NSI’s mandate to deliver assessment services for ACS renewed by Security Industry Authority

The NSI Services Auditor Team - Back Row Left to Right: Vernon Erekosima, Ian Sanderson, Trevor Underdown, Al Kyte and Neil Ohren. Front Row Left to Right: Clare Crump, Jo Fox, Margaret Durr (Head of Field Operations – Services) and Suvi Foy

The NSI Services Auditor Team – Back Row Left to Right: Vernon Erekosima, Ian Sanderson, Trevor Underdown, Al Kyte and Neil Ohren. Front Row Left to Right: Clare Crump, Jo Fox, Margaret Durr (Head of Field Operations – Services) and Suvi Foy

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) has renewed the National Security Inspectorate’s (NSI) mandate to deliver assessment services for the Regulator’s Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) from 1 April (subject to contract). Guarding services organisations with a commercial interest in the ACS can have full confidence in choosing the NSI as their preferred Assessing Body.

Having completed nearly 1,000 assessments on behalf of the SIA since the ACS was introduced back in 2006, the NSI’s ten-strong Services Auditor Team have developed a unique expert understanding of the sector’s Standards and the issues facing those organisations working in the industry.

Assessing client organisations across the UK, the team is dedicated and committed to delivering consistency and quality of service in all assessments and audits of organisations operational across the sector.

The NSI’s experience of conducting assessments for the SIA and for its own premier certification schemes makes it an obvious choice for security providers serious about demonstrating their integrity and capabilities around the ACS requirements and their compliance with relevant British Standards.

In practice, most companies take advantage of the NSI’s ‘Passport’ route to ASC approval, in turn providing them with additional cost benefits.

From guarding to CCTV and event security

Margaret Durr, recently promoted to the role head of field operations (services) at the NSI, commented: “Our team of auditors has expertise across a broad range of areas including security guarding, close protection, key holding, CCTV, door supervision, event security and investigative services. Feedback from our clients is testament to the added value independent assessment can bring to an organisation.”

Durr continued: “The ultimate winners are the end users who benefit from a consistent, measurable and high quality service, providing real return on investment. In turn, security solutions providers interested in the ACS or the NSI’s sector-specific approval schemes can be assured of a professional and positive experience provided by ourselves.”

Kay Aitkin, the NSI’s service delivery director, stated: “We’re delighted the SIA has renewed our ACS assessment delivery contract and look forward to continuing to work with organisations providing licensable services with a first class and friendly service. Margaret and her team of services auditors demonstrate industry-leading competence, between them having many years experience of delivering quality ACS audits.”

*Organisations interested in improving their experience of ACS assessments regardless of size or experience, or who would otherwise like to find out more about the benefits of NSI certification should contact the NSI via e-mail at: acs@nsi.org.uk or telephone 01628 764838

**End users who choose to contract NSI-approved companies can be absolutely assured of security and fire safety services delivered to the highest standards by businesses committed to quality

***The NSI provides robust auditing services to verify compliance with relevant British and European Standards, Codes of Practice and various certification schemes developed by industry bodies

SIA Annual Reports and Accounts 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 published

The Security Industry Authority’s Annual Reports and Accounts for the financial years 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 have been laid before Parliament and published.

Free electronic copies (PDF format) can be downloaded from the Publications Section of the SIA’s website.

*The Security Industry Authority is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the United Kingdom, reporting to the Home Secretary under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001

The SIA’s main duties are the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities and managing the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme

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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