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Security industry Authority launches campaign to reduce workplace violence

On November 25th 2019, the Security Industry Authority (SIA) announced a new campaign to address violence against security staff and to promote safe working environments for licensed individuals.

Call #SaferWorkplaces, the campaign aims to encourage security staff to report acts of violence against them while also pushing employers to take a more active role in maintaining a safe...

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SIA to require mandatory First Aid Training for new license holders.
While not yet formally announced, the SIA has confirmed that from April 1st 2020, all new license holders will be required to undertake mandatory First Aid training. While this is only currently affecting new applicants, it is expected that this will be extended to all existing badge holders in the near future. This news has been welcomed by those in the industry with several approved trainers hailing the move as a solid step forward in raising standards....
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Unlicensed security company owner pleads guilty and claims that it was “just a hobby”.

On the 17th October 2019, James Barnett of Swindon, the director of Gold Shield Group ltd and its’ three subsidiaries, said that his security business was “just a hobby” as was investigated, and later convicted, for working without a license.

Barnett also pleaded guilty to failing to respond to information requests by the Security Industry Authority, despite the requests be...

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Security company owner ordered to pay £70,000 following fraud conviction.

In December 2018, Steven Nixon from Portadown, who was the owner of Eventsafe Security Ltd at the time, was given a nine month custodial sentence for fraud, and a further three months for supplying unlicensed security operative. Both sentences were suspended for three years with an additional 100 hours of unpaid Community service.

Nixon, who has just finished serving a 4 month jail sentence...

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Proceeds of Crime order handed down to convicted Shropshire Security company boss.

As a result of a ‘proceeds of crime’ hearing, the imprisoned former owner of a security business located in Shropshire, was ordered to pay £ 3,608.21.

The former owner of Showtime Security Guards, Matthew Davies and a former director, Maria Francis, both appeared at Shrewsbury Crown Court last Friday (Oct 4th). Matthew Davies has been disqualified as a Director and has been ...

“Phantom” security boss who failed to pay staff guilty of 22 counts of fraud
A security boss who ran seven companies under four different identities has been found guilty of defrauding security operatives who worked for him. John Gaines, 72, of Leamington Spa, was found guilty of 22 charges of fraud at Warwick Crown Court on Monday 30 September. Gaines employed Security Industry Authority (SIA) licensed security guards at a number of locations, including construction sites belonging to Heathrow Airport and Tesco. In many cases he...
SIA teams carry out annual licence check blitz in Leicestershire

Last Wednesday (25 September) the Security Industry Authority (SIA) carried out licence inspections across key venues in Leicestershire. All of the licences inspected by the 16 teams from the SIA's Partnerships and Interventions unit were legitimate.

The SIA inspected 65 venues throughout Leicestershire, including the city of Leicester, Melton Mowbray, Loughborough, Coalville and Ashby-de-la-...

Unlicensed brothers prosecuted for illegal security work in Keighley

Two brothers from West Yorkshire have been prosecuted for working in the security industry without the proper licences.

Shamir Razak, an unlicensed door supervisor, and Abdul Rehman, his brother and employer, both pleaded guilty at Leeds Magistrates’ Court on 23 September. The prosecution was brought by the Security Industry Authority (SIA).

Rehman was f...

SIA Appoints New Enforcement Director

The SIA today (30 September) announced the appointment of Michelle Russell as the SIA Director of Partnership and Interventions. Michelle will be joining the SIA from the Charity Commission where she is currently Director of Investigations, Monitoring and Enforcement.

Michelle leads on the commission’s corporate strategies on counter-terrorism, f...

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SIA to reduce fees for all individual licenses

September 11th 2019

On Tuesday 11th September 2019, the Security Industry Authority officially announced it's intention to lower the costs of all individual licenses. In a move which is unusual for a government regulator, the SIA has stated that from the 1st October 2019, licenses fees across all sectors will be reduced from £220 to £210.

This r...

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