Key associations backing Fire Safety North

Fire Safety North makes its debut at EventCity Manchester on 10-11 October and is being supported by a number of key associations in the fire sector.

Fire Safety North is the ideal place to network with like-minded professionals and to share best practice. The event is being supported by key industry associations the Institute of Fire Safety Managers (IFSM), Association for Specialist Fire Protection, National Association of Healthcare Fire Officers, British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association and the Association of Insurance Surveyors (AiS). Both the Ais and IFSM will be hosting open meetings on 10 Octoberat Fire Safety North and all delegates are welcome to attend.

Delegates will be treated to more than 14 hours of free educational content that is being split across two theatres – The Fire Safety Keynote Theatre (Sponsored by Advanced) and the Fire and Evacuation Theatre (Sponsored by Fire and Security Matters magazine).

In addition, delegates are invited to attend breakfast briefings on both days where they will enjoy a bacon roll, refreshments while networking and enjoying sessions on understanding passive fire protection (10 October) and tall building fires (11 October). The sessions start at 8am, which is an hour before the doors open, and will end provide attendees with an exclusive first look at the exhibition.

CPD hours are available for all the seminar sessions and the content line-up is not to be missed. Day one will focus on complying with legislation with delegates invited to take part in a fire safety mock trial. Leading fire safety prosecutor Warren Spencer will lead the prosecution against a defendant in a case under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 while a leading barrister will attempt to convince the jury of the defendant’s innocence. Delegates will then be given the opportunity to be judge and jury so make sure you don’t miss out on this lively and interactive demonstration of life in a court room for fire safety offences.

Warren Spencer has prosecuted more than 100 cases under the Fire Safety Order and in a separate seminar he will share some of the most common pitfalls that have led to prosecutions against companies across the UK.

In another interactive session, experienced fire safety trainer Roy Smith will deliver a live chemical explosion demonstration, which will show the devastating effects of not safely storing chemicals.

Day two will provide a focus on business continuity and disaster planning, including a session from Manchester City Council about how it responded to the recent bombing at the Manchester Evening News Arena. The Welsh government will also deliver an address about how it successfully passed legislation that makes it a legal requirement to install sprinklers in all new buildings. There will also be sessions on how to eliminate false alarms and the role of the responsible person.

Fire Safety North is co-located with the long-established Health and Safety North and there will be more than 130 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and innovations in the fire and health and safety sectors. Fire Safety North will feature leading brands such as Advanced, C-Tec, Wagner, Gerda, FirePro, Evac+Chair, EMS, Jactone, BT Redcare and many more.

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BFM Magazine is partnering with the Contamination Expo Series 2017

BFM Magazine has joined forces with the Contamination Expo Series 2017 as an official partner ahead of the event’s highly anticipated return on the 27th & 28th of September at ExCeL London.

The Contamination Expo Series is simply unique; it’s Europe’s largest event designed to further the protection of the environment and management of contaminated land, water, and air by bringing together the latest solutions, the most innovative suppliers, and the industry’s greatest schedule of seminars led by the world’s most prominent experts.

This standout exhibition regularly attracts partnerships with major players from across the industry. BFM Magazine’s inclusion in the 2017 show only reinforces this reputation further and adds to the growing roster of large organisations choosing this event to showcase their latest offerings and ground-breaking innovations.

Over 3,000 contamination professionals will flood the exhibition hall to engage with over 150 innovative environmental suppliers, 120 CPD-accredited and expert-led seminars, interactive debates, live demonstrations, one-to-one advice from industry experts, unparalleled networking opportunities, and much more.

Guests can filter between areas dedicated to land remediation, hazardous materials, spill response, clean air technology, geotechnical & geoenvironmental, nuclear decommissioning, and more, as well as the Flood Expo and M&CCE Expo next door.

To discover more reasons why this event is unmissable and to book your free ticket, visit the Contamination Expo Series website.

If you’re a supplier and are interested in exhibiting your products or services to the thousands of contamination professionals in attendance, contact Event Director Daniel Rogers on +44 (0)117 990 2005 or


Health & Safety North moves to Manchester for its biggest ever conference and exhibition

This year’s Health & Safety North conference and exhibition will take place in Manchester for the first time to accommodate growing attendance numbers over the past decade. The 2017 edition has moved from Bolton to the larger EventCity venue in Manchester, where it is expected to attract 2,000 visitors and 200 exhibitors.

The move to the centrally-located EventCity, the second largest venue outside London, also enables the inaugural Fire Safety North event to run alongside Health & Safety North.

Running from 10 to 11th October 2017, the event, the biggest of its kind in the north of England, is set to attract professionals from across the region for two days of educational seminars, industry debates, networking opportunities and equipment displays.

