ST Birmingham now at The Belfry

by Mark Rowe

As the UK makes its way out of its winter lockdown, we can start filling in our diaries for physical events. Here at Professional Security magazine we have our fingers crossed that our Security TWENTY series of events can re-start in June, for the first time since February 2020 (pictured).

Fittingly, the first event is due to be ST Birmingham, the same one that was the last before the covid pandemic struck. A slight change of plan: instead of the 2020 venue of the Hilton Metropole at the NEC, we’ll be at The Belfry a few miles north of Birmingham and just off the M42. Parking is ample.

Professional Security magazine MD Roy Cooper says it’s due to the refurbishment until September of the Metropole, a place well known to the UK security industry from IFSEC’s days at the NEC. “So we’ve had to find a new venue. We have sourced The Belfry. There will be a slight difference; we’re not going to have a conference this time, but we will have the charity dinner. That will be a barbecue, as it will be the middle of summer, and hopefully we will be able to enjoy some summer sun. We are starting to take registrations and are looking forward to getting back and getting started.”

That barbecue will run on Monday evening, June 28 for exhibitors and guests; and the ST event proper with exhibition and a welcome chance to meet fellow industry people and network will be from 8.30am on Tuesday, June 29. Golfers won’t need telling where The Belfry is, as a venue for the Ryder Cup; and it was where Professional Security ran the 2020 Women in Security remote awards night, last month.

Here are the rest of the ST dates and venues:

ST21 Manchester – July 20, Kimpton Clocktower Hotel, Oxford Road (same venue as in 2019, a change of name);
ST21 Belfast – September 14, Europa Hotel;
ST21 Dublin – September 16, Red Cow Moran Hotel;
ST21 Glasgow – October 5, Hilton Hotel, William Street, Glasgow; and
ST21 London – November 4, Radisson Red Hotel, Heathrow (same venue as in previous years, previously known as the Premier Inn).

It’s free to register to attend, whatever your background or experience in private security – as an installer, manager, consultant, specifier, or just someone who wants to catch up with what’s going on in the industry.


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