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ST17 Midlands

Won’t be long now – the first Security TWENTY conference and exhibition of 2017 by Professional Security, ST17 Midlands. It’s running at the East Midlands Conference Centre, on the University of Nottingham campus just to the west of the city centre, on Thursday, February 9.

As usual at our ST events, it’s free to enter, whether you’re a security installer, a consultant or specifier, a manager or officer or superviser, in whatever sector; or if you just want to keep up to date with products and services in the UK private security sector. Doors open around 8.30am and if you’re an early riser or you want to pop around the exhibition stands first thing and then get on with the rest of your day, there are bacon butties served.

There’s tea, coffee and biscuits served in mid-morning and a hot buffet lunch, all free; and the exhibition will close at about 4pm. There’s more than exhibitors and the conference room and free lunch; new for 2017 is the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce, whose business crime reduction people will be around to offer advice to local visitors, whether with a security background or general business people who seek site or building security.

Thanks go to the event sponsors Jacksons Fencing, the SSAIB, Anixter, Hanwha Techwin, Hikvision, Seagate and CSL DualCom. Hanwha are holding a VIP suite off the exhibition floor for invited guests. For a list of all the exhibitors, visit

The conference opens at 9.30am; ST17 Midlands again will be chaired by consultant and Security Institute director Mike White. Speakers invited include Alex Carmichael of the SSAIB inspectorate, Nigel Davies of the Security Industry Authority (SIA), talking in particular about the industry regulator’s prosecution cases; and consultant and trainer Bill Croft, who features in the January 2017 print issue of Professional Security; he’s talking about a new training course in emergency response for first responders such as security officers, that he’s authored.

For more about all the ST17 events, visit the ‘events’ part of our website.

As ever, the no-tie-necessary three-course networking dinner the evening before at the same venue will be in aid of Midlands-based charity Simon’s Heroes which seeks to raise funds towards children with life-limiting illnesses. ST17 at Nottingham brings up four full years of ST events; in that time, they’ve raised more than £30,000 for charities.

While you’re free to turn up on the day, we do ask that you register beforehand, just to help us plan the catering. You collect your badge on the day at reception, staffed by Professional Security. Email organiser Liz Lloyd at

As a reminder, here are the other dates of ST events around the British Isles this year – note the new venues in Harrogate and Glasgow, and the total number of ST events this year is five rather than the previous four.

ST17 Ireland – 5 April 2017, Dublin;
ST17 North – 4 July 2017, Harrogate;
ST17 Scotland – 5 September 2017, Glasgow;
ST17 London – 2 November 2017, Heathrow.

Pictured; last year’s ST16 Midlands exhibition room, as seen on the monitor screen of exhibitor Bosch Security Systems.


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