The main conference programme, curated by the event’s educational partner the British Safety Council, promises invaluable presentations from a line-up of industry leaders. Highlights will include a session on the results of a new Britain’s Healthiest Workplace survey and a legal update from legal firm Clyde & Co. Meanwhile, the Safer Logistics Theatre, sponsored by 3M, provides a forum for panel debates on topics including fall protection, hearing and respiratory health.

Leading industry organisations will be represented at the event, including the National Examination Board for Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH), the Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF), the Energy Institute and the International Institute of Risk & Safety Management (IIRSM).

Tim Else, event director at Western Business Exhibitions, which organises the event, said: “After 10 excellent years at the Bolton Arena, the growing volume of exhibitors wanting to participate and the growing need to satisfy the educational requirements for the visitors to the event was such that we had to seek a larger venue. By moving to Manchester we have more space to meet that demand.

“There is no other event in the north of England providing this level of education, debate and networking for professionals whose job involves health and safety. With thanks to our partners and sponsors, we’ve put together another great programme and look forward to welcoming the safety and health community to our new home in the North.”

Free registration is now open. To register and view the full educational programme online, visit:


New features and event zones for RWM 2017

Bigger, better and more collaborative, the UK’s premier event dedicated to Energy, Water, Recycling, Renewables and Waste Management is relaunched

The expanded RWM 2017 event, run in partnership with the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), will boast a host of new and revamped features, including new dedicated Event Zones, the RWM Connects meetings service, new Visitor Discovery Trails, and the CIWM Clinic.

Bringing together decision-makers and innovators from the Energy, Water, Recycling, Renewables and Waste Management communities, RWM 2017 takes place from 12 to 14 September at the NEC Birmingham. This year combines the previously co-located Energy, Water, Renewables and RWM events – an expansion that reflects the merging and overlapping business opportunities in these sectors.

Dedicated zones

RWM 2017 will feature six dedicated zones, including two new zones: Supply & Demand; which is the home for networking, learning and business opportunities in the UK energy and water markets; and Data, Tech & Services, which covers smart, practical software solutions to modern and future logistical challenges, with a focus on quality data and supporting services.

New exhibitors already signed up for the Data, Tech & Services zone include BeNomad, while Increase Computers is returning to the 2017 event. New exhibitors for the Supply & Demand zone include Phoenix Contact, with returning exhibitors from the Energy Show including Source for Business.

The Energy from Waste zone will showcase one of the fastest-growing and most dynamic sectors in waste management. New exhibitors for this zone include China Tianying, while returning exhibitors include Babcock & Wilcox Vølund. In the Handling & Logistics zone, innovations in the transportation of commercial or construction waste will be highlighted, with new exhibitors including E Power Trucks, and returning exhibitors including Dennis Eagle. This zone will also host a new theatre seminar for Municipal and Material recovery.

The Machinery & Equipment zone, meanwhile, will display the latest technology in the shredding, sorting and compacting of material, boasting new exhibitor A & C Weber, and returning exhibitors including Eriez.

Finally, the Recyclers & Reprocessors zone will showcase all things connected with the environmental and financial benefits of converting waste into new materials, with new exhibitors including Tomra Sorting, and returning exhibitors including AMCS.

Visitor trails

The new-look RWM 2017 will also offer four visitor discovery trails identifying key exhibitors for audiences looking for a specific service, or a more organised experience. For instance, visitors can navigate the exhibition by exploring the Energy Solutions trail, designed for visitors looking for energy suppliers, energy efficiency, and energy technology; or the Water Marketplace trail, which guides visitors looking for water suppliers and management services.

The Local Authority Solutions trail has been designed to highlight all exhibitors and content relevant to those responsible for waste management and resource, legislative issues and fleet management; while the Exhibitor Discovery trail will allow visitors to discover the latest exhibitors and suppliers that have joined the RWM community.

Event features

As well as a return of the outside area at the 2017 show, key features at RWM include RWM Connects, a complimentary matchmaking service hosted in the Recyclers & Reprocessors zone allowing exhibitors and visitors to use our database to arrange meetings prior to the show. Meetings can be on exhibitor stands or at the RWM Connects Lounge, and the RWM Connects team can also help facilitate introductions with new business partners if desired.

Meanwhile, the CIWM Resource and Waste Clinic will see industry experts on-hand over the course of the show offering advice and insight. Visitors can book to have a one-to-one chat with one or more experts, who collectively offer wide and in-depth knowledge on a range of resource and waste management subjects, and are mainly CIWM Fellows. Booking isn’t essential, and CIWM staff will be on-hand to direct ad-hoc meeting requests at the show to the most suitable experts.

An unmissable event

Nicola MeadowsRWM event director, Ascential, said, “We are dedicated to creating an unmissable expanded RWM 2017 – an exhibition designed to allow visitors and exhibitors to capitalise on crossover, integration and collaboration opportunities, and really make the most out of their time.

