The Fire Safety Event 2024: a roaring success!

May 8, 2024

By Danielle Jones,

Last week, we had the pleasure of exhibiting at the Fire Safety Event at the NEC in Birmingham. It was an incredibly busy time, and it’s only now that I’ve had a chance to sit and reflect on how successful the event was for us during those non-stop 3 days!

Lucy, Daniella and myself loved meeting so many new people in the industry, as well as catching up with many of our clients who we’ve worked with over the years. We also got the chance to put faces to the names of so many candidates we had successfully supported in finding new positions. We even had some great conversations with our recruitment peers!

KEY HIGHLIGHTS & TAKEAWAYS

Some key highlights for us and takeaways from the show:

  • We gained over 150 new vacancies at the show and had many new clients signing up to work with us.
  • It was great to see so many people downloading our 2024 Salary Guide, as well as our Recruitment Outlook for 2024 (in partnership with Uptick) for Fire and Security Engineers across the United Kingdom and this sparking engaging conversations about the market with people keen to know more and pick our brains. A number of specialisms in particular were very keen to know if they were being paid enough, with Risk Assessors just one example.
  • Feeling genuinely proud at the recognition we received from others at the show, many who had got to ‘know’ us through the activity on our social channels.
  • The number of people looking to take their first steps into the industry who approached us for our advice and support on this – many who had seen recommendations from past clients and candidates of ours.
  • Seeing just how busy some sectors of the market are! Passive fire and fire door side in particular, which are in serious need of recruitment support right now.
  • We also caught up with one large company who has made a couple of recent acquisitions and has an urgent need to hire people quickly. They are coming straight to recruiters like us as they know we can deliver quality people and fast, with our in-depth knowledge of the market. It’s great when companies recognise the expertise that specialist recruiters can bring and how much value we can add to the recruitment process.
  • Swapping the odd ‘trade secret’ with other agencies and finding them genuinely surprised to learn there are just four of us working at Secure & Recruit, because we come across as a “massive” agency. Great to see we’re doing such a good job!

Raffle winners

We also had lots of interest in our raffle on our stand to win an Apple watch, plus some Amazon vouchers. Huge congratulations to our three lucky winners who have already been contacted:

  • Apple Watch – Stuart Chriscoli, Flux Fire
  • £100 Amazon Voucher – Ryan Spinks, Equans
  • £50 Amazon Voucher – Mike Beresford, Golant Fire and Security

AN INSPIRING EVENT FULL OF PASSION & INSIGHTS

For us, The Fire Safety Event was very inspiring to attend and it’s a great insight into the busy fire and security industry that we are a part of, seeing all of the different systems and technologies now on offer and the passion behind the safety aspect of what’s involved. It was also just a fantastic opportunity to catch up with so many people in the industry that we live and breathe.

We appreciate all of the support given to us at our stand this year we are very much looking forward to returning to the show in 2025!