions4security.co.uk

Trelore Alarms & Electrical Services Ltd, Bath Street/Nelson Street, Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 1NL
T: 01229 832449 E: peter@trelorealarms.co.uk

 

 

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NSI Installer Summit Manchester Opens for Registration https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/10/nsi-installer-summit-manchester-opens-installer-registration/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/10/nsi-installer-summit-manchester-opens-installer-registration/#respond Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:03:36 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=11723 Installers signing up fast to go to the Summit

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Following the success of the NSI Installer Summit in Birmingham earlier this year, NSI is providing NSI approved companies with an equally exclusive event in the northwest that combines a conference and exhibition focussing specifically on their business needs.

The NSI Installer Summit in Manchester on 20 November 2014 is designed to provide NSI approved installers with the opportunity to meet leading manufacturers, Industry Bodies, Associations and business solution providers. Those working in the electronic security and fire safety sectors will be able to see the very best the Industry has to offer with exhibitors and speakers proffering tangible solutions and insights that are pertinent to them.

Richard Jenkins, NSI Chief Executive comments “NSI approved companies are at the forefront of our industry delivering quality services to their clients they can be truly proud of. The NSI Installer Summit in Manchester provides them with an opportunity to meet with leading edge manufacturers and service providers to help build an even stronger proposition for their clients.

NSI approved companies are committed to delivering the highest standards in the industry endorsed by robust certification, with NSI Gold approved companies additionally maintaining an ISO 9001 Quality Management System and striving for continual business improvement. The NSI Installer Summit for these high performing companies helps to keep them informed about developments that can raise standards further.

We were delighted to be able to provide such an opportunity at our Birmingham Installer Summit in March and by popular demand, even more excited to be repeating this recipe at the NSI Installer Summit in Manchester this November. We are grateful to CSL DualCom and IFSEC International for their sponsorship in helping to make NSI Installer Summits key events in the industry calendar this year.”

The conference seminars will be packed full of tips and advice on how the professional security and fire systems installer can stand-out from the crowd within this competitive industry. Each 10 minute seminar slot will provide key information which installers will be able to draw upon for ideas, strategy, industry and business support information – helping to make their business stronger and more effective.

Installers can get hands on with the latest kit and seek advice from the leading manufacturers who will be showcased in the Exhibition Zone alongside a range of business solution providers and industry associations.

Hundreds of Installers attended the NSI Installer Summit in Birmingham (view the video) so early sign up is recommended for Manchester as spaces are limited.

Contact and Registration Information

NSI approved installers (electronic security and fire safety) are signing up fast.  Register via www.ifsec.co.uk/nsisummit

Delegate queries to: summit@nsievents.co.uk

Exhibitor queries to Nigel Aitkin at NSI: nigel.aitkin@nsi.org.uk

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ARC Gold

National Monitoring Network, Unit G10, Calmount Business Park, Ballymount, Dublin 12
T: 00353 8183 65538

EMS Gold

Fisk Fire Protection Ltd, Orchard House, 34-35 Orchard Street, Chelmsford, CM2 0HD
T: 01245 244399 E: telfisk@fiskfire.co.uk

Lifeline Alarm Systems Ltd, The Island Security Centre, Riverway, Newport, PO30 5UX
T: 01983 521621 E: admin@lifeline-security.co.uk

Noonan Services Group (NI) Ltd, Security House, Lissue Industrial Estate East, Lisburn, Co Antrim, BT28 2SN
T: 028 9262 2211 E: sales@noonan.co.uk

Servoca Secure Solutions Ltd, 41 Whitcomb Street, London, WC2H 7DT
T: 0845 0737790 E: enquiries.security@servoca.com

Uny Systems Ltd, Unit 7, Robell Way, Water Lane Trading Estate, Storrington, Pulborough, RH20 3DW
T: 0844 243 0533 E: sales@unysystems.co.uk

Fire Gold

Armoury Locks and Alarms Ltd, 342 Seaside, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN22 7RJ
T: 01323 725190 E: sandy@armoury.biz

BLE Security, Church Street, Eckington, Sheffield, S21 4BH
T: 01246 436361 E: sales@blepower.co.uk

Fisk Fire Protection Ltd, Orchard House, 34-35 Orchard Street, Chelmsford,
CM2 0HD
T: 01245 244399 E: telfisk@fiskfire.co.uk

Imperial Fire & Security Ltd, The Old Bank, Eagle Road, Brislington, BS4 3LQ
T: 01179 777553 E: info@imperialfireandsecurity.co.uk

SGN Fire & Security Ltd, 29 Hornsby Square, Southfields Business Park, Basildon, SS15 6SD
T: 0845 0720321 E: admin@sgngroup.com

Suffolk Electrical Services Ltd, 1 Delphus, Orion Court, Great Blackenham, Ipswich, IP6 0LW
T: 01473 834834 E: info@suffolkelectrical.co.uk

The Kirby Group prop: Kirby Security UK Ltd, 210 White Lane, Gleadless, Sheffield, S12 3GL
T: 0845 2416777 E: imail@thekirbygroup.co.uk

WOT Security Group, 17-17a Bridge Street, Walton-on-Thames, KT12 1AE
T: 01932 250500 E: service@wotsecurity.com

Fire Silver

Businesswatch UK Fire & Security Ltd, Unit 4, Swan Court, Cygnet Park, Hampton, Peterborough, PE7 8GX
T:01733 302900 E: enquiries@businesswatchgroup.com

K J Quinn Services Ltd, Unit 3, Mills Way, The Boscombe Centre, Amesbury, SP4 7SD
T: 01980 625449 E: kris@kjquinnelectrical.co.uk

SA Fire and Security Systems Ltd, Suite 201 Boundary House, Boston Road, Hanwell, W7 2QE,
T: 0800 1693837 E: sales@secureassist.co.uk

Syncro Fire & Security Ltd, 78 Ashley Road, Hale, Altrincham, WA14 2UF
T: 0844 2721146 E: enquiries@syncroltd.co.uk

FM Gold

Noonan Services Group (NI) Ltd, Security House, Lissue Industrial Estate East, Lisburn, Co Antrim, BT28 2SN
T: 028 9262 2211 E: sales@noonan.co.uk

Guarding Gold

Clearwater People Ltd, Room 14, The Mansion, Bletchely Park, Sherwood Drive, Milton Keynes, MK3 6EB
T: 01908 363426 E: peter@clearwaterresources.co.uk

CMS Keyholding Ltd, 10 Pascal Street, London, SW8 4SH
T: 020 762 70344 E: admin@cmskeyholding.com

Noonan Services Group (NI) Ltd, Security House, Lissue Industrial Estate East, Lisburn, Co Antrim, BT28 2SN
T: 028 9262 2211 E: sales@noonan.co.uk

Guarding Silver

A & M Security Company, 1st Floor, Pacific House, Hertford Road, Barking, IG11 8BL
T: 020 859 18181 E: info@amsecuritycompany.co.uk

Health & Safety Gold

Fisk Fire Protection Ltd, Orchard House, 34-35 Orchard Street, Chelmsford,
CM2 0HD
T: 01245 244399 E: telfisk@fiskfire.co.uk

Noonan Services Group (NI) Ltd, Security House, Lissue Industrial Estate East, Lisburn, Co Antrim, BT28 2SN
T: 028 9262 2211 E: sales@noonan.co.uk

Servoca Secure Solutions Ltd, 41 Whitcomb Street, London, WC2H 7DT
T: 0845 0737790 E: enquiries.security@servoca.com

TSS (Total Security Services) Ltd, Security House, 485 Hale End Road, London,
E4 9PT
T: 020 8523 5533 E: info@totalsecruity.co.uk

NACOSS Gold

Amberstone Technology Ltd, Cambridge House, Barrington Road, Shepreth, Royston,
SG8 6QB
T: 0845 2997399 E: enquiries@amberstone.co.uk

CBES Ltd, Whitegate Business Centre, Jardine Way, Chadderton, Oldham, OL9 9QL
T: 0161 785 4550 E: cbes-security@city-holdings.co.uk

East Sussex Security, Cirket House, Sidney Little Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, TN38 9PU
T: 01323 848879 E: enquiries@eastsussexsecurity.com

Imperial Fire & Security Ltd, The Old Bank, Eagle Road, Brislington, BS4 3LQ
T: 01179 777553 E: info@imperialfireandsecurity.co.uk

The Freedom Group of Companies Ltd, First Floor, Unit 1, Ripley Drive, Normanton Industrial Estate, Normanton, SF6 1QT
T: 01924 225438 E: supportdesk@freedom-group.co.uk

Systems Silver

Big Brother All Security, 289-293 Ballards Lane, Finchley, London, N12 8NP
T: 020 861 73440 E: sales@bigbrotherallsecurity.com

Dice Security Ltd, 44 Mallard Hill, Brickhill, Bedford, MK41 7QS
T: 01234 327530 E: info@dicesecurity.co.uk

Security Systems Grp Hadleigh Ltd, Unit 3, Charfleets Farm Way, Canvey Island, SS8 0PG
T: 01268 691919

Security Systems Grp Rochford Ltd, 78 Alexandra Road, Rochford, SS4 3HD
T: 01702 544754 E: admin@securitysystemsgroup.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

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New Certificate Guide Launched by NSI https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/08/new-certificate-guide-launched-by-nsi/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/08/new-certificate-guide-launched-by-nsi/#respond Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:19:28 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=11604 Due to popular demand NSI have launched a Certificate Guide aimed at NACOSS Gold and Systems Silver approved companies. Using the increasingly popular and easy to use e-learning format, this guide has been developed to help individuals complete the Certificates of Compliance whether they be the e-certificates or paper certificates. NSI Training Manager, Tracey Leadbeater, […]

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Due to popular demand NSI have launched a Certificate Guide aimed at NACOSS Gold and Systems Silver approved companies. Using the increasingly popular and easy to use e-learning format, this guide has been developed to help individuals complete the Certificates of Compliance whether they be the e-certificates or paper certificates.

NSI Training Manager, Tracey Leadbeater, expressed her thoughts on the new Guide:

“We are hoping that with the help of this online guide our companies will find it much easier and quicker to complete the Certificates of Compliance. We are proud that we are now able to design such help guides for our customers due to the Training Departments’ new development of E-Learning courses, thus giving them a helping hand”.

To access the new Guide simply log in to the approved company area of the NSI website. Further information will be found in the Gold and Silver areas.

If you wish to find out more about the Guide or for any training related enquiries please contact:

Tracey Leadbeater at tracey.leadbeater@nsi.org.uk or 01628 764882.

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First University to be Third Party Certificated for Fire Risk Assessments https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/08/first-university-to-be-third-party-certificated-for-fire-risk-assessments/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/08/first-university-to-be-third-party-certificated-for-fire-risk-assessments/#respond Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:40:08 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=11528 University breaks new ground

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UCL turned to NSI (one of the first certification bodies to be licensed to deliver BAFE’s Fire sector schemes), to take it through the process to become third party certificated to BAFE’s SP205-1 Scheme for Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment. (L to R Simon Cooke, Fire Safety Manager and Keith Todd, Fire Safety Officer.)

To ensure compliance with the BAFE Scheme requirements and to prove their competency, UCL were rigorously assessed by NSI against the Scheme criteria and their documented management system. Their management system process was thoroughly audited and the execution of fire risk assessments by the appointed UCL fire safety team, witnessed by NSI. Having successfully completed the certification process, dual BAFE registration and NSI approval for the Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment Silver Scheme was granted to UCL at the end of July. UCL’s campus extends to over 250 buildings across London: these include office premises, classrooms, research facilities, laboratories and student accommodation.

Those responsible for fire safety within the University are now able to prove they have the necessary competencies to carry out their own risk assessments, or sub- contract this work to a similarly competent organisation, if they so wish. To maintain their approval with NSI, UCL have committed to carry out regular internal audits to ensure their fire risk assessors continue to meet the necessary competency requirements and they will be regularly audited by NSI to verify continued compliance with BAFE’s requirements.

Keith Todd, Fire Safety Officer from UCL comments “We are delighted to have successfully attained BAFE SP205 third party certification. In so doing, we have demonstrated that UCL are providing suitable and sufficient fire risk assessments. It also helps us to ensure that we continue to operate to the highest fire safety and management standards possible, and can demonstrate this to our relevant persons, our organisation and fire authorities responsible for enforcing legislation”.

On achieving their NSI approval, Richard Jenkins, NSI Chief Executive stated “I am delighted UCL chose NSI to act as their third party Certification Body. Our certification process and auditing capability has a reputation second to none within the security and fire sectors.   UCL clearly understands the value that NSI certification brings: demonstrating their competence and ongoing commitment to the safety of all on their premises.”

Stephen Adams, Chief Executive of BAFE, comments “There is significant evidence across the UK, that end users are recognizing the value of competent providers of fire protection services. The BAFE scheme for Fire Risk Assessment is receiving rapidly growing recognition in the public and private sectors and from the statutory bodies including the Fire and Rescue Services. The UCL team should be congratulated for their vision of excellence in achieving this certification.”

Background

With the introduction of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 in England & Wales (and equivalent legislation in Scotland and Northern Ireland) anyone responsible for premises that come within the scope, is required by law, to carry out a fire risk assessment. The ‘Duty Holder’ or ‘Responsible Person’ for the building(s) must ensure that a fire risk assessment is completed, so that the building is ‘safe enough’ for the escape of anyone who is lawfully allowed on the premises, or within the immediate vicinity of the building, should a fire occur.

By selecting to use a third party certificated organisation to carry out fire risk assessments the ‘Responsible Person’ can help to demonstrate that they carried out “due diligence” when selecting their fire risk assessment provider. As a sector-specific Certification Body accredited by United Kingdom Accreditation Service, NSI is well placed to provide effective third party certification to this discipline. For any questions on Fire Risk Assessment please call our applications team on 01628 764838.

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Apprentices from NSI Approved Companies Win National Awards https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/07/apprentices-from-nsi-approved-companies-win-national-awards/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/07/apprentices-from-nsi-approved-companies-win-national-awards/#respond Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:32:09 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=11479 Apprenticeships in the spotlight once again

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Sponsored by Pyronix, the Apprentice Installer Awards recognise the academic and practical achievements of Level Two and Level Three apprentices involved in the installation of alarms, CCTV and access control or a combination of these systems.

Congratulations to the following Winners:

The overall winner is Darrell Gilmour (pictured, left), 19, of Kings Security Systems who is in his third year of studies and was nominated for the award by New College in North Lanarkshire. Surveillance Camera Commissioner, Tony Porter, presented Darrell with his award.

Tom Parker, 19, of VSG received an award for turning his fascination for technology into a career, already having worked on large scale installations and high-profile clients such as Lloyds of London.

Nathan Sefton, 21, of Chubb Fire & Security won his award for demonstrating a sound knowledge of the industry and for this methodical, level-headed approach to problem-solving. Nathan excelled on a large project, where his documentation for over 30 sites was error-free and met strict deadlines.

Aaron Noble of Kings SecuritySystems was selected after being nominated by Mark Cunningham, Assessor, from Skills for Security. Aaron demonstrated an excellent understanding of theory and practical work and a commitment to customer satisfation. A key ambition for Aaron is to be lead engineer by his mid-30s.

Julie Kenny, CBE DL, Chair and Chief Executive of Sponsors, Pyronix, says “As the cost of university education has increased dramatically in the last few years, there has never been a better time for the security industry to appeal to the younger generation who want to work, develop a career and earn money.

100 in 100 Apprenticeship Initiative

NSI supports the 100 in 100 Apprenticeship Initiative which aims to annually place 100 apprentices in jobs in 100 days. Since it began, over 1800 young people have begun their careers in the security and fire sectors in a variety of administrative and technical positions.

Congratulations to Simon Banks, Group Managing Director of CSL DualCom, who won the BSIA’s Chairman’s Award for promoting the industry for his work on the 100 in 100 initiative at last week’s event.

Apprentices can provide real benefits to an organisation and with new technologies coming to the fore, securing the skills base for the future has never been more essential.

Read about the three simple steps to take in the 100 in 100 leaflet

Watch the video everyone’s talking about:

For more information and to find out about the Government funding available contact Skills for Security T: 01905 744000 E: info@skillsforsecurity.org.uk

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NACOSS Gold

ABCA Systems Ltd Unit 2, Whitegate Business Park, Jardine Way, CHADDERTON, OL9 9QL T: 0333 1210999 E: info@abcasystems.co.uk

Braniff Partnership Ltd Kingfisher Business Centre, Burnley Road, RAWTENSTALL, BB4 8EQ T: 0871 7029932 E: info@braniff-uk.com

Dankosec Ltd 6-7 Kingsland Court, Three Bridges Road, CRAWLEY, RH10 1HL T: 0845 2262266 E: enquiries@dankosec.com

Focus Security Solutions (NI) Ltd Security House, 130-132 Corporation Street, BELFAST, BT1 3DH T: 028 908 92929 E: info@focusonsecurity.net

H S Security Services Ltd 1 Thompsons Yard, WESTGATE, WF1 2TP T: 01924 372785 E: info@hssecurityservices.co.uk

Pyrotec Systems The Old Forge, Main Road, Fyfield, ABINGDON, OX13 5LN T: 01865 390190 E: mail@pyrotec-systems.co.uk

Systems Silver

APM Fire and Security Ltd 116 Hucclecote Road, HUCCLECOTE, Gloucestershire, GL3 3SB T: 01452 234111 E: info@apmfireandsecurity.com

Security Hub UK Ltd 63 Wellington Road, DUDLEY, DY1 1RE T: 01384 254878 E: k.powell@securityhubuk.com

Sitewide Electronic Security 26 Waddow Grove, WADDINGTON, Clitheroe, BB7 3LJ T: 01200 426916 E: sitewide@live.com

Fire Gold

Abacus Fire and Security Ltd Unit 2 Semer Court, Crockatt Road, HADLEIGH, IP7 6RN T: 01473 824601 E: info@abacusfas.co.uk

Bracknell Fire Systems Ltd 2a Fowlers Lane, BRACKNELL, RG42 1XP T: 01344 485512 E: info@bracknellfiresystems.co.uk

Tollgate Security Ltd The Old Joinery, Oxford Place, Combe Down, BATH, BA2 5HW T: 01225 836220 E: admin@tollgatesecurity.co.uk

Fire Silver

Darke & Taylor Ltd Langford Locks, KIDLINGTON, OX5 1LH T: 01865 290000 E: mail@darkeandtaylor.co.uk

Guarding Gold

Belstone Management Services Ltd 29 New Bond Street. LONDON, W1S 2RL T: 0203 5823836 E: info@belstonemanagement.com

Environmental Management Systems Gold

Servoca Secure Solutions Ltd 41 Whitcomb Street, LONDON, WC2H 7DT T: 0845 0737790 E: enquiries@security@servoca.com

Health & Safety Gold

Servoca Secure Solutions Ltd 41 Whitcomb Street, LONDON, WC2H 7DT T: 0845 0737790 E: enquiries@security@servoca.com

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Business Licensing Still Scheduled for 2015 https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/07/business-licensing-still-scheduled-for-2015/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/07/business-licensing-still-scheduled-for-2015/#respond Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:36:10 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=11393 SIA continues to state 6 April 2015 as implementation date

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In answer to questions asked in the House of Lords, Lord Taylor stated “the Government expects the introduction of the statutory licensing of private security businesses to come into force in 2015.  The Home Office is continuing to work with the Security Industry Authority and the security industry on regulation.”

The SIA previously announced that all businesses providing regulated security services will be required to hold an SIA Business License from 6 April 2015.  At a presentation in Manchester on 8 July 2014, Bill Butler, SIA Chief Executive, confirmed that 6 April 2015 remains the intended date from which business licensing will become mandatory, but conceded that the 3 and 6 month notice periods for application and offence dates were now unrealistic if 6 April 2015 is to be met.

The Scottish Government and Department of Justice for Northern Ireland have indicated that they are supportive of a consistent UK-wide regulatory regime.  Business licensing is subject to Ministerial approval and the approval of the Scottish Government and the Department for Justice for Northern Ireland.

As a reminder about the revised business licensing timetable announced by the SIA, read the NSI news item posted in March.

NSI will provide further updates when available.

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FIREX International 2014 https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/06/firex-international-2014/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/06/firex-international-2014/#respond Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:19:24 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=11228 Another successful week at FIREX for NSI

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Attending Excel was an opportunity for NSI to meet with end users, public sector representatives and security and fire professionals.  We were delighted with the number of visitors who made the effort to come and talk to us. Whether it was for certification, training or general industry queries, the NSI staff were kept busy.

NSI once again supported the Engineers of Tomorrow Security Skills Challenge.  NSI auditors adjudicated the challenge in which pairs of young apprentices competed to complete the challenge within a set time. This excellent annual event showcases the skills of up and coming talent in the security industry. Congratulations to the heat winners for each of the three days:

  • Tuesday: Joshua Griggs-Burton from CIA and Daniel Winearls from Micro-Vision
  • Wednesday: Andrew McCullough and Darrell Gilmour from Kings Security
  • Thursday: Michael Fenton from ElecSec UK Ltd and Sean Hillman from Guest Fire and Security

Thursdays winners were presented with their heat prizes by Richard Jenkins, NSI Chief Executive.

Overall 1st, second and third place winners will be announced at the Security Excellence Awards in London later this year, where the top 3 prizes will be presented. Good luck to them all!

The launch of the 100 in 100 initiative took place at IFSEC on Wednesday 18th June.  Sitting amongst industry leaders, Richard Jenkins, endorsed the apprenticeship drive on behalf of NSI.

There are many incentives to employ an apprentice in your business. View the video filmed at IFSEC outlining the benefits to you and your business of the 100 in 100 apprentice drive.

Another particular highlight last week were the NSI medal presentations that took place on our stand. IP Fire and Security, Integrated Visual Protection, Tensor PLC and Braniff Partnership all received their prestigious Gold medals presented by Richard Jenkins and the NSI senior management team.

Edward Cusack, Braniff Partnership Founder and CEO said “We are delighted that Braniff Partnership has passed, with flying colours, the rigorous audit process aligned to being awarded NSI Gold status. We are the next generation of security risk specialists and this prestigious award is a significant achievement for the Braniff team, a real benchmark of excellence for our company and our clients.”

Our prize draw at the show generated considerable interest. We will be announcing the winner of our Fortum and Mason Hamper (courtesy of creative design agency Maxx Design Ltd) early next week, together with the winners of our complimentary training places. Follow us on Twitter to see the winners announced.

On the first day of the event, we made a four minute film which was broadcast at both FIREX and IFSEC. It was a great opportunity to showcase the role that NSI plays in raising standards in the security and fire sectors and the benefits of being NSI approved.

For more information about how NSI can help please contact our Applications Team 01628 764844.

For photos of the presentations along with pictures taken throughout the event, please visit our Pinterest site.

 

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Location

Situated on stand P375 (near the FIREX Café), NSI staff can help you if you are interested in NSI approval and Third Party Certification.  Furthermore, if you just want to come and find out what’s new at NSI and to take advantage of our special show offers, please drop by and see us.

Engineers of Tomorrow: The UK Security Skills Challenge/Awards

Situated in IFSEC (stand D500 opposite the Tool Zone) we are supporting the Engineers of Tomorrow: The UK Security Skills Challenge, a national competition designed specifically for young engineers (up to the age of 24) and apprentices, who want to showcase their skills to be in with a chance of £1000 cash and other top prizes. Competitors undertake a 60 minute assessment, assessing a previously installed intruder alarm system, identifying the faults, and re-commissioning the system. Come and show your support by watching the live challenges!

NSI Auditors will be adjudicating throughout the three days of the Challenge and NSI Chief Executive, Richard Jenkins, will be presenting the heat winners prizes on the stand on Thursday afternoon. Overall winners and their employers will be invited to attend the prestigious Security Excellence Awards in London in October where the excellent prizes will be formally presented.

For more information – http://www.ifsec.co.uk/page.cfm/link=558

Richard Jenkins

Our Chief Executive, Richard Jenkins will be at the launch of this year’s 100 in 100 initiative. This is taking place on the Central Stage at IFSEC at 12.30pm on Wednesday. Over 1,300 apprentices are embarking on a new career in the security sector following the outstanding success of the 2013 100 in 100 campaign and we hope that 2014 can build on that record number. Lead by CSL DualCom and Skills for Security, supporting organisations also include the BSIA, CSL, FPA, FIA, SSAIB and UBM. Matthew Handcock, Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise will also be providing a personal video endorsement.

100 in 100 Leaflet

Check out the video for 2013 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaUqPCQaui0

Following on from the 100 in 100 launch, Richard will be participating at the State of the Nation Seminar, again on the Central Stage, at 1pm. Chaired by Brian Sims and with the involvement of industry leaders, the session will cover key trends in corporate security, guarding, systems development and more, and includes an open Q&A involving members of the audience. Be sure to come along and listen to what they have to say!

There is still time to register, claim your free ticket here.

Note – We are actively looking for new staff to join NSI.  In particular, we have an on going requirement for new Auditors.  So, if you are attending FIREX come along to our Stand P375 to find out more about working in our team.  Alternatively, you can email us by referring to our ‘Job Opportunities’ found on our recruitment webpage

We look forward to seeing you there.

The NSI Team

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British Standards Institution (BSI) has issued draft BS 8418 “Installation and remote monitoring of detector-activated CCTV systems” as a Draft for Public Comment (BSI Ref: DPC: 14/30293253 DC).  This draft is intended to supersede the current (2010) edition of BS 8418, subject to a review of any public comments.

You can purchase copies of the DPC for £20 plus postage and packing from BSI Tel: 0845 086 9001 or email cservices@bsigroup.com or BSI Shop http://shop.bsigroup.com.

However the DPC is available for review and comment online via the BSI British Standards Draft Review System (DRS) at http://drafts.bsigroup.com.  Registration to use the DRS is free and this allows you to submit comments on the DPC if you wish to do so.

Please note the latest date for BSI to receive comments is 31 July 2014.

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NACOSS Gold

FSE Security Systems Ltd
8 Wilford Industrial Estate, Ruddington Lane, Wilford, NOTTINGHAM, NG11 7EP
T: 0115 981 2624 E: sales@fsefiresystems.co.uk

HF Fire & Security
8 Harrison Lane, EDINBURGH, EH11 1HG
T: 0141 429 5575, E: hf@hfgroup.co.uk

IP Fire & Security Ltd
61 Church Hill Road, EAST BARNETT, EN4 8SY
T: 020 844 12684, E: sales@ipfireandsecurity.co.uk

Systems Silver

City Services Prop: Sunderland City Council
South Hylton House, Hylton Bank, SUNDERLAND, SR4 0JL
T: 0191 561 4613

Hawkwell Alarms Ltd
13 London Road, STANDFORD-LE-HOPE, SS17 0LL
T: 01375 360227 E: mail@hawkwellalarms.co.uk

T6 Audio Visual Ltd
Lochhouse Boatyard, MOFFAT, DQ10 9QQ
T: 01683 300 157 E: info@T6audiovisual.com

Fire Gold

FFE Contracts Ltd
20 Tait Road Industrial Estate, Tait Road, Croydon, CR20 2DP
T: 020 866 54120

Fire Silver

MAS Systems Ltd
The Oast, Stunts Green, HERSTMONCEUX, BN27 4PN
T: 01323 833860 E: sales@massystems.net

Power Protection Security Ltd
4 Kensington Street, ST HELIER, Jersey, JE2, 3PE
T: 01534 608866 E: enquiries@pps.je

Secured Alarm Systems Ltd
Unit 7, Oxwich Court, Enterprise Park, Swansea, SA6 8RA
T: 0845 4750845 E: sales@securedalarms.co.uk

Guarding Gold

Active Response Security Services Ltd
The Coach House, Berneslai Close, off Churchfield, BARNSLEY, S70 2FL
T: 01226 288886 E: enquiries@activeresponsesecurity.co.uk

Guarding Silver

Anglia Security Services Ltd
George Court, Bartholomew’s Walk, ELY, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4JW
T: 0800 7310363 E: lloyd.thompson@angliasecurity.com

INTU Retail Services Ltd
40 Broadway, LONDON, SW1H 0BU
T: 020 796 01200

 

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Official NSI Installer Summit Video released https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/05/official-nsi-installer-summit-video-released/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/05/official-nsi-installer-summit-video-released/#respond Fri, 30 May 2014 13:22:08 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=11103 Highlights from the NSI Installer Summit 2014

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With the help of headline sponsors CSL Dualcom and IFSEC International the Summit featured over 40 exhibitors from the UK’s leading brands, an extensive seminar programme with key note speakers including ACPO and BAFE, a learning zone and an attendance of over 200 NSI installers.

Chris Pinder, NSI External Affairs Director stated, “This was the largest gathering focused on Alarm Installers that NSI has ever organised. I’d go as far as to say that this was the biggest single gathering with a focus on Alarm Installers that has ever taken place in the UK.”

To see highlights of the day watch our official Installer Summit video below:

NSI would once again like to thank those who made the event such a success, including headline sponsors CSL DualCom and IFSEC International, exhibitors, speakers, learning Zone participant and delegates.

“NSI Installer Summit 2015” we hear you ask…you will have to wait and see! Send us your thoughts via twitter @NSI_approved using the #NSIinstallersummit2015

The NSI Team

 

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Revised ACPO Policy on Police Response 2014 https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/05/revised-acpo-policy-on-police-response-2014/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/05/revised-acpo-policy-on-police-response-2014/#respond Thu, 22 May 2014 09:55:23 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=11054 We highlight the changes to the Policy

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The changes to the Policy are mainly editorial and no increases to Unique Reference Number (URN) fees have been set.  There are some changes however that may be of interest to those working within the industry and we have highlighted these below:

  • If a keyholder is not available for any reason (e.g. sickness or holiday) a replacement must be provided to cover the period of unavailability (see 2.8.2).
  • Requests for police response should only come from Alarm Receiving Centres.  Keyholders should not contact the police asking for their attendance unless they have arrived at the protected premises and there is a crime in progress or a crime has been committed (see 2.8.5).
  • The administration fee charged by police forces must be clearly highlighted in writing to customers purchasing systems.  Misrepresentation of the amount of the fee charged by the police will be deemed fraudulent action and may result in legal action against the offending company (see 2.11.5).
  • False alarm withdrawal thresholds for CCTV systems are the same as Intruder Alarm Systems (see 3.3.1).
  • There are new rules relating to advertising material (see 4.5.2) and new rules about companies engaged in telesales techniques (see 4.5.3).
  • Appendix C (disclosure of convictions) contains some additional important requirements at (xiv), (xv) and (xvi).
  • Section 4 of Appendix E (administration charges) allows 90 days to take over the URNs from another company and includes change of name or franchisee.
  • BS 8591 and the BS EN 50518 series are acceptable for new ARC approvals.

