Fire and Security Association welcomes plans to cut red tape outlined in Enterprise Bill

Plans outlined by the Government in the new Enterprise Bill have been welcomed by the Fire and Security Association

Plans outlined by the Government in the new Enterprise Bill have been welcomed by the Fire and Security Association

Steve Martin, head of the Fire and Security Association (FSA), has welcomed plans for cutting red tape, supporting small businesses on late payment and protecting apprenticeships that have been outlined in the Government’s new Enterprise Bill.

“Broadly speaking,” said Martin, “the measures outlined in the Enterprise Bill confirm the Government’s desire to pursue a policy that recognises and supports businesses at the heart of the UK’s economic growth.”

He continued: “The creation of the Small Business Commissioner is welcome. By their very nature, smaller businesses are unwilling to take clients to court over payment issues as they fear the repercussions it could have for their ability to win work in the future. This service aims to provide a means for small businesses to resolve payment issues without resorting to the courts. It’s a welcome addition to the armoury against poor payment.”

However, Martin went on to state that this particular move from Westminster is “only part of the answer” as far as supply chain payment problems are concerned, with the most effective route still being to criminalise late payment and introduce tough business sanctions for those who indulge in this practice.

Steve Martin: head of the Fire and Security Association

Steve Martin: head of the Fire and Security Association

Martin told Risk UK: “The Government’s plans to protect the term ‘apprenticeship’ highlight its desire to continue to strengthen the term, build the apprenticeship brand and make sure that employers lead on apprenticeship content. This move is crucial at a time when apprenticeship funds are finite and when skilled engineering sectors such as our own are in great need. It should ensure that public money is only spent on apprenticeships where an approved and structured training programme is in place.”

Martin has also welcomed the Conservative’s plans to cut red tape. “Red tape is a continual burden on many contractors and a significant waste of time and resources. We hope the Government takes this further in future and outlines plans to cut ‘blue tape’- in other words, paperwork costs ranged on business by other businesses – as this also greatly impedes productivity, growth and profits. With fewer burdens imposed on them, businesses can be more innovative which will then help them – and, indeed, the economy – to grow in the future.”

The FSA was founded in 2007 as a specialist group of the Electrical Contractors’ Association. The FSA represents ECA members who are involved in the business of designing, installing, commissioning, maintaining and monitoring electronic fire and security systems.

The FSA also partners with Scottish trade body SELECT on specific fire and security-related issues.

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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