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Benefits of BSIA membership

The BSIA logo isn’t just a hallmark of distinction that ensures your company stands out from its peers, the Association also offers real benefits which ensure you have the tools to stay ahead in the competitive security industry. 

By joining the BSIA you will benefit from a number of services and added-value benefits which can make a real difference to your business and prove you are head and shoulders above your competitors. 

Take a brief look at the BSIA membership benefits below, or take a closer look at each of our core benefits in turn: representation and lobbying, standards development, advice and guidance, a rise in profile and events.


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The BSIA works closely with Government to ensure that the views and concerns of its members are taken into account in the development of legislation, and in subsequent amendments and clarification. A busy programme of political engagement is at the heart of the BSIA's activities, and sees the BSIA organise regular contact meetings and Parliamentary roundtables, as well as attending the major political party conferences. The regulation of the security guarding industry through the Private Security Industry Act (2001) followed over a decade of BSIA lobbying, and in more recent years, the Association has provided input into a wide range of legislation - including the Protection of Freedoms Act (2012) - while continuing to represent the industry's views on regulatory change as part of the Security Regulation Alliance.

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The BSIA is at the forefront of standards development and represents the UK security industry on British, European and International Standards committees. The BSIA's knowledgeable Technical team leads the way in the development and improvement of industry standards, ensuring that BSIA membership remains synonymous with high standards. Where the industry lacks standards, the Association's members develop their own codes of practice and these are often then used by the British Standards Institute (BSI) as a benchmark for the wider industry. The BSIA provides many opportunities for its member companies to directly influence change through working groups, committees and section meetings, enabling member companies and individuals to raise their own profile by establishing themselves as industry experts.

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The provision of advice and guidance to businesses and consumers is a key factor in raising awareness and understanding of the capability, value and quality of BSIA member security companies, promoting their products and services as a key investment component in protecting customers' people and assets. Educating the marketplace on the value of choosing a reputable security supplier is therefore one of the BSIA's most important functions, while the guidance and education provided by the Association is also essential in providing its members with a competitive edge. The BSIA develops a range of new guides and publications, providing advice on a range of issues, from navigating the complex CCTV landscape to protecting vacant properties.

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As the voice of the private security industry, communicating vital messages to the stakeholders that matter is a key function of the BSIA. Speaking out to the media on the issues facing the industry is an important element of this, while the Association also seeks to promote the capability of its members through regular contributions to end-user trade press. In 2013-14, the Association's messages reached an audience of 410 million people, a seven-year high and a 72.9% increase on the previous 12 months. Financially speaking, this figure is equivalent to an advertising spend of £875,000, and in 2013 as a whole, this figure reached the £1m mark for the first time in Association history.

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As a key channel through which the Association engages with both industry practitioners and end-users, the BSIA's programme of events provides valuable opportunities for members and key industry stakeholders to gather together and share best practice. Each year, the BSIA organises and participates in exhibitions, conferences, awards ceremonies and seminars, providing a focal point for members, non-members and end-users to engage in networking and discussion while keeping up-to-date on the latest developments in legislation and industry standards.

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We believe that membership of the BSIA should offer you as much added-value as possible and have developed a number of services for your company (and your employees) that can add extra value to your membership. Membership of the BSIA is about being part of a group of like-minded companies shaping the industry. In addition to this, the Association is continually working with suppliers to ensure it can add additional value to your membership.

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