End user security procurement survey devised and launched by BSIA

The BSIA has launched a procurement survey to ascertain buying habits and patterns among security end users

The BSIA has launched a procurement survey to ascertain buying habits and patterns among security end users

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) is seeking to understand the factors which presently influence security procurement and investment by way of an online survey. The survey – which is open to all individuals involved in the procurement and management of security products and services – aims to provide the Trade Association and its members with a better understanding of the current needs of end users. 

James Kelly, CEO of the BSIA, commented: “This survey will help the security industry to identify the factors that influence the procurement of security products and services. By gaining an understanding of our industry’s clients and their security needs, we can ensure a closer relationship between buyers and suppliers throughout the procurement, implementation and maintenance of security products and services.”

Kelly continued: “We know that end users place a varying degree of importance on security and take differing approaches to procurement. We want to make sure that those responsible for the procurement of security solutions are receiving the goods and services they need which are fit for purpose not just now but also into the future.”

With questions covering a wide range of topics, including the impact of economic recovery on security spending, the survey will ultimately identify emerging trends in buying behaviour and how these relate to perceived security threats facing a number of vertical business sectors, among them retail, transport, healthcare and education.

The survey will be open for responses until Friday 12 June while the results will help to underpin a campaign designed to ensure that security buyers are making informed procurement decisions on quality, future-proof security solutions.

“Cheaper is not always best,” urged Kelly. “Often, an unsuitable product or service can be more costly in the long run. The BSIA would urge security buyers to work closely with the security industry and to use the services of reputable security companies such that they minimise their costs in the longer term.”

*Industry clients, buyers and procurement professionals can access the survey online via the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BSIASECURITYSURVEY

Trade Association reacts to the announcement of a majority Conservative Government

Following the outcome of last Thursday’s General Election, the BSIA has reacted to the news of a majority Conservative Government.

BSIA CEO James Kelly stated: “Political engagement and public affairs have long been at the heart of the BSIA’s activity, and we’ve worked hard over the last fifteen years to forge strong professional relationships with the previous Labour and Coalition Governments. The continuation of such working relationships is vital for the security of the nation and, as such, the new Conservative Government will need to be fully briefed on the importance of the private security industry’s involvement when it comes to combating crime and terrorism.”

James Kelly: CEO at the BSIA

James Kelly: CEO at the BSIA

Kelly added: “The BSIA will be working hard over the coming weeks to build on new relationships forged within recent months and engaging with key figures in the new political landscape to reinforce the industry’s message and ensure that our ongoing relationship with Government remains unaffected.”

In conclusion, Kelly told Risk UK: “Key issues we’ll be taking forward to the new Government include a commitment to lighter-touch regulation with a transition to business licensing, the need for the authorities to continue minimising the ticketing on Cash-in-Transit vehicles, the requirement to recognise the value of police and private sector partnerships, the need to increase export funding so that we can ensure the UK remains a global leader and expanding the UK Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s Code of Practice to encompass privately-owned systems.”

With all of this in mind, the BSIA recently launched its Manifesto detailing the Association’s key aims and objectives in engaging with the new Government.

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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