Venue Protect

Venue Security & Protect Duty

The NEC Group has extensive knowledge and experience in ensuring the secure delivery of events across our venues. From hosting Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, to the G8 Summit, multiple party conferences, international touring artists and hundreds more every year, so rest assured you’re in safe hands.

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The NEC Group has extensive knowledge and experience in ensuring the safe delivery of events across our venues. From hosting Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, to the G8 Summit, multiple party conferences, international touring artists and hundreds more every year, we use a series of security measures.

Across nearly five decades we have worked closely with the police, the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) and their local Counter Terrorism Security Advisors (CTSA) to deter and detect potential threats from entering our venues and the surrounding external public circulation spaces. We have a close partnership with West Midlands Police and carry out regular Project Servator operations, this policing tactic is where uniformed and plain clothes officers can visit at anytime in and around the venue, deploying a range of measures that aim to disrupt criminal activity.

We maintain a multi-layered approach, both overt and covert. These include vehicular and pedestrian access control supported by a proactive use of technology and CCTV monitoring systems. So, whilst you may not see all operational security activity, you should be assured that it is ongoing, often behind the scenes, to prevent crime and keep you safe whilst on site.

From 26 February to 2 July 2021, the Home Office ran a Protect Duty consultation, which considered how the government can work together with publicly accessible locations to develop proportionate security measures that improve public security.

Venues are now preparing for the implementation of Protect Duty legislation, otherwise known as Martyn’s Law. The Group fully supports this implementation, making the responsibility for counter-terrorism in public spaces a legislative requirement – an aid to our ongoing efforts.

The security measures and procedures we already have in place across our venues include:

  • State of the art CCTV monitoring and communications centres
  • Search and screening technology at venue entrances
  • Regular attendance from uniformed and plain-clothed police officers
  • A Response and Conflict Management team
  • A Behavioural Detection team
  • Dedicated security dog team
  • Vehicle checkpoints
  • Hostile vehicle mitigation protection
  • Use of security management systems
  • Appropriately qualified and mandatory trained security staff
  • Health and safety risk assessments for every event
  • Frequent stress testing and mandatory training on data protection and cyber security
  • Members of arena, exhibition and conference association security working groups

Trust Your Instincts!

Everyone has an important role to play in helping us by reporting anything that doesn’t feel right, for example, any unattended items or someone acting suspiciously. If something doesn’t feel right. Report it. It’s better to be safe.

See it, say it, sorted:

  • Tell our security team
  • Report in confidence any suspicious activity at gov.uk/ACT or on 0800 789 321
  • Call 999 in an emergency
Venue Protect & COVID-19 Information

Our measures for safe and controlled event environments. Our venues fully comply with government legislation on managing the risk of COVID-19 to keep everyone’s experience safe.

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We will continue to implement our enhanced venue sanitisation, with all communal areas cleaned frequently, alongside high contact surfaces throughout event days.

Given the expected increase in outside temperatures our ventilation systems will be optimised to provide increased air recirculation which will provide comfortable conditions for all event spaces while reducing our carbon footprint through reduced utility consumption. We’ll continue to monitor all changes to COVID regulations and update our setup where appropriate.

Human interaction is what we do but we understand that convenience is key and that many people will still want to minimise unnecessary contact. We have taken advantage of tech solutions to provide contactless options. So, to minimise contact points when in our venue, visitors can pre-pay parking online, use our cashless options for payment at all food and drink outlets and even pre-order food via an app.

Further information for organisers & exhibitors

If you have questions regarding your upcoming event, please speak to your usual NEC contact or email us [email protected]