British Security Industry Association moves to forge closer American links in advance of Brexit

Don Erickson of the SIA (left) and the BSIA's CEO James Kelly signing the Memorandum of Understanding

Don Erickson of the SIA (left) and the BSIA’s CEO James Kelly signing the Memorandum of Understanding

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) and its American equivalent, namely the Security Industry Association (SIA), have jointly signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish the foundations of a long-term working relationship in anticipation of closer trade links between the two countries following Brexit and the recent election of President Donald Trump.

Signed by the chief executives of both Associations at London’s historic Benjamin Franklin House during the SIA’s visit to London last month, the MoU formalises both parties’ agreement to ‘work collaboratively in the interests of the UK security industry and the US security industry, where to do so would have a measurable beneficial effect on both nations’ security industries’.

The MoU signing was part of a week-long visit by the SIA’s CEO Don Erickson and the organisation’s director of Government relations, Jake Parker, which saw them attend the BSIA’s Annual Luncheon to forge connections with key UK security providers, addressing them on the new opportunities brought about by recent political changes in both countries, and particularly the beginning of Brexit negotiations in the UK and the election of President Trump.

Felix Parker-Smith, the BSIA’s public affairs executive, is heading up the Association’s preparations for Brexit and commented: “Although Brexit will have created some uncertainty for some businesses in the UK, it has also opened the door to a multitude of potential new trade deals around the world. Partnerships such as this one between the BSIA and the SIA give confidence to exporters and Governments in both nations of the strength of the UK and US markets. Great times lie ahead for both the BSIA and the SIA, and I very much look forward to working with our American colleagues to embrace the opportunities in front of us.”

In 2016, the US imported more than £257.4 million worth of security products and services from UK companies, making the UK the sixth biggest exporter of security solutions to the States. Demand is particularly driven by the requirements of US law enforcement agencies for innovative products that meet the latest standards in terms of both manufacture and deployment.

Speaking about the visit, James Kelly (CEO at the BSIA) told Risk UK: “It was a pleasure to host Don and Jake in London such that they could learn more about the UK’s security industry and build on the relationship between the BSIA and the SIA. Don and Jake have both made significant contributions to the US security industry in their own right, and it’s fantastic to be able to build on the relationship between our two Associations with the MoU.”

Adding to Kelly’s comments, Don Erickson responded: “The BSIA is a first class organisation and we were grateful for the opportunity to learn more about the UK’s security industry directly from the BSIA’s members. The SIA is excited by potential collaboration with the BSIA in several key areas of mutual interest to our memberships, among them data privacy, cyber security and the development of a US-UK trade agreement. We’re also poised to work closely together to help SIA and BSIA members alike understand the opportunities and challenges associated with businesses operating in our respective markets.”

PD6669 Roadshow to provide clarity on new scheme

The BSIA has announced the dates of a series of breakfast briefings being held across the UK to provide industry practitioners with information on the new PD6669 scheme.

PD6669 builds upon the existing BS EN 50136 series for alarm transmission systems by providing key guidance, such as additional alarm transmission system performance categories and actions to be taken when the availability fails to meet the required levels. It also affords installation advice to improve the security and reliability of alarm transmission systems.

The scheme has been developed by a wide range of industry stakeholders, including the BSIA, the British Standards Institution, the police service and insurers in addition to alarm transmission service providers themselves.

The briefings will be held at the following venues and are free to attend:

London Wednesday 30 August at UBM, 240 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8BF. Registration opens at 8.30 am with presentations from 9.00 am until 11.00 am

Hampshire Thursday 31 August at Southern Monitoring, 212-218 London Road, Waterlooville PO7 7AJ. Again, registration opens at 8.30 am with presentations from 9.00 am until 11.00 am

Wigan Wednesday 6 September at the North West Fire and Security Exhibition, DW Stadium (South Stand Suite), 15 Loire Drive, Wigan WN5 0UH. Presentations from 10.00 am to 11.00 am (as part of the North West Fire and Security Exhibition speaker programme)

Nottingham Wednesday 13 September at EMCS Ltd, Tissington Close, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 6QG. Registration opens at 8.30 am with presentations from 9.00 am through until 11.00 am

Each briefing session will provide industry practitioners with an overview of PD6669, information on how it interfaces with BS EN 50136 and also assess how it will help security installers who make good use of the scheme.

David Wilkinson, the BSIA’s director of technical services, explained to Risk UK: “PD6669 came about due to a desire from the industry for clarification as to how existing standards for installing, commissioning and maintaining alarm transmission systems should be applied. This scheme provides that clarity and will be beneficial to all of those involved in the field of alarm transmission systems. The scheme enjoys broad support from a wide range of industry stakeholders and, through this series of briefings, we hope to achieve a greater understanding of PD6669’s purpose as well as encourage adoption from industry practitioners.”

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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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