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Publication date:- 2017-28-04

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Security experts to give free advice to local businesses

THE British Security Industry Association (BSIA) is encouraging local businesses to register for their free place at the upcoming North West Security Procurement Conference, taking place at the Holiday Inn, in Central Liverpool, on Wednesday, 3 May 2017. Sponsored by ATEC Fire and Security Ltd and Securitas UK, and supported by Merseyside Police, the day event gives delegates the opportunity to hear from a range of expert speakers on the importance of quality in order to make the most out of their security investments.

ACC Ian Critchley QPM of Merseyside Police will officially open the event, followed by a range of presentations aimed at helping businesses make smarter purchasing decisions to make sure the security they have in place is fit for purpose and will deliver long term business benefits.

Confirmed speakers include:-


►  Pauline Norstrom, Managing Director of NetVu and Immediate Past Chair of the BSIA. With a 16 year background in the security industry, Pauline is passionate about the importance of quality as a purchasing decision. Her presentation covers:- 'The real price of security systems', examining the whole life cost of the security system and exploring the price vs quality debate from the perspectives of both buyers and sellers of security solutions.

► Detective Inspector Robbie Moss of Merseyside Police, will present on:- 'Reducing threat, harm and risk to local business', discussing an investigation he led as Senior Investigating Officer into armed robberies at several newsagents in the North Merseyside area, and how security solutions can be an effective tool in solving crime.

► David Wells, Commercial Director for Securitas Security Services (UK) Ltd in the North, will be advising on best practice procurement for security guarding. David has 17 years' experience in the private security industry, with a wealth of operational knowledge across a variety of sectors.

► Steve Lampett, Technical Officer at the BSIA, will be speaking about British Standards and the important role they can play in helping businesses choose quality security products and services.

► Simon Adcock, Chief Executive Officer of ATEC Fire and Security and Chairman of the BSIA's CCTV Section, will explore the idea that:- 'Price is not everything', Simon will be helping technology buyers define their needs in order to find a great security partner.

► As well as a comprehensive speaker programme, delegates will also have the opportunity to network over a light lunch and see a range of security products and services from a variety of exhibitors, including: Securitas Security Services (UK) Ltd, ATEC Fire and Security, Gallagher Security, Humax Electronics Co Ltd and Safer Shred.

Delegates can register for their free place online.

Southport residents called on to nominate projects for ₤250,000 Jewson Building Better Communities competition

JEWSON has opened nominations for its 2017 Building Better Communities competition, and is calling on people in Southport to nominate community building projects that are in need of a helping hand. This year's total regional prize fund has doubled to ₤200,000 and is open to applications from improvement projects across England, Scotland and Wales. Community groups can apply for a share of the overall prize fund; anything from ₤500 to ₤10,000 to spend on building materials; or put their project forward for the top prize of ₤50,000 for building materials and labour. In a new addition to the 2017 competition, communities can also nominate a 'Trade Hero'  who is a tradesperson who plays a big role in their area, whether it's a roofer who has fixed a leak in the village hall or a builder who has supported a local children's charity. The winner of the Trade Hero category will receive ₤50,000 worth of building materials to enable them to complete a worthy community project.

Mark Rayfield, CEO of Jewson, explained:- "Since Building Better Communities launched in 2015, we've seen the difference that the competition has had on local communities and charities. We know there are many more projects that could benefit out there, which is why we're encouraging people in Southport to nominate a cause close to their hearts. We've also introduced a new category for 2017; the Trade Hero award. We know that tradespeople are working hard to help their communities on a regular basis, and we really want to champion these people and enable the work they're doing."

Since the 1st year of the competition in 2015, Building Better Communities has helped over 40 community projects across the UK. This year, the competition is supported by a number of Jewson partners including:- Velux, Norbord, Marshalls, Polypipe, Recticel, Tarmac and British Gypsum. Community groups and tradespeople have until 5 May 2017 to put forward their project. Nominations can be made online.

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