Security Industry Authority awards major digital services contract to Version 1

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) has awarded a major digital services contract to Version 1. The IT service provider will now take over support for STeP, the SIA’s online licensing system, in May of this year.

Version 1, which was established over 20 years ago, specialises in digital and Cloud services. The company operates thanks to a 1,200 strong team with offices in the UK, the Republic of Ireland and India.

John Neil, the SIA executive in charge of the re-procurement process, said: “It’s crucial for the SIA that we provide a dependable, consistent and high-calibre service to the private security industry. We were impressed by the quality and competitive value offered by Version 1, and also by the company’s understanding of our business and our requirements. Our focus is on service continuity and the avoidance of unnecessary risk, and we will therefore go live with the new service when we’re entirely satisfied that it’s fit for purpose.”

The Regulator’s contract with BT, the original supplier of STeP, comes to an end on 26 May this year. The tender for a replacement supplier was sent out to eligible providers using a Crown Commercial Service framework on 14 June last year. The new service will conform to both Government and Home Office IT strategies.

Conor McColgan, head of UK public sector contracts at Version 1, explained: “We’re delighted that Version 1 has been awarded this contract to partner the Security Industry Authority in the provision of an excellent and reliable service to the private security industry. This achievement reflects our ongoing commitment to investing in Digital Government excellence and growth across the UK public sector. We look forward to working closely with the SIA to bring our IT skills and experience to the organisation throughout the duration of the project.”

There will be no changes to the SIA’s core system, which means no changes from an end user perspective. The new contractor will provide the current service, although they will have a brief to modernise and improve STeP over time.

The SIA is committed to providing an efficient and easy-to-use online licensing service and looks forward to working with Version 1 to take the system forward.

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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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