A security company is having its Approved Contractor Scheme status withdrawn following convictions at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court. Project Security UK of Lazarus Court, Doncaster, and its two senior managers were convicted for security offences on 27 November. As a result, the Security Industry Authority has made the decision to remove the company’s ACS status. Project Security and its director Simon Bran pleaded guilty to supplying three unlicensed security guards. The security company’s other director, Ian Smithurst, pleaded guilty to providing false information to the SIA. In March 2013, the SIA received intelligence about an unlicensed security guard working for Project Security. A formal request for information made by SIA investigators to the security company was returned with names of licensed security operatives. Further enquiries revealed that the names given by Project Security were different to the names of those working at the sites in question. SIA investigators discovered several other security guards were working illegally from June 2011 to March 2013. For supplying three unlicensed security guards, Project Security UK Limited was fined
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.