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Security Event Q&A

26 February 2019

We sit down with The Security Event director Tristan Norman to get an insight on why the event is a must attend at NEC Birmingham on 9-11 April 2019.

What makes The Security Event different to other exhibitions in the security calendar?

The driving ethos behind The Security Event is that we are “designed by the industry, for the industry.” We were able to start with a blank canvas and take onboard all the feedback from stakeholders throughout the security buying chain and create an event that is sustainable and fit for purpose.

We see the role of the event as a very important one – to truly reconnect the currently fragmented UK commercial security industry, back at the NEC in Birmingham. We pride ourselves in creating a business platform that puts the exhibitors’ needs first, by limiting the size of stands and total number of exhibitors as well as creating a comprehensive CPD accredited educational programme for the visitors.

For many of our exhibitors, this is the ONLY exhibition in the UK they have chosen to support this year, which is a real testament to the credibility of The Security Event.

Tell us more about the Founding Partners.

Our founding partners are ASSA ABLOY, Avigilon, Anixter, Comelit, Honeywell, TDSi, Texecom, Tyco and Videcon. The full list of exhibitors and supporting partners can be found on our website.

The reasons why they have signed up are very simple. They all see the exact same gap in the industry event landscape as we do. We believe there is a need for a 3-day channel focused commercial security exhibition based at The NEC in Birmingham. Our exhibitors want to re-engage with the thousands of industry colleagues who no longer attend the other events on offer.

What else is happening around the show for visitors?

The Security Event will deliver a focused seminar programme across three focused theatres, serving the needs of our audience throughout the buying chain. Emphasis will be placed on the latest technology innovations impacting the industry, practical advice on the most pressing issues facing security technicians, and important industry updates and insights.

The ‘Designing Out Crime Zone’, showcases the latest police techniques to reduce crime and keep local communities safe. The crime zone is being hosted by Secured by Design (SBD), the national police crime prevention initiative, with further support from the Cross-Sector Security and Safety Communications (CSSC) initiative and and West Midlands Police, who run a number of initiatives radiating out across the region from the UKs second city, Birmingham.

We’re also hosting various industry drinks party straight after the show closes on both the Tuesday and Wednesday of the show. This will give visitors and exhibitors that additional time to network on a more personal level, continuing more formal discussions of the day in a relaxed environment.

How are things shaping up with just a few weeks left until the doors open?

We are anticipating 6,000 attendees over the 3 days – Our current visitors registration put us well on track to achieve that number which is fantastic. We are incredibly lucky to have the support of some of the worlds leading Manufactures many of whom are exclusively launching product or services at the event which will create a fantastic buzz! 

In terms of content – the full conference timetables are available to be viewed on our website and we have over 40+ hours of CPD accredited content available for our visitors. As well as sector specific breakfast briefings for the likes of the ‘Manned Guarding Sector’ and our exclusive ‘Designing Out Crime Zone’. This is really going to be the ‘must attend event of the year.

It is early days, but how do you expect to develop the exhibition for 2020?

I hope over the next few years The Security Event cements itself as the industry’s favourite trade show and that exhibitors and visitors alike look forward to every year for both the business opportunities at the event and the networking outside of it. The Security Event will continue to evolve year after year, but I am determined that we stay true to our original concept and the principles on which the show was founded. After all, it is this formula that has proved to be so popular to date.

The Security Event takes place at NEC Birmingham on 9-11 April and is co-located with The Fire Safety Event, Health & Safety Event and The Facilities Event.

You can register to attend The Security Event and get FREE parking and access to more than 50 hours of CPD accredited content by CLICKING HERE