A number of key organizations in the security sector have joined together as The Security Alliance – a ‘think-tank’ set up to work together on key issues facing the profession. Initially The Security Alliance hope to be assisting the SIA with the implementation of their new strategy based on ‘lighter-touch‘ regulation, and the licensing of security companies.
Membership of the Alliance is by invitation only, and organizations currently represented are The Security Institute, the British Security Industry Association, the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals, ASIS Chapter 208, and Skills for Security. It is likely that other industry bodies will join in due course.
The Alliance has strong support from Brian Sims, Editor of SMTOnline.com and Bobby Logue, Editor of Infologue.com, whose valued support is essential in continuing to broadcast developments affecting the security sector.
Chairman Mike Bluestone says “I see in this new ‘Security Alliance’, an opportunity to not only face the current crisis and HMG with one unified and powerful voice, but also a body which can speak on behalf of its constituent members in an equally unified manner for the long-term benefit of the UK security sector. I commend James Kelly and the BSIA for taking the initiative.”
Mike Bluestone is included in an invitation to discuss the SIA’s future with the Regulator on 28 October in Central London. He urges the Institute membership to contact him with comments and concerns ahead of this, particularly from the customer’s (end user) perspective.