Security Industry Authority re-opens ACS Review in wake of pre-General Election purdah period

Following on from the pre-General Election purdah period, the Security Industry Authority (SIA) has re-opened the industry survey element underpinning its fundamental review of the flagship Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS). The results of the ACS review will help to identify ways in which the SIA can drive improvements in the private security industry and, crucially, allow ACS businesses to differentiate themselves within the market.

On that note, it’s hugely important that ACS businesses are able to derive commercial benefit from meeting the high standards offered by the scheme. Importantly, the review will look at how best to give buyers even greater confidence in the scheme.

The ACS, of course, is a quality management scheme specifically designed to raise performance standards in the private security industry and help security suppliers in accessing new opportunities.

Pye Tait Consulting is working in partnership with the SIA to undertake this full review of the ACS and ensure that the scheme remains relevant and reflects both new thinking and Best Practice.

Tony Holyland, the SIA’s head of quality and standards, said: “The ACS has transformed the industry and we want it to continue to drive up standards. This review will ensure that the scheme continues to be relevant and reflects new thinking and emerging Best Practice for security businesses. We want to hear from all stakeholders from across the industry: ACS companies, non-ACS companies and the end user buyers of security. We want to know what you think should change. In essence, then, this review is an opportunity for the industry to shape the future of the scheme.”

The Regulator would welcome the views of the buyers of security services, ACS assessing bodies and security industry stakeholders (eg enforcement partners, trade, professional and employer representative bodies). The SIA would like the ACS to continue to be the benchmark to help the buyers of security services make the right decisions, buy the service that’s right for them and allow them to fulfil their responsibilities.

Click on this link to complete the survey:

Completing the survey should take approximately ten to 15 minutes. You can find out more by visiting the dedicated ACS Review portal:

There’s a separate survey for private security contractors. Please do forward this link to any contractor contacts:

All views expressed will be treated confidentially by Pye Tait Consulting and reported anonymously to the SIA.

*As the regular readers of Risk UK will be well aware, the SIA is a public body sponsored by the Home Office. As the regulator for the private security sector, it supports the key priorities of the Home Office by contributing to the reduction and prevention of crime and, indeed, public protection. The SIA also has a responsibility to support business growth. The SIA manages compulsory licensing for private security operatives in addition to the ACS

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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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