As engagement with end users continues to top the British Security Industry Association’s agenda, the Trade Association has launched an annual survey aimed at measuring changing attitudes to security among those responsible for buying and using security products and services for their business. Accessible online and open to all individuals involved in the procurement and management of security products and services, the survey aims to provide the British Security Industry Association (BSIA)” and its members” with a better understanding of the needs of industry customers, while at the same time assessing demand for closer co-operation between buyers and suppliers. James Kelly, the BSIA’s CEO, commented:” Understanding the attitudes of our industry’s clients towards security procurement is a key first step in building an open and frank dialogue with those who drive our industry’s continued development and innovation. Through an annual, ‘barometer’-style survey, the BSIA aims to gauge the broader security concerns of our industry’s clients, while giving us a better understanding of the extent to which security is prioritised within a range of business sectors.” With questions covering a wide range of topics, including the impact of economic recovery on security spending, the survey will ultimately identify emerging trends in buying behaviour and how these relate to perceived security threats facing a number of business sectors” from retail to transport, healthcare and education. This year’s survey will also assess buyers’ eagerness to forge closer links with the BSIA and its members through a proposed new Stakeholder Section of Association membership. Kelly added:” The BSIA is considering establishing a new Section of membership for end users and industry stakeholders to enable security buyers to work closely with the industry and remain informed about the latest technological developments. Understanding the needs of industry clients will help us plan the formation of this Stakeholder Section and ensure that it delivers good value as well as an effective service to those who join.” Industry clients, buyers and procurement professionals can access the survey here
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.