Those wishing to obtain the revised version of the ACPO Security Systems Policy may download this from the Secured by Design website. Download the Policy here

Customers of security services are advised to contact their service provider in the first instance, if they have any queries.

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Police Scotland – Change of address https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/05/police-scotland-change-of-address/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/05/police-scotland-change-of-address/#respond Mon, 19 May 2014 08:48:02 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=11048 Police Scotland announce change of address

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It has been announced that the Data Processing Unit at Police Scotland will be changing their address from Monday 19th May 2014.

Their new address is as follows:

DPU Alarm Administration
Police Scotland
Force Communications and Technology Complex
Contact, Command and Control Division
515 Helen Street
Glasgow
G51 3HF

Due to this change the office will be shut on Monday 19th May.

All contact details will remain the same however if you have any questions please call 0141 5858464 or email dpualarmsadmin@spsa.pnn.police.uk

 

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NSI New Approvals for April 2014 https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/05/nsi-new-approvals-for-april-2014/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/05/nsi-new-approvals-for-april-2014/#respond Thu, 08 May 2014 16:45:23 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=11016 Congratulations to the newly approved companies

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NSI would like to congratulate the following companies who have achieved their NSI approval in April 2014:

NACOSS Gold

Integrated Visual Protection Ltd
Asset House, Herringham Road, London, SE7 8NJ
T: 0871 222 1233 E: hq@ivp.org.uk

Trigion Security Services Ltd
Sargasso, Level 2, 5 Arches Businses Centre, Maidstone Road, Sidcup, Kent, DA14 5AE
T: 020 830 85050 E: nbarham@trigion.co.uk

Systems Silver

Multicoms Solutions
Victoria House, 73 Netham Road, St George, Bristol, BS5 9PQ
T: 01179 557140 E: mail@multicoms.co.uk

Interserve Construction Ltd
The Engine House, Old Broadclyst Station, Exeter, Devon, EX5 3LY
T: 01392 482400 E: broadclyst.construction@interserve.com

Fire Gold

Sandal Security Services Ltd
Milestone House, 19 New Road, Middlestown, Wakefield, WF4 4NW
T: 01924 250350 E: sales@sandalsecurity.co.uk

Tremorfa Ltd
Cypress House, Pascal Close, St Mellons, Cardiff, CF3 0LW
T: 029 2033 0000 E: info@tremorfa.com

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Police Service of Scotland announces revision of URN administration charges https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/04/police-service-of-scotland-announces-revision-of-urn-administration-charges/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/04/police-service-of-scotland-announces-revision-of-urn-administration-charges/#respond Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:24:42 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=10921 Update from Police Service of Scotland

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In April 2007, the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS) published a Security System Policy to manage the engagement between Scottish police forces, alarm system users, and the alarm industry.  The Policy, which is still in effect, includes a section relating to charges and states that each individual application for a Unique Reference Number (URN) will be subject to a one off administration charge of £34.04 plus VAT payable to the relevant Scottish police force by the alarm system user.

Following a review of the current Security Systems Policy, work is currently ongoing to finalise and publish an updated Police Service of Scotland (PSoS) Security Systems Guidance document.  This new Guidance will include revised and updated URN administration charges.

While the publication date for the new Guidance has yet to be agreed, it is proposed that the administration charges applicable to URN applications under the current Policy will increase to £52.19 (£43.49 plus VAT) from 1 July 2014.  This charge will also apply to the forthcoming PSoS Security Systems Guidance when published.

Please note that any fee received for a new URN after 1 July 2014 must be for the new fee of £52.19 (£43.49 plus VAT) payable to the Scottish Police Authority.  Failure to supply the correct fee from this date will result in the return of the application and a delay in processing the URN application.

 

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New NSI Training course for Guarding Services companies https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/04/new-nsi-training-course-for-guarding-services-companies/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/04/new-nsi-training-course-for-guarding-services-companies/#respond Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:41:32 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=10774 Brand new course from NSI

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This course will be of particular interest to those individuals who are required to understand the principles of conducting a methodical site survey and are responsible for producing proportionate risk assessments and translating those findings into a set of working assignment instructions. For organisations complying with BS 7499 and BS 7984,  it will come as a welcome addition to the NSI Training portfolio.

The Site Survey and Assignment Instructions course will take place at NSI HQ in Maidenhead with on-site training also available upon request.

Tracey Leadbeater, NSI Training Development Manager, commented “We are extremely excited about the latest addition to our popular NSI Training courses and are confident it will provide those individuals working within the Guarding Services Sector with key skills to help demonstrate their compliance with the relevant British Standards.”

The first course will be held on 24th June 2014, in Maidenhead and will contribute towards an individual’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

To be one of the first to attend, contact NSI Training Executive, Maxine Dent on 01628 764831 or Maxine.dent@nsi.org.uk.

For more information about the course and its content please visit our Guarding Training page.

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NACOSS Gold

Advantex Network Solutions Ltd
16B Follingsby Close, GATESHEAD, Tyne & Wear, NE10 8YG
T: 0845 2220666 E: sales@advantex.uk.com

Chroma Vision Ltd
Acorn House, Acorn Close, FIVE OAK GREEN, Kent, TN12 6RH
T: 01892 832112 E: info@chroma-vision.co.uk

Cinos Ltd
Unit 13 Camberley Business Centre, CAMBERLEY, GU15 3DJ
T:  020 7 127 4543   E: sales@cinos.co.uk

Marketstall Services and Software Solutions Ltd
745 Antrim Road, Templepatrick, NEWTOWNABBEY, Co. Antrim. BT39 0AP
T: 028 909 41900

MIG Security and Events Ltd
Marsh Gate House, Alphin Brook Road, Marsh Barton Trading Estate, EXETER, EX2 8TH
T: 01392 426947 E: info@migsecurity.com

Tensor plc
Hail Weston House, Hail Weston, ST NEOTS, PE19 5JY
T:  01480 215530 E: sales@tensor.co.uk

Systems Silver

Haydengreen Ltd
The Storage Pod, Unit 28, Trade City, Avso Way, Brooklands, WEYBRIDGE, KT13 0YF
T: 0845 3017747 E: accounts@haydengreen.co.uk

J.R. & A.G. Diack Ltd
12 Willow Road, Pen-Y-Fan Industrial Estate, Oakdale, NEWPORT, NP11 4EG
T: 01495 248352 E: enquiries@diackltd.co.uk

Security Alarm Services (UK) Ltd
Bridle House, 54A Overross Street, ROSS ON WYE, HR9 7AS
T: 01989 563563 E: info@securityalarmservices.co.uk

Smarter Security Solutions Ltd
S22 Moulton Park Business Centre, Redhouse Rd, Moulton Park, NORTHAMPTON
NN3 AQ
T: 0845 2577318 E: info@smartersecurity.co.uk

Systemtech South West Ltd
The Plessey Building, Tamerton Road, Roborough, PLYMOUTH, PL6 7BQ
T:  01752 693500 E: sales@systemtech.org.uk

Waveney Security Ltd
Unit 1, Southend Road Industrial Estate, BUNGAY, NR35 1DN
Tel: 01986) 895588 E: suffolk@waveneysecurity.co.uk

Fire Gold

Anglian Security & Fire Ltd
Anglian House, 21 Farthing Road, IPSWICH IP1 5AP
T: 01473 743300 E: info@anglianservice.com

CCTV (Wales) Ltd
Unit 1A, Europa Way, Fforestfach, SWANSEA, SA5 4AJ
T: 01792 560396 E: enquiries@cctvwales.co.uk

Chubb Fire & Security Ltd
Offshore, Chubb House, Badentoy Crescent, Badentoy Park, Portlethen, ABERDEEN, AB12 4YD
T: 0844 8791783 E: Aberdeen.security@chubb.co.uk

Cintrix Systems Ltd
Unit 20, Evans Business Centre, Western Industrial Estate, Caerphilly CF83 1BE
T: 029 208 64821 E: info@cintrix.co.uk

Fire Silver

Fire Engineering Solutions
Unit 34, Clocktower Business Centre, Works Road, CHESTERFIELD, S43 2PE
T: 0790 8436810 E: simon@fire-es.co.uk

Haydengreen Ltd
The Storage Pod, Unit 28, Trade City, Avso Way, Brooklands, WEYBRIDGE KT13 0YF
T: 0845 3017747 E: accounts@haydengreen.co.uk

Waveney Security Ltd
Unit 1, Southend Road Industrial Estate, BUNGAY, NR35 1DN
Tel: 01986 895588 E: suffolk@waveneysecurity.co.uk

Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment Gold

Fire Protection Association London Road, MORETON-IN-MARSH, Gloucestershire, GL56 0RH
T: 01608 812533 E: info@thefpa.co.uk

Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment Silver

DDS (International) Ltd
Luffield House, Stadium Way, Eurolink Industrial Centre, SITTINGBOURNE, ME10 3SD
T: 0844 3727300 E: team@dds.co

Guarding Gold

Bouygues E & S FM UK Ltd
Waterloo Centre, Elizabeth House, 39 York Road, Waterloo, LONDON, SE1 7NQ
T: 020 740 10020 E: security@bouygues-es.co.uk

Valleywatch CCTV Monitoring
22-24 Enterprise House, Kingsway, Team Valley, GATESHEAD, NE11 0SR
T: (0191) 499 4706 E:cyril@valleywatch.co.uk

Guarding Silver

Blackstone Security Solutions Ltd
27 Tintagel Close, BASINGSTOKE, RG23 8JE
T: 0800 1214648 E: james@blackstonesecurity.co.uk

 

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NSI’s CCTV National Congress Brings Industry Together https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/04/nsis-cctv-national-congress-brings-industry-together/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/04/nsis-cctv-national-congress-brings-industry-together/#respond Fri, 04 Apr 2014 09:40:09 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=10791 Read about our National Congress

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Presentations were given by a variety of high profile organisations and industry bodies:  Mitie Total Security Management – event sponsors, Facewatch, The Crown Prosecution Service, Metropolitan Police Service, Greenwich University, Ministry of Justice, Crimestoppers and the Security Industry Authority.

Richard Jenkins, NSI Chief Executive, summed up the event by saying “The focus of the event was to highlight the potential benefits of CCTV monitoring and low level crime reporting, to raise the profile of new and emerging technologies and to bring together those with a professional interest in the ‘crime-to-conviction’ process under one roof.”

Richard continued “Much of the feedback we received on the day and afterwards from delegates and speakers alike, highlighted the benefits of an open forum event like the NSI Congress, to share information and thinking between all interested parties and how working together all parties can each gain more advantage.  Quality of the ‘evidential package’ including CCTV consistency of standards and homogeny of technology, especially for law enforcement agencies, were key messages from the Congress.”

There was a great deal of similar thinking with the different perspectives shared on the day.  Detective Chief Inspector Mick Neville from the Metropolitan Police Service graphically described the power of CCTV when used properly in securing convictions.

Other speakers covered the opportunities for using modern technology in capturing incident reporting and creating the ‘evidential package’ including CCTV clips that police can work with.  The work of Super Recognisers – Dr Josh Davis from Greenwich University, the work of the Home Office and the Crown Prosecution Service all conveyed the necessity in bringing modern technology into the process for the benefit of all.

To view the presentations from Facewatch, The Crown Prosecution Service, Greenwich University and the Security Industry Authority click here.

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Summit Success https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/03/summit-success/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/03/summit-success/#respond Fri, 28 Mar 2014 13:04:02 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=10693 NSI Installer Summit proves to be a great success.

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With an extensive presence of leading brand names, the Exhibition Hall proved to be a huge draw for delegates who had travelled from all corners of the UK.  As well as industry manufacturers, the Summit secured the participation of insurance, recruitment and vehicle tracking suppliers.  A full list of exhibitors can be found via our events page.

An extensive and informative seminar programme drew on topics as varied as Health & Safety (Citation), an ACPO view of the industry (Ken Meanwell) and a glimpse into the future from Professor Martin Gill.

Presentation slides, including those by sponsors CSL DualCom and IFSEC International (hints and tips for social media), and supporting manufacturers are available via the NSI Installer Summit seminar page.

The third area of the Summit came in the shape of the Learning Zone.  This area provided the opportunity for delegates to hold more personal one to one discussions with experts in their field.  The Zones included Access Control (TDSI), CCTV (Honeywell), Intruder (Risco), Standards (NSI), Employment Law and Health & Safety (Citation), Finance (Baker Tilly) and Apprenticeships (Skills for Security).

Speaking of the event, Chris Pinder, NSI External Affairs Director stated, “This was the largest gathering focused on Alarm Installers that NSI has ever organised. I’d also go as far as to say that this was the biggest single gathering with a focus on alarm installers that has ever taken place within the UK.”

NSI would like to thank all those who made the event such a success, whether headline sponsor, exhibitor, speaker, Learning Zone participant or delegate, this event was only a success due to the support and participation of all parties.

To view a selection of photos from the event, please go to our Pinterest Page

 

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NSI Announces Appointment of Interim Chief Executive https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/03/nsi-announces-appointment-of-interim-chief-executive/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/03/nsi-announces-appointment-of-interim-chief-executive/#respond Thu, 06 Mar 2014 11:08:11 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=10506 Find out about who has taken on the role

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Richard is a change management specialist coming from a general business background including the engineering and vehicle industries.  With over 20 years’ experience, Richard’s expertise includes business reorganisation, supply chain integration, process design and customer focussed strategic development.  His most recent role was with IKEA Ltd where he developed and implemented IKEA’s auto enrolment pension scheme strategy and led the work launching their UK internet and home shopping delivery service and continuous improvement programme.

Commenting on his appointment, Richard stated, “NSI has a reputation second to none within the security and fire sectors and I am privileged to have this opportunity by the Board to take NSI forward.  I am particularly keen for us to continue to focus closely on our customers’ needs and stakeholder interests.  It is evident to me that NSI employs high calibre individuals with extensive knowledge and expertise in the industry, who deliver the real value of the NSI brand every day.”

Chris Hanks, NSI Chairman, commented “Richard brings with him a wealth of experience and I am delighted that he has joined NSI for the next step of its development.  Richard will bring a new perspective to NSI and will ensure the company is fully equipped for the future.”

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SIA Announces Revised Timetable for Business Licensing https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/03/sia-announces-revised-timetable-for-business-licensing/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/03/sia-announces-revised-timetable-for-business-licensing/#respond Mon, 03 Mar 2014 11:21:12 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=10445 Read the latest update from the SIA

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The group was told:

  • The Home Office remains committed to introducing business licensing
  • The necessary arrangements to allow the SIA to start accepting business licence applications in April 2014 are not yet in place and therefore the ‘open for business’ date is postponed
  • The Home Office will announce a revised business licensing timetable as soon as possible
  • The industry will be given at least three months’ notice of the ‘open for business’ date
  • The revised dates will allow at least six months between the ‘open for business’ date and the legal requirement date – when it will become a legal requirement for businesses to hold a licence
  • The legal requirement date remains 6 April 2015

Commenting on this announcement, Kay Aitkin, NSI’s Service Delivery Director said “NSI recognises the need for organisations to have sufficient time to prepare for business licensing and an early announcement on the revised timetable would be welcomed.”

Kay continues “Organisations providing licensable activities will be seeking to minimise the pressure placed upon them by instigating a structured planning process and we are conscious that organisations not currently audited by an independent certification body such as NSI, will be particularly affected by the squeeze in preparation time. NSI is committed to helping these organisations prepare for this major change in regulation.”

*The Strategic Consultative Group comprises representatives from the private security industry, SIA, Home Office, Scottish Government, Department of Justice Northern Ireland, industry skills sector, Parliament and other parties interested in the private security industry.

 

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NSI New Approvals – January 2014 https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/02/nsi-new-approvals-january-2014/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/02/nsi-new-approvals-january-2014/#respond Wed, 19 Feb 2014 13:22:04 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=10337 Check out our newly approved companies

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NACOSS Gold 

J & F Poulton Security Prop: J Poulton
The Mona, Walton Rise, Walton Pool, Clent, STOURBRIDGE, DY9 9RT
T: 0800 6520084 E: sales@jfpoulton.co.uk

 

Systems Silver

Next Gen Security Systems Ltd
179 Windmill Road, HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, HP2 4BY
T: 020 838 71278 E: sales@nextgen.uk.com

Haydengreen Ltd
The Storage Pod, Unit 28 Trade City, Avro Way, Brooklands, WEYBRIDGE, KT13 0YF
T: 0845 3017747 E: accounts@haydengreen.co.uk

South West Locksmiths Ltd
Unit B, Southwest Water Business Park, St Cleer, LISKEARD, PL14 6EQ
T: 0845 4756257 E: info@locksandaccess.com

RJ Stearn Ltd
Global House, Unit 4 Station Road, COLESHILL, B46 1HT
T: 01582 729458 E: rjstearn@rjstearn.com

Fire Gold

BDS Prop: Bespoke Detection Services Ltd
Shepley House, Restmor Way, HACKBRIDGE, Surrey, SM6 7AH
T: 020 877 33377 E: info@bds-fire.co.uk

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IFSEC International announced as joint headline sponsor for NSI Installer Summit https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/02/ifsec-international-announced-as-joint-headline-sponsor-for-the-nsi-installer-summit/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/02/ifsec-international-announced-as-joint-headline-sponsor-for-the-nsi-installer-summit/#respond Thu, 13 Feb 2014 17:48:32 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=10302 Taking the joint headline sponsorship position alongside CSL DualCom, IFSEC International, the world’s leading security event that provides a dedicated installer offering, will have its own stand at the NSI Installer Summit. They will showcase what installers can expect to find from the event in June, and discover IFSEC’s unrivalled year round installer offering. NSI […]

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Taking the joint headline sponsorship position alongside CSL DualCom, IFSEC International, the world’s leading security event that provides a dedicated installer offering, will have its own stand at the NSI Installer Summit. They will showcase what installers can expect to find from the event in June, and discover IFSEC’s unrivalled year round installer offering. NSI approved companies will also be able to hear from the IFSEC team on how to successfully market their business and engage with the security industry.

Attendees will be able to learn about IFSEC Global.com and the resources available to them to keep up to date on the latest industry developments. Companies attending the Summit will also have the opportunity to register their apprentices and young engineers to take part in Engineers of Tomorrow, the competition that offers the future generation of security the exclusive opportunity to show the industry what they’re made of.

Attendees visiting the IFSEC International and CSL DualCom stands will receive a free VIP pass to IFSEC International, where they will be able to further expand their knowledge from more than 600 world leading businesses, as well as benefit from more than 100 hours of free education. This exclusive pass will also provide access to the highly acclaimed IFSEC International networking event. This invite only event features an evening of entertainment located at a prestigious venue in London soon to be revealed.

Chris Pinder, NSI External Affairs Director said: “Having a brand like IFSEC International  as a headline sponsor is tremendous news.   As part of their headline package, IFSEC International has agreed to speak and provide our delegates with tried and tested marketing hints and tips.  In the Installer Summit, NSI has an event that is of value to any installer and the addition of IFSEC International is a much welcomed addition to the day’s offering.”

Peter Poole, Event Manager, IFSEC International said: “IFSEC International is delighted to be a headline sponsor of the NSI Installer Summit. We really value our installer community and the NSI Summit presents an opportunity to meet a large number of approved installers ahead of June. We’re looking forward to showcasing the benefits of IFSEC International relocating to London, whilst offering a preview of what to expect ahead of what is anticipated to be the best edition of IFSEC International yet!”

The NSI Installer Summit sees further representation from key industry bodies including ACPO, BAFE, BSIA, FIA, FSA and Skills for Security.  In addition to IFSEC International and CSL DualCom as headline sponsor, exhibitors to date include Baker Tilly, BT Redcare, Bold Communications, CQR, Citation, Concept Smoke Screen, DeView, Dycon, Eaton’s Security, Elmdene, HJA Recruitment Consultants, HKC, Honeywell, Professional Security Magazine, Nortech, PSI, Pyronix, Ram Tracking, Risco, SelectaDNA, Texecom and Videcom.

To exhibit or attend the NSI Installer Summit contact Nigel Aitkin, Change Manager, at NSI on 01628 764843 or events@nsi.org.uk

Click here for more information on the NSI Installer Summit including Exhibitors and Seminar Programme.

For more information on IFSEC International and to register for the event visit www.ifsec.co.uk.

To find out more about CSL DualCom visit www.csldual.com

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NSI launches new CCTV e-learning course https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/02/nsi-launches-new-cctv-e-learning-course/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/02/nsi-launches-new-cctv-e-learning-course/#respond Thu, 06 Feb 2014 12:52:42 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=10170 New CCTV e-learning course now available

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This much anticipated course has been developed by NSI to complement its classroom equivalent and provides training in the practice of design, installation and maintenance of CCTV systems.  The course content is based on the requirements of NSI Code of Practice NCP 104(2):2010 and encompasses the impact of EN 50132-7.

NCP 104 was developed by NSI to provide a standard for use in CCTV systems in security applications and all NSI approved companies who design, install and maintain such systems are required to follow the Code’s criteria.

Individuals who will benefit from NSI’s CCTV courses (both classroom and e-learning) include CCTV designers and installers.  The e-learning option is a cost effective training solution for those with varying degrees of knowledge and may be used as useful refresher for those who are more experienced.

Tracey Leadbeater, NSI’s Training Development Manager comments “We are committed to widening access to quality training and for CCTV professionals our new e-learning course provides a cost-effective, resource-enabling solution.”

Tracey continues “For those individuals who prefer the e-learning format of training, enabling them to set their own pace of learning from the comfort of their own environment, the NSI e-learning CCTV course is ideal. I am particularly encouraged by the number of individuals who have pre-registered for this course and we anticipate that it will be taken up by many of our approved companies.  Another bonus is that all NSI training courses can count towards an individual’s CPD (Continuing Professional Development) requirement and more information regarding this initiative will be announced shortly”.

For more information and to try a ‘taster’ of the course click here.

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NSI Installer Summit 2014 https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/02/nsi-installer-summit-2014/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/02/nsi-installer-summit-2014/#respond Tue, 04 Feb 2014 16:03:59 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=10130 Headline sponsor announced for NSI Installer Summit

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The NSI Installer Summit is a unique conference and exhibition which has been specifically crafted for the business needs of NSI approved electronic security installers. This exclusive event features a bespoke seminar programme, exhibition and ‘Learning Zone’ providing installers with vital information on the industry and good business practices for 2014.

There has already been a phenomenal take up for the event with nearly 200 delegates already registered.

Chris Pinder, NSI External Affairs Director comments “We are delighted to be hosting this new and exciting event for our approved companies.  The popular regional meetings we facilitate around the UK for our electronic security installers will continue to be held.  This NSI Installer Summit compliments the regional activity and provides the perfect opportunity to bring the regions together at one unique event. We continually look at ways in which we can provide added value to companies seeking third party certification through NSI and this event will enable our approved companies to liaise directly with each other and with a whole host of industry bodies, manufacturers, and industry experts.  The response we have had so far from those wanting to exhibit and attend has been fantastic and is very encouraging”.

Simon Banks, Group Managing Director of CSL DualCom Group advised, “CSL DualCom have been loyal supporters of the NSI Regional Meetings and the creation of the NSI Summit is a natural evolution. A Fire and Security industry event catering specifically for the installers is a major step forward.  The NSI Summit offers sponsors the chance to meet a large number of NSI approved companies at a forum specifically tailored to their requirements. With nearly 200 NSI Installers registered to attend already we look forward to headlining what is set to be a landmark industry event.”

The event sees representation from key industry bodies including ACPO, BAFE, BSIA, FIA, FSA and Skills for Security.  In addition to CSL DualCom as a headline sponsor, exhibitors to date include BT Redcare, CQR,  DeView, Eaton’s Security, Elmdene, HKC, Honeywell, Pyronix, Risco, Selectamark and Texecom.  Companies including HJA Recruitment and RAM Tracking will also be present representing wider business interests.

A team from NSI will also be present to provide information on our certification and value added products and services, including NSI Training.

The Learning Zone will provide a platform for delegates to seek out answers to key industry and business questions with a Standards area hosted by NSI’s Head of Technical Services, Tony Weeks. There will also be an Intruder area sponsored by Risco, Financial advice from Baker Tilly, an Employment Law and Health & Safety area manned by Citation, while Skills for Security will be present to answer any queries about apprenticeships and general training.

With a varied and informative seminar programme in addition to the exhibition and Learning Zone, this really is a great opportunity to have multiple business queries addressed at one all encompassing industry event.

Find out more about the NSI Installer Summit and to see the current list of exhibitors.

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NSI Scottish Region Completes New Line-up https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/01/nsi-scottish-region-completes-new-line-up/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/01/nsi-scottish-region-completes-new-line-up/#respond Tue, 21 Jan 2014 10:24:33 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=9770 New Chairman and Assistant Chairman

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NSI Regional Meetings provide an important link between the NSI executive and its NACOSS Gold approved companies within their respective regions. NSI is pleased to announce that the NSI Scottish Region has completed its new line-up with a new Chairman and Assistant Chairman.

Alan Baird, Business Development Director of SPG Limited, has succeeded Alan Wheelans as NSI Scottish regional Chairman.  Alan Baird brings a wealth of industry experience to the position having joined the industry in the 1980’s as an apprentice with Thorn Security, soon working his way up the ranks.

In discussing his new role as Regional Chairman, Alan advised: “The NSI Scottish Committee has traditionally been a strong and well attended committee.  Credit for this must be given to the dedication and hard work of my predecessors. It will be a challenge to build on their achievements, but in securing quality speakers, liaising with the newly established Police Scotland and by further enhancing the NSI brand in Scotland, I’m sure we can achieve even more.”

The Scottish region completes its line-up with the election of a new NSI Assistant Chairman, David Clark, from ESP Security.  David Clark similarly has a wealth of industry experience.  He has held a variety of positions with a number of NSI approved companies including ADT, Rodgers Security, and for the previous five years, ESP Security.  David has joined the Scottish Committee as their Technical Chairman.

David advises, “Our industry by its very definition is very technical in nature.  The professionalism and knowledge of our approved companies is what makes NSI certificated businesses the market leaders.”

In addition, John Menzies, NSI Auditor becomes the Scottish Region’s new Secretary, taking over from the now retired Jim Watson.

The next Scottish meeting is scheduled for June 2014.

For more information about the NSI Regional Meetings, please email External Affairs Director, Chris Pinder: chris.pinder@nsi.org.uk

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Business Licensing Consultants Seminar 27th February 2014 https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/01/business-licensing-consultants-seminar-27th-february-2014/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/01/business-licensing-consultants-seminar-27th-february-2014/#respond Thu, 16 Jan 2014 15:08:57 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=9716 Consultant day for Business Licensing

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As a result of numerous requests, NSI will be holding a half day seminar on 27th February dedicated to security consultants. The NSI seminar will be of interest to those consultants who have clients that work in the relevant licensable sectors and will promote an opportunity for consultants to gain a greater understanding the impact Business Licensing is likely to have.

As previously announced, NSI is already holding two complimentary half-day seminars at its headquarters in Maidenhead on 26 February 2014. This is for organisations who are actively involved in licensable activities and aims to provide information to help attendees better understand the SIA’s requirements.

The SIA have previously announced that all businesses providing regulated security services under contract will be required to hold an SIA Business Licence from 6th April 2015 with applications for licenses being accepted from April this year. This proposed legislation is currently awaiting ministerial approval.

Individuals wishing to attend either seminar should book online using the booking form or please call 01628 764849

Alternatively contact Daniel Offley, NSI Sales and Marketing Executive on 01628 764849, daniel.offley@nsi.org.uk for more information.

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NSI NEW APPROVALS – DECEMBER 2013 https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/01/nsi-new-approvals-december-2013/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/01/nsi-new-approvals-december-2013/#respond Tue, 07 Jan 2014 15:11:56 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=9665 Congratulations to our new approvals

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NACOSS Gold

Defence Security Systems Ltd
Black Country House, Rounds Green Road, Oldbury, Warwickshire, B69 2DG
T: 0121 543 1760 E: admin@defencesecurity.co.uk

AML CCTV (Manchester) Ltd T/A Renard Systems
J2 House, Clayton Road, WARRINGTON, Lancashire, WA3 6RP
T: 0151 423  5586 E: renard@renard-systems.com

Vigilant Security Systems Ltd
30 Westway, CATERHAM, CR3 5TP
T: 01883 332955 E: info@vigilant-security.net

SYSTEMS SILVER

APS Protection Systems Ltd
17 Harelesshill Road, LARKHALL, ML9 2EX
T: 01698 881 886 E: info@aps-systems.com

DPL Fire & Security Prop: DPL Electrical Services Ltd
Unit 2, Greenwich Close, IPSWICH, IP3 0DD
T: 01473 253350 E: sales@dplelectrical.co.uk

Safeguard Security Systems (Scotland) Ltd
Wheatrig Farm, Kilmaurs, KILMARNOCK, KA3 2NG
T: 01563 523101 E: info@safeguardsecuritysystems.co.uk

Anderson Security & Emergency Systems Ltd t/a Anderson Systems
30 Highfield Road, CHELMSFORD, CM1 2NQ
T: 0777 9123183 E: steve@andersonsystems.co.uk

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BS 8243:2010+A1 – Draft Amendment released for public comment. https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/01/bs-82432010a1-draft-amendment-released-for-public-comment/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2014/01/bs-82432010a1-draft-amendment-released-for-public-comment/#respond Thu, 02 Jan 2014 16:09:14 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=9649 BSI (British Standards Institution) has issued a draft amendment (A1) for public comment (BSI Draft for Public Comment DPC:13/30293255DC). The draft amendment to BS 8243:2010 proposes changes to the text in sub clauses; 6.3 Methods of completion of setting, 6.2.5 Completion of unsetting using a digital key and 7.5.3 Methods of alarm filtering. Additional minor […]

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BSI (British Standards Institution) has issued a draft amendment (A1) for public comment (BSI Draft for Public Comment DPC:13/30293255DC).

The draft amendment to BS 8243:2010 proposes changes to the text in sub clauses; 6.3 Methods of completion of setting, 6.2.5 Completion of unsetting using a digital key and 7.5.3 Methods of alarm filtering. Additional minor editorial changes are proposed to correct typographical errors.

The draft British Standard is available for review and comment online via the BSI British Standards Draft Review System (DRS) as http://drafts.bsigroup.comYou will need to register with DRS to submit your comments. Registration is free.