“The umbrella concept is our One Planet Living mission, which champions the better management and supply of the world’s resources in an increasingly interconnected world. I encourage anyone who hasn’t visited the show before to join our community and become part of our movement to build a resource-efficient future.”

For more information about RWM 2017 please visit:

Details of the numerous hot topics and key policy areas to be debated at RWM 2017’s seminar theatre sessions are coming soon.


Stellar speakers deliver stimulating industry debates at Facilities Management 2017 

A top line-up of leading international speakers and businesses debated, inspired and shared knowledge with over 400 delegates on how FM can move from a cost centre to a business enabler at Facilities Management 2017.

Under the theme FM: the Business Enabler, two theatres showcased CPD accredited content over three days to challenge the way visitors think, change the way they operate, and collaborate with partners to innovate.

Helping FMs to understand the psychology behind overcoming challenges, renowned polar explorer and award-winning documentary maker, Mark Wood, shared his experiences gained across 30 major expeditions including leading the BBC Top gear team to the Magnetic North Pole.

A number of established industry speakers, including Anne Lennox-Martin, managing director FMP360, Preston Gan, head of quality and performance for facilities and estates NHS Grampian and Ian Ellison of 3edges gave informative keynote talks.

Liz Kentish of Kentish and Co, Bertie Van Wyk, workplace specialist at Herman Miller, Deane Somerville, Energy Institute and Advent IM’s Mike Gillespie also educated delegates with their keynote talks. The topics for discussion ranged from social ergonomics in workplace design, to behavioural change and the impact on FM, and how collaboration brings value by aligning FM services to an organisation’s strategic goals.

Industry experts took to seminar panels and debated a variety of topics including, whether FM should be sector rather than service line based; the blueprint of future FM business models; who are FM’s natural business partners in an organisation?; what are FM’s values?; what makes a good FM and how should we train the next generation of facilities professionals?

Clive Booth, head of operations, University of Birmingham said: “I have come away from Anne Lennox-Martin’s talk highly inspired and keen to implement some changes to how we approach tasks as a team. I will be keeping a lookout for the show’s 2018 programme and hopefully attending.”

Tim Else, event director commented: “The content at this year’s show delivered what it set out to – deepen visitors’ understanding on strategic, operational and economic need to support the wider business objectives. The feedback we’ve had from delegates has been overwhelming and we can’t wait to deliver even more next April at Facilities Management 2018.”

Facilities Management 2017, the annual exhibition taking place at the NEC, is the must attend event for all facilities professionals. The show hosts more than 200 exhibitors and 5,000 visitors, including senior decision makers and purchase influencers from across the UK’s industrial, commercial and public sectors.

The event also facilitates 15 hours of free educational content delivered by over 35 leading industry experts. The two theatres offer a compelling range of keynote presentations and panel debates that provide delegates with the chance to exceed their CPD requirements.

Western Business Exhibitions has a proven track record for delivering events which consistently meet and exceed the needs of influential visitors. The team responsible for Facilities Management 2017 will also be organising the co-located shows The Health & Safety Event, The Fire Safety Event, and Maintec.

Facilities Scotland 2017, the annual exhibition takes place at the SECC, Glasgow, between 3-4 May and expects 4500 visitors across the two days.


Explore Offsite at Ecobuild Hailed a Great Success by the STA

The recent Timber Trends report commissioned by the Structural Timber Association (STA), predicted another year of double digit growth for the industry. If Explore Offsite at Ecobuild is anything to go by – interest in offsite timber systems is certainly on the increase.

Andrew Carpenter, Chief Executive of the STA has just spent three days at the event and reported: “This was the first year of Explore Offsite at Ecobuild, which showcased offsite innovations supported by a comprehensive range of Offsite Technology Masterclasses and Ask the Expert sessions. Although statistics have yet to be compiled, the offsite structural timber zone was one of the busiest areas of the exhibition and on day two, it was standing room only at the Structural Timber Technology Masterclasses. In addition, the STA used this event to launch some major initiatives and host two business luncheons, with presentations from high profile speakers.”

The Structural Timber Association formally joined forces at the event with other leading trade bodies, the Timber Trade Federation and the British Wood Working Federation – to collaborate under the banner of the Confederation of Timber Industries. This ground-breaking alliance shares an objective to raise the profile and inherent benefits of timber to Government and the wider construction industry and used Ecobuild as a platform to showcase the natural advantages of working with wood.

On day one, the STA launched the ‘Robustness of CLT Structures’ which included presentations followed by a Q&A session with the authors of the report. Endorsed by Premier Guarantee and LABC Warranty – the Robustness of CLT Structures is a guide to the key principles of robust design, connection detailing and installation of cross laminated timber buildings. This significant document has been developed in accordance with major warranty providers TRADA and BRE, and contains a clear method of designing to best practice details to ensure robust design and safe construction of CLT projects.

