Relocation gives staff security

THE largest inspection body in the UK for the security industry has relocated to office accommodation in West Monkseaton, helping secure staff jobs.

The Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB) is now based in the former Mills building in Earsdon Road.

Previously it was based in the modernised and highly acclaimed restored Clifford’s Fort conservation area of the Fish Quay in North Shields.

The relocation is to meet the expanded needs for office accommodation for its administrative and senior management staff.

The company has purchased the offices in Earsdon Road after leasing premises at Clifford’s Fort from North Tyneside Council.

SSAIB chief executive Geoff Tate said: “‘We are sad to leave these truly special offices on the Fish Quay.

“There can be few places in the world where you can work in the atmosphere and historic setting all around you in Clifford’s Fort.

“How many people can say they saw a luxury cruise ship, a massive cargo vessel and a fleet of fishing boats pass by the window during their day at the office?

“Unfortunately the continuous expansion of the board’s activities has forced us to find larger offices to meet the needs of the locally-based administration staff and to accommodate the many members of our technical inspection staff based throughout the UK, who have need to visit us here in North Tyneside.”

The move secures the employment of the administration staff.

The SSAIB was in North Shields from its earliest days in the 1990s as the Security Services Association.

In 1994 it became an independent ‘not for profit’ company which currently approves and registers installers and providers in all aspects of the security systems industry in the UK including fire detection and property protection systems, and CCTV and entry control systems.