The tender was issued on 14 June in accordance with Government procurement rules, as the contract with the current supplier is coming to an end. The SIA is looking to appoint a new supplier with effect from 26 May 2019.
There will be no changes to the core system, which means no changes from a user perspective. The new contractor will provide the current service, although they will have a brief to modernise and improve STeP over time.
The tender for the new contract has been sent out to eligible suppliers using a Crown Commercial Service framework.
John Neil, SIA project executive on the STeP re-procurement project, said: “BT, our current supplier, is working with us to ensure a smooth business-as-usual transition. Licence applicants, and individual and business users, will not see any immediate changes to the SIA’s online licensing and licence management system. However, we’re looking to make strategic improvements to the system over time under the new contract.”
Neil concluded: “The SIA is committed to providing an efficient and easy-to-use online licensing service. We thank BT for its work in implementing and improving STeP, and we now look forward to working with the new supplier to take the system forward.”
The Security Industry Authority is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the UK. 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.