When submitting comments you will be asked to provide both a comment (i.e. justification for a change) and a proposed change.

Deadline for receipt of comments is 28 February 2014

Copies of the draft British Standard may be purchased from BSI Shop http://shop.bsigroup.com or from BSI Customer Services Tel: + 44(0) 20 8996 9001 or email cservices@bsigroup.com.

 

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NSI Chief Executive, Jeff Little OBE, to leave NSI https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/12/nsi-chief-executive-jeff-little-obe-to-leave-nsi/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/12/nsi-chief-executive-jeff-little-obe-to-leave-nsi/#respond Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:09:21 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=9624 Departure of NSI Chief Executive

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NSI has announced today the forthcoming departure of Jeff Little OBE, after three years in the role as NSI Chief Executive.

Jeff joined NSI in December 2010 having previously worked as Business Development Director for a company specialising in the design and manufacture of components for safety critical environments.  Prior to this appointment Jeff had served a long and distinguished career with the army and was recognised with an OBE for his leadership during the Balkans War.

Chris Hanks, NSI Chairman comments “NSI is the UK’s leading specialist certification body. As such we are at the forefront of the rapid changes and opportunities in this sector. The experience and knowledge of our people are coveted, so it is no surprise that Jeff has been offered an exciting challenge elsewhere and has decided to leave NSI. Whilst I am saddened by Jeff’s departure, after 3 outstanding years leading NSI and building on our market leading position, the Board recognises this is a great personal opportunity for Jeff and he will leave with our best wishes for the future. The Board would like to place on record our great appreciation of Jeff’s work for NSI.”

On his impending departure Jeff comments “Every so often an opportunity comes along that is simply too attractive to decline.  I will be taking up a venture based in the Middle East which will enable me to leverage the technology and market background I have to good effect. Leaving NSI will be personally and professionally sad but the organisation is in great shape, both in Maidenhead and across the country, and has an outstanding future”.

Jeff will remain with NSI to assist the Board with the selection of his successor during the transitional period.

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NSI to hold Business Licensing Seminars https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/12/nsi-to-hold-business-licensing-seminars/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/12/nsi-to-hold-business-licensing-seminars/#respond Wed, 18 Dec 2013 14:23:57 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=9548 Bespoke seminar to help organisations prepare

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The Security Industry Authority (SIA) recently announced it will be accepting applications for business licensing from April 2014.  In order to help organisations gain a greater understanding of the SIA’s requirements and the impact business licensing will have on the services organisations currently provide, NSI will be holding two complimentary half-day seminars at its headquarters in Maidenhead on 26 February 2014.

The NSI seminars will be of interest to those organisations working in the relevant licensable sectors* and will include presentations from industry experts.  There will also be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions related to their organisations’ circumstances. The following content will be included within the seminar:

  • The fundamental requirements of business licensing
  • How to demonstrate competence in order to gain a business licence
  • The penalties for operating without a business licence
  • Timeframes and why it is important to act quickly

Kay Aitkin, NSI Services Delivery Director comments “It is vital for organisations providing licensable activities to be prepared for business licensing.  NSI understands the impact this will have and through our seminar we aim to educate and prepare organisations for this fundamental change”.

Please contact Daniel Offley, NSI Sales and Marketing Executive on 01628 764849, daniel.offley@nsi.org.uk for more information.

*The licensable sectors that will be impacted by mandatory business licensing are Security Guarding, Cash and Valuables in Transit, Close Protection, Door Supervision, Public Space Surveillance, Key Holding, Immobilisation of vehicles (in Northern Ireland only).

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A Christmas Message https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/12/a-christmas-message-from-nsi-ceo/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/12/a-christmas-message-from-nsi-ceo/#respond Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:21:56 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=9514 From NSI CEO Jeff Little OBE

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As 2013 comes to its end I should like to wish all NSI approved companies a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous and successful New Year.  Listening to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement and Mark Carney’s recent speeches we should all be hoping for a real increase in business and opportunity in 2014 and beyond as the economy recovers from recession.  Certainly many of the companies coming to Sentinel House to collect their framed NSI medals or to attend our training courses tell me that their order books are now starting to fill and economic life is beginning to turn the corner back towards growth and development.  This is great news after such a prolonged period of gloom and retrenchment across the industrial horizon.

Security has featured widely in the news this past year – for both good reasons and for bad.  Events in Boston and Nairobi reminded us that terrorism is still alive and well and that we should expect more, perhaps less sophisticated attacks in the future.  The images from this year that will stick most starkly in my mind are those of the bloody attack on Drummer Rigby on the afternoon of 22 May in Woolwich.  These scenes also remind me of the bravery and devotion of our emergency services, who are often taken for granted, who will be on duty throughout the festive season and on high readiness to put their safety on the line.  Lets us spare a thought for them and indeed for all those in the private security sector who will also be on duty over the holiday break.

This year will be remembered for 2 significant reports being written.  These are the Stevens Report into policing and the Knight report into fire and rescue services.  The former came down heavily against the new police and crime commissioner structure.  But both recommend change.  Both recognise that the current geographical structure is not optimal and it will be interesting to see how much of the advice prospered will be actioned over the next parliamentary session.  The merger of the police services in Scotland and the coming together of the fire and rescue service has shown what can be achieved as demonstrated in the response to the helicopter crash in Glasgow on 29th November.  We have also heard that the SIA are pressing ahead with business licensing in 2014 so keep an eye on the NSI website for regular news updates and information.

According to the figures, crime has continued to fall notwithstanding the poor economy.  There are some indications that this trend may, however, be on the turn with rates rising in the north and other areas.  In an effort to drive down low level crime, the Facewatch on-line crime reporting initiative should be recognised.  Digitising crime reporting and further more digitising the subsequent legal process through to the court room should be a high priority in terms of savings and efficiency.  NSI believe that Facewatch offers a positive use of new technology and hope that it may be widely adopted.  We will be working closely with the Facewatch team in 2014 to take this project forward.   Technology holds great prospects for beating crime and it must be exploited.  Improved CCTV imagery is one aspect.  Better situational awareness and response via PSIMs will come.  The use of remotely piloted airborne systems (RPAS) will surely develop to maturity.  Wider deployment of body scanners at airports will increase aviation security.  All these technologies need to come together to create systems of systems – but all still need people to operate them at the end of the day.

Let me conclude by mentioning all of the men and women who make the security industry work.  From the installation engineers to the security officers guarding key installations, from the control room staff in the ARC to the cash-in-transit operators and from the door supervisors to the maintainers, they all contribute to a growing and vibrant industry which shares more and more of the responsibility for resilience, protection and response to danger.  They help keep the peace and they protect society and its economic well-being.  They are skilled, hard-working and deserve our thanks and thoughts over the next few weeks.  To them we say well done, keep up the great work and, most of all, thank you for a job very well done.

 

 

 

 

 

Merry Christmas to you all!

Jeff Little

 

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Update on Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks for Business Licensing. https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/12/update-on-disclosure-and-barring-service-dbs-checks-for-business-licensing/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/12/update-on-disclosure-and-barring-service-dbs-checks-for-business-licensing/#respond Tue, 10 Dec 2013 11:16:55 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=9409 Update on DBS checks for Business Licensing

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Our Business Licensing news item posted on 28th November 2013 made reference to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks which, according to the SIA, must be carried out for relevant individuals (‘controlling minds’) within organisations applying for a Business License. (See page 3 of Get Business Licensed document).

For those not familiar with the DBS, you might be interested to know that the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged in February 2011 to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). CRB checks as they were known, are now referred to as DBS checks.

Find out more on DBS checks.

The SIA will be facilitating all DBS checks for companies applying for their Business Licenses. It is important that all companies submitting an application include an up to date document detailing, or depicting, their organisation’s structure. The SIA are asking for this information so they can asses who the ‘controlling minds’ are within the company and their relevance to the Business License application.

In order to be ready for the implementation of Business Licensing, NSI approved companies working in the relevant sectors and those organisations looking to obtain Business Licensing are advised to begin working on their company structure (e.g. parent and grandparent) relationships. The ‘controlling minds’ of legally associated organisations must be outlined and applicants should be aware that they may also need to undergo DBS checks, if applicable.

Organisational Structure

Why are DBS checks required?

Even though some ‘controlling minds’ will have already completed a DBS check in order to obtain an individual license, a new check is required in order to apply for a Business License. The reasons for this are below;

  • Records of previous DBS checks are only kept for a maximum of 6 months by the SIA.
  • The DBS is only valid for a short period of time, therefore for Business Licensing, a new check will need to be conducted to ensure fit and proper management of the company.
  • For Business Licensing, the SIA will look at a wider range of offenses, details can be found in the Get Business Licensed document on page 23 (see below.)

For more information – Get Business Licensed document

Based in Northern Ireland or Scotland?

Organisations based in Scotland and Northern Ireland should be aware that different rules apply.

For any questions regarding Business Licensing please call NSI on 01628 764838 or email sean.mullin@nsi.org.uk.

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NSI New Approvals – November 2013 https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/12/nsi-new-approvals-november-2013/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/12/nsi-new-approvals-november-2013/#respond Mon, 09 Dec 2013 15:44:00 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=9449 Congratulations to Novembers new approvals:

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NACOSS GOLD

CCTV (Wales) Ltd
Unit 1A Europa Way, Fforestfach, SWANSEA, SA5 4AJ
T:01792 560 396 E: enquiries@cctvwales.co.uk

Universal Protection Ltd
34 Willowcourt Avenue, Harrow, MIDDLESEX, Greater London, HA3 8ES
T: 020 8422 3666 E: info@upltd.co.uk

Vindex Systems Ltd
7 Lloyds Court, Manor Royal, CRAWLEY, West Sussex, RH10 9QU
T: 01293 558 830 E: sales@vindexsystems.com

I.C.T.S. (UK) Ltd
South Block, Tavistock House, Tavistock Square, LONDON, WC1H 9LG
T: 020 787 47576 E: security@icts.co.uk

Graham Fire and Security Prop: Graham Asset Management Ltd
20 Wildflower Way, BELFAST, BT12 6TA
T: 0845 600 6300 E: assetmanagement@graham.co.uk

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NSI Announced As Conformity Assessment Body Candidate for SIA Business Licensing https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/12/nsi-announced-as-conformity-assessment-body-candidate-for-sia-business-licensing/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/12/nsi-announced-as-conformity-assessment-body-candidate-for-sia-business-licensing/#respond Tue, 03 Dec 2013 10:24:46 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=9390 NSI shortlisted for SIA Business Licensing.

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NSI is a UKAS accredited, sector-specific, Certification Body for the security industry.  If confirmed by the SIA as a Conformity Assessment Body for Business Licensing, companies seeking a business licence(s) for the security service(s) they provide will be able to turn to NSI to help provide evidence of their competence.  Demonstrating competence is a key SIA requirement that companies seeking a Business Licence will need to pay close attention to.  One of the ways to achieve this is by obtaining certification to a sector-specific scheme, such as NSI’s Guarding Gold or Silver Schemes, which encompass compliance with industry specific British Standards.

NSI will endeavour to keep those interested in Business Licensing up-to-date on further SIA announcements and developments.

Information about Business Licensing.

Go to the SIA`s Website.

*NSI has a well-established relationship with the SIA and has been a SIA ACS assessing body since 2006.

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Key Information

1. A business licence is required for each sector that a company operates in. As a result, companies that currently work under contract in the SIA licensable sectors (see below), need to be aware that if they are not approved for all the areas in which they operate (i.e. via a Certification Body or the SIA`s Approved Contractor Scheme), they will need to gain approval for these areas in order to be business licensed.

2. All ‘Controlling Minds’ (see page 3 of the SIA Get Business Licensed document) will need to complete a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check (formerly known as CRB.)

NSI are currently investigating the timeframes in which the DBS needs to be completed and will issue any updates as soon as possible.

A business will need to obtain approval for each sector in which it supplies a security industry service. The relevant sectors are;

  • Security Guarding (BS 7499)
  • Cash and Valuables in Transit (BS 7872)
  • Close Protection (BS 8507)
  • Door Supervision (BS 7960)
  • Public Space Surveillance (CCTV) (BS 7958)
  • Key holding (BS 7984)
  • Immobilisation of vehicles (including the restriction and removal of vehicles) in Northern Ireland only.

Key Dates

The proposed implementation dates are:

  • 7 April 2014: SIA accepts business licence applications.
  • 1 October 2014: The last recommended business licence application date.
  • 6 April 2015: Legal requirement to have a business licence.

To obtain a Business Licence organisations will need to either hold Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) approval, relevant product certification or ISO9001:2008 via a UKAS Accredited Certification Body, such as the NSI.

The next step

Contact NSI – To discuss your options, NSI will be able to provide guidance for companies that meet any of the above criteria, and also provide support for companies, of all sizes, that require the credentials to gain Business Licensing.

To find out more and to get ahead of the game contact Sean Mullin 01628 764838 /  sean.mullin@nsi.org.uk or go to our Business Licence webpage.

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NSI participates in IP-in-Action LIVE Southampton https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/11/nsi-participates-in-ip-in-action-live-southampton/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/11/nsi-participates-in-ip-in-action-live-southampton/#respond Tue, 19 Nov 2013 14:06:44 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=9249 Organised by IP User Group International

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IP-in-Action LIVE is a series of focused educational events organised by the global security and safety technology forum, IP User Group International. Their aim is to increase the understanding of IP Networked Technology across a wide range of application areas.

The event, to be held on 5th December at Solent Hotel and Spa in Fareham, promises a full agenda with case studies, discussions, a networking lunch, and a popular “hands on” exhibition.

The event will be of particular interest to those who already have an involvement with, or are keen to find out more about, IP networked security systems, from installers through to end-users.  There is an opportunity to find out more about IP-in-Action through educational presentations and directly from the exhibitors.

Chris Pinder, NSI External Affairs Director will be speaking at the event, explaining the role of NSI, its certification schemes and why those in the industry should be aware of the latest technology and the opportunities that digital and IP based security systems can offer.

Further details on speakers, content and format on this event can be found via http://www.ip-in-action-live.com/page/page/8707727.htm  Those wishing to attend should also pre- register their interest via this link.

Further events are planned for 2014 in Coventry, Reading, Cambridge and London Gatwick.

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Jeff’s Journal – November https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/11/jeffs-journal-november/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/11/jeffs-journal-november/#respond Fri, 08 Nov 2013 14:01:06 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=9174 Jeff's latest entry

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It is just over 6 years ago that Sir Francis Richards became the NSI Chairman.  A great deal has happened in that time and both the fire and the security industries have seen an ever increasing pace of change.  We have experienced one of the deepest and longest economic recessions of recent history during which the banking industry suffering a significant loss of public trust and confidence.  After many dark years, slow but steady growth of the UK economy is now predicted but once again this is spurred by the service sector and consumption rather than by healthier exports or expanding manufacturing.  Let us all hope that the recovery does become stronger and more sustainable.

Over this period, NSI has introduced a plethora of new audit schemes, written numerous new codes of practice and seen a raft of standards introduced, updated or superseded by European or international versions.  But most importantly, despite the recession, we have seen the NSI cohort of approved companies grow in size and shape.  More and more companies, some old and some new, have undertaken the third party certification journey with the aim of improving their business and bettering their chances of success in the competition for new trade.  Sadly, during these 6 years, a number of companies have not made it and have gone into liquidation.  Others have been bought by larger and expanding enterprises.  New players have appeared on the scene whilst others have diversified into new areas in order to future-proof their business.  Fire has seen particular expansion, most recently with the BAFE SP205 Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment Scheme introduced last year.

Even more change sits on the near horizon.  Although awaiting final ministerial approval, it would appear that Business Licensing will come to fruition in 2014 becoming compulsory from 2015 onwards.  Private Investigators will also be licensed after much debate over the past few years.  A new CCTV Code of Practice has been issued by the CCTV Commissioner.  I wonder how long it will be before adjustments have to be made to accommodate imagery received from Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) – commonly known as drones by most of us, but surveillance versions thankfully without the Hellfire missiles on board.  I for one am convinced that these machines will become part of the security horizon faster than anyone currently imagines and they offer great opportunities, new capabilities and huge savings over conventional manned aircraft.  I also predict that home management systems, enabled by smart phone apps, will see significant growth and bring a new dimension to domestic security systems.

As Sir Francis leaves we say thank you and wish him well for the future.  We say welcome to his successor in the form of Chris Hanks.  Chris joins NSI fresh from the insurance sector where he has had a long and successful career culminating with Allianz.  We value our links with the insurers and we intend to strengthen them in this new era.  The next 6 years will bring new challenges, new threats and new responses.  The danger of cyber crime will certainly increase and the risk of terrorism remains high.  There will be risks and opportunities for the industry as outsourcing grows and we should not expect austerity measures to disappear quickly – the national deficit is simply too large and it will take many years to pay off the arrears and balance the books.  I remain convinced that technology will be the cause of the most significant shifts in the security landscape.  Those who grasp its possibilities will prosper and thrive.  NSI enters this new era with confidence, hope and our lasting determination to improve standards – the very glue which holds the industry together.

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NSI New Approvals – October https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/11/nsi-new-approvals-october/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/11/nsi-new-approvals-october/#respond Fri, 08 Nov 2013 11:51:04 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=9155 Congratulations to Octobers New Approvals

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NACOSS GOLD – New Approvals

Snowdonia Fire Protection Ltd
The Old Smithy, Waunfawr, CAERNARFON, LL55 4YS
T: 01286 650235   E: servicemail@snowdonia-fire.co.uk

Phoenix Integrated Security Ltd
Unit 18 Finns Business Park, Mill Lane, Crondall, FARNHAM, Surrey, GU10 5RX
T: 0870 7662523   E: trevour@phoenixis.co.uk

IFacility
Unit 10A Quarry Way Business Park, Quarry Way, Waterslip, SHEPTON MALLET, BA4 4RN
T: 01749 600600 E: info@ifacility.co.uk

SYSTEMS SILVER– New Approvals

Integrated Protection Maintenance Services Ltd
Unit 8, The Cedars, Coton Road, Whiteacre Heath, COLESHILL, B46 2HH
T: 01675 430005, E: Sonia@integratedprotection.co.uk W: www.Integratedprotection.co.uk

Guarding Gold – New Approvals

SECOM PLC
Secom House, 52 Godstone Road, KENLEY, CR8 5JF
T: 020 8645 5400 E: marketing@secom.plc.uk

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BBC Watchdog: Inter Defence Security https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/10/watchdog-inter-defence-security/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/10/watchdog-inter-defence-security/#respond Thu, 24 Oct 2013 10:52:27 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=9081 Inter Defence Security Ltd not approved by NSI

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On last night’s BBC Watchdog, the ‘Rogue Traders’ feature focused on a security company by the name of ‘Inter Defence Security Ltd’ who claimed to be approved by NSI for NACOSS Gold. NSI can confirm that Inter Defence Security Ltd have never been approved by NSI at any level. The programme did highlight that this company is not NSI approved and we would like to reiterate this.

NSI would also like to make clear that Inter Defence Security Ltd has no connection with IDS Fire and Security (Gateshead) which is approved to NSI’s NACOSS Gold scheme.

More information:

BBC Watchdog programme (23 Oct 2013)

BBC Watchdog article

Inter Defence Security – Not approved by NSI

IDS Fire and Security – NSI Gold Approved company

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Winners Announced at 2013 Security Excellence Awards https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/10/winners-announced-at-2013-security-excellence-awards/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/10/winners-announced-at-2013-security-excellence-awards/#respond Thu, 24 Oct 2013 09:42:35 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=9058 The prestigious Security Excellence Awards

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Selected by an independent judging panel, NSI approved companies won a number of categories and we congratulate them all:

The coveted Customer Care Initiative award: Corps Security — The Customer Charter

Best Deployment of Lone Worker Technology: Reliance High-Tech — Reliance Protect Lone Worker Solution

Small to Medium Security Installer of the Year:  Contact Security

Large Security Installer of the Year: Kings Security

Systems Integrator of the Year: ATEC Security

The event is a showcase of the very best companies, projects and individuals across the security industry.  The finalists and winners have demonstrated excellence in their field and the Security Excellence Awards offers them the recognition they deserve.

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BS 8591 – Draft Standard released for public comment https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/10/bs-8691-draft-standard-released-for-public-comment/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/10/bs-8691-draft-standard-released-for-public-comment/#respond Mon, 14 Oct 2013 10:36:37 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=8982 Remote centres receiving signals from alarm systems

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Draft BS 8591 – Remote centres receiving signals from alarm systems – Code of practice.

BSI (British Standards Institution) has issued this draft standard for public comment (BSI Draft for Public Comment DPC: 13/30286749 DC).

The draft BS 8591 has been produced following the publication of the BS EN 50518 suite of standards, which apply to alarm signals generated from intruder and hold-up alarm systems (I&HAS) only.   Alarm signals from other types of alarm systems, i.e. fire, social and closed circuit television systems (CCTV) are not within the scope of the BS EN 50518 suite.

BS 5979, Remote centres receiving signals from fire and security systems – Code of practice, gives recommendations for the planning, construction and facilities of manned and unmanned remote centres, and for the operation of alarm receiving centres (ARCs) receiving signals from security systems including I&HAS.  Consequently, as a result of the publication of the BS EN 50518 suite, BS 5979 has been reviewed.

The review of BS 5979 has led to the development of this British Standard, which does not include references to the monitoring of I&HAS and is intended to be used in conjunction with the BS EN 50518 suite.  However BS 5979 will continue to be used in relation to ARCs that conform to BS 5979.

The draft British Standard is available for review and comment online via the BSI British Standards Draft Review system (DRS) as http://drafts.bsigroup.com.  Registration with DRS is free.
When submitting comments you will be asked to provide both a comment (i.e. justification for a change) and a proposed change.

Copies of the draft British Standard may be purchased from BSI Shop http://shop.bsigroup.com or from BSI Customer Services Tel: + 44(0) 20 8996 9001 or email cservices@bsigroup.com.

Drafts and standards are also available in PDF format for immediate download from the BSI Shop: http://www.bsigroup.com.shop.

The latest date for BSI to receive comments on the draft is 30 November 2013.

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SIA Launches Licensing of Security Businesses https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/10/sia-launches-licensing-of-security-businesses/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/10/sia-launches-licensing-of-security-businesses/#respond Mon, 07 Oct 2013 15:14:23 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=8845 Read the latest news on Business Licensing

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The SIA have stated that the introduction of business regulation will help to create a fair business environment for security companies, remove rogue operators and deliver better value regulation.

Business licensing is subject to Ministerial approval and the approval of the Scottish Government and the Department of Justice for Northern Ireland, both of which have indicated that they are supportive of a consistent UK-wide regulatory regime.

A business will need to obtain approval for each sector in which it supplies a security industry service. The relevant sectors are:

  • Manned guarding – Cash and Valuables in Transit, Close Protection, Door Supervision, Public Space Surveillance (CCTV), and Security Guarding.
  • Key holding.
  • Immobilisation of vehicles (including the restriction and removal of vehicles) in Northern Ireland only.

The proposed implementation dates are:

  • 7 April 2014: SIA accepts business licence applications.
  • 1 October 2014: The last recommended business licence application date.
  • 6 April 2015: Legal requirement to have a business licence.

The SIA is writing to private security businesses to inform them of their responsibilities in applying for a business licence.

For more information on the launch of business licensing and updates on the forthcoming SIA Roadshows visit the SIA website.

 

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Chubb Fire & Security teams up with NSI for Extinguisher Maintenance Certification https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/10/chubb-fire-security-teams-up-with-nsi-for-extinguisher-maintenance-certification/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/10/chubb-fire-security-teams-up-with-nsi-for-extinguisher-maintenance-certification/#respond Fri, 04 Oct 2013 10:18:04 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=8744 Chubb Fire & Security adds SP101 to NSI approvals

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Chubb Fire & Security have moved their certification for fire extinguisher maintenance operations to NSI. Chubb is also audited by NSI for their installation of electronic security systems under NSI’s NACOSS Gold Scheme.  Chubb Fire & Security provides security, fire safety solutions, and monitoring and response services for business and industries across the UK and is part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

Chubb has a long working relationship with NSI dating back to 1970s when Chubb was first approved by the NSCIA (as NSI was known then), using the Inspectorate to audit the installation of Chubb’s electronic security systems to the relevant standards.

In 2009 Chubb extended its approval with NSI to incorporate certification of its Fire Detection and Alarms business under BAFE’s SP203 Scheme. NSI is licensed by BAFE to deliver a number of its fire safety-related schemes and as such, enabled Chubb to become BAFE registered for fire detection and alarm systems at the same time.

All of Chubb’s branches responsible for carrying out contract maintenance of portable fire extinguishers (28 in total) will now be audited by NSI against BAFE’s SP101 Scheme that is only available for companies with an ISO 9001 quality management system, therefore only attainable at NSI Fire Gold level.

Jeff Little, OBE, NSI Chief Executive says he is delighted that Chubb is bringing all of its installation and maintenance related certification requirements under one single regime: “This demonstrates NSI’s capability as the sector-specific certification body for the security and fire sectors and we look forward to adding continued value to Chubb and the services they provide over the coming years.”

Stephen Luff, Quality & Technical Auditor, Chubb Fire & Security says the move to one certification body for installation and maintenance activities makes sense on a number of levels: “This consolidation of suppliers will bring us operational efficiencies but most importantly, it demonstrates our continued commitment to 3rd party certification which is critical for our customers when selecting a provider of fire and security services.”

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NSI New Approvals – September https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/10/nsi-new-approvals-september/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/10/nsi-new-approvals-september/#respond Fri, 04 Oct 2013 10:17:39 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=8772 Congratulations to Septembers News Approvals

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NACOSS GOLD

Protectorcomms Ltd
C2/C3 De Clare House, 4 Sir Alfred Owen Way, Pontygwindy Industrial Estate, CAERPHILLY, Glamorgan, CF83 3HU
T: 02920 882 833 E: info@protectorcomms.co.uk

MTS Security
12-12A Belvedere Court, Off Belvedere Place, DUBLIN
T: 00353 18365538 E: info@mtssecurity.ie

Digital Fire & Security Ltd
Unit 27 Crescent Business Park, LISBURN, BT28 2GN
T: 028 9266 1555 E: info@digitalfs.co.uk

Abacus Fire and Security Ltd
Unit 2, Semer Court, Crockatt Road, HADLEIGH, IP7 6RN
T: 01473 824601 E: info@abacusfas.co.uk

SYSTEMS SILVER– New Approvals

High Definition Security Systems Ltd
Unit 14a, Tabrums Farm, Tabrums Lane, BATTLESBRIDGE, SS1 7QX
T: 01245 426617 E: info@highdefsecurity.co.uk W: www.highdefsecurity.co.uk

Indigo Systems Ltd
23 Kendall Avenue South, CROYDON, CR2 0QR
T: 020 864 50396 E: darren@indigosystems.ltd.uk W: www.indigosystems.ltd.uk

Kay Electrical & Security Ltd
166 Drayton Park, Highbury, LONDON, N5 1LX
T: 020 722 63407 W: www.kayelectrical.co.uk

Synergy Audio Visual Ltd
12a West Street, CONGLETON, CW12 1JR
T: 01260 280017    W:  www.synergyav.co.uk

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Theresa May Visits the National Security Inspectorate https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/10/theresa-may-visits-the-national-security-inspectorate/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/10/theresa-may-visits-the-national-security-inspectorate/#respond Tue, 01 Oct 2013 12:33:51 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=8691 Local MP Theresa May visited the NSI on Friday 27th September

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Local MP Theresa May visited the Maidenhead based Headquarters of the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) on Friday 27th September.   NSI is the specialist certification body for the private security and fire sectors in the UK.  The Company employs 72 staff including a field force team of auditors who conduct regular visits to alarm installers, guarding companies and fire protection organisations to ensure compliance with the technical standards applicable to their specific area.  Mrs May was briefed on the NSI’s role and duties and met a number of staff whilst also presenting silver medals to 2 members of the Maidenhead team who were celebrating their 20th year working within the organisation.

Jeff Little, CEO of NSI commented after the visit  “We were delighted and most grateful that the Home Secretary took time out of her amazingly busy schedule  to visit our headquarters on Friday.  Security is close to everyone’s mind at the moment and we at NSI share the Government’s determination to reduce crime and maintain high standards across all aspects of the industry.  We talked to Theresa about a number of recent developments including the regulation of Private Investigators and the future licensing of security companies in the guarding sector.“

The visit came at a time of significant change in the security industry where technology is enabling far more remote monitoring and actions to be conducted via apps on a smart phone.  Wireless alarm systems are now becoming widespread and the power of the internet, improved lenses, cameras and recording capabilities are now making it increasingly difficult for criminals to evade justice.  Domestic burglar alarms have been hugely successful in reducing the number of house burglaries over the past 10 years but too many homeowners still wait until they have experienced the trauma of a burglary before fitting an alarm – by then it is too late.

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Surveillance Camera Conference https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/09/surveillance-camera-conference/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/09/surveillance-camera-conference/#respond Wed, 25 Sep 2013 14:32:22 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=8616 Free to attend conference on 23 October 2013

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The Surveillance Camera Commissioner will be holding a free to attend conference on 23 October 2013 in London.

The Code, introduced under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, applies to local authorities and the police.  For any organisations doing business with the local authorities or the police, this conference will provide a useful background information on the Code and its implications.

Speakers include Lord Taylor of Holbeach CBE.

More information and a registration form is available here.

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NSI and Facewatch join forces to reduce crime with CCTV https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/09/nsi-and-facewatch-join-forces/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/09/nsi-and-facewatch-join-forces/#respond Fri, 20 Sep 2013 09:01:23 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=8535 Working closely together in a powerful partnering arrangement

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NSI and Facewatch have announced today that they intend to work closely together in a powerful partnering arrangement which will help transform the use of CCTV by moving it into the digital world of online reporting.

NSI  provides certification schemes audited against internationally recognised standards for the security and fire sectors.  NSI will be adding the Facewatch online police crime reporting service to their training offer and will be encouraging approved companies to roll out Facewatch to their end user customers.

Facewatch training and support will be provided by NSI to any company wishing to use Facewatch as part of their CCTV security solution.  It will also be possible, using the accurate key performance indicators from Facewatch to establish how effectively systems are operating to provide good evidence for police services which will help to drive up standards.

The Facewatch system is already used by over 7,000 businesses across the UK.  The system allows crimes such as shoplifting and personal theft to be reported instantly to the police online.  Nine UK police services have already signed up to use the system and many others are considering its adoption.  CCTV footage and suspect images can be uploaded directly to Facewatch and provide the police and other businesses using Facewatch with accurate and accessible data to help improve the conviction rate and to deal with repeat offenders.