The Association’s Ecobuild Luncheons took place at the event which included presentations from key notes speakers, John Slaughter, External Director of the Home Builders Federation; RIBA incoming president, Ben Derbyshire; Nico Hendriks, Chairman of BDA; Paul Burrows, Chartered Building Surveyor & Project Manager of RICS; Paul Oakley, Technical Manager of Kiwa BDA and Peter Caplehorn, Deputy Chief Executive and Policy Director of the Construction Products Association, who leads the UK and EU policy and regulatory framework.

The presentations and subsequent discussions focused on meeting the shortfall in housing stock and alleviating the skills crisis. The STA made a strong case, that with Government commitment and assistance, the offsite timber sector could triple capacity to support the objective of delivering one million new home by 2020.

The second day featured the Structural Timber and Hybrid Timber Masterclasses chaired by Andrew Carpenter and presenters included STA Directors, Nick Milestone, Managing Director of B & K Structures and Nic Clark, Managing Director of KLH.

The packed Masterclasses offered the assembled construction professionals the opportunity to learn about the latest offsite timber technology and how using engineered timber as a core structural component, can provide a rapid solution to the housing crisis in delivering quality, high performance buildings which reduce ongoing energy costs. The seminars also offered insight into how the offsite structural timber sector is responding to unprecedented demand by investing in lean manufacturing systems.

Day two of Ecobuild witnessed a further strategic alliance, when Chairman of the Structural Timber Association, Alex Goodfellow and Jonathan Fellingham, Chairman of the Trust Rafter Association, signed a memorandum of understanding between both Associations.

The objective of this memorandum of understanding is to establish the basis upon which a sustainable, long term co-operative relationship can be developed between the organisations in order to provide enhanced service to their mutual customers within the commercial and new housing sectors.

Both organisations require manufacturing members to have third-party supervised Quality Assurance and Professional Indemnity insurance so helping to ensure quality and peace of mind for clients. Other common objectives include the development of technical support for member’s products, improving construction site health and safety culture, managing specification through the supply chain and training.

In conclusion Andrew Carpenter said: “This event has made it clear that there is an emerging market for the future – it’s offsite construction. The good news is that our members already have the products, solutions and capacity to meet the demand from major builders, local authorities, SMEs and the increasing interest in self build. We have the resources, the skills, the raw materials and the environmental credentials to take to market – Explore Offsite at Ecobuild has given the STA and our member an excellent opportunity demonstrate how we can be an integral part of this step change.”


Security & Counter Terror Expo 2017: an international platform for global security

UK’s leading national security event returns to London in May with a programme created to help those tasked with keeping nations, assets and businesses safe

Terrorism has become part of every day life. Over the past 12 months, Europe has experienced some the deadliest attacks in its history and the threat level remains high worldwide.

One of the main issues facing global security professionals today is the breakup of the so-called Islamic State’s ‘caliphate’. Following the liberation of Mosel and the assault on Raqqa, it is becoming increasingly likely that terrorists from more than 80 countries will begin to return to their home countries.

This represents a new challenge for security services across Europe. The return of highly trained and ideologically driven individuals will no doubt further increase the threat level across Europe.

Those who retain a desire to commit acts of terrorism will continue to seek new ways to avoid detection, as we saw in December with the German Christmas market attack. It means the security industry must evolve and stay one step ahead by investing in new technologies and intelligence solutions that protect critical assets and people from today’s threats.

In May 2017, Security & Counter Terror Expo (SCTX) – the UK’s leading national security event for private and public sector security professionals – will return with a comprehensive programme designed to keep attendees one step ahead of those intent on committing terrorist acts.

Alongside an exhibition of  more than 350 businesses, experts from across the globe, including representatives from NATO, Europol, MOD, Metropolitan Police  and critical national infrastructure organisations, will explore the latest strategies to prevent, protect and prepare for future attacks.

Taking place at Olympia, London from 3-4 May 2017, SCTX remains the only event that unites security professionals from all four corners of the world. Working in partnership with the Department for International Trade (formerly UKTI), the event is expected to welcome a record number of delegations          , building upon the 10,000-plus visitors who attended in 2016 from more than 100 countries – including France, Germany, Japan, Spain, Italy, Brazil, South Korea, Mexico, UAE, Canada and the US.

The two-day event, aligned with the Home Office’s seven security capabilities, will showcase the latest innovations from major supplies, as well as niche technology providers. Visitors to SCTX 2017 will find a plethora of new solutions, equipment and services designed to assist critical national infrastructure protection, border control, cyber security, major events, offender management, policing and counter terrorism, and the emergency services.

David Thompson, Event Director, said: “The terrorist threat is changing almost daily this creates countless issues for security professionals. SCTX is an essential platform, it provides a secure environment to source the latest solutions and define effective strategies to current threats.

