Intersec and Security Twenty 16: Global Security Market and the IFSEC of the North


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With news that Johnson Controls agreed to buy Tyco Controls for $16.5 billion emerging at the start of the year, the worldwide Security Industry certainly looked like it was in for a big year, with research specialists IHS predicting that we may see more acquisitions within the security system market this year. The news came less than a week after His Highness Sheikh Mansoon bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum opened the 18th Intersec Expo in Dubai, where I was in attendance.

28,000 trade buyers from 118 countries, and 14 country pavilions…

At 50,000sqm, featuring 1290 exhibitors from 55 countries, and spanning 3 days, the Security Event calendar kicked off as it means to go on. As CEO of the organiser, Messe Frankfurt Middle East, Ahmed Pauls pointed out, “the widely-attended forums alongside the exhibition [at Intersec] are vital sounding boards where regional professionals interact with and learn from leading international experts about the latest trends and developments within the industry”.

The event was a great opportunity for me to catch up with existing clients and candidates whilst making many more new connections from across the world. Intersec 2016 was the most internationally representative ever, with 83 per cent international exhibitors. The UK was the 3rd most represented country at the expo, with a dedicated UK pavilion showcasing the talent and technologies to come out of the country. Participation from UAE exhibitors was at an all-time high, demonstrating the ever-growing Middle East market which historically has been focussed on the UAE but is fast extending across the region.

Across the 3 days, and during the industry events, and client meetings I held, the pace at which the Security Industry continues to grow and go from strength to strength was particularly noticeable. Of course, the knock-on effect of this is the need for expertise and talent within the sector, and the demand for this is growing even quicker. Eligo Fire & Security were asked to help with this problem by a number of companies during the expo, picking up opportunities across the Middle East, UK, and Europe.

The IFSEC of the North…

Two weeks later and back in the UK, it was time for Security Twenty 16 Midlands. Taking place in Nottingham, the event marks the start of the UK Security event calendar, and Professional Security’s Security Twenty events which this year will include Dublin in Ireland.

The event was sponsored by companies including Canon, Samsung, and CSL DualCom, featured speakers from the Met Police, Centro, NSI, and the SIA, and by all accounts was the busiest Security Twenty event yet.

Many there commented at the time of the need to build on this and take the event to the next level, displaying the demand there is for an event such as IFSEC within the North. Judging by my experiences of the event, meeting and interacting with those there, and the number of security clients and candidates I have worked with in the North of England, I’d certainly welcome and say there was a need for such an event.

security twenty 16 charitySecurity Twenty always do an excellent job of raising money for charity at their events, hosting a networking dinner the evening before the conference-exhibition, and putting on some great events during the evening. This year £3550 was raised for MacMillan Cancer Support, with extra funds raised through an after-dinner raffle and heads and tails game, which our very own Dan Seale won!

As with Intersec, the day was a great opportunity to catch up with those within the security industry, with the team and I able to meet with over 70 client and candidate contacts during the day! We were also happy to be referred by many of these to new Manufacturers, Installers, and Integrators, who provided roles across the UK.

Security’s growth…

We’re only a month into the year, yet I’ve already been to two booming security industry events which have featured attendances higher than ever before with an ever-increasing spectrum of countries represented and technologies introduced.

Whilst Intersec highlighted the security industry’s growth abroad, with particular focus on the Middle East, Security Twenty 16 Nottingham showed that the UK is still very-much an ever-growing, successful market, with a constant supply of demand.

The sticking point, of course, is the need for new talent to fill this demand. Whilst the skills shortage remains, companies need to look at better ways in which to recruit, retain their talent, as well as nurture talent.

I’d love to talk to you about how you can improve your talent retention, recruitment processes, and more. If you’d like to discuss any of this further please don’t hesitate to get in touch on either 0208 944 4184 or

If you’re currently looking for a new job within the security industry, we have a number of opportunities available that are available to view here. Alternatively, if you’d like to discuss your career with one of the Eligo Fire & Security team, please do get in touch on 0208 944 4180, or

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