Until now CCTV has been a poor relation to the forensic approach taken by the police in the use of fingerprints and DNA.  This is mainly because of the physical difficulties surrounding the collection, analysis and storage of CCTV footage.  Furthermore, when poor quality CCTV imagery is provided, often in a format that cannot be viewed clearly by the police without special software, the effectiveness of the capability is greatly weakened.  Many cases fail in court due to basic issues such as DVD’s not playing or disks getting lost.

The partnership seeks to address these weaknesses and NSI’s approved companies can put themselves at the forefront of this transformation and ensure that they are fully ready to take advantage of the future business opportunities that it brings.

NSI will ensure that business users are given fully developed training in order to ensure that they are completely confident in using the Facewatch system.  It also strengthens their aim of improving CCTV quality and standards of service provided by NSI Alarm Receiving Centres and systems installers.

Jeff Little, Chief Executive NSI

“NSI is delighted to be working with Facewatch to ensure that this new and innovative crime reduction and reporting system is managed, delivered and fully exploited.  The new NSI training and e-learning suite for Facewatch will be the catalyst which ensures that companies will be able to provide a system to their customers that will result in lower crime levels and will also help to improve the quality of CCTV evidence provided to the police services.”

Simon Gordon, Chairman, Facewatch Ltd 

“We are extremely pleased to be working with the NSI to improve standards of crime reporting and intelligence sharing. It is essential to our national roll out plans that Facewatch can be successfully integrated into business of any size or complexity and that the quality of the CCTV system is such that the evidence uploaded to Facewatch is useable by police and the courts.”

More information: www.facewatch.co.uk

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Latest Perpetuity Research Released https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/09/latest-perpetuity-research-released/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/09/latest-perpetuity-research-released/#respond Wed, 18 Sep 2013 09:41:49 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=8432 Perpetuity Group have released their latest research; looking at the benefits and drawbacks of providing security as a ‘single service’ or as part of a ‘bundle’ alongside other facilities management services. This research was based on telephone and face to face interviews with suppliers and procurers of security services. Professor Martin Gill who led the […]

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Perpetuity Group have released their latest research; looking at the benefits and drawbacks of providing security as a ‘single service’ or as part of a ‘bundle’ alongside other facilities management services.

This research was based on telephone and face to face interviews with suppliers and procurers of security services.

Professor Martin Gill who led the study commented, “The jury is still out on whether the popularity of bundling in some places is a sign of new and better ways of working or a cyclical change brought about because in current times cost is often a priority over risk. There were strong supporters of some of the benefits of single service and some of bundling although not always on a strong evidence base. What this study has shown is that many organisations have an incomplete understanding of the benefits and drawbacks of providing security in different ways”.

Download a free copy of the full report here or email prci@perpetuityresearch.com for more details. You can also contact Perpetuity Research on 0116 222 5553.

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New requirements set by RQIA for Fire Risk Assessments in care premises https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/09/new-requirements-set-by-rqia-for-fire-risk-assessments-in-care-premises/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/09/new-requirements-set-by-rqia-for-fire-risk-assessments-in-care-premises/#respond Tue, 17 Sep 2013 08:19:49 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=8425 The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA), Northern Ireland’s independent health and social care regulator, has written to all licensed residential care premises in Northern Ireland advising them that from 1st April 2014 all new fire risk assessments, and those due for review, are to be carried out either by people with appropriate registration with a […]

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The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA), Northern Ireland’s independent health and social care regulator, has written to all licensed residential care premises in Northern Ireland advising them that from 1st April 2014 all new fire risk assessments, and those due for review, are to be carried out either by people with appropriate registration with a professional body or preferably by a company who are third party certificated and are audited against an industry scheme such as the BAFE’s SP205  scheme for Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment.

The communication also states that RQIA inspectors will be checking that this requirement has been met during the course of their regular inspections of licensed care premises.

The Fire Risk Assessment Competency Council (who the RQIA refer to) recommends “the use of fire risk assessment companies, including sole traders which are third party certificated to appropriate schemes operated by Certification Bodies which have been UKAS accredited to certificate against such schemes”.

NSI is UKAS accredited and licensed by BAFE to certificate organisations to the BAFE SP205 Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment scheme. NSI provides this scheme at both NSI Gold and Silver level (with Gold companies required to operate a Quality Management System: BS EN ISO 9001). Find out more information about the NSI Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment scheme.

For more information about the new RQIA requirements:
– View the RQIA letter which went out earlier this year
– View the Fire Risk Assessment Competency Council’s ‘Guide to choosing a competent fire risk assessor

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SIA To Host Business Licensing Roadshow https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/09/sia-to-host-business-licensing-roadshow/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/09/sia-to-host-business-licensing-roadshow/#respond Mon, 16 Sep 2013 14:55:53 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=8468 SIA business licensing roadshow throughout the UK in October and November.

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The SIA (Security Industry Authority) have announced that they will be hosting a business licensing roadshow throughout the UK in October and November.

These briefings will be used to explain the Government’s intention to introduce business licensing – requiring all businesses operating in the private security industry to be licensed by the SIA.

The briefings will outline how business licensing will work, who has to be licensed, and what security businesses need to do and when they need to do it – an opportunity to find out the facts and ask questions.

More information

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Innovative Research Call (IRC) 2013 – Detection of Explosives & Weapons https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/09/innovative-research-call-irc-2013-detection-of-explosives-weapons/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/09/innovative-research-call-irc-2013-detection-of-explosives-weapons/#respond Mon, 16 Sep 2013 14:25:55 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=8463 £3 million worth of funding available for innovative solutions

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The Home Office, Department for Transport, Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure, Dstl CT S&T centre, Metropolitan Police Service and the US Department of Homeland Security are inviting companies and academic institutions to submit proposals for innovative solutions in the field of explosives and weapons detection. £3 million worth of funding is available with £950,000 for all Phase 1 contracts.

The emphasis of IRC 2013 is on:

  • R & D of new technologies, processes and methods;
  • Application of technologies from other areas.

The overarching aim is to develop detection technologies and methods that provide good, reliable capability against a significant proportion of current explosives and weapons threats. Such solutions should have applicability to a range of operational contexts and also have the potential to tackle new threats as they emerge.

IRC 2013 will be seeking research proposals that address the screening of the following (not in order of preference):

Challenge 1 – Bags;
Challenge 2 – Cargo;
Challenge 3 – People;
Challenge 4 – Vehicles;
Challenge 5 – Buildings and areas.

The competition will open on Monday 7th October 2013.

A bidders’ conference will be held on Tuesday 15th October 2013 in central London.

More details on the challenge, and instructions for registering a place at the bidders conference, are listed on the Technology Strategy Board website 

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NSI New Approvals – August 2013 https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/09/nsi-new-approvals-august-2013/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/09/nsi-new-approvals-august-2013/#respond Tue, 10 Sep 2013 14:48:30 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=8415 Congratulations to August's new approvals

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NACOSS GOLD

H & J Martin Ltd
26 Ormonde Gardens, BELFAST, BT6 9FL
T: 028 902 32622 E: fs@hjmartin.co.uk W: www.hjmartin.co.uk

R.E.S. Ltd
13 Joanmount Park, BELFAST, BT14 6PE
T: 028 907 29001 E: contact@resfireltd.co.uk  W: www.resfireltd.co.uk

V.E.S, Prop:  Visual Electronic Services Ltd
Suite 5, Rycote Lane, Milton Common, OXON, OX9 2NZ
T: 0870 0332777 E: t.price@ves.uk.com  W: www.ves.uk.com

SYSTEMS SILVER

Ketos, Prop: G Yam
1a Sussex Ring, Finchley, LONDON, N12 7HY
T: 020 895 96029 E: mail@ketos.co.uk W: www.ketos.co.uk

ARC GOLD

VSG, Prop: Vision Security Group Ltd
British Telecom (BT), St Giles ATE, Spring Gardens, NORTHAMPTON, NN1 1LZ
T: 01604 744000 E: info@vsg.co.uk

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Home Office Publishes Future Regulatory Regime Results https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/09/home-office-publishes-future-regulatory-regime-results/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/09/home-office-publishes-future-regulatory-regime-results/#respond Fri, 06 Sep 2013 11:50:14 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=8381 Consultation results published

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The future regulatory regime for the private security industry has moved a step forward with the publication on 5th September of the results of the Home Office consultation.

The majority of respondents are in favour of the introduction of Business Licensing and the transfer of the Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) to an industry led Hallmark Scheme.  The individual licensing of In House Security personnel was also given majority support.  Unfortunately, the missing piece is still the date on which primary legislation would be put before Parliament to enable the enforcement of business licensing.

We will keep you updated as more news emerges.

Read the results in full…

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Chris Hanks Announced as New NSI Chairman https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/08/chris-hanks-announced-as-new-nsi-chairman/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/08/chris-hanks-announced-as-new-nsi-chairman/#respond Mon, 19 Aug 2013 10:52:42 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=8297 Chris Hanks will succeed current Chair, Sir Francis Richards

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The name of the new NSI chairman has now been announced.  Chris Hanks will succeed the current Chair, Sir Francis Richards, with effect from November 2013.

Following a detailed series of selection interviews, Mr Chris Hanks has been selected to Chair the NSI Board.  Chris has had a distinguished career in the insurance industry and his most recent appointment has been with Allianz Insurance plc.

Hanks began his career as an underwriter in casualty and property insurance and soon progressed to be UK Manager for NEM Insurance.  He rose to be Head of Business Units for AGF Insurance Group before promotions took him to be General Manager of Allianz Insurance’s commercial operations in the UK with responsibility for the profitability, growth, sales and operation of all commercial and engineering business and as a member of Allianz UK Management Board.

Hanks also held the appointments of Chairman, Allianz Business Services Ltd, Director, Allianz Engineering Ltd, Board Committee Member for Reinsurance, IT Major Projects, Talent and Risk, Director, Chartered Insurance Institute, Trustee, Chartered Insurance Institute Pension Fund and Chairman, Polaris (UK) Ltd.

Prominent within the insurance market Hanks has been an FSA Approved Person for 15 years and has held executive and representative roles in a number of market bodies (ABI, BIBA, FPA, Polaris, CII).  He has a personal passion and commitment to the development of professionalism and talent in industry.

On his appointment at NSI, Hanks said “I am delighted to be joining NSI at a time when there is so much change and opportunity in the fire and security sectors.  New technology, new regulatory regimes, ever changing business models and of course new standards at national, European and International level will set challenges in every area.”

Hanks continued “I hope that my commercial background and experience within the insurance industry will add significant value to NSI’s future operations and I wish to stress the inherent value of sector specific third party certification to specifiers, procurers, insurers and end users alike. I am particularly passionate about developing professionalism and talent in industry and I hope to draw upon my commitment to this during my tenure as Chairman of NSI”.

Jeff Little, CEO of NSI said “These are exciting times for the fire and security sectors and NSI is adapting to the new business reality of the 21st Century.  We look forward to welcoming Chris as we move towards a more risk based, customer friendly NSI whilst continuing to strive for improved standards across both sectors.”

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Jeff’s Journal – August 2013 https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/08/jeffs-journal-august-2013/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/08/jeffs-journal-august-2013/#respond Thu, 15 Aug 2013 15:07:50 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=8288 Business Licensing

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Three years ago when I first joined NSI, the burning topic of the day was regulation of the guarding sector.  The new coalition government had come into office with the stated aim of axing the number of so called ‘quangos’ which had multiplied enormously under the previous administration.

The Security Industry Authority was well and truly in their sights for this so called bonfire of the quangos.  After just 8 years in existence, its loss would have been tragic for a sector trying to both improve its image and drive up the quality and standards within its ranks.  The response from the industry was clear and unequivocal.  The Security Alliance successfully lobbied the Home Office and the SIA was saved from the funeral pyre.  In addition, a new regulatory regime was promised for the future with more responsibility for individual licensing delegated to the industry, a lighter touch approach, lower costs, a look at a new Hallmark standard and a compulsory licensing scheme for businesses as opposed to just individual officers.

And where are we now?  It appears to me that despite all of the discussion and effort and the consultation that the government has lost interest in this plan.  There is no sign whatsoever of the legislation needed to be passed by parliament to enact these changes.  NSI made a huge effort over Christmas last year to complete in detail the consultation document sent out to seek the views of the industry.  The principles of the new regime have been around for a long time – but no meat has been put upon these bones since they were published.

Security must be one of the very few sectors that have actively welcomed more regulation in order to continue its march towards more professionalism and higher standards.  What a shame that the administration now seems unwilling to listen and support this ambition.  What a shame the administration fails to recognise the contribution which the industry makes towards the safety and security of everyday life and business in our towns and cities.  What a lost opportunity.

2010 is now a memory and the industry deserves better.  The industry is frustrated and needs to have sight of the future if it is to plan its course forward.

Some years ago, the US military coined the phrase ‘the Revolution in Military Affairs’ or RMA.  This was at a time when new technology created new techniques such as network enabled capability (NEC), precision guided weapons and vastly improved sensor capabilities.  I now say that there is a revolution in security affairs (RSA) going on around us – but it is not recognised as such, nor is it directed or coordinated in a way which will bring real value to end users and further swing the balance away from the criminal and towards the further reduction in crime rates.  HD, IP, UAVs, PSIMs, ultra narrow band and smart phone apps to name just a very few technologies which open up a whole new range of capabilities and will fundamentally change the industry over the next 5 years.  But few can see the whole picture and the synergy of the effects of these new capabilities will be lost in time and space unless we pull together more and more of the distributed groups and organisations who represent the key players in this revolution.  Many new routes are open before us.  The industry may grow at a rate of 9% per year.  But there are many opportunities for both guarding services and systems organisations which now need vision and strategy in order to move them forward.  Will we miss this opportunity as well?

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Skills for Security Appoints Terri Jones as New Director General https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/08/skills-for-security-appoints-terri-jones-as-new-director-general/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/08/skills-for-security-appoints-terri-jones-as-new-director-general/#respond Wed, 14 Aug 2013 15:37:39 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=8278 Skills for Security, the sector skills body

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Skills for Security, the sector skills body for the UK’s private security industry, has announced the appointment of Terri Jones as its new Director General.

Terri will provide strategic direction for the company, focusing on new business generation while assuming responsibility for the successful financial and commercial performance of the company. She joined the organisation on Monday 12th August and will be spending some time with Interim Chief Executive, Mike Britnell, before his departure from the business.

Having previously held senior positions within relevant organisations including sector skills council, ProSkills, and the Learning and Skills Improvement Service, Terri’s expertise and track record will be particularly beneficial to Skills for Security as it enters a period of stability and growth.

Current Interim Chief Executive, Mike Britnell, commented: “Terri has an extensive background in Skills and Education services and the Board of Directors believes that she is ideally placed to lead Skills for Security in the next stage of its development”.

Mike added: “I wanted to take this brief opportunity to say how impressed I have been with the character, energy, knowledge and professionalism of the team at Skills for Security, and how much I have enjoyed working with them in the challenging circumstances of the past year.  I will leave with many happy memories of working with such a close-knit team, and wish Terri good fortune in her new role.  She has a wonderful team of people to work with and I am sure they will make her very welcome.”

Terri commented: “I am pleased to join the team at Skills for Security at what is an exciting period in the organisation’s development, and am looking forward to cementing the company’s position as the leading training body for the whole security sector.”

 For more information about Skills for Security, visit www.skillsforsecurity.org.uk

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NSI Announces Retirement of Chairman, Sir Francis Richards, KCMG CVO https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/08/nsi-announces-retirement-of-chairman-sir-francis-richards-kcmg-cvo/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/08/nsi-announces-retirement-of-chairman-sir-francis-richards-kcmg-cvo/#respond Mon, 12 Aug 2013 12:58:33 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=8243 Retiring in November this year

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NSI has announced Sir Francis Richards, KCMG CVO, NSI Chairman, will be retiring in November this year, following six year’s service as Chair of the NSI Board.

Sir Francis joined NSI in May 2007 after a distinguished senior level public service career which included appointments at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, as Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Gibraltar and as Director of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) at Cheltenham.

Jeff Little, OBE, NSI Chief Executive commented “It has been a real honour to work for Sir Francis and he has steered the NSI ship with a very firm hand on the tiller.  We have moved forward significantly under his direction over the past six years and as a result, we now have a clear route ahead and a solid platform upon which to grow thanks to his guidance and wisdom”.

On his forthcoming retirement, Sir Francis stated “It has been an immense privilege to be with NSI at a time of huge change in the security and fire sectors. The accelerating pace of technological change has driven a real revolution in security affairs over the past 6 years, and is transforming the whole shape of the industry.  Third party certification is more essential than ever and Standards are becoming ever more numerous, complex and diverse. NSI has had to become nimbler and more agile, without compromising its traditional professional excellence.”

Sir Francis continues “I have seen NSI become a more modern and customer focussed organisation, and I am confident that it will continue to add value and reduce risk for those who make it their partner along the approval route.   The industry is in impressive shape, and the results speak for themselves – crime figures are down in most areas and the incidence of fire is down across the country.  But new challenges – not least in the cyber area – will keep it on its toes. I wish my successor, and Jeff and his outstanding team, every success in maintaining NSI’s position as the certification body of choice for the foreseeable future.”

Sir Francis will chair the October Board Meeting of NSI and formally hand over the reins in early November 2013.  An announcement regarding Sir Francis’ successor will be made shortly.

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New Surveillance Camera Code Comes into Force https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/08/new-surveillance-camera-code-comes-into-force/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/08/new-surveillance-camera-code-comes-into-force/#respond Mon, 12 Aug 2013 11:19:19 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=8229 Code has now come into effect within England and Wales

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The Surveillance Camera Code, introduced under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, has now come into effect within England and Wales.

The code which applies to CCTV and automatic number plate recognition systems used by local authorities and police forces, was initiated following concerns over the potential for abuse or misuse of surveillance by the state in public places.

The code itself lays out a number of guiding principles including the ‘use of surveillance camera systems being for a specified purpose which is in pursuit of a legitimate aim’.  Other principles address individuals’ privacy, the need for transparency, and, clear responsibility and accountability. Overall, the Code seeks to re-assure the public that cameras used in public places are used proportionally and effectively.

The role of the Surveillance Camera Commissioner, Andrew Rennison, will be to encourage compliance to the code, review the operation of the code and, provide advice about the code.

Further information is available via the Home Office website or view the Code of Practice.

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NSI Approved Company First to Achieve Four BAFE Registrations https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/08/nsi-approved-company-first-to-achieve-four-bafe-registrations/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/08/nsi-approved-company-first-to-achieve-four-bafe-registrations/#respond Thu, 08 Aug 2013 11:12:46 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=8164 The Fire Safety Company attains 4 BAFE registrations

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The Fire Safety Company, based in Richmond, North Yorkshire, has attained four BAFE scheme registrations, using NSI as their UKAS accredited certification body.  They are currently the only organisation to have achieved this number of BAFE scheme registrations. At a presentation at their office on 2 August, William Hague, Foreign Secretary and their local M.P., presented the organisation with their NSI framed certificates and medals to commemorate this significant achievement.

Photo left to right Darren Sowerby (Operations Mgr), Sanjay Saggar (Managing Director), William Hague (Foreign Secretary), Ritu Saggar (Financial Director) and Phillipa Preston-Pacey (Business Development Manager).

 

The most recent registration achieved by The Fire Safety Company is for BAFE’s Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment Scheme (SP205), adding to Fire Detection and Alarms (SP203-1), Emergency Lighting Systems (SP203-4) and Contract Maintenance of Portable Fire Extinguishers (SP101).

Sanjay Saggar, Managing Director of The Fire Safety Company comments: “Naturally I am delighted that we are the first UK Fire Protection business to achieve this distinction. This accolade truly upholds the hard work our team has put into our company and unmistakably demonstrates our expertise and continual commitment to give our clients the very best in terms of service and quality. The NSI’s auditing team were firm but fair and very thorough during the auditing process – It wasn’t easy and we wouldn’t have wanted it any other way because we want our accreditations to really stand for something!”

Saggar continues “These awards make business sense too. It has allowed us to differentiate ourselves from every other fire protection company in the UK. We can approach clients with real credibility as a “go-to” company for fire safety expertise. But in truth, at The Fire Safety Company, we realise that this was the easy part. The challenge for us is to maintain these high standards – day in day out in the years to come. We look forward to working with the NSI as our fire safety compliance champions.”

Jeff Little, NSI’s Chief Executive, comments:

“This is a tremendous achievement for Sanjay Saggar and his team at the Fire Safety Company and I congratulate them all.  Attaining four BAFE Scheme registrations is no mean feat and clearly demonstrates to their customers and industry peers their unquestionable commitment to their profession.   We are delighted that the Fire Safety Company chose NSI as their sole Certification body and in parallel to their BAFE Schemes registration, have attained the much coveted NSI Fire Gold and Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment Gold approvals, for which they should be heartedly applauded”.

Stephen Adams, Chief Executive of BAFE stated:

“I am delighted to congratulate The Fire Safety Company on being the first to achieve registrations to 4 different BAFE schemes. Current fire safety legislation requires that the person responsible for a property takes all reasonable steps to ensure the safety of staff and customers. By using fire protection companies that have gained certification from an accredited body, they can show that they have done this. Sanjay Saggar and his team have shown their quality commitment across important areas of fire protection including the vital, initial fire risk assessment service.’

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NSI New Approvals – July 2013 https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/08/nsi-new-approvals-july-2013/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/08/nsi-new-approvals-july-2013/#respond Tue, 06 Aug 2013 12:39:07 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=8146 Congratulations to July's new approvals

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NACOSS GOLD

Line Management Group Ltd,
6 Dolphin Point, Dolphin Way, WEST THURROCK, RM19 1NR
T: 01708 862500 E: enquiries@linemanagement.co.uk. W: www.linemanagement.co.uk

Solid State Security Ltd,
Hartfield House, 54A Chorley Road, Hilldale, Parbold, WIGAN, WN8 7AS
T: 01257 464444 E: info@solidstatesecurity.co.uk  W: www.solidstatesecurity.co.uk

SYSTEMS SILVER

Insight Fire & Security Prop: FE Services Ltd
Unit 2, Hawley Garden Centre, Hawley Road, DARTFORD DA2 7RB
T: 01322 291223 E: info@insightfireandsecurity.net W: www: insightfireandsecurity.co.uk

Milton Keynes Cabling Ltd,
12 Treefields, BUCKINGHAM, MK18 1GP
T: 01908 769823 E: info@mkcabling.co.uk. W: www.mkcabling.co.uk

Secure Alarm Services (Kent) Ltd
167 Tankerton Road, Tankerton, WHITSTABLE, CT5 2AR
T: 01227 272000 E: secure-alarm-services@hotmail.com

SAS Fire & Security (UK) Ltd
178 Enterprise Court, Eastways Industrial Estate, WITHAM, CM8 3YS
T: 0800 6785028 E: info@sasfireandsecurityuk.co.uk W: www.sasfireandsecurityuk.co.uk

Visual Management Solutions Ltd
Unit 5, Palmerston Centre, Oxford Road, HARROW, HA3 7RG
T: 020 88613229 E: info@vmsltd.co.uk  W: www.vmsltd.co.uk

LIFE SAFETY FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT – GOLD

The Fire Safety Company Ltd
Stagecoach House, Gatherley Road, Brompton-on-Swale, RICHMOND, DL10 7JF T: 01748 811992 E: quality@firesafetycompany.com  W: www.firesafetycompany.com

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New Regulation of Private Investigators to be Introduced https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/08/new-regulation-of-private-investigators-to-be-introduced/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/08/new-regulation-of-private-investigators-to-be-introduced/#respond Mon, 05 Aug 2013 12:02:25 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=8126 SIA to grant all private investigator licenses

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The Home Office is to introduce a new system of regulation for private investigators. Operating as an unlicensed private detective is soon to become illegal in England and Wales, announced the Home Secretary on Wednesday 31st July.

The SIA (Security Industry Authority) will grant all private investigator licenses. Only when an applicant has successfully completed all the relevant training and qualifications, confirmed their identity and undergone a thorough criminality check will they be given their license.

The current system is unregulated, allowing anyone to work as a private investigator, regardless of their skills, experience or criminal convictions. The new law seeks to protect the public.

The maximum penalty for working as an unlicensed private investigator or supplying unlicensed investigators will be a fine of £5,000 and up to 6 months in prison.

The regime is to be rolled out as quickly as possible with the new law expected to take effect autumn 2014.

Read the Home Office press release

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British Retail Consortium Crime & Loss Prevention Conference https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/07/british-retail-consortium-crime-loss-prevention-conference/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/07/british-retail-consortium-crime-loss-prevention-conference/#respond Tue, 30 Jul 2013 14:56:46 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=8084 1st October at America Square Conference Centre, London

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The British Retail Consortium (BRC) Crime & Loss Prevention Conference will be taking place on 1st October at America Square Conference Centre in London.

Delegates will hear from a plethora of industry experts which this year include speakers from Sainsbury’s,  Marks & Spencer and Next together with policing input from both the Metropolitan and City of London Police.

Included in the topics for discussion, the ‘ tackling retail crime together’ conference will address:

  • The current state of retail crime
  • Developing a business crime strategy
  • Best practice on tackling business crime and the impact of PCCs to date
  • Online and organised crime.

For more information on the Conference or to book a place please visit www.retailcrimeconference.com or @brc_events via Twitter.

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Latest Figures Show Decrease In Crime https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/07/latest-figures-show-decrease-in-crime/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/07/latest-figures-show-decrease-in-crime/#respond Wed, 24 Jul 2013 11:13:04 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=7927 Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics

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The recent statistical bulletin from The Office for National Statistics presents the most recent crime statistics from two sources – The Crime Survey for England and Wales as well as from police recorded crime. Both sources show a positive decrease in crime for the year ending March 2013.

The Crime Survey for England and Wales estimates that there were 8.6 million crimes in England and Wales in the last year, a decrease of 9%. This latest estimate is said to be the lowest since the survey began in 1981 and less than half its peak level in 1995.

The Office for National Statistics reports that the police have recorded a 7% decrease in crime, compared with 2012. The police recorded crime figures continue to show year on-year reductions – the latest figures 38% lower than 2002/2003, according to reports.

Police recorded crime figures indicate a 4% decrease in ‘violence against the person’, a 15% decrease in ‘criminal damage and arson’, 7% decrease in ‘vehicle offences’ and a 13% decrease in ‘robbery’. ‘Theft from the person’ is however up 9% and ‘sexual offences’ also up by 1%.

For more information, view the full report on the Office of National Statistics website

 

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Jeff’s Journal – July https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/07/jeffs-journal-july/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/07/jeffs-journal-july/#respond Mon, 22 Jul 2013 12:13:06 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=7910 Protecting the critical national infrastructure

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I attended a ‘Masterclass’ on protecting the critical national infrastructure last week in London.  It was an international gathering with security experts from as far afield as Mongolia, Estonia and the USA attending.

The issue that struck me most was the interaction between security and various disciplines which make up the civil protection / emergency planning / major incident management and disaster recovery domains.

Any ‘in-house’ contemporary corporate security director will, in all likelihood, have all of these additional activities on his or her job description as well as the principle tasks of risk management and protecting the organisation’s blood and treasure.

I do sense that contracting out of blue light services and emergency response will increase over the next 5 years as local and national government coffers become more stretched. But I wonder if the security industry is missing a trick in not developing its own crisis response capability and offering such skills to both its corporate direct clients and the broader emergency service cohort as well.

Security and crisis response demand similar disciplines.  Both require personnel to wear a uniform and often IPE (Individual Protective Equipment).  Both demand staff who have a systematic and disciplined approach to a problem and who take the lead when others run in the opposite direction.  Both require a high degree of training, often with specialist equipment and communications.  Both require a degree of physical and moral strength and courage often in dangerous or hazardous situations. The similarities required are too close to ignore.

Let us take fire as an example.  Increasing numbers of fire and rescue services will not now attend an AFA (Automatic Fire Alarm) activation (notwithstanding CFOA policy) unless the outbreak is confirmed, either by a 999 call or other means.  Closer cooperation, joint training and perhaps a small investment in front-line fire fighting equipment could help resolve this dysfunction.

We already have seen a much closer working cooperative between private security door supervisors and local police units.  Such bonds are clear between the guarding services sector and police forces in most areas.  Could we not extend such cooperation to the other blue light services whilst increasing the skills of our guarding cohort, broadening the whole concept of emergency response to involve the private security sector whilst supporting and reinforcing the speed of reaction to incidents and occurrences across the board.

This would result in an increase in resilience at all levels, increased depth of emergency response, more respect for guarding officers, higher skills levels and decreased insurance premiums if that industry is involved in such an expansion of capability – after all, flood and fire are the biggest causes of insurance claims today with crime claims coming in a distinct third.

Maybe I am missing the point and security purists will say that we must not dilute the basic and fundamental core skills of the industry and that we have already breached these precepts by moving along the FM path.

I would argue that we should be threat based and look at the broader range of threats which now afflict our society.  Mirroring the agencies and services who respond to society’s dramas and crises and even major incidents and disasters opens up a new front for an industry about to be challenged by the revolution in technology enabling remote surveillance and response to be the norm.

I do not use the word ‘revolution’ lightly.  Some years ago, the US military coined the term RMA – the Revolution in Military Affairs.  This was in response to a change to the threat – i.e. asymmetric warfare, a change in technology – via better sensors, autonomous vehicles and network enabled capability and a reduction in force levels and budgets.

I would argue that such a revolution is now well underway in security affairs – but we are watching it happen to us – often driven by software and middleware developments – rather than engaging, managing and exploiting the new capabilities now being offered.

The RSA is well underway!

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BSIA Announces Award Winners https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/07/bsia-announces-award-winners/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/07/bsia-announces-award-winners/#respond Thu, 18 Jul 2013 08:29:53 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=7860 2013 Award winners announced at BSIA Annual Lunch

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On Tuesday 16th July, The BSIA (British Security Industry Association) hosted their Annual Lunch at the London Hilton on Park Lane where a number of prestigious awards were presented to those in the industry.

NSI would like to congratulate this year’s BSIA Award winners:

Apprentice Installer Awards – Ryan Jenkins of Chubb Fire and Security Ltd and Jack Finley of CTM Fire and Security

Cash in Transit Awards – Stephen Fearn, Michael Grundy, Paul Redhead, Derek Mullin and Hamilton Queen of G4S Cash Solutions (UK) Ltd.

