British Security Industry Association attains UKTI Accredited Trade Organisation status

Kirkham House: the Worcestershire hq of the BSIA

Kirkham House: the Worcestershire hq of the BSIA

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has successfully achieved UKTI Accredited Trade Organisation status and will lead the way in facilitating UK security companies’ attendance at overseas trade shows.

As an Approved Trade Organisation (ATO) for the security sector, the Association will take the lead in facilitating UK companies’ presence at overseas shows while also assisting those same businesses with their Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) applications. This means that exhibitors can receive up to £2,500 in funding (provided they meet UKTI’s specific criteria) to offset their exhibition costs.

As an ATO, the BSIA will also provide management services for those organisations exhibiting in UK Pavilions, offering shipping solutions and an onsite point of contact to assist with any issues they might have.

The Association will partake in the TAP and offer additional services and support to British businesses wishing to explore new opportunities in overseas markets.

The BSIA’s new status will formalise this role and is an endorsement of the activities already undertaken by the Association’s dedicated Export Council, a specialist forum of companies focused on expanding their business abroad.

Access to Government funding

Daren Wood

Daren Wood

The BSIA’s ATO status will also help exporters to access Government funds available for those companies who choose to exhibit on TAP-supported Pavilions organised by the Association.

At present, it’s UKTI’s strategy to increase interest in the high growth emerging markets while still recognising the importance of those located elsewhere.

Daren Wood – membership and export services manager at the BSIA who co-ordinated the accreditation process – explained: “The BSIA has already organised Pavilions at IFSEC South East Asia and Intersec Dubai. As an ATO, we expect to be able to offer the same services and support for other key exhibitions identified by Export Council members.”

In conclusion, Wood stated: “As well as raising the profile of the Association and UK plc, TAP accreditation allows the BSIA a continued opportunity to offer valuable input to Government at policy level which will ultimately prove to be extremely beneficial for our members.”

*Learn more about the BSIA’s Export Council by visiting:

About the Author
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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