BSIA launches security procurement survey to gauge attitudes among the end user community

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) – the trade body representing the UK’s private security industry – is now researching the procurement attitudes of end users.

The BSIA is seeking to understand the factors which influence security procurement and investment through an online survey launched on Tuesday 12 January. The survey – which is open to all individuals involved in the procurement and management of security products and services – aims to provide the BSIA and its member organisations with a better understanding of the needs of today’s end users.

James Kelly, CEO at the BSIA, commented: “This survey will help the security industry identify the factors that influence the procurement of security products and services. By gaining an understanding of our industry’s clients and their security needs, we can ensure a closer relationship between buyers and suppliers throughout the procurement, implementation and maintenance of security products and services.”

Kelly added: “We know that end users place a varying degree of importance on security and take differing approaches towards procurement. We want to make sure those responsible for the procurement of security solutions are receiving the goods and services they need and that those goods and services are fit for purpose both now and into the future.”

James Kelly: CEO at the BSIA

James Kelly: CEO at the BSIA

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 traditional business sectors, among them retail, transport, healthcare and education.

The survey will be open for responses until Friday 15 April 2016. The results will help to underpin a campaign designed to ensure that security buyers are making informed procurement decisions based on quality, future-proof solutions.

“Cheaper is not always best,” insisted Kelly. “Often, an unsuitable security product or service can be more costly in the long run. The BSIA would urge security buyers to work closely with the security industry and to use only the services of reputable security companies so that they minimise costs in the longer term.”

*Security industry clients, buyers and procurement professionals can access and complete the new survey online via the following link:

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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.

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