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Welcome to ST16

A new year, and a new set of dates and venues for our Security TWENTY series of conference-exhibitions. It’s free to be a delegate – just register beforehand.

Here are the 2016 dates and venues for our series of conference-exhibitions, some familiar, some fresh. First stop is a return to Nottingham – same venue as the last couple of years, the East Midlands conference centre on the University of Nottingham campus, on Thursday, February 4. Next we go beyond England for the first time, to Dublin, the Red Cow Moran Hotel to be exact, on Wednesday, April 6. Remember your passport!? We return to Manchester and the Hilton Deansgate in the centre of the city, on Tuesday, July 5. And last but not least, the year closes on Wednesday, November 2 in west London again, at the Park Inn, Heathrow. Pictured, a scene from ST15 Nottingham.

We’re entering our fourth year of these events, and the format has stayed much the same from the start, apart from the inevitable tweaks, such as adding bacon butties for those visitors arriving early around 8.45am. The idea is that if you can only give part of a day to an ST event, that’s fine; turn up, have a bite to eat, take a look around, then get on with your working day. If you can devote more time – and do we need to tell you that you deserve a day out of the office?! – we put on a morning of speakers from 9.30am, tea and something to eat in the morning break, and a buffet lunch, and in the breaks you can see what’s new from the exhibitors.

That’s been the idea of the ST series all along – to put you readers in contact with useful people. Last time at ST15 Heathrow in October for instance you could hear the new SIA chief exec, Alan Clamp. Whether you’re learning about what’s going on in the industry from the speakers, getting an update on products and services from exhibitors, or just seeing faces you know and making new contacts, you can be a security manager, installer, specifier or consultant, or someone wanting to stay in touch with private security; buyer, supplier or whoever.

The Nottingham conference will be chaired by ST regular, the consultant and former IPSA chairman Mike White. There’s a welcome return too for Metropolitan Police DCI Mick Neville who will inform and entertain about his Central Forensic Image Team’s use of CCTV. If you don’t feel better after hearing him, you must be one of the criminals caught on camera that he’s identified. Also a return speaker is Simon Banks, of the alarm signalling product company CSL DualCom, speaking as a director of the National Security Inspectorate, who will tell us the latest from the NSI and that side of the sector. Another side of security, cyber, will be the topic for Paul Oughton of Advent IM. Canon, Axis Communications, Seagate and Southwest Microwave will give manufacturer updates. And more speakers will be announced nearer the time. That’s on Thursday, February 4; and on the Wednesday evening before, we open proceedings as ever with a networking dinner.

It’s a sit-down but no-jacket-required meal, a chance for guests to informally get to know each other. The raffles and heads and tails games have raised more than £30,000 so far for local charities. At the risk of sounding corny, that’s all thanks to diners and we know from the charities how much they appreciate it. Something new for this year is a casino at the hotel after the dinner. Don’t lose your shirt – it can be chilly in the Midlands in February!? Thanks must go to the sponsors of ST16, Canon, Anixter and CSL DualCom. And indeed to the exhibiting companies that make the events possible. They are (and please insert your own drum roll here) in alphabetical order: Aiphone, Anixter, Arecont Vision, ASIS, the Association of Security Consultants, Axis, Business Insight 3 (Bi3), Canon, Castel, CDVI, CSL DualCom, DVS, G-Tec Distribution, icomply, Jacksons Security Fencing, KBC Networks, Midwich Security, Pelco by Schneider Electric, Pyronix, Raytec, Razberi Technologies, Reeltech UK, Risco Group, Samsung, Seagate, Secure Logiq, the Security Institute, Southwest Microwave, STid, Trackit247, Videcon, Videofied and Wavestore.

Feel free to just turn up on the day, but we do ask if possible that you register with us online in advance. That just helps us to know how many mouths to cater for, and speeds up handing you your badge on arrival. Your contact is organiser Liz Lloyd: email Be seeing you!



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