Accreditation’s, Certification’s & Affiliations
The Security Industry Authority is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry. We are an independent body reporting to the Home Secretary, under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. Our mission is to regulate the private security industry effectively; to reduce criminality, raise standards and recognise quality service. Our remit covers the United Kingdom.
We have two main duties. One is the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities within the private security industry; the other is to manage the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme, which measures private security suppliers against independently assessed criteria.
SIA licensing covers manned guarding (including security guarding, door supervision, close protection, cash and valuables in transit, and public space surveillance using CCTV), key holding and vehicle immobilising. Licensing ensures that private security operatives are ‘fit and proper’ persons who are properly trained and qualified to do their job.
Our Approved Contractor Scheme introduced a set of operational and performance standards for suppliers of private security services. Those organisations that meet these standards are awarded Approved Contractor status. This accreditation provides purchasers of private security services with independent proof of a contractor’s commitment to quality.
The ISO story began in 1946 when delegates from 25 countries met at the Institute of Civil Engineers in London and decided to create a new international organization ‘to facilitate the international coordination and unification of industrial standards’. In February 1947 the new organization, ISO, officially began operations. Since then, we have published over 19 500 International Standards covering almost all aspects of technology and manufacturing. Today we have members from 162 countries and 3 368 technical bodies to take care of standard development. More than 150 people work full time for ISO’s Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland. Because ‘International Organization for Standardization’ would have different acronyms in different languages (IOS in English, OIN in French for Organisation internationale de normalisation), our founders decided to give it the short form ISO. ISO is derived from the Greek isos, meaning equal. Whatever the country, whatever the language, we are always ISO.
Safecontractor was initially developed as a bespoke project for a Property Management client who wished to outsource the annual vetting of contractors on its approved list. Interest shown by other similar clients identified the potential for a standardised system that could be offered to the whole of the company’s client base.
In 1999 SupplyLine was born. After further development the product was expanded to provide web based access to its clients and was re-branded as Safecontractor in 2003.
Steady growth and the adoption of the system by some major brand names such as Kellogg, Debenhams Retail Plc, Home Retail Group and General Motors UK, saw entry into new client markets and further growth in contractor members.
Safecontractor is operated by Exor (Services) Ltd, part of the Santia group of companies and is owned by BECAP, the private equity investment vehicle for Better Capital Limited. Better Capital aim to unlock the enormous potential within the Santia group of companies through commitment to additional investment that will maintain and build upon the high levels of quality and service that we endeavour to provide to our customers. Better Capital is quoted on the London Stock Exchange.
Constructionline is the UK’s leading procurement and supply chain management service that collects, assesses and monitors standard company information through a question set that is aligned to PAS 91, the standardised pre-qualification questionnaire developed by BSI to reduce duplication within the construction industry.
Our aim is to provide efficiency savings to public and private sector buyers and the construction industry as a whole by streamlining procurement procedures and improving the supply chain management processes by reducing risk, creating cost efficiencies and helping buyers engage with new suppliers, including SMEs and local companies.
How we help suppliers to the construction industry
For suppliers to the construction industry, Constructionline means that you no longer need to repeatedly duplicate your standard company information for every construction tender. What’s more, with over 8,000 procurement professionals from over 2,500 buying organisations already using the Constructionline database to source contractors and consultants, Constructionline is a great tool to market your business.
How we help buyers of construction services
By providing access to over 24,000 suppliers for construction contracts, Constructionline is a common sense solution that 8,000 buyers from over 2,000 organisations are already making the most of. We assess all of our suppliers to government standards, and maintain relationships with a range of industry, ePurchasing and Government partners to ensure that we remain relevant to procurement professionals within the construction industry.
The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) is the trade association for the professional security industry in the UK. Our members are responsible for more than 70% of privately provided UK security products and services (by turnover) including the manufacture, distribution and installation of electronic and physical security equipment and the provision of security guarding and consultancy services.
The BSIA has led the way for over 40 years in the shaping of the private security industry. Our members are industry professionals ranging in size from global companies to small and medium enterprises, offering quality products and services to a vast spectrum of end-users.
It’s our mission to be the voice of the private security industry, supporting members and encouraging excellence, while educating the marketplace on the value of quality and professional security, and creating an atmosphere in which our members can flourish.
The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) is the professional body for facilities management (FM). Founded in 1993, we promote excellence in facilities management for the benefit of practitioners, the economy and society. Supporting and representing over 16,000 members around the world, both individual FM professionals and organisations, and thousands more through qualifications and training.
We promote and embed professional standards in facilities management. Committed to advancing the facilities management profession we provide a suite of membership, qualifications, training and networking services designed to support facilities management practitioners in performing to the best of their ability.
Facilities management professionals are responsible for services that enable and support business. Roles cover management of a wide range of areas including: health and safety, risk management, business continuity, procurement, sustainability, space planning, energy, property and asset management. They are typically responsible for activities such as catering, cleaning, building maintenance, environmental services, security and reception.
Citation (Health & Safety)
Our Health & Safety service is delivered by experienced and highly qualified Health & Safety Consultants who are all either qualified members of the Institution of Occupational Safety, With our help you have the reassurance that you are doing all you can to keep your employees and customers safe. When it comes to contracting and tendering (including Pre-Qualification Questionnaires), we’ve got you covered. We’ve been through CHAS and SMAS and a whole host of other pre-qualifications so we can advise you on the best way to approach them, for approval first time!
Our services allow employers across the country to focus on the success and growth of their business rather than worrying about how to deal with a difficult employee or what they should do when facing a Tribunal claim. Experts are on hand to assist with any employment matter no matter how trivial through our 24 Hour Advice Service which is available 365 days a year.
Common issues including Redundancy, TUPE regulations, holiday & sick pay, Tribunals, Employment Contracts or Health & Safety compliance can be completely taken care of by us. Our Legal Services team will provide full representation to achieve the best outcome for your business and our insurance scheme can fund the cost of any awards made against your business.
ICO (Data Protection)
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO; stylised as ico.) in the United Kingdom, is a non-departmental public body which reports directly to Parliament and is sponsored by the Ministry of Justice. It is the independent regulatory office (national data protection authority) dealing with the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 across the UK; and the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and, to a limited extent, in Scotland.
Finding a builder and Tradesmen in UK can be quite tedious and stressful. Tradesmen Connect makes it easier to find the right builders and tradesmen in London and the Home Counties. All members of Tradesmen Connect are certified and approved before you hire them. Tradesmen Connect accept members only after checking their qualifications, experience in the trade, references and then they are required to sign a code of conduct.
Tradesmen Connect members are also approved to offer home owners the ground breaking Home Improvements Guarantee.