Cash in Transit Special Commendation – Robert Gilmour of Loomis UK Ltd

Contribution to the Industry –  Julie Kenny CBE DL of Pyronix Limited

Contribution to the Community – Owen Stanley of Securitas Security Solutions Limited

Contribution to Training – Mike Britnell, Acting Chief Executive of Skills for Security

Contribution to Standards – Stewart Taylor of Cooper Security

For more information about the different categories and the winners, visit the BSIA website.

 

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SIA Releases Results of Annual ACS Review https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/07/sia-releases-results-of-annual-acs-review/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/07/sia-releases-results-of-annual-acs-review/#respond Wed, 17 Jul 2013 08:26:11 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=7815 Findings of this year's Approved Contractor Scheme review.

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The Security Industry Authority have recently published the findings of this year’s ACS (Approved Contractor Scheme) review.

The review survey predominantly considered how the voluntary ACS scheme should develop alongside the new business licensing regime. Proposals include plans for the voluntary ACS to be run outside the SIA, once compulsory business regulation is established.

Read the review results

Learn more about the proposed regime

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New Chairmen Elected for NSI Southern Regional Meetings https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/07/new-chairmen-elected-for-nsi-southern-regional-meetings/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/07/new-chairmen-elected-for-nsi-southern-regional-meetings/#respond Thu, 11 Jul 2013 09:37:02 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=7767 New Chairman and Assistant Chairman

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NSI Regional Meetings provide an important link between the NSI executive and its NACOSS Gold approved companies within their respective regions. NSI is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Chairman and Assistant Chairman for the Southern Region.

At present there are ten regions across the UK, all offering a forum for debate, shared experiences, industry updates and discussions on best practice. The meetings take place on average, every sixth months at various locations within each region.

Each region has a Chairman and Assistant Chairman nominated from NSI NACOSS Gold companies within the regions. The 10 Assistant Chairmen also sit on NSI’s Regional Technical Liaison Committee; ensuring technical issues raised at these meetings are reported on at NSI Regional Meetings. The ‘Southern Region’ has recently elected Andrew Hogger and Brian Cottrell as Chairman and Assistant Chairman respectively.

Andrew, Director of Universal Security Group, Slough, has been employed in the security industry since a teenager, when he began working for the family business.  Universal Security Group provides intruder, CCTV and Access Control security systems for commercial and domestic properties. Andrew now runs the ‘Alarm’ department within Universal Security Group.

Brian was recently appointed Quality Manager for Orion Security Solutions, Oxford, a company providing fire, intruder, CCTV and access control systems.  Brian previously spent 20 years with a major high street retailer dealing with all aspects of physical, electrical and manned security.

The next NSI Regional Meeting for the South is due to takes place at the NSI offices in Maidenhead on Thursday 19th September 2013.  This particular regional meeting is open to all NSI NACOSS Gold and Systems Silver approved companies within the region. Amongst other topics, a key focus for the meeting will be an overview of the requirements for intruder alarm installers wishing to diversify their certification to include fire.

For more information about the NSI Regional Meetings, please email External Affairs Director, Chris Pinder: chris.pinder@nsi.org.uk

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NSI calls for support for 2013’s 100 in 100 Campaign https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/07/nsi-calls-for-support-for-2013s-100-in-100-campaign/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/07/nsi-calls-for-support-for-2013s-100-in-100-campaign/#respond Wed, 10 Jul 2013 09:02:29 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=7750 100 in 100 2013 has already received tremendous support.

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This year’s ‘100 in 100’ was launched at IFSEC on 15th May 2013 and has already received tremendous support. The initiative aims to place 100 apprentices in the security sector in 100 days – the time between IFSEC and the Security Excellence Awards in October. ’100 in 100’ is supported by a number of key industry stakeholders, including NSI.

Since it began, the target of 100 apprenticeship placements has been exceeded and last year over 550 apprenticeships were secured – a fantastic result.  So far this year 88 companies have registered their interest in recruiting 121 apprentices. This is over 50% more than at the corresponding time last year – a great response from the sector.

NSI is once again encouraging all security and fire companies to take some time to consider the rewards of taking on an apprentice and should bear in mind the following incentives:-

  • Government funding for training costs.
  • Additional support for SME employers in the form of grants – more information.
  • More college access than ever before as well as e-learning options if you don’t have a college nearby.
  • Even easier administration procedures with Skills for Security committed to taking care of all paperwork, right from sign up through to appointing the college or training provider.
  • Skills for Security are also providing qualified assessors to guide and monitor progress and will draw on government funding on behalf of companies.
  • The initiative covers all types of apprenticeship including Installation Engineers, Manufacturing Engineers, Locksmiths, Business Administration, Human Resources, Marketing, PR, Customer Services.

The National Apprenticeship Service research conducted in 2010 highlights the real value which can be derived from apprenticeships:

  • “83% of employers rely on their Apprenticeships programme to provide the skilled workers that they need for the future”,
  • “88% believe that Apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce”,
  • “77% of employers believe Apprenticeships make them more competitive”

Jeff Little, NSI CEO stated “The momentum which the ‘100 in 100’ campaign has generated yet again is extraordinary and proves the genuine interest and value which the industry places on apprenticeships. I would encourage all security and fire organisations to consider the significant benefits which apprentices can bring. This is a real investment in the future”.

For more information about the 100 in 100 campaign and/or employing an apprentice, please call Skills for Security on 01905 744 000 or email info@skillsforsecurity.org.uk.

Click here to view the 2013 100 in 100 flyer

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NSI’s ‘Wall of Shame’ Receives Warm Industry Welcome https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/07/nsis-wall-of-shame-receives-warm-industry-welcome/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/07/nsis-wall-of-shame-receives-warm-industry-welcome/#respond Fri, 05 Jul 2013 12:38:33 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=7743 Companies falsely claiming to be NSI approved

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In June of this year, NSI launched the ‘Wall of Shame’; a dedicated page on the NSI website to publicise the names of organisations who falsely claim to be NSI approved. The initiative has been warmly welcomed by the industry, prompting much positive feedback and discussion.

NSI has a high success rate in addressing misuse of logo complaints.  Through direct contact with those making misrepresentations and with the assistance of Trading Standards and the Advertising Standards Authority, most misuse of logo issues are addressed and rectified quickly and co-operatively. The ‘Wall of Shame’ seeks to address those more persistent offenders.

It is a testament to the profile of the NSI brand that a number of organisations providing services in the security and fire sectors falsely claim to be NSI approved, highlighting the commercial advantages that can be gleaned from displaying the NSI badge. However, this is clearly not acceptable, as it is misleading for end users and is unfair on those genuine organisations that invest the time and resource in maintaining their NSI approval by submitting themselves to regular and robust NSI audits.

NSI takes this matter very seriously and by continuing to strictly monitor and ‘name and shame’ these falsely-claiming companies, NSI hopes to protect the end users as well as NSI approved companies.

The NSI ‘Wall of Shame’ initiative has been welcomed by the industry in general.  To date, this initiative has prompted more responses across NSI social media pages and groups than any other topic. It has also been positively referenced in a number of public forums.

Chris Pinder, External Affairs Director for NSI explained, “We wanted to demonstrate to our approved companies, and the end-users, that we take abuse of the NSI logo extremely seriously. Those who hold NSI approval have worked hard to achieve it and are justly proud of the badge.  We wanted to demonstrate to them that we will do all in our power to prevent any dilution in the value of the NSI badge.”

Chris continued, “It will be a measure of our success if the numbers of companies listed on the Wall of Shame are kept to a minimum.”

NSI encourages approved companies, the industry and the public to report any instances of companies falsely proclaiming NSI approval or misrepresentation. The Wall of Shame email address provides the facility for this to be reported wallofshame@nsi.org.uk.


Visit the NSI Wall of Shame web page.

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Jeff’s Journal – July 2013 https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/07/jeffs-journal-july-2013/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/07/jeffs-journal-july-2013/#respond Tue, 02 Jul 2013 15:51:50 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=7715 Technology can be used for good and for evil.

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Technology can be used for good and for evil.  It is sad to see how quickly an invention as powerful as the Internet has become corrupted by pornography and illegal scams which can easily fool the unwary into divulging personal data.  I find it ironic that we are all willing to make a Faustian sacrifice of certain personal information and freedoms in order to gain the benefits of the huge source of knowledge which is the World Wide Web.  But as soon as the intelligence agencies are mentioned, those who are trying to keep us all safe and secure, then the balance changes to threats to civil liberties and barriers immediately come up.

I think we need to reassess our values and our rights as the electronic world becomes a far more dangerous and risky place to do business.  At the moment, the evil doers are well ahead of the defenders and that advantage seems set to widen further unless we begin to trust those who have taken vows to protect our society and defend it from those who would do us harm.

In terms of technological hardware, I talked recently at IFSEC about the dangers of weapons being produced by 3-D printers and the challenges which these devices will set for law enforcement agencies in the future.  One further, somewhat distasteful new threat has recently come to light.  In August 2009, the Saudi deputy interior minister, Prince Muhammed bin Nayef, was injured by the detonation of a device carried inside the body cavity of a suicide bomber.   The device went undetected by the normal security checks.  The Prince received relatively minor injuries.

Then, on 6th December last year, Asadullah Khalid, the Head of the Afghan National Security Directorate, was much more seriously injured by a suicide bomber who detonated a device hidden within his abdominal cavity.  The details have only recently been released by the Afghan authorities.  The power of such bombs is limited by the volume available within the body and the blast shielding effect of the human body and its organs.  Nevertheless, within the confines of the pressurised cabin of an aircraft, the effect of such a detonation could be serious.

Detecting such devices with current technology such as X-rays, for instance at airports, is difficult and could potentially lead to a change in procedures by the security authorities and the use of more sophisticated body scanners.  What is clear is that information on such threats must be shared widely between agencies and governments if we are to counter such new threat technology.  Sharing of data and information in a timely manner and at all levels – between police forces, between agencies and between nation states – is critical if we are to beat international crime and terrorism.

Technology can also give solutions.  One of the latest crimefighting tools which appears to be on the up as a viable addition to the armoury is the unmanned aerial vehicle – UAV.  These machines should not be confused with larger beasts like Predator which can carry Hellfire missiles and deliver knockout punches to terrorist groups at the operational level.  The UAVs to which I refer are neat, small surveillance platforms which will provide imagery at the tactical level.  They are already being used in some parts of the UK by wildlife protection charities to identify those involved in badger baiting and also by the Deutsche Bahn, Germany’s railway operators, to identify graffiti crime in key rolling stock centres such as cities and sidings.  I really think that technology is now giving the authorities the potential for powerful tools which can help defeat the criminals and these should be exploited at every opportunity.  The civil liberties arguments will again no doubt be heard in opposition.

I am always interested to hear the views of those in our industry. For those not aware, we do have an ‘NSI Discussion Group’ on LinkedIn. Do join us: NSI LinkedIn Group

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NSI New Approvals – June 2013 https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/07/nsi-new-approvals-june-2013/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/07/nsi-new-approvals-june-2013/#respond Mon, 01 Jul 2013 12:15:43 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=7695 Congratulations to June's new approvals.

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T: 01932 743222 E: admin@myadt.co.uk W: www.adt.co.uk

Fidelity Integrated Systems Ltd
The Work House, 69 Queensway, PETTS WOOD, BR5 1DQ
T: 0844 8009960 E: mail@fidelityintegrated.com W: www.fidelityintegrated.com

FSE Fire Safety Systems Ltd
Unit 8, Wilford Industrial Estate, Ruddington Lane, Wilford, NOTTINGHAM, NG11 7EP
T: 0115 981 2624 E: sales@fsesafetysystems.co.uk W: www.fsefiresafetysystems.co.uk

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T: 0794 6413331 W: www.bdct.nhs.uk

REA Fire Safety, (Proprietor: Neil Rea)
26 Rowallance Drive, Ballymena, ANTRIM, Northern Ireland, BT43 6JF
T: 0282 5645374 E: reafire@hotmail.co.uk W: www.reafire.co.uk

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Twitter Q&A Session for Scaffolding Alarm Systems https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/06/twitter-qa-session-for-scaffolding-alarm-systems/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/06/twitter-qa-session-for-scaffolding-alarm-systems/#respond Fri, 28 Jun 2013 13:53:15 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=7684 NSI's first interactive Question and Answer session via Twitter

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Earlier this week NSI held its first interactive Question and Answer session via Twitter: The session gave an insight to our Scaffolding Alarm Systems scheme.

As the only Code of Practice for the Scaffold alarms sector, The NSI Code of Practice is leading the way, providing an industry benchmark to which companies can operate.

The Twitter Q&A gave us the opportunity to answer questions regarding the Scaffolding Alarm Systems scheme and interact with our customers, below is a transcription of all questions and answers given on the day.

If you would like any further information on the scheme please contact our applications team on Campaign 01628 764 838.

We would like to thank everyone who participated in the session.

Q1: What is the Scaffolding Alarm scheme (SAS)?

A1: Aimed at companies installing scaffolding alarm systems; we’ve produced NCP115 as an industry benchmark, mitigating risk for all parties

Q2: How will this benefit my business?

A2: Benefits will be far reaching including; level playing field, professionalisation and standardisation of industry, platform for growth.

Q3: What costs are involved?

A3: Depending on the level of your business costs will vary, please contact Sean directly – Sean.Mullin@NSI.org.uk, 01628 764 838, @SeanNSI

Q4: Who wrote the code?

A4: The code was produced by NSI with input from the industry, all feedback is welcome.

Q5: Is the code being specified?

A5:  Really positive feedback from insurers and specifiers, we’re constantly talking to stakeholders to ensure they’re aware of the benefits

Q6: Does my company have to be NSI approved already?

A6: No, you don’t need to be NSI approved already – but it can also be an extension of scope, call Sean to discuss your options.

Q7: Will I have to change the way I’m working?

A7: You’ll need to have proper procedures in place as well as demonstrating installing competence, refer to NCP115 for more info

Q8: What buildings does the scheme code cover?

A8: NCP115 covers all scaffolding alarm systems, no matter if the property is domestic or commercial, vacant or occupied.

Q9: What’s involved with the audit?

A9: NSI will look at your companies procedures as well as visiting several sites of installations, competence in all areas is important.

Q10: Will NSI support my business?

A10: As an NSI certified company will be published in our NSI directory, listed upon our website, receive technical support from NSI & more

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NSI Achieves 300 Registrations for BAFE https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/06/nsi-achieves-300-registrations-for-bafe/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/06/nsi-achieves-300-registrations-for-bafe/#respond Tue, 25 Jun 2013 10:03:36 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=7640 A significant milestone for the NSI and BAFE alliance

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NSI is delighted to announce that it has achieved the 300 mark for BAFE Scheme registrations, a significant milestone for the NSI and BAFE alliance.

NSI is licensed by BAFE to deliver a range of its fire-related third party certification schemes and sees fire sector approval as an important growth area for the organisation.  BAFE Schemes available through NSI: are Fire Detection and Alarms (SP203-1); Fixed Gaseous Fire Suppression Systems (SP203-3); Emergency Lighting (SP203-4); Contract Maintenance of Portable Fire Extinguishers (SP101) and the newest scheme introduced to market in October 2012, Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment (SP205).

NSI played an instrumental part in the development of BAFE’s SP205 Scheme and has seen an uptake in interest over recent months from those organisations wishing to prove their competence in this area, together with increased specifier awareness.

Organisations seeking BAFE registration are required to be independently audited through a UKAS approved certification body.  As a specialist Certification Body in the fire and security sectors, organisations are choosing the NSI route to take advantage of its value-added audits and to benefit from increased specifier recognition.

Stephen Adams, BAFE Chief Executive comments “Many thanks to everyone at NSI for their ongoing support of BAFE in every aspect of our work. The relationship between the two organisations goes back many years and the links have always been strong.  We do recognise that NSI has had a great impact on the ‘reach’ that BAFE now is establishing through to end users and specifiers. We look forward to the long and fruitful partnership continuing.”

NSI CEO, Jeff Little OBE, comments “I am delighted that 300 BAFE registrations have been achieved through NSI for the BAFE Schemes. Our link with BAFE is very special to us as growth in the fire sector continues apace and the range of BAFE schemes continues to expand”.

Jeff continues “This is a key milestone for both NSI and BAFE. We are very proud of the close working links at all levels which we enjoy with the BAFE team and I am sure that more records will soon be surpassed.”

 

More information about the BAFE schemes available through NSI.

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NSI holds Scaffolding Alarm Systems Q&A session https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/06/nsi-holds-scaffolding-alarm-systems-qa-session/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/06/nsi-holds-scaffolding-alarm-systems-qa-session/#respond Wed, 19 Jun 2013 14:17:53 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=7489 NSI's first interactive Q&A session

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NSI’s NACOSS Gold/Systems Silver extension of scope; Scaffolding Alarm Systems scheme is still gaining interest; particularly from insurers who are starting to specify NSI Code of Practice NCP115. NSI have therefore decided to hold its first interactive Question and Answer session via Twitter: The session will be held on 26th June at 1PM and is aimed at giving an insight to our Scaffolding Alarm Systems scheme.

The Scaffold alarms sector has previously been without any form of voluntary regulation or industry-specific standards prior to the introduction of the new NSI Code of Practice leaving the way open for poor standards of workmanship and malpractice. The NSI Code of Practice NCP 115 provides the scaffolding alarms sector with an industry benchmark to which it can operate.

Regardless of whether a building is domestic or commercial, vacant or occupied, NCP 115 provides the consumer with the reassurance the security of their property, and the assets within, are given due and appropriate consideration during periods of renovation, maintenance and repair.

Our Question and Answer session will give you a great opportunity to learn more about the valuable Scaffolding Alarm Systems scheme, with questions being answered by our External Affairs Director, Chris Pinder and Campaign Sales Executive, Sean Mullin.

If you are interested in participating please tweet your questions, before 26th June, to @NSI_Approved or send an email to Sean.Mullin@NSI.org.uk

We are also considering holding a coffee morning to discuss the scheme in further detail: In particular the technicalities of NCP115. Please contact Sean directly to register your interest and to receive further details.

We look forward to receiving your emails and tweets!

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British Standard BS 8473 released for public comment https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/06/british-standard-bs-8473-released-for-public-comment/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/06/british-standard-bs-8473-released-for-public-comment/#respond Wed, 19 Jun 2013 12:09:56 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=7485 BS 8473 gives guidance on the management of I&HAS

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British Standard BS 8473 has been released for public comment.

BS 8473 gives guidance on the management of intruder and hold-up alarm systems (I&HAS), and the management of alarm conditions when they occur in order to reduce the nuisance factor and waste of resources in responding to false alarms. This document applies to all remotely notified intruder and hold-up alarm systems and also applies to audible only intruder and hold-up alarm systems, except where otherwise stated.

The BSI operates a public on-line facility called Draft Review System (DRS) for people wanting to review the DPC and/or to submit comments on the DPC.  You have to register with a user name and password, but the facility is open to all.

The DRS can be accessed via the following link:

http://drafts.bsigroup.com/

In this particular case the deadline for submitting comments on BS 8473 is 31 August 2013.

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Annual Neighbourhood and Home Watch week https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/06/annual-neighbourhood-and-home-watch-week/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/06/annual-neighbourhood-and-home-watch-week/#respond Tue, 18 Jun 2013 13:11:52 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=7479 Neighbourhood Watch schemes make a valuable contribution to ensuring the communities we live in are safer and more friendly environments.  The time given voluntarily by the various groups around the country make a significant contribution in the fight against crime. This week  (15-23rd June) is the annual Neighbourhood and Home Watch week. This campaign is held annually to […]

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Neighbourhood Watch schemes make a valuable contribution to ensuring the communities we live in are safer and more friendly environments.  The time given voluntarily by the various groups around the country make a significant contribution in the fight against crime.

This week  (15-23rd June) is the annual Neighbourhood and Home Watch week. This campaign is held annually to co-incide with the summer solstice and helps raise awareness.  More information on Neighbourhood and Home Watch can be found via www.ourwatch.gov.uk.

Neighbourhood Watch schemes have been running since 1982 when they started in Cheshire.  It has now expanded in to a truly national network across England and Wales.  The interaction of the groups with their respective local police helps ensure local residents access relevant and specific advice and updates.

General advice for domestic homeowners can also be found in the ‘Information Centre’ area of the NSI website within ‘Information for homeowners’. This area includes a free downloadable guide.

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NSI launches ‘Wall of Shame’ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/06/nsi-launches-wall-of-shame/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/06/nsi-launches-wall-of-shame/#respond Tue, 04 Jun 2013 11:34:26 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=7394 Dealing with mis-use of logo and misrepresentation

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We are seeing an increased number of companies advertising themselves as being approved by NSI when in fact they are not. Some are using our branding on their websites, vans, paperwork and social media which may mislead potential customers into believing they are approved by NSI.

Incidents of mis-use of logo and misrepresentation reported to NSI will be diligently followed up by us. Prompt action to remove or rewrite offending information is always requested however, not all companies co-operate as speedily as we would like. We have therefore launched our ‘Wall of Shame’ page on our website to highlight persistent offenders. Not only will it publicise these companies, but it will enable members of the public and others to report these issues to us.

Find the NSI Wall of Shame in the Information Centre area of our website.

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NSI New Approvals – May 2013 https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/06/nsi-new-approvals-may-2013/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/06/nsi-new-approvals-may-2013/#respond Tue, 04 Jun 2013 11:23:01 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=7406 Congratulations to May's new approvals

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NACOSS GOLD

SCCI Alphatrack Ltd
Piper House, 14 West Place, West Road, HARLOW, CM20 2GY
T: 01279 630400 E: information@sccialphatrack.co.uk W: www.sccialphatrack.co.uk

FOIS Ltd
Unit 1C, 4 Westbank Drive, BELFAST, County Antrim, BT3 9LA
T: 028 907 72200 E: garyhewitt@fois.com W: www.fois.com

SYSTEMS SILVER

Fine Art Professional Systems Ltd
Hanger 8, Stapleford Aerodrome, STAPLEFORD, RM14 1SL
T: 01708 687672 E: info@fineartpro.co.uk W: www.fineartpro.co.uk

One Vision Security Ltd
Carlsberg, 2nd Floor, Jacobsen House, Bridge Street, NORTHAMPTON, NN1 1PZ
T: 0121 366 8788 E: onevisionsecurity@aol.com W: onevisionsecurity.co.uk

Sonic Security (UK) Ltd
19 High Street, Ketton, STAMFORD, PE9 3TA
T: 01780 720500 E:  bh@sonicsecurity.com  W: www.sonicsecurity.com

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Our CEO Jeff Little (OBE) announces his very own blog – Jeff`s Journal. https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/05/jeffs-journal/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/05/jeffs-journal/#respond Fri, 17 May 2013 14:45:59 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=7184 My Week – 13-18 May 2013. I have learned a great deal of useful information this week at the NEC at Birmingham.  FIREX 2013 was a major marketing event for NSI as the growth in the fire sector is fast and furious reflecting the risk based approach now being undertaken by many end user organisations.  […]

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My Week – 13-18 May 2013.

I have learned a great deal of useful information this week at the NEC at Birmingham.  FIREX 2013 was a major marketing event for NSI as the growth in the fire sector is fast and furious reflecting the risk based approach now being undertaken by many end user organisations.  We welcomed a large number of visitors to the NSI stand and made many new and positive future contacts.  I was proud to have been asked to be a judge for the IFSEC and FIREX Awards again this year and to present the “Intruder Alarm or Exterior Deterrent Product of the Year” to Ken Li, the CEO of the Chuango Security Technology Company for their GSM/SMS RFID Touch Alarm System.  Congratulations are in order to all of the winners and indeed all of the entrants for the sheer quality and depth of their submissions.  I do think that adding the fire domain into the awards sends a strong message and many NSI alarm companies are even now adding fire detection and alarm into their capability portfolio.  Diversification is key these days – keeping all of one’s proverbial eggs in the one basket in the current economic conditions is risky.  As I write, the US stock exchange has hit a high – let us hope that this signals the start of a genuine financial recovery this year.

On Tuesday, I spent a day with Tyco at their Global Accounts Advisory Council and met with a group of influential and highly knowledgeable end users.  The main lesson I took away was the future impact which physical security integration management (PSIM) software and Near Field Communications (NFC) technology will have on the sector.  Neither of these technologies should be under-estimated and I suspect that we will hear much more about both.  It is a sobering statistic that by the end of this year, there will be more mobile phone registrations than human beings living on the planet!

I talked to the conference about the concept of VUCA, an acronym which stands for Volatility, Uncertainty, Chaos and Ambiguity – a management paradigm for the ever changing and disruptive world in which we live today.  There is of course an antidote to VUCA – but you will have to contact me if you want to know how to survive and prosper under these circumstances – and it will cost you a little cash!

On Wednesday I delivered a State of the Nation talk at IFSEC along with speakers from IPSA, ADS and the BSIA.  I highlighted the risks involved of the 3-D printing of handguns.  This new technology has the potential to revolutionise the way that business is done – it could negate the need for factories and supply chains with home or community production becoming centres of trade in their own right – back to real cottage industries of old.  But that is some way off as yet.  The more evil and worrying downside is that 3-D printing of a weapon is already here and the so called ‘Liberator’ hand gun has now been successfully test fired in the USA.  Home production of such weapons is viable if one has the right equipment and the right pattern and I am sure that a bigger, more accurate and more reliable version of the gun will not be too far behind.  The genie is now out of the bag and authorities across the world will now have to deal with the consequences.

I would also highlight the ‘Engineers of Tomorrow’ and the excellent ‘100 in 100’ apprenticeship scheme which NSI are proud to be involved with again this year.  For more information call 08450 75011, email theapprentice@csldual.com or go to the CSL website.

Thursday saw me in Kettering for the annual conference of the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management (ICPEM) which I chair.  There was a galaxy of star speakers including Chief Fire Officer Roy Wilsher who had to deal with the Buncefield incident and police Commander Bob Broadhurst who told us about his personal ‘Black Swan’ experience during the G20 protests in London.  There were lots of lessons about forming a resilient organisation and anyone interested in Disaster Management or Emergency Planning would do well to consider joining the ICPEM – see the website at www.icpem.net

Overall, it is clear that the security industry is undoubtedly changing radically. There is no previous period of change which remotely resembles that which we are about to experience.  To paraphrase Al Gore’s words – it is a difference not just of degree but of kind.  We may have experienced periods of evolution before – but none as powerful or as pregnant with those two fraternal twins – peril and opportunity – as those which are now beginning to unfold before us.  Nor have we ever experienced so many changes unfolding simultaneously and convergent with one another both technologically and culturally.

So, Friday is all about catching up after a week away from Maidenhead – just a few e-mails to read then!  I am looking forward to meeting more NSI approved companies next week as they come and receive their framed medals and have photographs taken at NSI Headquarters.  These fabulous medals look terrific in any boardroom, MD’s office or company reception and highlight the commitment that the organisation has made to quality and high standards – if you have not ordered yours as yet, then what are you waiting for???

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BSIA appoints Baroness Henig as special advisor on regulatory change https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/05/bsia-appoints-baroness-henig-as-special-advisor-on-regulatory-change/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/05/bsia-appoints-baroness-henig-as-special-advisor-on-regulatory-change/#respond Thu, 09 May 2013 11:29:09 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=7150 BSIA announcement

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The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) have today announced the appointment of Baroness Ruth Henig as the Association’s special advisor on regulatory change.

The former SIA Chairman will support the association’s active public affairs programme to represent the interests of the BSIA and its members in Parliament, and also at industry events.

Reinforcing the importance of primary legislation to support the Government’s proposals for a new ‘lighter touch’ regulatory regime – which is set to include business licensing alongside individual registration – is a key priority for the Association, and this will be one area in which Baroness Henig’s influence will benefit BSIA members.

In addition to the work on regulation, Baroness Henig will be an active participant in the Association’s Parliamentary roundtable programme, which generates a lively debate on the topic of private security involvement in the delivery of outsourced police support services.

Baroness Henig comments: “I am very much looking forward to working with the BSIA to shape the development of the new regulatory regime for private security.  In particular, it will be important to ensure that the needs of all businesses in the private security sector are fully taken into account by those who are framing the new legislation and regulations in Parliament.”

Jeff Little, NSI CEO comments, ‘Baroness Henig is the ideal person to take the industry forward in the new Regulatory Regime and will undoubtedly add huge benefit across the sector. All at NSI welcome her appointment and look forward to working with her and James Kelly in the future.’

Photograph shows NSI Chairman Sir Francis Richards (right) with Baroness Ruth Henig (left), presenting her with an NSI framed medal to mark her departure from the SIA and contribution to the security industry.

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Congratulations to our new Security & Fire Companies https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/05/congratulations-to-our-new-security-fire-companies-2/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/05/congratulations-to-our-new-security-fire-companies-2/#respond Tue, 07 May 2013 09:56:01 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=7128 New approvals for April 2013

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NACOSS GOLD

Click 24 Ltd
The Old Weavers Arms, Bridge Street, Milnrow, ROCHDALE, OL16 3ND
T: 01706 751990 E: info@clickcctv.com

 

FIRE SILVER

Chalis Fire Engineering Ltd
Unit 11c Cobbs Quay, Hamworthy, POOLE, Dorset, BH15 4EL
T: 0845 0706905 E: admin@chalisfire.co.uk

LIFE SAFETY FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT GOLD

Contract Fire Security
CFS Business Park, Coleshill Road, Sutton, COLDFIELD, B75 7FS
T: 0121 250 2141 F: 0121 250 7575 E: enquiries@contractfire.co.uk

GUARDING GOLD

Progressive Facilities Management Ltd
625c High Road, Seven Kings, Ilford, KENT, IG3 8RA
T: 0208 599 2011 E: naqvia@pfmlimited.com

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Steve Draper, NSI Auditor Wins SIA Ambassador Award https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/05/steve-draper-nsi-auditor-wins-sia-ambassador-award/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/05/steve-draper-nsi-auditor-wins-sia-ambassador-award/#respond Fri, 03 May 2013 13:07:44 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=7111 Presented by Bill Butler, SIA Chief Executive

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At the Security Industry Authority’s ACS Assessor conference in Kenilworth on 18th April 2012, Steve Draper, NSI Auditor (Services) was awarded the SIA Ambassador Award.

Prior to the conference, SIA Assessing Bodies were asked to submit nominations for four awards, one of which was the Ambassador Award.  The SIA’s Approved Contractor Scheme team selected a winner for each award category.

The Ambassador Award is presented to “the assessor who has best represented the SIA Approved Contractor Scheme to approved contractors and/or other stakeholders”.

An extract of NSI’s submission for the Ambassador Award is below:

“Steve takes his role as an ACS Assessor very seriously; his diligence is second to none always ensuring complete and full understanding of every aspect of the ACS, any special instructions and all related standards.  His desire to represent the SIA, and NSI, in an authoritative, positive way drives this thirst for expanding the depth of his own and assessed companies knowledge and seeing ‘fair play’.   He is acutely aware that as an assessor he is seen as a representative of the SIA in the eyes of the approved companies and they look to him as the authoritative source of ACS knowledge.”

In 2006 NSI was one of the first organisations to be appointed by the SIA as a third party Assessing body for their Approved Contractor Scheme and is authorised to conduct assessments of guarding service organisations to the requirements of the scheme. There is no obligation to become approved by NSI through its Guarding or Cash Services schemes for us to conduct your ACS assessment, however NSI and SIA approval Schemes are complementary. The ACS is focused on business operation and best practice and NSI schemes additionally audit companies against the Industry British Standard relevant for their sectors.

More information about NSI and the ACS Scheme or contact the NSI Sales Team on: 01628 764 838

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1000th Registration for BAFE https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/05/1000th-registration-for-bafe/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/05/1000th-registration-for-bafe/#respond Wed, 01 May 2013 10:27:00 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=7097 NSI would like to congratulate BAFE

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NSI would like to congratulate BAFE on the significant achievement of their 1000th registration. NSI approved Thomson Fire Consultancy Ltd, based in Saffron Walden, has been announced as the 1000th organisation to become BAFE registered.

Thomson Fire Consultancy Ltd chose NSI as their UKAS accredited certification body to assess them against BAFE’s SP205 Scheme for Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment.

NSI was the one of the first Certification Bodies to become UKAS accredited to deliver BAFE’s SP205 scheme in October 2012.  It is evident from the number of enquiries received by NSI, that there is increasing awareness amongst specifiers and end users about the necessity of employing fully competent organisations to undertake such work. Fire risk assessment organisations are also keen to prove to their clients that they are independently audited by a specialist Certification Body.

In addition to the SP205 Scheme, NSI is also licensed by BAFE to deliver other fire-related third party certification schemes: Fire Detection and Alarm Systems, Emergency Lighting, Contract Maintenance of Portable Fire Extinguishers and Fixed Gaseous Suppression Systems.  Those organisations wishing to prove their competence by becoming certificated to the BAFE schemes, will gain dual BAFE and NSI approval following successful completion of the NSI application process.

Jeff Little, NSI Chief Executive comments “NSI is a strong advocate of organisations who aim to raise standards in the security and fire sectors and we congratulate BAFE on this significant milestone in their evolution.  The 1000th registration is testament to BAFE’s standing in the UK’s fire sector and I have no doubt there will be many more to come”.

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The Security Institute Announces Emma Shaw as New Chairman https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/05/the-security-institute-announces-emma-shaw-as-new-chairman/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/05/the-security-institute-announces-emma-shaw-as-new-chairman/#respond Wed, 01 May 2013 10:05:26 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=7090 Emma Shaw takes over from Mike Bluestone

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The Security Institute has announced Emma Shaw as its new chairman.

Emma is the founder and Managing Director of NSI approved, Esoteric, an electronic sweeping, counter espionage and intelligence gathering company, based in the UK.

Having previously been vice-chairman of the Security Institute, with responsibility for its strategic direction and finances, Emma takes over from Mike Bluestone, who has been in the position since 2009. Bluestone stated, “It has been a pleasure and a privilege to lead The Security Institute over the last four years and I will continue to promote the excellent work that it does wherever and whenever I can. Having worked closely with Emma during that time, I’ve no doubt that it is in the best possible hands and I wish her all the best.”

Commenting on her new role, Shaw stated, “I feel both delighted and privileged to have been elected to lead The Security Institute. Although we are a UK based organisation, our future direction, approach and thinking should also reflect our ability to support our members globally. It is my intention to achieve this objective via a cohesive strategy that utilises external communications to develop and influence the shape of our industry, as well as supporting our members in their professional career development. The Security Institute has many dedicated volunteer security professionals and I am looking forward to working with them to shape its future.”

NSI Chief Executive Jeff Little OBE commented “’We are delighted that Emma Shaw has recently been elected to Chair of The Security Institute following in the footsteps of Mike Bluestone. The Institute has made great steps forward in the past few years and Emma is exactly the right person to continue the forward momentum which Mike has now established.  Congratulations to Emma and our best wishes to the Institute for the future.”

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Finalists announced for IFSEC & FIREX 2013 Awards. https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/04/finalists-announced-for-ifsec-firex-2013-awards/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/04/finalists-announced-for-ifsec-firex-2013-awards/#respond Tue, 23 Apr 2013 09:39:32 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=7051 Congratulations to NSI companies nominated for awards

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NSI would like to congratulate the NSI approved companies nominated for the 2013 IFSEC and FIREX Awards.

This year’s IFSEC and FIREX Awards have been combined for the first time, to reflect the ever merging relationship between the two sectors.

NSI approved companies have been nominated for 3 of the categories at the IFSEC Awards. The NSI finalists and related nominated categories are:

Guarding Service Delivery to Customer

Recognising a security guarding company that has proposed and delivered an innovative solution for a customer above and beyond the norm. Congratulations and good luck to NSI approved finalists Glasgow Community and Safety and Kings Security Systems.

Lone Worker Protection Solution of the year

A new category for 2013, recognising protection solutions designed with lone workers in mind including communications and messaging devices or applications. Congratulations and good luck to Connexion2 and Oysta Technology.

Security Project or Installation of the year

Searching for the most innovative and exciting security project or installation completed since February 2012. Congratulations and good luck to MITIE, Openview Security Solutions and Quadrant Security Group.

The awards take place on the evening of the first day of IFSEC and FIREX on 13th May at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, where over 600 guests from leading companies, institutions, associations and trade bodies come together to celebrate the successes the security and fire sectors have achieved over the last year.

NSI would like to wish our companies the best of luck in their nominated categories.

See the full list of the nominees for the Awards

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FIREX International 2013 https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/04/firex-international-2013/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/04/firex-international-2013/#respond Mon, 15 Apr 2013 09:38:09 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=6722 NSI will be exhibiting at FIREX International at the NEC (13th-16th May 2013). NSI will be exhibiting at this year’s FIREX International show at the NEC in Hall 3, stand 3/P4 (on the edge of IFSEC). If you are interested in NSI approval and third party certification, or want to find out the benefits on […]

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NSI will be exhibiting at FIREX International at the NEC (13th-16th May 2013).

NSI will be exhibiting at this year’s FIREX International show at the NEC in Hall 3, stand 3/P4 (on the edge of IFSEC). If you are interested in NSI approval and third party certification, or want to find out the benefits on contracting an NSI approved company for your Fire and Security requirements, please drop by and see us. www.firex.co.uk

We will also have a number of show offers throughout FIREX . Please come and see us on the stand to find out more.

NSI once again has a presence at the Engineers of Tomorrow competition which is taking place at IFSEC, we are one of the five key stakeholders and supporters of the national challenge for apprentices and young engineers.

Engineers of Tomorrow: The UK Security Skills Challenge/Awards

The Engineers of Tomorrow challenge, a national competition designed specifically for young engineers (up to the age of 24) and apprentices, who want to showcase their skills in front of their peers and the security industry’s leading organisations.

NSI Auditors will be adjudicating throughout the four days of the Challenge, which is taking place at IFSEC (Hall 5) and NSI Chief Executive Jeff Little will be presenting the heat winners prizes on the Challenge stand on the afternoon of Wednesday 15 May. Overall winners and their employers will be invited to attend the prestigious Security Excellence Awards in London in October where the excellent prizes will be formally presented.

There is still time to put forward your young engineers and apprentices to take part in this competition. Contact Jenny Barber at Skills for Security to register your interest on 01905 744044.

For more information please visit www.ifsec.co.uk/tomorrow

Jeff Little OBE

Our Chief Executive, Jeff Little OBE, has been invited to speak at the IFSEC Academy on Wednesday 15 May alongside James Kelly, CEO of BSIA, Bob Rose, Director of Security at ADS and Mike White MSyL, Director of IPSA. The topic of the address is “State of the Security Nation 2013”. Be sure to come along and listen to what they have to say!

FIREX e-ticket

If you have received an exclusive NSI email for FIREX International 2013, please click on the following link;

http://www.firex.co.uk/nsi

We look forward to seeing you there.

The NSI Team

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Nominations invited for The 2013 WCoSP Sheriffs Award https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/04/nominations-invited-for-the-2013-wcosp-sheriffs-award/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/04/nominations-invited-for-the-2013-wcosp-sheriffs-award/#respond Mon, 08 Apr 2013 12:46:21 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=6708 Have you witnessed an act of bravery?

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Have you witnessed any act of bravery or danger encountered by an individual assisting others?

Nominations are invited for this year’s WCoSP (The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals) Sheriffs’ Award. The award is designed to recognise and honour a person that has shown “courage and initiative in protecting People, Property or Liberty”.

Individuals from the business community, general public, Emergency Services and the Armed Forces can all be nominated.

The beneficiary of this esteemed award will receive a trophy, a framed certificate and a cheque for £2,000. In addition to this, the recipient’s name is inscribed on an Honours Board and in a Book of Honour at the Central Criminal Court, inside the Old Bailey in the City of London.

Nominations close on the 1st August 2013.

For more information/ to nominate:
WCoSP Sheiffs Award flyer
WCoSP website

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NSI New Approvals – March 2013 https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/04/nsi-new-approvals-march-2013/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/04/nsi-new-approvals-march-2013/#respond Thu, 04 Apr 2013 16:08:18 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=6684 NSI congratulates March's new approvals

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NACOSS GOLD

Cook Fire and Security Ltd
Sandbank Estate, Whittingham, PRESTON, Lancashire, PR3 2AJ
T: 01772 781699 E: sales@cookfire.co.uk

Integrated Security Design Ltd
Quatro House, Lyon Way, Frimley Road, CAMBERLEY, Surrey. GU16 7ER
T: 0845 0711373 E: info@isd-tech.com

McElwaine Security Services Ltd
LITE House, Cross Street, LISNAKEA, BT92 0JE
T: 0286 7724888 F: 0286 7723132 E: info@mcelwainegroup.com W: www.mcelwainegroup.com

Mercury Security Management Ltd
7 Portman Business Park, LISBURN, BT28 2XF
T: 028 908 13030

Solent Sound & Fire Systems (Prop: Solent Sound Systems Ltd
7 Mitchell Point, Ensign Park, SOUTHAMPTON, SO13 4RF
T: 023 804 56700 E: sales@solentsound.com

SYSTEMS SILVER COMPANIES

Astron Fire and Security (Prop: Astron Systems Ltd)
Petro’s House, 12 Ashdown Road, Potishead, BRISTOL BS20 8DP
T: 01275 846514 E: Helen@astronsystems.co.uk W: www.astronsystems.co.uk

ARC GOLD

B Secure Monitoring Solutions (Prop: McElwaine Security Services Ltd)
23 Clabby Road,  FIVEMILETOWN,  BT75 0PU
T: 0286 7723131 E: info@bsecuremonitoring.com W: www.bsecuremonitoring.com

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Surveillance camera code of practice consultation https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/03/surveillance-camera-code-of-practice-consultation/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/03/surveillance-camera-code-of-practice-consultation/#respond Tue, 19 Mar 2013 15:52:03 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=6540 Draft code of practice for surveillance cameras released

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A coalition agreement for government includes a commitment to further the regulation of CCTV. A draft code of practice for surveillance cameras has been prepared and released for consultation.

According to the Home Office there has been a proliferation in the use of CCTV and Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) systems operated in public places in England and Wales by both public and private bodies. As well as increased capability to protect people and property, investigate incidents and bring crime to justice, these technological developments also increase the risk of interference with a citizen’s right to privacy. To ensure those who operate camera systems demonstrate integrity and are held to account, the coalition agreement for government includes a commitment to the further regulation of CCTV, which has now been enacted in legislation through the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012.

Alongside the consultation document is a draft code of practice which introduces a philosophy of surveillance by consent.

If you have not yet provided your comments on the draft code, you can do so up until the 21st March 2013 via the home office webpage:
http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/about-us/consultations/surveillance-camera-consultation/?view=Standard&pubID=1149167

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Scaffolding Alarms Provider, Panthera Group receives NSI Gold Medal https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/03/scaffolding-alarms-provider-panthera-group-receives-nsi-gold-medal/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/03/scaffolding-alarms-provider-panthera-group-receives-nsi-gold-medal/#respond Mon, 11 Mar 2013 17:13:36 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=6511 NSI Gold medal from NSI's Chief Executive, Jeff Little, OBE

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Panthera are the first UK scaffolding alarms provider to comply with NSI’s new Code of Practice for the Design, Installation & Maintenance of Scaffolding Alarm Systems (NCP 115) under its premier NACOSS Gold Scheme.

The installation of scaffold alarms is a growing market, but to date has never been the subject of any form of self regulation or industry-specific standards. The Code of Practice NCP 115, introduced by NSI in January this year, provides an industry benchmark to which scaffold alarm systems providers can now aspire and adhere. The specification of NCP 115 will undoubtedly help to mitigate risk – protecting buildings as well as the assets within. The new code also aims to eliminate malpractice and raise the standards in the industry, opening up a new market for electronic security installers.

Awareness of NCP 115 has been gaining momentum, particularly amongst insurers and specifiers where it has been evidenced that the Code is now being specified. NSI has also received an influx of enquires from electronic security providers interested in this new NSI scope of approval.

NSI Chief Executive, Jeff Little, OBE, commented “NCP 115 tackles an entirely new area in a sector that previously had no set Standards or best practice. I heartily congratulate Panthera Group for leading the way in this niche security sector. Their NACOSS Gold approval with NSI is very well deserved and presenting them with their Gold medal has really commemorated the achievement today. I wish Panthera every success in the future.”

Neal James, Managing Director of Panthera Group commented “Today has been a real celebration of our NACOSS Gold Approval. The framed medal will take pride of place in our offices, highlighting our significant achievement in becoming the UK’s first NSI approved Scaffold Alarm Installer”.

James continues “Now that NSI has written a Code of Practice, paired with our own commitment to raising the standards within our industry, we are confident that it sets a precedent for others to follow. The Code provides surveyors, contractors, homeowners and commercial organisations with the reassurance that their scaffold alarm systems have been designed, installed and certificated to a high standard, ultimately helping to mitigate their risk and liability.”

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Security Technology Live – A New Security Exhibition for the Security Industry https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/03/security-technology-live-a-new-security-exhibition-for-the-security-industry/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/03/security-technology-live-a-new-security-exhibition-for-the-security-industry/#respond Thu, 07 Mar 2013 15:53:35 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=6503 Clarion Events have announced a new Security Exhibition

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Clarion Events have announced a new Security Exhibition, scheduled to take place at the NEC, Birmingham from 13 – 15 May 2014.

Security Technology Live is a security event focused purely on installers, integrators, resellers and distributors. The event aims to help the UK and European installer community as it faces the challenges of adapting to an increasingly sophisticated residential and commercial security environment.

The event organisers Clarion Events believe the convenient location of Birmingham will enable exhibitors to reach their entire channel network and the 3 rather than 4 day duration will permit cost savings, maximising the ROI of attending.

Organisers have confirmed that the first 50 exhibitors to sign up will benefit from special stand space rates, starting at just £200 per square meter. Clarion Events declare a number of exhibitors have already booked their locations to take advantage of this rate.

Also at the event will be an education and training programme aimed at those responsible for installing and supporting the latest generation of electronic, digital and IP-based integrated solutions.

Key media partners who have welcomed the dedicated installer event include: AccessNow,  Professional Security Magazine, ProSecureNewsonline, Security Buyer and Security News Desk.

For further information, exhibitor pricing and floor plans, please contact:
Rob Lozowski
T: 020 7384 7835
E: rob.lozowski@clarionevents.com

Richard Gayle
T: 020 7384 7836
E: Richard.gayle@clarionevents.com

For Visitor, Press and Media Enquiries, please contact:
Rob Newton, Marketing Manager
T: +44 (0) 207 384 7777

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New NSI Approvals – February 2013 https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/03/new-nsi-approvals-february-2013/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/03/new-nsi-approvals-february-2013/#respond Wed, 06 Mar 2013 16:44:56 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=6460 NSI would like to congratulate the following companies

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NSI would like to congratulate the following companies who have acheived NSI Approval in February 2013:

NACOSS GOLD

Digi Security Ltd (transferred from Systems Silver).
Unit 17, Apple Lane, EXETER, Devon, EX2 5GL
T: 01392 357230 F: 01392 412000 E: sales@digisecurity.co.uk

Reflex Systems Ltd (transferred from Systems Silver)
Reflex House, Lowton Way, Hellaby Industrial Estate, ROTHERHAM, South Yorkshire, S66 8RY
T: 01709 701977 F: 01709 701 944 E: reflex@reflexsystems.co.uk

Wales & West Fire and Security Ltd (transferred from Systems Silver)
Ty Pen Y Warren, Brynteg, Llantrisant, Pontyclun, CF72 8LR
T: 0845 257 2118 F: 01443 237273 E: enquiries@wwfsonline.com

SYSTEMS SILVER

CVL Systems Ltd
8 Edison Close, Park Farm Industrial Estate, WELLINGBOROUGH, NN8 8AH
T: 01933 674100  F: 01933 677087  E: service@cvlsystems.com

Destination 5 Ltd
17 Bourne Close, KINGSWOOD, BRISTOL, BS15 4AY
T: 01173 305476  E: enquiries@destination5.com

Nexus Fire & Security Ltd
9 The Spinney, Parkland Business Park, Forest Road, DENMEAD, PO7 6AR
T: 02392 261335  E: cbray2000@hotmail.com

ARC GOLD

Shield Guarding Company Ltd
Shield House, Nateby Technology Park, Black Lane, Nateby, LANCASHIRE. PR3 0LH
T: 01995 601155 E: csales@shieldguarding.co.uk

FIRE GOLD

Absolute Security Systems Ltd
5 Langham Park, Catteshall Lane, Godalming, SURREY, GU7 1NG
T: 01483 791500  E: sales@absolutesecurity.co.uk

Choice Fire Solutions Ltd
Choice House, 18 Faraday Road, LEIGH ON SEA SS9 5JU
T: 0845 6182751 E: info@choicefire.co.uk

Reflex Systems Ltd
Reflex House, Lowton Way, Hellaby Industrial Estate, ROTHERHAM S66 8RY
T: 01709 701977 E: reflex@reflexsystems.co.uk

Wales and West Fire and Security Ltd  at LLANTRISANT transferred from Fire Silver
Ty Pen Y Warren, Brynteg, Llantrisant, Pontyclun, CF72 8LR
T: 0845 257 2118 F: 01443 237273 E: enquiries@wwfsonline.com

LIFE SAFETY FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT – SILVER

Force Fire Consultancy Ltd
11 Brunel Road, Gorse Lane Industrial Estate, CLACTON ON SEA, Essex CO15 4LU
T: 01255 221515    E:  enquiries@forcefire.com

Total Fire Safety Ltd,
80 Mill Lane, BARTON-UNDER-NEEDWOOD, Staffordshire, DE13 8HE
T:  07969955138     E:  info@totalfiresafety.com

GUARDING GOLD

Advantage One Security (transferred from Guarding Silver)
Advantage House, 29 Brunswick Road, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 1JE
T: 01452 526688 F: 01452 524477 E: info@advantage1.co.uk

BDI Commercial Services Ltd
The Arches, Trinity Business Park, Fox Way, WAKEFIELD, WF2 8EE
T:01924 370900 E:enquiries@bdihg.com W: www.bdihg.com

National Monitoring Prop: AVR Group Ltd
Unit 16-24, Attenburys Park Estate, Attenburys Lane, TIMPERLEY WA14 5QN
T: 0870 4009998 E: supervisors@monitoring.co.uk

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New to NSI: Applications Workshop https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/03/new-to-nsi-applications-workshop/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/03/new-to-nsi-applications-workshop/#respond Mon, 04 Mar 2013 11:03:09 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=6447 An insight into the NSI application process

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For security and fire companies thinking about applying for NSI approval, NSI will be running an Applications Workshop on 15th March. The Workshop will provide an insight into the NSI application process and help companies understand what is required to become NSI approved.

Companies will learn about the processes and procedures they will need to put in place in order to become an NSI approved company. It will also give delegates the opportunity to ask questions concerning the application process, as well as gain more information about the positive aspects of working with NSI once successfully approved. The workshop also aims to dispel some of the misconceptions regarding NSI approval and regulation.

The workshop will also explain the benefits of NSI approval such as the increased insurer recognition and enhanced specifier awareness.

The course is aimed at any Proprietors, Directors, Managers or those responsible for gaining NSI approval.

NSI Commercial Director, Elaine Ward comments “The Workshop is a great opportunity for interested companies to meet the team and more fully understand what the NSI application process involves and the benefits approval will bring”.

Come and learn more about NSI and see how we can help your business move forward.

For more information or if you wish to book a place please contact Maxine Dent, our Training Executive, on 01628 764 831 or via email at maxine.dent@nsi.org.uk

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Simon Banks Joins NSI Board https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/02/simon-banks-joins-nsi-board/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/02/simon-banks-joins-nsi-board/#respond Mon, 25 Feb 2013 12:49:16 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=6410 Simon Banks appointed to NSI's Board of Directors

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NSI are pleased to announce that Simon Banks, Group Managing Director of CSL Communications Group Ltd has been appointed to the Inspectorate’s Board of Directors.  NSI has recently undertaken a significant rebranding exercise, launched a contemporary website, entered into social media and launched a range of new audit products within the fire and security domains.  Simon’s presence on the Board will assist NSI’s future development and evolution.  Simon has had a working alliance with NSI for over 20 years and has worked most recently with them on the 100 in 100 Apprenticeship initiative, of which NSI are an important stakeholder.

NSI’s Chief Executive, Jeff Little OBE commented “Simon’s presence will considerably enhance NSI’s understanding of the changes which are taking place across the security sector as well as the new technologies which will determine the way ahead for the industry.”

Simon commented “I am very pleased to be asked, and feel that I can make a positive contribution to the wider industry through this appointment.  I look forward to further enhancing the connection between NSI and their approved companies and industry stakeholders.”

In order to ensure independence and impartiality, as well as demonstrating competencies across all areas, NSI Board members are drawn from a broad range of professional backgrounds including the systems, guarding, fire and insurance sectors and include observers from ACPO and CFOA.

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Engineers of Tomorrow Challenge – Entries Now Being Taken https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/02/engineers-of-tomorrow-challenge-entries-now-being-taken/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/02/engineers-of-tomorrow-challenge-entries-now-being-taken/#respond Fri, 22 Feb 2013 12:59:27 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=6340 The Engineers of Tomorrow: The UK Security Skills Challenge

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The Engineers of Tomorrow: The UK Security Skills Challenge is a competition run specifically for young engineers and apprentices who want to prove their skills on an international platform and in front of their peers and the security industry’s leading organisations.

The competition will be taking place at IFSEC International 2013 from 13-16 May at the NEC, Birmingham.

Fantastic first, second & third prizes are on offer, including a seat at the Security Excellence Awards in October 2013, where prizes are presented in front of more than 1,000 people.

If you are a young engineer (up to the age of 24) or apprentice looking to show off your skills, the competition is a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate your talent and gain some valuable PR exposure for your company.

NSI has supported the competition with key stakeholders since it began over 10 years ago and is encouraging all electronic security companies to put their young engineers and apprentices forward to take part. NSI experienced auditors adjudicate during the four days of the competition and will be looking for entrants to demonstrate key skills and knowledge.

For more information or to enter, go to www.ifsec.co.uk/tomorrow

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Private Firms Better at Running Prisons https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/02/private-firms-better-at-running-prisons/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/02/private-firms-better-at-running-prisons/#respond Thu, 21 Feb 2013 15:08:08 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=6302 BBC News reports on results of a study by a centre-right think tank

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The BBC has reported that a centre-right think tank says ’10 out of 12 privately-run prisons had lower reoffending rates among those serving 12 months or more than comparable public jails.’  The author of the report, Will Tanner, is also reported as saying, ‘Private contractors outperform comparable public sector prisons on both cost and quality, delivering better value for money for the tax payer.’

View the BBC News article / download the full report

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Richard Childs appointed as new Chair of Banknote Watch https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/02/richard-childs-appointed-as-new-chair-of-banknote-watch/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/02/richard-childs-appointed-as-new-chair-of-banknote-watch/#respond Tue, 19 Feb 2013 12:56:17 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=6206 Banknote watch, the crime reduction partnership

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Banknote Watch, the crime reduction partnership aimed at reducing the profits of cash-in-transit and ATM crime, has appointed a new Chairman following a lengthy selection process.

Richard Childs QPM BSc FSyI joined Banknote Watch at the end of 2012, bringing with him a wealth of experience from both public and private sectors. Currently Managing Director of ACPO CPI – which supports Secured by Design – he is also the ACPO lead for security systems and is a past member of the Prison Service Pay Review Body.

Using this experience, Richard intends to build closer partnerships with the Police and Government to develop new ways to make cash more secure, while further influencing the security industry’s response to serious crime, particularly involving commercial robbery.

He comments: “Banknote Watch is a good example of how an industry can join together in an area of common interest – commercial crime – and by working closely together with Police and Government departments, make sustained progress against this very serious issue.”

Banknote Watch was established by the security industry, alongside the Police and forensic community, to remove stolen banknotes from circulation, thus preventing criminals profiting from the proceeds of cash-in-transit crime and reducing the risk of businesses becoming the victims of commercial robbery.

 

Increasing public awareness of how to identify stolen cash and what to do with it is another key objective of the initiative, and one which Richard is keen to expand upon throughout his Chairmanship.

Richard continues: “One of the key objectives I’ve set for my chairmanship is to ensure that the industry gains recognition for its work in tackling these issues, and I am looking forward to playing a part in that and building upon the progress that has already been made over a number of years.”

For more information about Banknote Watch, including advice on stolen banknotes for Police, businesses and members of the public, visit the organisation’s website.

 

 

 

 

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BSIA partners with Skills for Security https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/02/bsia-partners-with-skills-for-security/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/02/bsia-partners-with-skills-for-security/#respond Fri, 15 Feb 2013 12:00:55 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=6148 Skills for Security becomes subsidiary of the BSIA

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The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) announced on 12th February 2013, a new partnership with Skills for Security, in a landmark move that brings the sector skills body firmly back within the remit of the industry.

The move, approved by board members of both organisations, will see Skills for Security become a wholly-owned subsidiary of the BSIA, reversing the Association’s divergence from its former training body, the Security Industry Training Organisation (SITO), which facilitated the formation of Skills for Security in 2006. Skills for Security will retain its own legal identity and, as such, remains a separate company limited by guarantee.

Rather than allow it to be integrated into a wider business sphere, the BSIA has agreed to assume sole ownership of Skills for Security, which will return the sector skills body for the security industry firmly within the auspices of the industry’s trade association, as it was almost seven years ago. Importantly, this will also ensure that the industry retains control over its own training standards, particularly National Occupational Standards.

In a changing industry affected by developments to regulation and legislation, it has been recognised that, in recent years, Skills for Security has not been as close to industry suppliers as it could have been. As such, this development will improve the organisation’s ability to serve the current changing market dynamics.

Lord Stevens, Chairman of Skills for Security, comments: “We hope that one of the many positive results of this merger will be a significant increase in the number of BSIA members who use Skills’ resources. We see a huge potential in bringing the two organisations together, and, in keeping with the Government’s desire for improved employer engagement in skills development, believe that an independent SfS and the BSIA can together make the new joint business work very well. I look forward to the exciting opportunities that this new chapter will bring for Skills for Security, our industry and its people.”

James Kelly, Chief Executive of the BSIA concludes: “Broader engagement with the wider security sector is a key element of the BSIA’s business plan, and reflects one of our key strategic objectives for 2013 and beyond. Bringing Skills for Security on board is an exciting opportunity, which will give the Association a fresh angle from which to do business and subsequently enable us to expand our reach within the security industry.”

Visit the websites of the BSIA or Skills for Security for more information about these organisations.

> James Kelly discusses BSIA partnership with Skills for SecurityView the video interview

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Police Service of Scotland issues draft policy on police response to electronic security systems https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/02/police-service-of-scotland-issues-draft-policy-on-police-response-to-electronic-security-systems/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/02/police-service-of-scotland-issues-draft-policy-on-police-response-to-electronic-security-systems/#respond Thu, 14 Feb 2013 12:20:54 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=6128 NSI approved companies invited to comment

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The Police Service of Scotland has issued a draft policy on police response to security systems which they have released for consultation.  The new policy is due to come into force on 1 April 2013 when it will replace the existing ACPOS Security Systems Policy (2010).

NSI approved companies are invited to comment on the draft policy by 22 February 2013. More information and contact details for submitting comments can be found in the NSI company log-in area of our website under the NACOSS Gold and Systems Silver documentation sections.

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IFSEC International: moving to London in 2014 https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/02/ifsec-international-moving-to-london-in-2014/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/02/ifsec-international-moving-to-london-in-2014/#respond Thu, 14 Feb 2013 10:52:17 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=6131 London, 12th February 2013. UBM Live, today announced that the UK-based Protection & Management Series – including IFSEC International, FIREX International, Safety & Health Expo and Facilities Show – will move from Birmingham’s NEC to ExCeL London in June 2014. The decision comes at the end of a 12 month period of research and consultation […]

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London, 12th February 2013. UBM Live, today announced that the UK-based Protection & Management Series – including IFSEC International, FIREX International, Safety & Health Expo and Facilities Show – will move from Birmingham’s NEC to ExCeL London in June 2014.

The decision comes at the end of a 12 month period of research and consultation with stakeholders across all communities, which resulted in overwhelming support for a move to London in 2014. UBM’s research concluded that re-locating to the UK Capital would ensure the events would continue to be easily accessible for existing visitors as well as allowing the Series to take advantage of London’s status as a global business destination to attract even greater numbers of international attendees: increasingly important to all our exhibitors and partners. In addition, ExCeL London, as a leading international venue will enable visitors to circulate between the four events more easily. As visitors’ requirements have changed over recent years, the Series has witnessed more and more visitors wishing to experience all the shows, not just one.

“The move back to London after 16 successful years at the NEC is informed by extensive customer research and is a natural progression for the Series as the markets we serve become increasingly international. We are very excited at the prospect of a move to ExCeL which will enable us to continue to grow these enormously successful events by taking advantage of both the benefits of a London location and the ability to attract new visitor sectors” commented Simon Parker, Managing Director, UBM Live London.

ExCeL London and the surrounding area – including the O2 complex – offer an array of entertainment options to event attendees, including fabulous opportunities for corporate hospitality, and an abundance of hotel rooms to cater for all budgets. The excellent international links to the venue, including Eurostar and five international airports, support London’s reputation as an exceptional business destination whilst visitors from the UK will experience easy access to the capital by both road and rail.

The Protection & Management Series will take place at ExCeL London from, 17 -19 June 2014.

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Try a FREE Taster of Our E-learning Course https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/02/try-a-free-taster-of-our-e-learning-course-2/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/02/try-a-free-taster-of-our-e-learning-course-2/#respond Wed, 13 Feb 2013 17:15:10 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=6125 A cost effective, convenient and flexible way to learn

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Suitable training can make all the difference to the competency of your employees and to the quality of your product.

The E Learning courses developed by NSI are a cost effective, convenient and flexible way, to learn new Standards or to simply brush up on current knowledge.

Why not try the free ‘taster’ based on our current PD6662 transition course and experience E Learning at first hand > TRY NOW

 

For more information about our e-learning courses go to the e-learning page or contact Training Executive, Maxine Dent for more details:  T: 01628 764831   E: maxine.dent@nsi.org.uk

 

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NSI Achieves UKAS Accreditation for BAFE’s SP203-4 Emergency Lighting Scheme https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/02/nsi-achieves-ukas-accreditation-for-bafes-sp203-4-emergency-lighting-scheme/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/02/nsi-achieves-ukas-accreditation-for-bafes-sp203-4-emergency-lighting-scheme/#respond Fri, 08 Feb 2013 15:50:18 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=6094 NSI is pleased to announce it has been granted UKAS Accreditation to deliver BAFE’s Emergency Lighting Scheme (SP203-4). Organisations applying to NSI for this Scheme will now have the added advantage of becoming both NSI and BAFE approved. SP203-4 is a modular scheme allowing companies to be approved by NSI for the module(s) of work […]

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NSI is pleased to announce it has been granted UKAS Accreditation to deliver BAFE’s Emergency Lighting Scheme (SP203-4). Organisations applying to NSI for this Scheme will now have the added advantage of becoming both NSI and BAFE approved.

SP203-4 is a modular scheme allowing companies to be approved by NSI for the module(s) of work which they provide, recognising that a number of installations are designed, installed, commissioned and maintained by different companies. Companies are able to be approved by NSI for one or more of these modules.

By becoming approved by NSI, organisations can prove their competence to undertake the relevant scopes of work, providing clients with certificates of compliance to show their insurance companies and enforcing authorities (such as fire and rescue services and building control) that the work has been undertaken correctly.

Organisations wishing to apply to NSI for Emergency Lighting have two Scheme options: Fire Gold and Fire Silver; Gold being available to those companies that operate a quality management system in accordance with BS EN ISO 9001.

Emergency lighting is now fitted in virtually all industrial, commercial and high occupancy residential buildings. Such lights play a crucial role in the event of power failures – the systems are often called egress lighting and enable occupants to find their way out of a building in the event of a failure of the normal illumination.

When considering the need for emergency lighting the requirements of Approved Document B of The Building Regulations and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, and the equivalent legislation in Scotland and Northern Ireland, should be taken into account. Any emergency lighting installation should meet the recommendations of BS 5266‑1:2011 and be designed, installed, commissioned and maintained by “competent persons”.

Jeff Little, NSI CEO commented “We are thrilled to add this life critical scope to our array of fire and safety related audits. End users will now be able to select their emergency lighting contractor with confidence that their supplier meets the requirements of the BAFE SP 203-4 scheme”.

Stephen Adams, General Manager of BAFE, commentedI am delighted to hear that NSI has been granted UKAS accreditation for the SP203-4 Scheme for Emergency Lighting. I would encourage those companies who design, install, commission or maintain emergency lighting systems to seek third party certification through a UKAS accredited body such as NSI.  NSI provides a comprehensive auditing solution for fire protection providers and they should be congratulated on this achievement. More information regarding the scheme can be found on the BAFE website www.bafe.org.uk’.

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ICPEM Annual Conference https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/02/icpem-annual-conference/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/02/icpem-annual-conference/#respond Wed, 06 Feb 2013 16:10:13 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=5997 ICPEM announces date of annual conference

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The annual ICPEM (Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management) Conference will be held on May 16th 2013 at the Kettering Conference Centre.

Jeff Little, OBE, NSI Chief Executive and Chair of ICPEM will be introducing the conference.

The speakers will cover a variety of subjects on the subject of ‘Resilience’ identifying difficulties that are likely to arise in the years ahead and suggesting ways that some of these difficulties may be overcome.

Download a PDF of the programme here

The ICPEM website: http://www.icpem.net/

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New NSI Approvals – January 2013 https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/02/new-nsi-approvals-january-2013/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/02/new-nsi-approvals-january-2013/#respond Wed, 06 Feb 2013 11:09:25 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=5963 NSI would like to congratulate January's new approvals

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NSI would like to congratulate the following companies who have acheived NSI Approval:

NACOSS GOLD

Beacon Fire & Security (NI) Ltd
15 The Crescent Business Park, Ballinderry Road, Lisburn, BELFAST, BT28 2GN
T: (0289) 2676622 E: info@beacon-ni.co.uk

NACOSS GOLD Scaffolding Alarm Systems

Panthera Group Ltd
The Old Pump House, Unit 5a Lomard Road, LONDON, SW19 3TZ
T: 0845 1651234

SYSTEMS SILVER

SPL Fire & Security Ltd
45 Bolliol Road, KEMPSTON MK42 7ES
T: 01234 857581 E: sales@splfireandsecurity.co.uk

AAC Mechanical & Electrical Ltd
Unit 6 Mallow Park, Watchmead, WELWYN GARDEN CITY, AL7 1GX.
T: 01707 325566 E: info@aac.uk.net

FIRE GOLD

Chubb Fire & Security Ltd
Unit 27, Stenhouse Mill Wynd, Edinburgh, EH11 3XX
T: 0844 879 1725 F: 0844 879 1765 E: Edinburgh.security@chubb.co.uk

London Security Group
Clipper House, Greenwich Market, London, SE10 9HZ
T: 020 8858 0983 F: 020 8853 3175 E:  info@londonsecuritygroup.com

LIFE SAFETY FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT GOLD

C.S. Todd & Associates Ltd
Hutton Roof, Eglinton Road, Rushmoor, FARNHAM GU10 2DH
T: 01252 792088 E: office@cstodd.co.uk

GUARDING SILVER

Oysta Technology Ltd
The Stables, Greatworth Hall, GREATWORTH, Oxfordshire OX17 2DH
T: 01295 530101 E: uk@oysta-technology.com

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Your opinions needed for Perpetuity Group’s Research https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/02/your-opinions-needed-for-perpetuity-groups-research/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/02/your-opinions-needed-for-perpetuity-groups-research/#respond Fri, 01 Feb 2013 13:18:11 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=5924 Perpetuity survey on single and bundled security provision

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A much debated issue in the security sector is the relative pros and cons of procuring and managing security as a single service, as opposed to bundling it with other FM service provision.

Perpetuity Research has announced the launch of a survey addressing this issue, as part of a major study to better understand the differences in approach.

 

 

 

 

They are inviting three groups to take part in the on-line survey:

  • Facilities Managers, involved in the management of security services
  • Security Managers and Procurement Specialists, involved in the purchase of security services
  • Directors and Managers of companies supplying security services and goods

The survey is anonymous and should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. The deadline for responses is the 1st March 2013. The on-line survey can be accessed at:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SRI-security-procurement-survey

This work is part of the Security Research Initiative, set up to evaluate topics of importance to the security world, and to promote good practice (http://www.perpetuityresearch.com/sri.html). The work is supported by the BSIA, The Security Institute and ASIS International (UK Chapter).

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Panthera Group – First Scaffolding Alarms Provider to Comply with NCP 115 https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/01/panthera-group-first-scaffolding-alarms-provider-to-achieve-nsi-approval-for-ncp-115/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/01/panthera-group-first-scaffolding-alarms-provider-to-achieve-nsi-approval-for-ncp-115/#respond Wed, 30 Jan 2013 09:23:47 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=5868 New NSI Code of Practice for scaffolding alarm systems

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Panthera Group is the first UK organisation to comply with a new NSI Code of Practice for the design, installation and maintenance of scaffolding alarm systems (NCP 115). Panthera Group have been awarded NACOSS Gold approval under NSI’s new scope of approval for scaffolding alarm systems.

NCP 115, developed by NSI, and introduced in January this year, provides an industry benchmark to which scaffold alarm systems providers can now aspire and adhere to. The scaffold alarms sector was without any form of voluntary regulation or industry-specific standards prior to the introduction of the new NSI Code leaving the way clear for poor standards of workmanship and malpractice.

Working with NSI over many months during the pilot phase, Panthera Group laid bare its practices and procedures to NSI by being rigorously audited, enabling the new Code of Practice to be robustly tried, tested and refined.

NSI Chief Executive, Jeff Little, OBE, commented “The introduction of NCP 115 has enormous ramifications particularly for the Security, Construction, Insurance and Health & Safety sectors.  The UK now has an industry-specific benchmark which may be specified by those with a vested interest in the security and safety of properties. The specification of NCP 115 will undoubtedly help to mitigate risk during periods of vulnerability when work on a property is being carried out and scaffolding is present.

Little goes on to say “I applaud Panthera Group for leading the way in this niche security sector. Their NACOSS Gold approval with NSI is very well deserved and I wish them every success in their future.”

Neal James, Managing Director of Panthera Group commented “The new NCP 115 Code of Practice should at last provide a much needed industry benchmark, raise installation standards and hopefully eliminate some serious malpractice.”

James continued “My company and I have been so impressed with the entire NSI approval process, it has confirmed our decision to approach NSI.  Professional, knowledgeable, friendly and a passion for development and progression of their own organisation, these have all been key components to a very robust, but ultimately rewarding process of becoming a NACOSS Gold approved company.”

Further information:

To obtain a copy of NSI Code of Practice NCP 115 contact Tony Weeks, NSI Head of Technical Services at tony.weeks@nsi.org.uk,

For specification and tender enquiries contact Chris Pinder, NSI External Affairs Director at chris.pinder@nsi.org.uk

For NSI approval enquiries contact the NSI Sales team at sales@nsi.org.uk

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Bill Matthews appointed acting chairman at the SIA https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/01/bill-matthews-appointed-acting-chairman-at-the-sia/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/01/bill-matthews-appointed-acting-chairman-at-the-sia/#respond Fri, 25 Jan 2013 12:58:39 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=5821 Bill Matthews succeeds Baroness Ruth Henig

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Bill Matthews (pictured) succeeds Baroness Ruth Henig whose appointment came to an end on January 14, after two full terms in office. The new appointment of Bill Mathews was made following a formal recruitment campaign.

The Home Office have stated that the appointment is to last one year, with Bill Mathews’ main responsibility being to lead the Security Industry Authority through a business licensing regime. The recruitment process for a permanent chairman will begin in due course.

Speaking about the new appointment, Home Office minister Lord Taylor said: “I’m pleased to announce the appointment of Bill Matthews as acting chairman of the SIA. I’m sure that he will bring his energy and experience to this vital and challenging role as the SIA moves towards a new regime based on the regulation of businesses.”

About Bill Matthews

His career began as an engineer at Motorola, which lead to 15 years in operations, marketing and senior management roles.

Following a subsequent period in the small and medium enterprise sector, he developed a portfolio of non-executive roles in the public and private sector.

Mr Mathews has also worked in criminal justice and law enforcement since 2004, including roles as a member of the Management Board of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, and the Scottish Police Services Authority.

In 2008 he became the Scottish Board Member of the Security Industry Authority and has worked with Scottish Government in Edinburgh on the Scottish SIA regulation, which happened later than in England and Wales.

Matthews holds degrees in engineering, psychology and business administration and is a member of both the BBC Trust and the British Transport Police Authority.

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Calling all Systems Companies: Help keep The Systems Apprenticeship going https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/01/calling-all-systems-companies-help-keep-the-systems-apprenticeship-going/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/01/calling-all-systems-companies-help-keep-the-systems-apprenticeship-going/#respond Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:05:52 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=5788 Needs “significant increase in learner numbers”

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The Sector Skills body are alerting the Security Systems sector that the industry currently risks losing the Security Systems Apprenticeship unless learner numbers for the qualification increase. City and Guilds have deemed the NVQ qualification no longer financially viable for them to review, redevelop and renew.

Skills for Security have managed to obtain an extension to the existing qualification for a further 3 years, however to renew the qualification after this date, there needs to be a “significant increase in learner numbers” states Skills for Security.

If the apprenticeship ceases to exist, the Security Systems Sector will no longer have a sector specific apprenticeship framework, which currently offers apprenticeship training in Intruder Alarm, CCTV or Fire Detection systems.

NSI CEO Jeff Little states “Apprenticeships are invaluable to the Security Industry. NSI is one of the key stakeholders of The Engineers of Tomorrow competition and would encourage any schemes which help young people progress and develop in the industry”.

You can help Skills for Security keep the Apprenticeship scheme going by providing your feedback to highlight how important it is to the sector.

> Fill out the feedback form (Please do so before 31st January 2013)

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NSI First to Develop Code of Practice for Scaffold Alarms https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/01/nsi-first-to-develop-code-of-practice-for-scaffold-alarms/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/01/nsi-first-to-develop-code-of-practice-for-scaffold-alarms/#respond Thu, 17 Jan 2013 10:47:11 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=5724 Code of Practice NCP 115

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NSI has developed the first Code of Practice for the design, installation and maintenance of scaffold alarms. Code of Practice NCP 115 has the potential to radically improve the security of buildings in vulnerable circumstances and significantly raise standards in this niche security sector.

The installation of scaffold alarms is a growing market, but to date has never been the subject of any form of self regulation or industry-specific standards.  The NSI Code will provide a valuable aid for those with a vested interest in the security of buildings or the reduction of accidents, such as the Insurance and Health & Safety sectors respectively, to help mitigate risk during periods of vulnerability when repair or restoration work on a property is being carried out.

When widely adopted, the NSI Code will help tackle malpractice and raise standards within the scaffold security sector by becoming the industry benchmark. The NSI Code stipulates appropriate measures are put in place to ensure scaffold alarms are installed in a consistent manner which take into consideration the potential risks and areas of weakness. The benefits are likely to be far reaching; regardless of whether a building is domestic or commercial, vacant or occupied, contracting an installer who complies with the NSI Code will provide the consumer with the reassurance that the vulnerability of their property (and properties within close proximity) and the assets within, are appropriately protected during periods of building, renovation, maintenance or repair.

Commenting on this key industry development, Chris Pinder, NSI External Affairs Director stated “Certificating installers of scaffold alarm systems marks a new era for NSI. NSI has undertaken a pilot phase during which time we have been working with a prominent scaffold security provider who has been robustly tested against the Code’s requirements.  Scaffolding Alarm Systems will be an additional scope of approval within our certification schemes for installers of electronic security systems and a public announcement regarding the first approved installing company will be issued in the very near future”.

For those wishing to receive more details on NSI Code of Practice NCP 115, please e-mail tony.weeks@nsi.org.uk

 

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New NSI ‘Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment’ Scheme Gains Momentum https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/01/new-nsi-life-safety-fire-risk-assessment-scheme-gains-momentum/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/01/new-nsi-life-safety-fire-risk-assessment-scheme-gains-momentum/#respond Tue, 15 Jan 2013 09:00:17 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=5712 NSI receiving many enquiries for new scheme

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The introduction of BAFE’s SP205-1 Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment scheme at the end of October 2012, has resulted in NSI receiving many enquiries from those seeking third party certification. NSI would like to congratulate the latest company to achieve NSI Gold Approval for this scheme – C.S. Todd & Associates Ltd, an organisation considered to be a leading authority within the fire safety industry, specifically so for Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment.

The SP205 Scheme was developed for organisations that provide Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment services in the UK. Approval to this scheme will provide their clients, or those commissioning fire risk assessments with the assurance that they will receive a quality service by an organisation that is regularly audited to ensure compliance with set criteria.

NSI played an instrumental part in developing this BAFE scheme and was proud to be one of the first certification bodies to achieve UKAS Accreditation.

Colin T odd Managing Director of C.S. Todd & Associates, stated: “Although we are one of the longest established fire consultancy practices in the UK, we believe that our BAFE SP205 Certification provides an even higher level of confidence for clients in the quality of our fire risk assessment work”.

He continued “We also firmly believe that this certification scheme will result in an improvement in the standards of the Fire Risk Assessment in our profession, on which the safety of the occupants of buildings now depends. We found NSI professional in their approach and able to fully understand the nature and scope of The Fire Risk Assessment that legislation requires.”

For more information about the scheme, go to the Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment Scheme or see The SP205 feature on Info4fire’s website.

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Join NSI on Social Media https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/01/join-nsi-on-social-media/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/01/join-nsi-on-social-media/#respond Fri, 11 Jan 2013 16:23:27 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=5524 Have you joined NSI on Social Media?

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Have you joined NSI on Social Media?

Since the launch of our new rebranding in November 2012 we have had plenty of positive feedback and gained many new followers.

We would like to thank those who have joined our Social Media platforms and supported us over the last few months.

Joining us on Social Media means you will recieve the latest industry news; you can ask a quick question on the go; get updates on the continued development at NSI and be one of the first to hear about our new training courses.

We have been listening to your feedback and as a result will be developing our interaction with customers and industry professionals on every level. Our aim is to share and exchange important news and to keep our audience up to speed through a variety of social networks.

To join LIKE, FOLLOW and LINK with us below;

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NSI to help Electronic Security Installers Understand Principles of Risk Assessment https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/01/nsi-to-help-electronic-security-installers-understand-principles-of-risk-assessment/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/01/nsi-to-help-electronic-security-installers-understand-principles-of-risk-assessment/#respond Thu, 10 Jan 2013 11:20:30 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=5576 NEW Risk Assessment Training Course

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NSI is delighted to announce the introduction of a new training course to help electronic security installers carry out risk assessments to enable effective design and correct grading of an intruder alarm system.

The NSI training course will help installers satisfy the requirements of end users and insurers whilst meeting the relevant standards (PD 6662: 2010 and BS 8243). Delegates will gain an understanding of the factors to be considered when determining a grade, including the choice of detection devices based on the construction and layout of the building and location of ‘target’ items.

The course will be of benefit to all electronic security surveyors/designers involved in the specification and provision of intruder alarm systems designed to meet the requirements of the industry standards.  Engineering personnel may also benefit from attending, if their role includes advising end users of changes to building design, layout or usage which may affect the level of protection provided by an existing intruder alarm system.

The training course entitled: “Risk Assessment (overview of PD 6662:2010 +A1:2009 with BS 8243) including System Design Awareness and Grading” will be taking place at NSI headquarters in Maidenhead on Tuesday 12 February and Wednesday 27 March 2013.

For more information or to book a place, please click on the following link: Risk Assessment Course or contact Maxine Dent, NSI Training Executive, on 01628 764831 / Maxine.dent@nsi.org.uk

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NSI Further Develops Training Capability https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/01/nsi-further-develops-training-capability/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2013/01/nsi-further-develops-training-capability/#respond Thu, 03 Jan 2013 14:59:38 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=5445 New Risk Management Course first to be introduced...

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2013 promises to be an exciting year for NSI and the development of our training arm. A number of new courses are being developed and the first to be introduced this year deals with the subject of ‘Risk Management’.

The course is ideal for individuals such as security managers or those that have mid and high level managerial responsibility for security and risk duties.  The NSI training course provides an overview of the subject, helping delegates gain an understanding of how to apply risk management principles within their company or business area.

Over the last few years, risk management has grown to become an essential element of business strategies for all organisations. New threats to security have emerged and others have morphed, as technology has delivered new challenges and new counter-measures. In this dynamic environment, it is crucial that those responsible for this area in their organisations are capable of providing the correct advice and best practice approaches to dealing with risk from both a corporate and a security-related perspective.

This training course will be held at NSI headquarters in Maidenhead on 31st January and 19th February 2013 with additional dates planned later this year.

For more information or to book a place, please click on the following link: Risk Management Course or contact Maxine Dent, NSI Training Executive, on 01628 764831 / Maxine.dent@nsi.org.uk

If you are interested in other NSI courses go to our Training Page

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Congratulations to our new Security & Fire Companies https://www.nsi.org.uk/2012/12/congratulations-to-our-new-security-fire-companies/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2012/12/congratulations-to-our-new-security-fire-companies/#respond Fri, 21 Dec 2012 10:17:20 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=4956 NSI is delighted to announce that over 80 Security and Fire companies

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ARC Gold

Arc Monitoring Ltd (December)
9 Brabazon Office Park, Golf Course Lane, Filton, BRISTOL, BS34 7PZ
Tel: 0844 9339999
Email: jonathan@arcmon.com

NACOSS Gold

Cornerstone Security Systems Ltd (June)
Cornerstone House, 10A The Knoll, BECKENHAM, BR3 5JW
(transferred from Systems Silver to NACOSS Gold)

Detect Fire & Security Ltd (June) Unit 22 Compass Point Ensign Way, HAMBLE, SOUTHAMPTON
Tel: 08456 447557
Email: info@detectfs.co.uk
(transferred from Systems Silver to NACOSS Gold)

Fidelity Integrated Systems Ltd (June)
The Work House, R/o 69 Queensway, PETTS WOOD, BR5 1DQ
Tel: 0844 8009960
Email: mail@fidelityintegrated.com
(transferred from Systems Silver to NACOSS Gold)

G4S Fire Security (November)
12 Heron View, Airport Road West, BELFAST, BT3 9LN
Tel: 0844 8110016
Email: salesni@uk.g4s.com

Installation Project Services Group (October)
53 Ullswater Crescent, Coulsdon, CROYDON. CR5 2HR
Tel: (020) 865 56060
Email: sales@ips-ltd.co.uk

McElwaine Security Services Ltd (November)
LITE House, Cross Street, LISNASKEA, BT92 0JE
Tel: 0286 772488,
Fax: 0286 952287
Email: info@mcelwainegroup.com
Web: mcelwainegroup.com

Octaga Security Services Ltd (August)
17 St Owen Street, HEREFORD, HR1 2JB
Tel: 01432 346990
Fax: 01432 354757
Email: technical@octage.co.uk
Web: www. octaga.co.uk

Paul Fitzpatrick & Sons Ltd (November)
Unit 6a, Pentreath Industrial Estate, PENTREATH, LL75 8JL
Tel : 01248 450303
Fax : 01248 450247
Email : info@fitzpatrickelectrical.co.uk

Rapid Fire Services Ltd (October)
Unit 2B 8 Eagle Street, Craighall Business Park, GLASGOW. G4 9XA
Tel: 0141 347 0999
Email: enquiry@rapidfireservices.co.uk

Redstone Converged Solutions Ltd (August)
160 Centennial Avenue, ELSTREE, WD6 3SG
Tel: 0845 2002200
Email: salesenquiries@redstone.co.uk
Web: www.redstone.co.uk

Secure Engineering Limited (May)
Friday Street Barn, East Sutton, Maidstone, KENT, ME17 3DD
Tel: 01622 844244
Email: info@secureeng.co.uk

Select Security Solutions Ltd (September)
10 Winterstoke Road, Ashton, BRISTOL, BS3 2NQ
Tel: 01179 664881
Email:Wendy.Holloway@selectsecuritysolutions.com

Stanley Security Solutions Ltd (July)
Stanley House, Bramble Road, SWINDON, SN2 8E
Tel: 0173 692 401
Fax:01793 61584
Email: info@stanleysecuritysolutions.co.uk
Web: www.stanleysecuritysolutions.co.uk

VGI Security Solutions Prop: VGI Management Ltd (July)
Allied House, Abbot Close, WEST BYFLEET, KT14 7JN
Tel: 01932 402 888
Email: enquiries@vgisecurity.co.uk

Systems Silver

1st Choice Alarms Ltd (June)
Unit BA1/BA2 Junction 7 Business Park, Blackburn Road, Clayton Le Moors, ACCRINGTON, BB5 5JW
Tel: 0844 5611831
Fax: 0872 1153769
Email: enquiries@1stchoicealarms.co.uk
Web: www.1stchoicealarms.co.uk

Aceda Ltd (October)
Ellerbeck House, 20 Ellerbeck Way, Stokesley Business Park, Stokesley, NORTH YORKSHIRE, TS9 5JZ
Tel: 01642 712979
Email: nsi@aceda.co.uk

Aegis Fire and Security (November)
Stephenson Court, Brunel Drive, NEWARK-ON-TRENT, NG24 2EG
Tel: 01636 679281
Email: info@assat.co.uk

Alarm & Communication Systems Ltd (October)
27 Sedling Road, Wear East Industrial Estate, WASHINGTON, NE38 9BZ
Tel: 0191 417 8882
Email: info@alarmcommsys.co.uk 

Alarm Management Services (April)
7 Mitchell Point, Ensign Park, Hamble, SOUTHAMPTON, SO31 4RF
Tel: 023 804 56700
Email: sales@solentsound.com

All Integrated Systems Ltd (July)
7 The Office Village, Forder Way, Hampton, PETERBOROUGH, PE7 8GX
Tel: 01733 232244
Email: hall-colin2@sky.com

Ash Lock & Secure (May)
Mayland Business Centre, Redbourn Road, HEMEL HEMPSTEAD HP2 7ES
Tel: 01442 872586
Email: contact@ashlockandsecure.com
Web: www.ashlockandsecure.com

ATI Fire and Security (July)
Advanced Technology Installations Ltd
Unit 3, The Circuit Centre, Avro Way, Weybridge, SURREY, KT13 0YT
Tel: 01932 341148
Email: jamesg@atiuk.net

Boden Fire & Security Ltd (August)
Units 1-4, Danver Court, Clovelly Road Industrial Estate, BIDEFORD EX39 3HN
Tel: 01237 408078
Fax: 01237 425607
Email: sales:bodenfireandsecurity.co.uk
Web: www.bodenfireandsecurity.co.uk

Citadel Security Ltd (June)
73 Park Road, CHANDLERS FORD, SO53 2EL
Tel: 023 80253100 F:023 80253001
Email: info@citadalsecurity.org.uk
Web: www.citadelsecurity.org.uk

Crown House Technologies Ltd (April)
Explore Manufacturing, Off A619 Darfoulds, Explore Way, WORKSOP, S80 3DT
Tel : 01777 353000
Fax : 01777 353027
Email : info@crownhouse.com

Dimension Data Advanced Infrastructure Ltd (July)
Technology House, Abbots Park, Preston Brook, CHESHIRE, WA7 3GH
Tel : 01928 793289

Direct CCTV & Security Systems Ltd (August)
Regus House, Victory Way, Admirals Park, Crossways Business Park, DART, DA2 2QD
Tel: 0844 5672751
Email: info@directcctv.co.uk
Web: www.directcctv .co.uk

Fusion Security Integration Ltd (August)
Unit 9 & 10, Fairlawn Enterprise Park, Bonehurst Road, Salfords, SURREY, RH1 5GH
Tel: 01293 220930
Email: info@fusionsi.net

Hennessy Fire & Security Ltd (August)
6 Stockton Close, Whitchurch, BRISTOL BS14 0DS
Tel: 01275 832024
Email: admin@hennessey-security.com

Howfield Security & Fire (December)
3 Simmons Road, Wincheap, Canterbury, KENT, CT1 3RA
Tel: (01227) 458999
Email: paul@howfield.com

Moore Secure (South) Ltd (October)
63 Chambers Avenue, ROMSEY, SO51 5BJ
Tel: 01794 523470
Email: wendy@mooresecure.co.uk

Netcab Ltd (July)
The Old Dairy, Garrard Way, Kettering, NORTHHAMPTONSHIRE, NN16 8TD
Tel : 0870 4445916
Email: chris@netcab.co.uk

Perimeter Security Ltd (May)
78 Pinnocks Way, Botley, OXFORD OX2 9DQ
Tel: 0845 4102999
Fax: 0845 4102998
Email: info@perimetersecurity.co.uk
Web: www.perimetersecurity.co.uk

Security in Focus (July)
Dermott GillespieThe Loft Anvil Hill, 280 Moria Road, LISBURN BT28 2TU
Tel & Fax: 0289 2622552
Email: dermott.gillespie@btinternet.com

SSH Fire and Security Ltd (November)
International House, Staniforth Street, BIRMINGHAM B4 7DN
Tel: 0121 333 44445
Fax: 0121 333 44445
Email: sshfireandsecurity@gmail.com
Web: www.sshfireandsecurity.co.uk

Thompson AVC: Thompson Audio Visual Communications Ltd (November)
Thompson House, Gorsebrook Road, Dunstall, WOLVERHAMPTON, WV10 6JD
Tel: 01902 658822,
Fax: 01902 658833
Email: info@thompsonavc.co.uk
Web: www.thompsonavc.co.uk

Guarding Gold

Alandale Logistics (Northern) Ltd (April)
Suite 1, The Watermill, Wheatley Park, MIRFIELD, WF14 8HE
Tel: 01924  294847

Astrum Group Services (April)
Diddington Farm House,Diddington Lane, MERIDEN, CV7 7HQ
Tel: 0121 722 2455
Email: sales@astrumgroupservices.co.uk

Bristol City Council Security Services (July)
(transferred from Silver)

Camera Security Services Ltd (November)
(Transferred from Guarding Silver)

General Security Ltd (October)
The Old Rectory, Springhead Road, Ebbsfleet, Northfleet, KENT, DA11 8HN
Tel : 0845 0175567
Fax: 01474 338749
Email : info@general-security.co.uk

Guardhall Ltd (November)
9 Cannon Street, ACCRINGTON, BB5 1NJ
Tel: 01254 388838
Fax: 01254 388839

Hantec Security (October)
(Transferred from Silver)

IRC Security Limited (October)
18 Acacia Avenue, Wraysbury, STAINES, TW19 5HD
Tel : 0845 3132278
Fax: 020 769 17567
Email : enquiries@ircsecurity.co.uk

Leisureguard (UK) Ltd (April)
Ground Floor Office, 1 Mayor Street, BOLTON, BL3 5DW
Tel: 01204 535539
Fax: 01204 535361

Lone Worker Solutions Limited (May)
Unit 1, Mossfield House,Chesham Fold Road, BURY, BL9 6JZ
Tel: 0161 885 2000

Nova Risk Management (October)
9A Basset Court, Grange Park, NORTHAMPTON, NN4 5EZ
Tel : 08458 626210
Fax : 08458 626211
Email: info@novarisk.co.uk

Peoplesafe (April)
Momentum House, Carrera Court, Church Lane, Dinnington, SHEFFIELD, S25 3RG
Tel: 0845 543 2087
Fax: 0845 543 2088

Guarding Silver

Sanctis (April) The Barn, North Cliff Farm, North Carlton, LINCOLN, LN1 2RP
Tel: 015222 46060
Fax: 01522 246400
Email: info@candidateclear.co.uk

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Amendment to ACPO Policy On Police Response https://www.nsi.org.uk/2012/12/amendment-to-acpo-policy-on-police-response-2/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2012/12/amendment-to-acpo-policy-on-police-response-2/#respond Thu, 20 Dec 2012 16:34:09 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=5350 ACPO (The Association of Chief Police Officers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland) is amending its policy on police response to security systems with effect from 1 January 2013. Part of the amendment relates to police administration charges (see Appendix E of the policy) when a new occupier/owner of premises takes over an existing intruder […]

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ACPO (The Association of Chief Police Officers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland) is amending its policy on police response to security systems with effect from 1 January 2013.

Part of the amendment relates to police administration charges (see Appendix E of the policy) when a new occupier/owner of premises takes over an existing intruder and hold-up alarm system that is on police response or where an existing occupier/owner decides to change their security company.

If the system has both intruder and personal attack elements a reduced administration fee of £65.23 + VAT will be payable from 1 January 2013 rather than the usual fee of 2 x £43.49 + VAT = £86.98 + VAT, which is welcomed.

For further details please refer to the amended ACPO policy, which will be available from the “Secured by Design” website www.securedbydesign.com after 1 January 2013.

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NSI pays tribute to Baroness Ruth Henig https://www.nsi.org.uk/2012/12/nsi-pays-tribute-to-baroness-ruth-henig/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2012/12/nsi-pays-tribute-to-baroness-ruth-henig/#respond Thu, 20 Dec 2012 11:11:18 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=5318 Baroness Ruth Henig has served as the Chair of the Security Industry Authority for the past 6 years. Ruth steps down from her post in mid January 2013. To mark her departure, and to recognise the contribution which she has made to the private security industry, she was presented with an NSI Guarding Gold certificate and medal […]

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Ruth Henig with NSI Chairman Sir Francis Richards

Baroness Ruth Henig has served as the Chair of the Security Industry Authority for the past 6 years. Ruth steps down from her post in mid January 2013. To mark her departure, and to recognise the contribution which she has made to the private security industry, she was presented with an NSI Guarding Gold certificate and medal by NSI Chairman Sir Francis Richards at a ceremony in London on 19 December 2012.

NSI wish Ruth all best wishes for the future and we are quite certain that she will continue to provide invaluable input to the industry over the next few years.

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A Christmas message from Jeff Little NSI CEO https://www.nsi.org.uk/2012/12/a-christmas-message-from-jeff-little-at-nsi/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2012/12/a-christmas-message-from-jeff-little-at-nsi/#respond Wed, 19 Dec 2012 11:49:46 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=5293 The UK security industry should enter 2013 with confidence and with pride...

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The UK security industry should enter 2013 with confidence and with pride.  Private security plays an increasingly essential role by making all of our lives safer and free from danger.  As austerity measures begin to bite, the challenges will become even starker next year as our front-line emergency services come under more and more fiscal pressure.

Security has hardly ever been out of the headlines in 2012 for one reason or another.  It is often a thankless task, little remarked upon unless something goes wrong.  However, the men and women of the industry go about their roles 24/7 day-in and day-out and they protect life and property, they detect and deter, they react and respond and we at NSI salute them all this Christmas.

We wish all of our approved companies and those connected to the security and fire sectors, a very Merry Christmas and we hope for a successful and safe New Year.

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NSI coming to Belfast to Assist Security Systems Installers https://www.nsi.org.uk/2012/11/nsi-coming-to-belfast-to-assist-security-systems-installers/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2012/11/nsi-coming-to-belfast-to-assist-security-systems-installers/#respond Fri, 30 Nov 2012 11:05:28 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=4762 NSI is delighted to announce it will be holding a training course in Belfast for the benefit of security system installers.  To help installers better understand the changes in requirements of PD6662:2004 to PD6662:2010 the NSI training course will provide an overview of the fundamental changes and include an introduction to BS 8243:2010 and DD […]

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NSI is delighted to announce it will be holding a training course in Belfast for the benefit of security system installers.  To help installers better understand the changes in requirements of PD6662:2004 to PD6662:2010 the NSI training course will provide an overview of the fundamental changes and include an introduction to BS 8243:2010 and DD 263:2010.

This one-day course will be taking place on 23 January 2013 and is open to all installers of electronic security systems.

Elaine Ward, NSI Commercial Director comments: “We have listened to feedback from installers in Northern Ireland requesting we hold a PD 6662 transition training course in their area and we are happy to confirm we will be coming to Belfast in January.  We have had very positive feedback from individuals who have attended this course at our headquarters in Maidenhead, but appreciate that travelling to our office is not always convenient for everyone. If there is sufficient demand for sector training in other regions of the UK then NSI will gladly look to satisfy this requirement.”

For more information or to book a place, please click on the following link or contact Maxine Dent, NSI Training Executive, on 01628 764831 / Maxine.dent@nsi.org.uk

If you are interested in other NSI courses go to our Training Page

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Launch of the London Resilience Business Risk Framework Survey https://www.nsi.org.uk/2012/11/launch-of-the-london-resilience-business-risk-framework-survey/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2012/11/launch-of-the-london-resilience-business-risk-framework-survey/#respond Thu, 22 Nov 2012 14:21:58 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=4712 Post Office Ltd and London Resilience, working in partnership with Cross-sector Safety and Security Communications (CSSC), are rolling out a risk identification survey as the first step in a programme to build a London Business Risk Framework. The survey aims to gauge the perception of London businesses of the identified hazards and subsequent risks that […]

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Post Office Ltd and London Resilience, working in partnership with Cross-sector Safety and Security Communications (CSSC), are rolling out a risk identification survey as the first step in a programme to build a London Business Risk Framework.

The survey aims to gauge the perception of London businesses of the identified hazards and subsequent risks that could potentially have an impact on the capital. This survey will not only help the London Resilience Business Sector Panel to create a business risk framework specific to London, but it will also feed into the wider risk assessment work undertaken by the London Resilience Partnership.

‘Cross-sector Safety and Security Communications’ would be grateful if you could action the following:

– Complete the survey on behalf of your business, which can be accessed by clicking on the following link: http://static.london.gov.uk/surveys/businessriskframework/.

All responses will be anonymous, and the survey should take no longer than 10 minutes.

Should you have any problems completing the survey please contact alison.ingleby@london.gov.uk.

The closing date for responses is Wednesday 5th December.

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Consultation on a future regime for the private Security Industry https://www.nsi.org.uk/2012/11/consultation-on-a-future-regime-for-the-private-security-industry/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2012/11/consultation-on-a-future-regime-for-the-private-security-industry/#respond Tue, 20 Nov 2012 17:33:55 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=4656 The Home Office has today (20th November 2012) released its ‘Consultation on a future regulatory regime for the Private Security Industry’. The document outlines and seeks input of the Government’s preferred option for “reforming how the Private Security Industry is regulated.” There is a relatively tight timeframe for responses with a deadline of 15th January 2013. […]

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The Home Office has today (20th November 2012) released its ‘Consultation on a future regulatory regime for the Private Security Industry’. The document outlines and seeks input of the Government’s preferred option for “reforming how the Private Security Industry is regulated.” There is a relatively tight timeframe for responses with a deadline of 15th January 2013.

The consultation details how responses can be submitted either in writing or on-line. NSI will be responding direct to the consultation however, we would welcome feedback from those in the Security Guarding Industry so that these may be taken into account in our submission. Please email chris.pinder@nsi.org.uk. In addition, all companies with an interest may also respond directly to the Home Office.

A copy of the consultation can be found via the homeoffice website link below:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/about-us/parliamentary-business/written-ministerial-statement/private-security-regualtion-wms/

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SIA Releases Changes to ACS Self Assessment Workbook https://www.nsi.org.uk/2012/11/sia-releases-changes-to-acs-self-assessment-workbook/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2012/11/sia-releases-changes-to-acs-self-assessment-workbook/#respond Tue, 20 Nov 2012 17:33:38 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=4659 The SIA have released changes to the Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) Self Assessment Workbook. As of 1st January 2013 all NSI ACS and Passport Assessments will be working to these changes which must be implemented by 1st April 2013.  Companies not meeting the changes will have improvement observations raised between January and the end of March.  As from 1st […]

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The SIA have released changes to the Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) Self Assessment Workbook.

As of 1st January 2013 all NSI ACS and Passport Assessments will be working to these changes which must be implemented by 1st April 2013.  Companies not meeting the changes will have improvement observations raised between January and the end of March.  As from 1st April improvement needs will be raised.

For more information and to view the changes please see the revised document below;

SIA ACS Changes

 

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NSI Unveils a new Brand Identity https://www.nsi.org.uk/2012/11/nsi-unveils-a-new-brand-identity/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2012/11/nsi-unveils-a-new-brand-identity/#respond Tue, 13 Nov 2012 12:47:15 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=4482 NSI has unveiled its new corporate brand identity and styling in line with its vision....

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Whilst it remains steadfastly loyal to its established core business of security and fire certification schemes, NSI is looking to secure its future by broadening its range of auditing services and capabilities in order to maintain its competitive advantage and keep pace with the many and varied requirements of its approved companies.  The new brand image is the first step in what NSI considers will be a root and branch evolution of its modus operandi and engagement with its many stakeholders.

There is evidence of  increasing integration of  services provided by NSI approved companies, driven by new technology and end user demands, with many diversifying into new areas such as Facilities Management and  Environmental Management.  With the number of certification schemes currently offered and the proliferation of those being developed, there is a need to consolidate and simplify the public facing brand of NSI in order to strengthen its position and secure its future.

Organisations seeking certification from NSI will continue to be approved to Gold and Silver approval Schemes (e.g. the renowned NACOSS Gold Scheme), but will publically project the simplified NSI Gold and Silver logos, distinguishing the two levels of approval.  With a nod to the past, the certification logos will keep the ‘medal’ and ‘owl’ reference so revered by many.  Gold schemes will continue to be offered to those organisations which incorporate a BS EN ISO 9000 Quality Management System and Silver Schemes for those who have Product Certification, adhering to sector specific standards.

The new logo is designed to stand out amongst the crowd and is a ‘blue-ribbon’ offer of trust, quality, continued improvement and a tick of approval. The new look website www.nsi.org.uk reflects this new branding and offering.

Jeff Little OBE, Chief Executive NSI comments “Our organisation has been in existence in one form or another for over 40 years.  During this time the security and fire sectors have evolved significantly and in many different ways ranging from advancements in technology, the emergence of new standards and now the growing integration of services and systems.  Following an extensive review of our procedures and growing capabilities, it is essential that we create wider market appeal and presence, particularly in the minds of consumers and end users in all areas.”

Little continues “We are embracing change and we are genuinely excited about the future of the industry at a time when austerity cuts and reductions will hit both the police and the fire and rescue services.  This presents new opportunities for the approved community and we have to respond and react to the new security paradigm.”

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Three NSI Approved Companies the First to Gain Certification to SP205 https://www.nsi.org.uk/2012/11/three-nsi-approved-companies-the-first-to-gain-certification-to-sp205/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2012/11/three-nsi-approved-companies-the-first-to-gain-certification-to-sp205/#respond Wed, 07 Nov 2012 13:39:54 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=4411 First organistions to achieve registration to BAFE's Life Safety Fire Risk Asessment...

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NSI is delighted that the three organistions have successfully completed the rigorous application process and are now able to claim both NSI approval and BAFE registration for the SP205 Scheme.

The three organisations are:

  • Fire Isk Assessments and Training Ltd in Tullibody, Scotland (Silver Scheme)
  • Fire Marque in Westbury (Silver Scheme)
  • Trenton Fire Ltd in Bicester (Gold Scheme)

Steve Ostridge, of Fire Marque commented “During my dealings with NSI I found them to be knowledgeable and extremely effective in ensuring that my processess and methods met the require standards for life safety fire risk assessments, identifying areas of improvement as necessary.”  He went on to say “I believe the cost of the certification is very good value for money as I have already won contracts based on my new certification”.

Terry O’Neill, Managing Director of Trenton Fire Ltd said “I would strongly recommend NSI to others who are considering acquiring BAFE SP205 certification. The NSI team were extremely professional during the audit process giving good practical advice on how to improve the quality of our service.  Each step was clearly defined and well documented throughout the procedure.”

NSI would like to congratulate these organisations and wish them every success for the future.

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NSI Awarded UKAS Approval for BAFE’s Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment Scheme SP205 https://www.nsi.org.uk/2012/10/nsi-awarded-ukas-approval-for-bafes-life-safety-fire-risk-assessment-scheme/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2012/10/nsi-awarded-ukas-approval-for-bafes-life-safety-fire-risk-assessment-scheme/#respond Fri, 26 Oct 2012 10:30:36 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=3835 NSI becomes UKAS accredited for BAFE's SP205 Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment Scheme.

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NSI is the first certification body primed to offer a complete auditing solution for fire risk assessment organisations both large and small, keen to prove to their clients that they are competent to carry out life safety fire risk assessments.  Clients or those commissioning fire risk assessments, will have the assurance that they will receive a quality service by an organisation that is regularly audited to ensure compliance with set criteria.

Stephen Adams, General Manager, BAFE, commented “I am very pleased to hear that NSI has been granted UKAS accreditation to deliver our SP205 Scheme for Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment. NSI has been involved with the Scheme from the start, sitting on the Industry Working Group responsible for the Scheme’s development. Their expertise and knowledge they brought to the table during the development stage was invaluable and they are well placed to offer Fire Risk Assessment organisations with a credible auditing solution”.

Jeff Little, Chief Executive, NSI stated “NSI is delighted to have gained accreditation to conduct fire risk assessment audits and bring effective third party certification to this discipline.  Fire Risk Assessment is a life safety issue and the BAFE SP205 Scheme will undoubtedly be welcomed across all sectors of the industry.  We have conducted a thorough and intensive period of preparation, training and witnessed audits for our surveillance team and we are pleased to further extend our expertise and competence within the fire sector.”

NSI is now accepting applications from organisations keen to demonstrate to their clients that the service they provide is independently audited by the leading inspectorate for the security and fire sectors.

For more information contact the NSI Sales Department on 01628 764838 or sales@nsi.org.uk.

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Winners Announced at Security Excellence Awards https://www.nsi.org.uk/2012/10/winners-announced-at-security-excellence-awards/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2012/10/winners-announced-at-security-excellence-awards/#respond Mon, 22 Oct 2012 11:03:32 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=3770 The winners of the prestigious Security Excellence Awards were announced this week at the industry's annual black tie event.

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Selected by an independent judging panel, NSI approved companies won a number of categories and we congratulate them all:

Environmental Initiative of the Year: Magenta Security Services (Magenta’s Green Legacy)

Integrated Security Solution of the Year: Scotshield Fire and Security (North Lanarkshire CCTV Control Room)

IT Initiative of the Year: G4S Cash Solutions (UK) – (The Move to Total Online Recruitment)

Security Consultant of the Year: Emma Shaw of Esoteric Ltd

Large Security Installer of the Year: Kings Security Systems

Security Guarding Company of the Year: MITIE Total Security Management

Small to Medium Security Installer of the Year: Lifeline Alarm Systems

In addition, two companies assessed by NSI on behalf of the SIA for its Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) won the following awards:

ACS Champion of the Year: ETDE FM

Event Security Team of the Year: Showsec  (Diamond Jubilee Event Security Team)

The event is a showcase of the very best companies, projects and individuals across the security industry.  The finalists and winners have demonstrated excellence in their field and the Security Excellence Awards offers them the recognition they deserve.

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Winner of the Contribution to Standards Award https://www.nsi.org.uk/2012/10/winner-of-the-contribution-to-standards-award/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2012/10/winner-of-the-contribution-to-standards-award/#respond Mon, 22 Oct 2012 11:01:18 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=3766 As part of the 2012 Security Excellence Awards, NSI once again sponsored the category "Contribution to Standards". The winner was announced at the glittering event.

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NSI congratulates the winners of the 2012 award for ‘Contribution to Standards’ in the security industry.  The accolade was announced at this week’s outstanding Security Excellence Awards cere mony held on Wednesday evening at London’s prestigious Park Lane Hilton Hotel.  The trophy was presented by NSI’s Chief Executive Jeff Little OBE, to this year’s winner, namely the Register of Chartered Security Professionals.

The Register was created earlier this year by the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals working in close collaboration with the Security Institute.  The Register’s aim is to provide a definitive means of recognising and maintaining the high standards and the continuous professional development of individuals working in the security sector.  Once successfully admitted, members of the Register are entitled to use the post nominal of CSyP.

Di Thomas, Manager, Register of Chartered Security Professionals, said “We were thrilled to accept the award on behalf of everyone who contributed to the development and launch of the Register, to those initial Registrants who have put the Register on the map, and to the team responsible for continuing to take the Register forward.”

Jeff Little commented “This Register represents one of the most significant and positive steps in the ongoing campaign of professionalisation throughout the length and breadth of the security industry.  NSI are proud to sponsor it for the second year of its existance.”

Little went on to say that he welcomed the inclusion of a Code of Conduct, a professional disciplinary code and the need for ongoing professional development which were all fundamental features of the register and brought the security industry more closely into line with other professions across the business space.

Well done indeed to all involved!

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NSI at the Security Excellence Awards 2012 https://www.nsi.org.uk/2012/10/nsi-at-the-security-excellence-awards-2012/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2012/10/nsi-at-the-security-excellence-awards-2012/#respond Mon, 22 Oct 2012 10:57:38 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=3760 NSI is looking forward to this year's Security Excellence Awards taking place on 17 October 2012 at London's Park Lane Hotel....

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Now in its 14th year, the Security Excellence Awards provides a platform for the security profession to join forces to honour the achievements of those operating in the security management, intallation/integration, consultancy and manufacturing sub-sectors, to name a few.

Brian Sims, Chairman of this year’s judging panel commented: “We’re delighted to be able to recognise their efforts in what is undoubtedly the security profession’s premier awards scheme and one which increases in both popularity and scope with each passing year.”

The NSI ‘Contribution to Standards’ Award, will be presented to a company or organisation that has demonstrated a commitment to the implementation, enhancement or furtherance of Standards within the security field.  There is strong competition for this category and NSI wishes this year’s finalists the best of luck.

The finalists of NSI’s Contribution to Standards Award are:

  • ASIS International UK Chapter 208
  • CVIT Sector Consultation Group
  • Register of Chartered Security Professionals
  • Secure by Sodexo
  • VSG
  • Wilson James

NSI has supported the ‘Engineers of Tomorrow’ competition since is started in 2000.  The competition is a great opportunity for apprentice engineers to showcase their skills in front of their industry colleagues.  The competition takes place over the four days of IFSEC, challenging apprenctice installers to test their critical assessment, installation skills and knowledge.  NSI provides a fantastic second prize of two Red Letter Days, which NSI will present at the Awards ceremony.

Well done to all those that took part in this year’s competition!

We would like to congratulate all NSI approved companies who have been nominated for Awards in the various categories and wish them the very best of luck!

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New Scheme for Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment https://www.nsi.org.uk/2012/10/new-scheme-for-life-safety-fire-risk-assessment/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2012/10/new-scheme-for-life-safety-fire-risk-assessment/#respond Thu, 11 Oct 2012 11:33:49 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=2961 NSI has made a commitment to the fire industry to be one of the first certification bodies to achieve UKAS approval for SP205...

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NSI has made a commitment to the fire industry to be one of the first certification bodies to achieve UKAS approval for SP205, BAFE’s long awaited Life Safety Fire Risk Assessment Scheme which was launched in May this year.

The SP205 Scheme has been developed for organisations both large and small who provide life safety fire risk assessment services in the UK and will provide their clients, or those commissioning fire risk assessments, with the assurance that they will receive a quality service by an organisation who is regularly audited to ensure compliance with set criteria.

Having worked with a number of risk assessment companies during a pilot phase, NSI’s UKAS accreditation is now pending.  Organisations interested in attaining NSI approval and BAFE Registration for the SP205 Scheme are encouraged to contact NSI as applications can now be submitted.

Interested organisations should contact the NSI Sales Department on 01628 764838 for further information.

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NSI Embark on Social Media https://www.nsi.org.uk/2012/10/nsi-embark-on-social-media/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2012/10/nsi-embark-on-social-media/#respond Thu, 04 Oct 2012 15:08:45 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=2150 Beginning of a new chapter for NSI: NSI is excited to announce it has now joined the world of social media. You can now find us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, as well as Pinterest and YouTube. Our website will still be your first port of call for up to date company and industry news […]

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Beginning of a new chapter for NSI:

NSI is excited to announce it has now joined the world of social media. You can now find us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, as well as Pinterest and YouTube.

Our website will still be your first port of call for up to date company and industry news but we will be opening up the platforms that this information is available on. NSI aims to build on its relationships with Industry bodies, end users and NSI Approved Companies and social media will be an additional tool to enable us to do this.

Log on and ‘follow’ NSI on LinkedIn, to connect with the vast number of NSI Approved companies that are already getting involved. Once following the NSI company page you will be able to see the different services that NSI offer; recommendations from LinkedIn members (in time) that have benefitted from these services; as well as company updates and open industry related discussions.

Log on and ‘Like’ or ‘Follow’ our Facebook and Twitter pages to see news items,announcements, events and discussions.

Log on and ‘follow’ NSI on Pinterest to see photos of various company activities, like the 40th anniversary celebrations and NSI Approved company medal presentations.

Find and/or subscribe to NSI on YouTube to view videos of company and industry interviews and other interesting content.

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National hotel chain pleads guilty to fire safety offences https://www.nsi.org.uk/2012/07/legislation-for-fire-detection-alarm-systems/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2012/07/legislation-for-fire-detection-alarm-systems/#respond Tue, 03 Jul 2012 08:27:17 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=78 Hotel chain Travelodge has been fined £13,000 and ordered to pay 6,500 costs after breaching fire safety law at its Gatwick Airport Central hotel. The company pleaded guilty to seven offences under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 at Haywards Heath magistrates court on Friday 14 September. The prosecution was started after crews were […]

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Hotel chain Travelodge has been fined £13,000 and ordered to pay 6,500 costs after breaching fire safety law at its Gatwick Airport Central hotel.

The company pleaded guilty to seven offences under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 at Haywards Heath magistrates court on Friday 14 September.

The prosecution was started after crews were called to extinguish a blaze on the ground floor of the six-storey hotel, which was being refurbished at the time, in September 2011. When fire safety officers attended the hotel, they were so concerned by the inadequacy of the fire safety measures that a prohibition notice was served preventing anyone from staying at the hotel.

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NSI to be Present at BRC Conference in London https://www.nsi.org.uk/2012/07/test-news-sample-2/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2012/07/test-news-sample-2/#respond Mon, 02 Jul 2012 10:30:00 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=89 Retail Crime and Loss Prevention Conference 10th October – America Square Conference Centre, London In line with NSI’s commitment to enhance its exposure to procurers and decision makers, we will have a delegate presence at the British Retail Consortium Retail Crime and Loss Prevention Conference in October.  This conference is regularly attended by delegates from […]

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Retail Crime and Loss Prevention Conference 10th October – America Square Conference Centre, London

In line with NSI’s commitment to enhance its exposure to procurers and decision makers, we will have a delegate presence at the British Retail Consortium Retail Crime and Loss Prevention Conference in October.  This conference is regularly attended by delegates from retail, law enforcement and from crime partnerships.   I am forwarding information from BRC for your attention.  If you are interested in attending this conference, please contact BRC via the contact details in the attachment.

Tackling Retail Crime Together

With the cost of retail crime soaring by 31% and an 83% rise in violent crime in 2011, the BRC is calling on law makers and enforcers to help combat it. This year’s Crime & Loss Prevention Conference has been designed with a heavy focus on promoting more effective engagement between the retail business community and Police.

2012 Keynote Speakers:

Bernard Hogan-Howe, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police ACC Paul Broadbent, National Lead for Burglary, ACPO

They join an impressive line-up of speakers:

Stephen Barry, Senior Relationship Manager , SOCA Alan  Brown, Group Security Director, Tesco Julie Davies OBE, Business Crime Manager and Lead , Stoke on Trent Business Crime Reduction Partnership, PABCIS Phillip Hagon, Head of Corporate Security, Sainsbury’s Paul Jennings, Cross Border Intelligence Analyst, Stoke on Trent Business Crime Reduction Partnership, PABCIS Mike Marshall, Group Security Director, Shop Direct Group Andrew Pope OBE, National Operations Manager, Co-operative Group John Prior, Group Profit Protection Manager, Home Retail Group Claire Rushton, Operational Security Senior Manager, Asda Oliver Shaw, Detective Superintendent, City of London Police Mike Wyeth, Director of Security, March UK Ltd

Attend this conference to…

  Gain comprehensive understanding of what impact the introduction of Police & Crime Commissioners will have for retail: the role, challenges and opportunities

  Get up to speed on where retail crime has moved from last year and the forthcoming security challenges with latest policy updates and new developments

  Share best practice on loss prevention strategies and network with peers and industry leaders

  Learn effective strategies for preventing and tackling internal theft and refund fraud

  Gain industry insight on combating serious and organised crime

  Examine and evaluate cost effective solutions to e-crime and fraud

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Restructure of Management team at NSI https://www.nsi.org.uk/2012/07/test-news-sample-3/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2012/07/test-news-sample-3/#respond Sun, 01 Jul 2012 10:30:27 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=91 The National Security Inspectorate has announced a restructuring of its top level management team at its headquarters in Maidenhead, Berkshire. A review of NSI’s management structure was instigated earlier this year by the NSI Board with the aim of streamlining the management effort and ensuring the certification body is more agile and focussed upon its […]

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The National Security Inspectorate has announced a restructuring of its top level management team at its headquarters in Maidenhead, Berkshire.

A review of NSI’s management structure was instigated earlier this year by the NSI Board with the aim of streamlining the management effort and ensuring the certification body is more agile and focussed upon its approved companies.

As a result of the review, Chris Pinder becomes Director of External Affairs with responsibility for the outward looking vision and stakeholder management aspects of the organisation.  Elaine Ward takes on the role of Commercial Director, with a sales, marketing, training and affinity partnerships remit and Kay Aitkin retains her operations portfolio with the title of Director of Service Delivery.  Graeme Hazlewood steps into the Business Support Director’s seat, overseeing NSI’s finance, IT and infrastructure.

Jeff Little, NSI’s Chief Executive, believes these changes will enable the Inspectorate to become more responsive and proactive in the fast changing environment of fire and security certification.

Little comments “I believe that the changing threat, the advancing technology and the advent of new regulatory requirements all combine to make it essential that we adapt to what is in effect a changed paradigm”.

Little continues “NSI has invested in training a new breed of auditor for the fire risk assessment market and hopes to lead the field in this area.  Audits for health & safety, environmental management, aviation and maritime security as well as information security management systems are included in the updated portfolio of capabilities.  Whilst our core business remains fully centred on our traditional centres of excellence, we must respond to our approved companies seeking a more joined up and integrated audit regime.

The restructuring sees the departure of Paul Bigland and Ian Sanderson from the Senior Management Team.

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NSI Achieves Two New H&S Regulations https://www.nsi.org.uk/2012/06/test-news-sample-4/ https://www.nsi.org.uk/2012/06/test-news-sample-4/#respond Sat, 30 Jun 2012 10:30:50 +0000 http://www.nsi.org.uk/?p=93 NSI, as the first sector specific security and fire Certification Body to become UKAS accredited for EMS Certification and Occupational Health & Safety Management System certification, has recently obtained two additional complementary recognitions. NSI has obtained registration to Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP), an initiative that promotes mutual recognition of registered Health & Safety Schemes […]

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NSI, as the first sector specific security and fire Certification Body to become UKAS accredited for EMS Certification and Occupational Health & Safety Management System certification, has recently obtained two additional complementary recognitions.

NSI has obtained registration to Safety Schemes in Procurement (SSIP), an initiative that promotes mutual recognition of registered Health & Safety Schemes within the construction industry and Buildsafe-NI, a scheme designed to reduce construction industry accidents.

Businesses are increasingly being asked to prove their Health & Safety competence as a key pre-condition for gaining and retaining business.  For example, to tender for new construction work specific pre-qualification criteria is often specified.  These include registration under well-known Health & Safety based assessment schemes such as Contractors Health & Safety Scheme (CHAS) and SAFE Contractor.  Such tender requirements are often enforced regardless of whether the organisation already has UKAS Accredited Certification to BS OHSAS 18001:2007.

The National House Building Council (NHBC), with the approval of the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), set up SSIP, with the aim of facilitating mutual recognition of registered Health & Safety assessment schemes, avoiding unnecessary duplication with regard to construction work prequalification criteria.

The potential benefit of this mutual recognition is that if an organisation is approved under the NSI Health & Safety Gold Scheme for BS OHSAS 18001:2007 then any client pressure for additional registration with other SSIP assessment schemes can be argued.  In cases where there is still some pressure to hold multiple registrations, then the SSIP mutual recognition agreement will usually enable registration with other schemes at a reduced rate and without the need for a specific assessment.

Jeff Little, NSI Chief Executive stated “We are delighted to have achieved recognition to become part of the SSIP.  This demonstrates that our NSI Health & Safety Gold Scheme is recognised by other Health & Safety assessment schemes registered on the SSIP website such as CHAS and SAFE Contractor.”

Within Northern Ireland there is a separate initiative called “Buildsafe-NI”, administered by the Central Procurement Directorate.  This scheme is designed to further reduce accidents within the construction industry. Any contractor seeking to tender for public sector construction work in Northern Ireland has to have a Health and Safety management system certificated by a recognised and nationally accredited third party.  NSI is delighted to have received confirmation that NSI’s Health & Safety Gold scheme also meets the requirements of the Buildsafe-NI registration scheme.

Commenting on NSI’s significant Health & Safety achievements, Jeff Little commented “NSI constantly seeks to evolve and deliver a complete solution for the benefit of our approved companies.  We are aware that trading conditions are difficult at present and these achievements with SSIP and Buildsafe-NI will open up new opportunities and reduce bureaucracy for comapnies approved by NSI for their Health & Safety management.”

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