We are very happy to announce that our first Annual General Meeting in Birmingham was a success.

With the training unit open for view and over 60 guests present (both members and non-members) there was a buzz in the room for what would be an educational and fun day ahead.

The meeting kicked off with Anne Saxby, Director of the ADIA outlining the achievements of the past year:

  • ADIA BS EN16005 Accredited by City & Guilds
  • NVQ / Apprenticeships
  • BS EN16005 for office Staff – completed online and instantly certificated online
  • Benefits of membership
  • Safety 4 Training 50% off health and safety courses and instantly certificated online
  • How the ADIA intend to move the BS EN16005 into Europe.
  • Door Safe Register introducing the new standard of door safety http://www.door-safe.co.uk
She surprised delegates with the announcement of the Door Safe Register listing all companies who have engineers (which are named) that have passed the BS EN16005 (accredited by City & Guilds). The DoorSafe logo and name has been trade marked and is exclusive to the ADIA making it exclusive to ADIA Members. This furtherance in promoting ADIA members and their accreditations gave members a burst of energy in that they would be given such prestige.


With the delegates fixed on to the stage Tom McWey from Hotron presented  the advancements of safety features in automatic door sensors. Tom explained the development of safety sensors since the introduction of the BS EN16005, illuminating the importance of the standard.
Tom was followed up by Keith Parton, a sponsor member from Nationwide Services who provide discounted services on a huge range of services, equipment and even accommodation. Keith assured all those present that Nationwide Services that they were able to get money off in places that others couldn’t. Members and non-members alike had time to approach Keith to discuss what was on offer during a short break.Between talks companies from a range of automatic door services were able to swap business cards, discuss special offers on products and talk with our guest speakers. ADIA events are a great way to connect with others in the industry and this was the perfect opportunity before John Irving from Sydney Mitchell Solicitors took the stage.
John’s topic was the importance of having a contract and loopholes in getting paid. This was something that got the attention of all in the room as losing money is not something any business considers forgivable. John let delegates know their rights when it comes to their work and advice on non-payment.Once a lovely lunch was had by all, guests settled down to find a bar of chocolate awaiting them. Final guest speaker Jo Failey, co-founder of Green & Black’s chocolate took the stage, to a rapturous applause, giving her perspective of starting a business. She discussed her highs and lows of being in a successful business, making it relevant to all those in the room, despite being in an entirely different industry.
Dave Brook of Bolton Gate also won a prize for the mobile training unit competition of the day winning him the prize of a bottle of champagne presented by Jo.We would like to thank all of our speakers, members, guests and the Park Inn Radisson hotel for making the first ADIA AGM so successful and enjoyable. We hope to have more of you there in years to come.

Kind regards,

Anne Saxby
Association Director

Tel: 0845 094 1817

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