BSIA celebrates “marked increase” in membership growth during 50th Anniversary year

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) reports a “marked increase” in membership growth during this committee year, with the organisation welcoming on board 26 new members since July 2016. These figures represent an impressive 37% year-on-year increase, with the BSIA welcoming 19 members during the July 2015-May 2016 committee year.

According to the BSIA, this strong growth rate serves to demonstrate that the Association is “as relevant as ever” as it celebrates its 50th year of service to the UK’s private security industry. Over the course of its half century, the Association has grown in both size and influence, enabling it to represent the best interests of the industry from small and medium-sized businesses through to global corporations.

“BSIA membership can benefit companies in a multitude of ways, from keeping abreast of changes affecting our industry through to the opportunity to assist in the development of new standards,” commented Sharon Mughal, the BSIA’s membership development manager. “Over our 50 years of operation, we’ve been able to establish prosperous relationships with the Government, the police service, various inspectorates and consumer groups, ensuring that the Association is well positioned to drive engagement with key industry stakeholders.”

Mughal continued: “It’s hugely important that we grow our membership in order to maintain our influence as the industry’s leading trade body. As such, the Association regularly consults with members and reviews its membership strategies in order to explore initiatives that may bring additional companies into the fold. One of those initiatives is our brand new probationer scheme.”

The BSIA’s new probationer membership scheme allows companies that don’t have their IS0 9001 certificate yet, but that meet with the rest of the BSIA’s rigorous membership criteria, to temporarily join the Association on the condition that they’ll achieve their ISO 9001 certificate – accredited by a UKAS certification body – within 12 months of joining.

*More information about the probationer membership scheme can be found online at:

Technical Officer vacancy

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and self-motivated technical professional to join the BSIA. As part of a dedicated team and reporting to the technical manager, the successful candidate will use their security industry experience and/or professional qualification (such as an HNC) to provide a service for the Trade Association’s members on a wide range of technical issues relating to electronic alarm systems, physical security and manned security services.

Central responsibilities will include supporting member companies at technical, regional and sector meetings, developing and vetting security industry guides, Codes of Practice and standards, representing the BSIA on selected technical Working Groups (such as those orchestrated by industry stakeholders and standards bodies both within and outside the UK), liaising with and visiting members to provide advice and support on technical issues, policies and legislation that affect their business, supporting key industry events and exhibitions and, all the while, promoting the work of the BSIA.

While training and guidance will be given, self-motivation and the ability to communicate effectively at all levels is essential. Attention to detail and the ability to multi-task will be key to ensuring the needs of the BSIA’s members are met on an ongoing basis.

For the right candidate, the role will offer a real opportunity to assume responsibility for some exciting projects and developments that take place in the complex world of security.

The remuneration package includes a car allowance, a pension scheme and healthcare. This is a permanent and full-time position. Location is flexible.

*To apply for this role, e-mail your CV and covering message to David Wilkinson at:

**The closing date for applications is Thursday 22 June 2017

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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