“The 2017 show will showcase the most innovative technologies and provide those tasked with keeping nations, assets and businesses safe with a platform to learn from industry leaders. Ultimately SCTX will help security professionals remain one step ahead of those intent on carrying out attacks.”

Innovation at Security & Counter Terror Expo

The exhibition has established itself as an international hub where the industry elite come together to identify the security sector’s most significant innovations and new product launches.

SCTX 2017 will showcase a wide range of product innovations from more than 350 exhibitors, including those supplying the latest in drone and counter drone technology, virtual reality, surveillance control systems, high security fencing and much more.

Pelco by Schneider Electric, Airborne Drones UK, e2v Technologies, Yuneec and GEOQUIP are among the major multinational companies booked and will join more than 120 new exhibitors offering cutting edge services and security solutions to the industry.

First time exhibitor K9 Electronics will be showcasing its range of Radio Frequency Communications Jamming systems for both covert and overt operations. The UK-based company designs and manufactures jammers that can defeat drones at a range of five kilometres.

Glenn Darien, Director of K9 Electronics, said: “Our primary focus is counter terrorism and countering the potential threats that drones carry. Our systems are currently being used in the Middle East, USA and South East Asia by various government organisations.

“At the show, we will be exhibiting our new handheld tactical Drone Jammer Gun made for portable use and the covert, briefcase style Drone Jammer. Both have a one kilometre effective Jamming range and are very directional ensuring that they will have minimal effect on surrounding communications when used correctly.”

Following a successful show last year, Pelco by Schneider Electric is returning to SCTX 2017. The company that specialises in security cameras and surveillance systems will be demonstrating its leading VideoXpert video management platform. It will also demonstrate its latest camera technologies, including Opetra multi imager cameras and new low light static and PTZ ranges.

Preventing terrorism and protecting the world’s civilians

With 127 counter terrorism operations taking place in Europe last year, highlighting the sheer scale of the problem facing security professionals, it has never been more important to share expertise and best practice. Security professionals, law enforcement agencies, government officials and military will attend the annual World Counter Terror Congress to discuss future threats and define joint responses to national security.

With topics ranging from terrorist funding, counter radicalisation tactics, the emerging threats, privacy and technology, 20-plus high ranking officials and academics will lead the congress, providing invaluable trends and information to more than 400 attendees.

Richard Walton, the former head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) and now a special adviser to Security & Counter Terror Expo, said: “The threat facing the UK and other nations is, and will remain, high for the years to come. Security professionals must use the World Counter Terror Congress to develop their understanding of where the threats are coming from and identify ways that they can be prevented – a unilateral approach it is the only way we will stop attacks in the future from happening.”

The World Counter Terror Congress will feature six sessions, covering policy and strategy responses to the changing terror threat; radicalisation, de-radicalisation and preventing radicalisation; geopolitical security briefings; encryption, communications and security; security for critical national infrastructure; and emerging terror networks and tactics.

Among those confirmed to speak are Lord Carlile of Berriew CBE, QC; Rob Wainwright, Director at Europol; Dr Jamie Shea, Deputy ASG, Emerging Security Challenges Division, NATO; Raffaello Pantucci, Director of International Security Studies, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI); and Thomas Wuchte, Head on Anti-Terrorism Issues, Action Against Terrorism Unit, Organisation for Security & Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Protecting the digital frontier

Cyber security was once again thrust into the spotlight recently, with Russia’s alleged involvement in the US Election. The overall number of incidents the US experienced the previous year, totalled at 77,000, a 1300% increase over the last decade.

The importance of increased cyber security at a national level is now recognised globally, with the UK government creating the National Cyber Security Centre, part of GCHQ, in October 2016.

The free-to-attend Cyber Threat Intelligence Conference at SCTX will host the industry’s leading figures who will explore the latest cyber security strategies and share real life case-studies.

Running across two days in partnership with techUK, the representative body for the UK’s technology industry, the programme will feature the NCSC Chief Executive, Ciaran Martin, who will provide a keynote address on the current and future threat in cyber space and how prepared the UK is.

Other speakers confirmed for the conference include Peter Wood, CEO, First Base Technologies; Nader Heinen, Regional Director, Advanced Security Assurance Advisory, BlackBerry; Ron Gregory, Estates & Facilities Compliance Manager, Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust; and Jenny Radcliffe aka ‘The People Hacker’.

Talal Rajab, techUK’s Head of Programme, Cyber, National Security, said: “The cyber terrorism threat grows immeasurably year-on-year and we as an industry, must grow, adapt and react in equal measure. The Cyber Threat Intelligence Conference at Security & Counter Terror Expo provides the opportunity to learn from and meet with some of the key figures in the sector addressing the most important issues we face today.”

