The seal of approval

Elizabeth Turner, sales and marketing director for the Event and Exhibition Partnership (EEP) says word of mouth referrals and recommendations make all the difference. When choosing a security and stewarding company for your event, you need to consider the following to ensure you are employing the right team for you. First of all The Private Security Industry Act (SIA) 2001 requires all security officers to be licensed and furthermore there is an Approved Contractor scheme which gives you the peace of mind that the team you are employing are reaching a recognised standard. The SIA Private Security Industry Act 2001 requires the SIA to establish a “system of inspection for providers of security services, under which those organisations who satisfactorily meet the agreed standards may be registered as approved, and may advertise themselves as such”. The objective of the SIA’s Approved Contractor scheme is to raise performance standards and to assist the private security industry in developing new opportunities. The scheme is currently voluntary and was developed in consultation with representatives from across the industry. In December 2014, the Home Office said the Government expects the introduction of the statutory licensing of private security businesses to come into force as soon as possible during the next Parliamentary session, which started in May 2015. All approved contractors will therefore already be on the route to being licensed. So it is prudent to ensure your security team are correctly licenced and preferably use a company that is part of the Approved Contractor scheme. Secondly and perhaps most importantly, choose a company that suits your event, you don’t want a team of doormen used to pubs and bars for a conference, and if it is a concert then make sure they have the experience to manage the security for this type of event. Make sure the teams are employed and trained to do the roles they are deployed to fulfil. Ask what training is in place, are they insured, are they given uniform etc? What pedigree has the company got, make sure you ask for references or ask around and see who other organisers and venues use and recommend. The management and supervisory team are key for the successfully operation on site, make sure you meet the team who will be working with you, at the end of the day, we are a close knit community on site and working relationships count. The security and stewarding team are part of your service delivery to your clients, part of the customer experience, not just a necessity for public safety.  We all know budgets are important so make sure you talk this through with your provider we are able to make suggestions and give solutions to ensure a security and stewarding plan is in place and within reasonable budget constraints. A good company will tell you if your budget is unrealistic and then work with you to achieve a plan that works. This article was first published in the October issue of EN. Any comments? Email Annie Byrne
Elizabeth Turner
Posted by Elizabeth Turner
PopularComments
Twitter Facebook Google+ LinkedIn

Related Stories

Others on EN

Paul Byrom: Opportunity knocks

Paul Byrom: Opportunity knocks

Paul Byrom, AEO chairman and MD at Upper Street Events on the formation and goals of the new AEO Development Board
The height of safe practice

The height of safe practice

Andrew Harrison, ESSA director on continuing to build a robust, safety-first, working culture in events and exhibitions.
All part of the plan

All part of the plan

Kevin Horler, project director of Vividfish Ltd, on the importance of creating an inbound marketing strategy for your next exhibition.

WATCH THE EN AWARDS 2016 HIGHLIGHTS


silverstream.tv

Most Read Stories

Lourda Derry: Making the connection

Lourda Derry: Making the connection

Lourda Derry, director of Easyfairs UK addresses the science behind operations and the profile of our audiences.
Steve Monnington: The Dealmaker in March

Steve Monnington: The Dealmaker in March

Steve Monnington of Mayfield Media Strategies, runs the rule over the latest global exhibition deals.
Helen Lowe: Marketing déjà vu

Helen Lowe: Marketing déjà vu

Helen Lowe, events and marketing manager at Europa International, talks about the importance of keeping up with the creativity amidst the chaos.

Latest News

AEO launches Development Board

AEO launches Development Board

The Association of Event Organisers (AEO) has announced the formation of a Development Board, with the aim of ensuring that the AEO delivers value to all members.
F3 secures Watford FC contract

F3 secures Watford FC contract

F3, the joint venture between One Event Management and Legends of the US, has won a 10-year contract with Watford Football Club.
MA Exhibitions appoints LiveBuzz as exclusive partner

MA Exhibitions appoints LiveBuzz as exclusive partner

MA Exhibitions, the exhibitions arm of media company Mark Allen Group, has appointed LiveBuzz as exclusive registration partner across its entire exhibition portfolio.

Latest Features

The big picture

The big picture

Imagine you could find all the photos taken at your event...well now you can, says Gaggletag founder Gideon Summerfield.
The talent of a nation

The talent of a nation

Following the launch of Connect16 this year, EN catches up with founder Nicola McGrane on experiencing the essence of Ireland.
EN30/30 Breakfast Club in November

EN30/30 Breakfast Club in November

Tasting the delicacies of ExCeL London’s River Cottage, members of the EN30 gather to discuss recruitment, working from home and the potential death of email.

Latest Galleries

ESSA 2016 Conference of Things

ESSA 2016 Conference of Things

This year’s ESSA Conference achieved a record attendance of delegates from across the events supplier industry, representing over 100 companies at Ricoh Arena, on 24 November.
The Prosthetics Event 2016

The Prosthetics Event 2016

Exhibition, education and shopping show The Prosthetics Event, returned to Conference Aston in Birmingham for the third consecutive year on 19 November.
World Travel Market London 2016

World Travel Market London 2016

World Travel Market (WTM) London 2016, which took place on 7-9 November at ExCeL London, celebrated its most successful show yet with a joint record attendance of 51,500.