This month saw the BSIA host its Annual Lunch and AGM, providing Association members with a valuable opportunity to gather together and celebrate the successes of the past 12 months, otherwise known as a ‘committee year’. James Kelly reflects on the Association’s key achievements from 2013-14.
As the UK’s economic climate continues to improve and the country looks ahead towards a General Election, the past committee year has seen several positive developments for the BSIA, all of which have been encompassed in the Association’s 2013-14 Annual Review, which was published this month to coincide with our AGM.
As we look back on the past 12 months, I am proud to acknowledge the pivotal role that the BSIA has played in influencing so many crucial industry-wide developments. Our Annual Review is structured according to the key benefits of BSIA membership, so it’s easy to see what the Association has done in terms of representation and regulatory change, guidance and standards development, events and awards, PR, education, training and support.
This year, the BSIA’s major achievements on behalf of its members have included:
• Leading the Security Regulation Alliance to ensure that the industry’s questions are answered ahead of the implementation of a new regulatory regime for licensed security businesses. Earlier this year, the Home Office gave special consideration to the BSIA’s submission in response to its consultation on regulatory change, which I’m told received an overwhelming number of responses, second only to the Government’s consultation on gay marriage.
• Providing responses on behalf of members to over 45 revisions and amendments to British, European and International standards pertaining to the UK’s private security industry, including those affecting both electronic and manned-guarding sectors. The provision of a detailed ‘CCTV Standards Map’ has also helped manufacturers, installers and end-users to navigate the complex standards landscape, reinforcing the BSIA’s value in providing guidance and advice on security issues.
• Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the BSIA’s Export Council, which was formed in 1994 to support BSIA members to gain a foothold in overseas markets. The work of the Export Council has helped some members to the extent that some members now generate as much as 70% of their business abroad. This year, we’re also arranging for BSIA members to attend a number of overseas trade shows, including Intersec Dubai, Security Essen and IFSEC South East Asia.
• Reflecting the continued growth and innovation of the industry we represent, by launching a new section of membership for companies providing specialist security services. Thanks to this addition, the Association is now able to represent companies offering the rapidly-growing sectors of cyber security, intelligence and IT forensics.
• Promoting the Association’s messages to 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 over £875,000, and in 2013 as a whole, which figured surpassed the £1m mark for the first time in BSIA history.
A quick glance through the Association’s Annual Review gives me much to feel excited about for the 2014-15 committee year. With so many factors influencing the continued development of our sector, it’s often easy to list sight of the important work that goes on behind the scenes in our committees, forums and working groups. The participation of our members remains paramount to the continued success of the BSIA, and while I thank each and every member who has dedicated their time to the Association over the past year, I would encourage others to consider greater involvement in years to come. Engagement in the BSIA can lead to all companies – whatever their size – exerting a significant influence over future industry developments.
Download a copy of our Annual Review here, or for more information about the benefits of BSIA membership, visit www.bsia.co.uk