Safeguarding critical national infrastructure

In addition to securing the ever-expanding cyber space, protecting national infrastructure and businesses is critical for the effective running of nations. Terrorist groups want to propagate the notion that no one is safe from attack in the western world and everyday life could be disrupted at any time. Security professionals therefore must look at the best way of protecting communications networks, the emergency services, energy plants, financial institutions, governments, health services, transport links and natural resources.

The Critical National Infrastructure & Business Resilience conference will aim to aid public and private entities to identify, assess, prioritise, and protect critical infrastructure and key resources. Allowing them to mitigate deliberate efforts to incapacitate or exploit a nation’s CNI.

The conference will feature a series of presentations from experts on how to protect CNI and business, citing real life examples and case studies and instructing how to create effective strategies utilising cyber, physical security and staff.

Securing borders and transport hubs

Running alongside the Critical National Infrastructure & Business Reliance and Cyber Threat Intelligence conference, the Border & Transport Security Conference will focus on the most critical issues facing borders and transport hubs.

Devastating attacks on transport hubs such as Atatürk international airport in Turkey and attacks on Brussels airport and metro station, as well as the mass movement of people throughout the world, poses serious problems for security professionals – with borders being exploited by those seeking to do us harm.

The free-to-attend Border & Transport Security Conference will allow fellow practitioners to share best practice and explore the latest capabilities for secure border and transport management. Visitors will be able to hear from the likes of Bart van Hofwegen, Chief Security National Tactical Command, Ministry of Defence of the Netherlands; Jirí Celikovský, Head of Unit for Coordination of Schengen Cooperation and Border Control, Department for Asylum and Migration Policy, Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic; Peter O’Broin, Director, Airport Operator’s Association; and many more.

Witness cutting edge technology

Public and private sector buyers, influencers and government delegations from across the globe will attend SCTX to enhance their current and future security capabilities.

At Advanced Technologies Live, visitors will be able to see and hear more about innovative solutions through a series of live demonstrations. Attendees can view the latest products from the likes of Aeraltronics, dataminr and Aaronia.

New to the event for 2017, Security & Counter Terror Expo will be partnering with DSEI – the world leading defence and security event – to launch the Counter IED Zone. As well as showcasing best practice in reducing the threat of IEDs, live demonstrations will enable EOD, CIED, CBRNe, Defence, Law Enforcement, CT and Security professionals identify new strategies to disarm and detect devices. Exhibitors featuring in the Counter IED Zone include Bomb-Jammer, MIB-Electronic, ISSEE and Medeng.

Duncan Reid, Event Director of the DSEI, said: “The addition of the Counter IED Zone at SCTX serves to highlight the changing nature of terrorism. The threat is multifaceted and the security industry must seek out innovations that will help them detect and prevent attacks. This element of the show will help mitigate future threats and help personnel respond more effectively.”

Security & Counter Terror Expo 2017 will be co-located with Ambition – the EPRR Expo – and Forensics Europe Expo. To register to attend the event or for further information, please visit


In Preview: Ecobuild 2017

Ecobuild returns on 7-9 March with an overcharging theme of regeneration, which will be brought to life through an immersive exhibition and conference programme that will redefine sustainability, identify future growth sectors and tackle the housing crisis.

The show will give professionals from across the facilities and estates management sector a unique opportunity to be part of the construction industry’s ongoing debate around key issues. They’ll broaden their knowledge through an extensive conference and seminar programme, as well as network with thousands of sector professionals and suppliers including Eco-Airvent, Dyson, Oventrop, Flir, Fluke, Biotecture, Dulux Trade, Zeetec, Hitachi, Oventrop, Envirovent, Reflex and Altecnic.

Bringing regeneration to life

 To bring the theme of regeneration to life, this year’s show will see Ecobuild transformed into a ‘city’ – complete with a main street, distinct destinations and special feature attractions. Central to the experience will be Regeneration Drive, a boulevard running through the centre of the exhibition floor, linking different aspects of the show and enabling visitors to experience the very best examples of innovation and creativity from across the built environment.

As visitors make their way up Regeneration Drive, they will be introduced to a number of key destinations, including The Arena, City Hall, The Campus, The Gateway and Performance Lab.

The Arena will be home to the Ecobuild Conference, staging a range of keynote speeches from industry thought leaders and innovators across the three days. Among these are Lord Kerslake, Jules Pipe, Deputy Mayor, Planning Regeneration and Skills, Greater London Authority, and Dr Diana Montgomery, Chief Executive at the Construction Products Association, as well as MPs from the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Construction, amongst others.

The extensive conference programme will include topics ranging from the looming housing crisis and offsite construction to the implications of Brexit for the construction sector. The opportunities for developing sustainable housing, as well as building healthy places based on NHS England’s Healthy New Towns programme, will also be explored as part of the conference.

