“2010 may be remembered as the year that the security industry spoke with a united voice,” writes Justin Bentley the Chief Executive of IPSA in the fourth 2010 Infologue.com annual review series, “but it is the unsung backroom heroes at the security associations that should receive the credit.
“Even before the IPSA AGM held on the HMS Belfast back in June, members were discussing the possible ramifications of the new Government on the Security Industry Authority. When news broke of a leaked document which indicated an end to the licensing body, we were the first to declare the industry’s support for the SIA and the desire to retain licensing. This was followed up with a campaign co-ordinated by our Deputy Chairman, Mike White, which involved writing to every Member of Parliament and many members of the House of Lords.
“The industry is aware of the outcome of IPSA’s and other groups’ campaigning leading to a decision change by the Home Office. Whilst the introduction of licensing has to be the most significant change to the UK security industry, the retention of licensing must be the most significant change achieved by the UK security industry.
“IPSA’s continuing support of the Counter Terror Expo has opened up some new areas of interest for membership, and we have seen a steady flow of new applications through the year from both individuals and companies. The move of the administration to the office in Chorley happened smoothly in September. This has led to improved response times in many areas with all aspects of the Association’s many services all under one roof. As we enter 2011, IPSA continues as the one association providing services and representation for both security companies and any individual working in the industry. Justin Bentley concluded.