BSIA offers “essential” legal advice to security companies operating in Scotland

Security companies operating north of the border are invited to attend a free BSIA seminar focusing on current legal issues

Security companies operating north of the border are invited to attend a free BSIA seminar focusing on current legal issues

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has joined forces with Moorepay Legal Services to deliver a forthcoming employment law seminar specifically designed to provide “essential” legal advice for those security companies presently operating in Scotland.

The event will take place in Glasgow on Tuesday 29 September and is open to both members and non-members of the Trade Association. Aimed at security professionals directly involved in the management of staff, the seminar will cover a wide variety of topics.

In fact, expert guidance on everything from zero hours contracts through to modern apprenticeships will be provided by the following confirmed guest speakers:

*Tom Muirhead BA MCIPD (employment tribunal consultant at Moorepay Legal Services)
*Jane Duffy (education and qualifications advisor with Skills Development Scotland)
*David Scott (New College Lanarkshire)
*Terri Jones (director general at Skills for Security)

Registration will begin at 9.45 am before topics including holiday pay, overtime and commission are discussed in a security context. Lunch will follow the seminar and provide an opportunity for networking with other security professionals and guest speakers.

Moorepay Legal Services is one of the market-leading payroll and Human Resources-focused solutions companies and current providers of the BSIA’s 24/7 Legal Helpline (which is free to members).

Speaking about the event, James Kelly (CEO of the BSIA) commented: “This seminar will be beneficial to anyone who would like to learn more about the legalities involved with employment or who wishes to update their knowledge with the most current information. As well as sponsoring the event, Moorepay Legal Services has also kindly provided one of their experts to deliver some of the seminar sessions on the day.”

Kelly added: “With time set aside for Questions and Answers, delegates will benefit from individual advice bestowed by industry experts. This will be a great opportunity for anyone interested in employment law to gain a better understanding of what’s involved within a security context.”

*Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Current BSIA members can attend the seminar free of charge while non-members may book to attend at a cost of £45 + VAT

**To secure your place visit: and complete the short online Registration Form

Nominations now open for 2016 BSIA Security Personnel Awards

Members of the BSIA are being encouraged to submit their nominations for next year’s Security Personnel Awards, with the deadline now just over three months away.

These prestigious awards are presented every year in the wake of both regional and national rounds of judging. The awards serve to acknowledge the commendable and limitless contributions that security personnel make each and every day. Accolades are awarded across five categories: Service to the Customer, Outstanding Act, Best Newcomer, Best Use of Technology and Best Team. This enables a wide variety of exceptional performances to be recognised.

Camberford Law plc – specialist insurance broker to the security industry – has sponsored the BSIA’s Security Personnel Awards since their inception seventeen years ago. David Ottewill, the company’s managing director, commented: “It’s important to recognise and reward the hard work and efforts of dedicated professionals operating within the security industry. As such, we were very proud to once again sponsor these awards in 2015.”

This year’s Security Personnel Awards saw 33 high-calibre regional winners and 13 outstanding national winners receive awards for their contributions to community safety and maintaining the industry’s favourable reputation. Some of the inspirational achievements recognised by the Judges included life-saving actions, exceptional customer service and the salient and effective use of innovative technology.

James Kelly: CEO at the BSIA

James Kelly: CEO at the BSIA

BSIA CEO James Kelly stated: “There’s a huge amount of talent on show in our industry and we take great pride in helping to recognise the achievements of the professional men and women that help to safeguard our nation.”

Kelly continued: “The Security Personnel Awards are a fantastic opportunity for our member companies to showcase the talents of personnel who go above and beyond the call of duty on a daily basis in order to deliver the best possible standard of service. Security personnel are the public face of our industry. The standards of professionalism that they embody are key to the continued growth of consumer trust in our industry and should be rewarded.”

Traditionally, the Security Personnel Awards have been dominated by the larger companies operating in the security sector. However, over the past few years, a number of smaller and medium-sized businesses have been presented with some of the most coveted awards.

The BSIA strongly encourages member security companies of all sizes to participate in nominating their employees.

*Deadline for nominations for the 2016 Security Personnel Awards is Friday 30 October 2015, with the judging of the regional awards taking place throughout December. Those successful in the regional rounds will then progress to the national round of judging which takes place in March next year. The national award winners will be invited to attend the BSIA’s flagship event – the Association’s Annual Luncheon – where they will be presented with their awards in front of some of the industry’s most influential professionals. Awards are customarily bestowed by the Association’s Guest of Honour, which in the past has included members of the Royal Family, senior MPs and Cabinet Ministers, senior police officers and celebrities.

**The winners and their employers receive positive publicity in local and regional media, as well as comprehensive coverage in the UK’s security trade press

***BSIA members of the Security Guarding, Cash and Valuables in Transit, Police and Public Services, Leisure Industry, Specialist Services or Crowd Management Sections can nominate their outstanding personnel by downloading and completing a Nomination Form. Alternatively, telephone: 0845 389 3889 for further details


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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