Ecobuild’s Big Innovation Pitch with M&S reaches its climax as the finalists pitch live on stage to M&S and a panel of industry experts. In this third year of the competition, the national retailer is on the search for retrofittable, commercial engineering solutions and innovations to reduce their water, gas and electricity usage across all their commercial and retail properties. The winner will have the opportunity to be fast tracked by M&S for trials across its commercial properties. 2015 winner Endotherm has been trialled extensively and last year’s winner Waterblade is about to start.

The show’s sustainability hub, City Hall, will be home to the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC), representing the culmination of Ecobuild’s Redefining Sustainability campaign – which seeks to create an industry-wide understanding of sustainability objectives and drives, and a clear direction for the future.

Key topics to be covered within the ‘Redefining Sustainability’ seminar programme include carbon reduction in the built environment, explored in a session by the UK-GBC, as well as possible approaches to deliver a low carbon city or neighbourhood. The former will be focussed on the business case for setting science-based targets (SBTs) within the industry, while the latter will debate the requirement of all major London developments to be zero carbon. Speakers include Dr Paul Toyne, Green Construction Board, Infrastructure Working Group; Heleni Pantelidou, Associate Director, London Infrastructure Group Arup, and Hannah Clement, UK-GBC.

Meanwhile, within The Gateway feature area, the ‘Green Infrastructure’ seminar sessions will discuss the various elements of an integrated approach combining green (natural), blue (water) and grey (engineered) infrastructure, to combat the negative effects of climate change and build long-term urban resilience. Topics will range from legislation around water management systems maintenance to the funding and stewardship of urban green and blue infrastructure by public sector bodies in times of austerity. In a case study-based session, Chryse Tinsley, Landscape Planner, Leicester City Council, will be discussing climate proofing in Leicester (scheduled to take place on the third day of the show).

The Gateway is also home to the Infrastructure Theatre in partnership with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), where visitors will discuss and explore national and community infrastructure developments including major projects. Public sector professionals will be able to learn more about major projects at the industry level and across the entire supply chain. The exhibit, alongside seminar sessions will encourage full audience debates across six key themes over three days, including power, transport, water, waste, gas and smart cities.

The Performance Lab will showcase the latest in energy efficiency and building performance in association with Ecobuild’s Building Performance Partner, CIBSE – the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers. Across the three days, CIBSE will host a daily session on indoor health and wellbeing, exploring how the WELL Standard relates to existing sustainability standards such as BREEAM and LEED. Visitors will also have the chance to attend a daily session around ‘Modelling for Performance and not Compliance’. This will see a panel of experts, including Ashley Bateson, Chair of the CIBSE Homes for the Future Group, and Tom Lelyveld, Regional Director at AECOM, look at how best practice guidance and tools can be applied to the design of homes towards energy efficient, healthy and comfortable indoor environments.

Architectural collective Assemble will present its award-winning Granby Workshop project at the Campus – the show’s destination for innovative thinking and the product design. A unique installation created by Assemble, will tell the story behind the collective’s Turner Prize winning regeneration project. Attendees will be also able to interact with Future Materials, a gallery curated by ARCC, previewing next-generation materials and processes currently in either research or testing stage.

The BRE Academy, leading provider of professional training and education programmes in the built environment, will run a dedicated theatre with exclusive masterclasses covering subjects such as BIM, Responsible Sourcing, BREEAM, Change Management, the Home Quality Mark and much more.

Strategic partnerships

 For 2017, Ecobuild has announced an exclusive partnership with the UK District Energy Association (ukDEA) to create a new and exciting area: the ukDEA District Energy Town Square, hosting leading British suppliers and also international pavilions from Sweden and Denmark, two of the most mature district energy markets in the world.

The ukDEA District Energy Town Square will be located directly off Regeneration Drive, and will act as a focal point for visitors who want to learn more about the advantages of local heating and cooling networks. Exhibitors in the area will showcase the latest technology and systems, while a dedicated seminar theatre will host 36 informative sessions, where case studies, business models and best practice examples from the UK, Scandinavia and further afield will be shared.

In response to the increased Government and Industry focus on offsite construction, Explore Offsite at Ecobuild gathers leading offsite suppliers including Portakabin and Siniat, with expert masterclasses to showcase the exciting opportunities offered by offsite technology in the future of construction.

Ecobuild has also announced key collaborations with the Construction Products Association, BRE and the Department of International Trade. Additionally, pavilions will be showcased by associations such as the Builders Merchant Federation and Passivhaus Trust.

Free registration is now open to visitors. For more information about this year’s event, exhibitors and the full conference programme, visit:


Fast-growing Health and Safety Event announces largest ever programme of seminars and networking

Challenges and trends come under spotlight at Birmingham NEC, 21-23 March 2017

The impact of the latest sentencing guidelines, Brexit and mental wellbeing campaigns will come under the spotlight at the Health & Safety Event 2017. These key topics and many other important issues will feature in a comprehensive programme of presentations, seminars and workshops for health and safety professionals from all over the UK attending the event, which runs from 21st to 23rd March at Birmingham NEC.

