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Aico recognised as Best Practice representative in The Parliamentary Review

10 July 2021

AICO HAS been recognised as a Best Practice representative for the upcoming 2021 edition of The Parliamentary Review, an independent publication which looks at how key British organisations are responding to different political and economic challenges.

The publication is apolitical and reviews the latest events in Parliament from a non-partisan perspective. Success for organisations of any size doesn’t always come easily and The Parliamentary Review is indispensable for anyone who seeks to make a difference in their sector. It highlights significant developments and concerns for leaders up and down the country.

Aico has contributed a thought leadership article to the publication, examining how the approach to fire protection is changing with legislative reform paving the way to a more holistic landscape that challenges the status quo and places resident safety firmly at the fore.

Steve Trafford, Aico’s national sales director (and national sales manager at the time of publication) commented: “We’re delighted to contribute to The Parliamentary Review, particularly so on such critical and relevant topics to our sector. As a business, we’re positioned to facilitate conversation and collaboration to connect the UK’s housing sector, providing an article championing Best Practice and pulling issues to the forefront in a publication that resonates both in Westminster and nationally.”

Kwasi Kwarteng, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, commented: “This year’s Parliamentary Review reflects on a tumultuous and extraordinary year, globally and nationally.”

*Aico's article can be viewed online at: https://www.theparliamentaryreview.co.uk/organisations/aico

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service Business Education seminar

Aico recently welcomed members of the Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service to the company’s headquarters in Oswestry to host the former’s Business Education seminar.

Conducted in Aico’s flexible meeting room in accordance with Government guidelines, the seminar was held for the purpose of educating local business owners and ‘Responsible Persons’ on the legislative requirements around fire safety. Aico’s primary aim is to make homes safer and strive to educate and inform the community, from electrical contractors through to landlords and their residents. Aico was pleased to support the local Fire and Rescue Service in raising matters pertaining to fire safety awareness.

This opportunity arose from Aico’s new campaign, which aims to increase support to the Fire and Rescue Service across the UK. The campaign launched in September last year with the focus of offering increased support to each of the 52 Fire and Rescue Services through the provision of Aico’s Fire Industry Association-approved Continuing Professional Development training based on BS 5839-6:2019+A1:2020, the use of Aico’s Mobile Training and Demonstration Units and access to office space at its Centre of Excellence (as well as homeowner and tenant safety packs).

Martin Huckle, Watch manager and inspecting officer for the Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Protection Department, informed Fire Safety Matters: “This is a busy time for all sectors of business as we emerge from the pandemic, and we were really pleased that local businesses took time out to come and listen to the presentation and, hopefully, take something away to make their premises safe for the people who use their buildings. Although we’ve made the presentation available online, these live seminars provide the best opportunity for businesses to engage with the Fire and Rescue Service in an open session of questions and answers to help employers have a better understanding of how to make their premises safe and comply with fire safety legislation.”

Local businesses engaged

Aico’s operations co-ordinator Ryan Evans, who joined the session, commented: “It was great to see so many local businesses engaged and learning about fire safety. It’s really encouraging to see them taking time out of their busy schedules to keep up-to-date with the latest changes. As COVID restrictions begin to ease, we look forward to welcoming more of the community to use our facilities here in Oswestry.”

*As the Government moves towards lifting all restrictions, the Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service will be planning further live seminars. If any business, employer or owner would be interested in being invited to future events then send an e-mail to businessfiresafety@shropshirefire.gov.uk

**For a copy of the presentation (which is also available as a webinar) visit www.shropshirefire.gov.uk/safety-at-work/business-education-seminars