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ST18 dates, venues

The 2018 places and dates for the Security TWENTY series of conference-exhibitions have been announced. They’re the events run by Professional Security magazine since 2013, around the country, free to attend whatever your interest in private security – whether you’re an end user, installer, consultant or specifier, buyer or someone who wants to stay up to date with the sector.

The 2018 line-up is:

ST18 Midlands – February 21, East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham;
ST18 Scotland – May 1, Hilton, Glasgow;
ST18 North – July 5, Harrogate;
ST18 Ireland – September 5, Dublin; and
ST18 London – November 7, Heathrow.

There’s five events, as in 2017. The year starts and finishes the same as in recent years, in the Midlands, and in London. There’s a few changes – the Glasgow event, in Scotland for the first time in 2017, has switched to May, and swapped places with Dublin, which the last couple of times has been in April (pictured, April 2017 at the Red Cow Moran Hotel, Dublin); it’s moved to September. And the Harrogate event, in the Yorkshire spa town for the first time in the summer of 2017, returns to the Majestic Hotel.

In any case, the format is the same; an exhibition and alongside a conference, of varied speakers to bring you the latest in security technology and news. Regular speakers for example are from the Security Industry Authority (SIA), inspectorates, and the Surveillance Camera Commissioner Tony Porter, a speaker at the ST17 Heathrow event in November 2017. And once the conference is finished around lunchtime, there is such a thing as a free lunch, a hot buffet. Also tea and coffee at the mid-morning break, and bacon butties if you’re an early starter, and just want to pop into the exhibition (which opens around 8.30am) to see some of the products on show, before you get on with your day. Although you’re very welcome to stay longer – the conference opens at 9.30am and the event runs until about 4pm.

Professional Security Managing Director Roy Cooper asked that if companies are interested in booking a place on the exhibition floor for any of the 2018 events to make contact to book, sooner rather than later; because space does fill up, fast. He said: “People, lots of people, are disappointed they can’t get in. These are successful events.”

Any queries, email organiser Liz Lloyd at [email protected] You can just turn up on the day, but Professional Security asks that you register beforehand, which will help gauge numbers for the catering. A networking dinner the evening before each ST event runs at the venues as ever.

For full details and for the exhibitors and sponsors of the event series, visit


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