Expanded to incorporate a number of new features, the UK’s fastest growing safety event offers education, insight, information and networking opportunities.

New features of the Health and Safety Event include an exciting partnership with the British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF), which has chosen to stage the BSIF Safety Awards at the event for the first time. The BSIF will invite entrants in its Product Innovation Awards to pitch their products to a judging panel in front of a live audience before announcing the winners.

The British Safety Council has curated the main conference programme, which has been designed to support the continuing professional development (CPD) of delegates. Best practice guidance will be shared across key industry topics such as workplace wellbeing, personal resilience, embedding a health and safety culture, mental health and legal compliance, while the impacts of Brexit will also be explored.

Additionally, the event’s Safety Dialogue Theatre, sponsored by 3M and the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), continues to expand its line-up, with seminars covering respiratory hazards, training and competence, hearing, fall protection and the groundbreaking Locher Project, which is aimed at encouraging younger people to champion health and safety issues. A line-up of respected panellists will debate these prominent issues in a series of lively discussions.

The third seminar platform, Safer Logistics, sponsored by A-Safe and Toyota, offers practical advice on safety challenges surrounding warehouse and forklift operations. Another area of discussion will be load integrity on HGVs and vans, and how the police, together with the Driver Vehicle Standards Agency, are being trained to carry out stop and inspect operations. Experts believe this will lead to more inspections and prosecutions going forward. Seminars will be led by both sponsors, as well as industry organisations – the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL), the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT), the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) and the Regulatory Body for Workplace Transport Training (RTITB). The BSIF and United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) will also be lending their support.

Meanwhile, the NEBOSH Education Pavillion, managed by the National Examination Board of Safety and Health, serves as a central point providing access to a multitude of training providers. This area of the exhibition, centred around a café, has an ‘Ask The Expert’ feature and will also offer enhanced opportunities for networking.

Introducing the main conference programme, Louise Ward, policy, standards and communications director at the British Safety Council, explained: “What we’ve tried to do is balance this year’s educational programme so that each day delegates get the opportunity to experience a variety of educational presentations, including legal updates, interactive sessions and best practice case studies.”

Co-located with the Maintec, Facilities Management and new Fire Safety Event 2017, the Health and Safety Event 2017 provides coverage of the health and safety issues that really matter to anyone responsible for running a safe and healthy workplace.

Tim Else, events director at Western Business Publishing and Exhibitions, which organises the event, said: “We continue to grow and expand this event. There are a number of new features and partnerships with the most influential organisations in UK health and safety. This year, we are particularly pleased to have established a new partnership with the British Safety Industry Federation, whose innovation awards promise to be a highlight. Other partners including the British Safety Council have developed a fantastic seminar programme that will give attendees unparalleled insight into current trends and developments, while the exhibition floor brings together the very latest technologies, products and services available to support professionals in the industry. It’s an event that people responsible for health and safety cannot afford to miss.”

To register and view the full educational programme online, visit:



FM the Business Enabler? – calling FM experts to join the industry debate

A top line-up of industry specialists will debate and share knowledge with delegates at Facilities Management 2017 on how FM can move from a cost centre to a business enabler. Facilities management is too often seen as a cost and liability to a business. But forward-thinking businesses are using FM as a competitive differentiator, and for these leading organisations, FM is an asset not a liability. The event takes place at the NEC from 21-23 March 2017.

In the FM Dialogue theatre, the debate will focus on whether FM should be sector rather than service line based; the blueprint of future FM business models; who are FM’s natural business partners in an organisation and who poses a threat?; what are FM’s values and how can this be communicated to UK PLC?; what makes a good FM and how should we train the next generation of facilities professionals?

Industry experts will discuss the future of FM, from vested outsourcing to market structure; how can we bring more innovation to the FM sector and what are the typical routes for innovation; and how to improve the brand of FM within the board.

Visitors can pose their questions and discuss their burning industry issues with experts from a range of leading organisations including NHS Grampian, KBR, and Sheffield Hallam University. There are still a few opportunities remaining for key FM professionals to join the debate and if you’d like to make your opinion count, please contact Cathy Hayward at by Friday, 27 January 2017.

Under the theme FM: the Business Enabler, the show’s two theatres will showcase content, which will educate and inspire visitors to challenge the way they think, change the way they operate, and collaborate with partners to innovate. FMs will take back to their organisation the knowledge, tools and techniques to make an impression on the business and bottom line.

This year’s show is under the new ownership of Western Business Exhibitions, and the event director Tim Else commented: “The FM Dialogue area promises a series of lively panel debates where delegates can discuss the issues of the day with their peers and experts. We hope that delegates will take this as an opportunity to really focus their understanding on strategic, operational and economic need to support the wider business objectives.”

To register to attend, or if you are interested in exhibiting at Facilities Management 2017 visit: