Security Industry Authority orchestrates new Buying Right campaign for end users

Posted On 24 Jul 2014
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The Security Industry Authority (SIA) is launching Buying Right, a new campaign designed to support security buyers. Buying Right will see the Regulator working alongside HM Revenue and Customs and UK Visas and Immigration to help protect security buyers against risks such as immigration, tax and security licensing offences. From this month, the SIA will be working with security buyers in the construction sector where some security arrangements have been identified as high risk. With the support of HMRC partners, SIA investigators will be meeting with construction companies to offer advice and support on due diligence and Best Practice, and to ensure that construction companies are procuring lawful security services. Security buyers can lower the risk of working with unlawful security providers by only purchasing security from an SIA Approved Contractor. Discussing this latest move, SIA CEO Bill Butler (pictured) said:” Buying Right allows the SIA to work with its partners to support businesses in developing their understanding of how to procure legitimate security services that help protect the public. There are a number of factors to consider when deciding whether a security company is providing labour legally and safely. A supplier’s hourly rate is one of the key indicators that this is the case, and that’s where we can help security buyers understand their security purchase.” Butler continued:” Buying from companies that are members of our Approved Contractor Scheme affords purchasers further reassurance as to the quality and standards of a security supplier. With the support of our partners, we will help the construction sector improve the standards of its security provision, in turn supporting legitimate businesses and driving out security companies that are operating outside of the law.”

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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.