The SIA is launching Buying Right, a new campaign to support security buyers.
Buying Right will see the SIA work alongside HM Revenue and Customs and UK Visas and Immigration, to help protect security buyers against risks such as the exploitation of illegal immigrants, tax evasion, and security licensing offences.
From September, the SIA will be working with security buyers in the construction industry. With the support of HMRC and other HM agency partners, SIA investigators will be meeting buyers to offer advice on due diligence and best practice. The intention of the campaign is to support construction companies in purchasing good security, while at the same time identifying and removing security suppliers that put people, places and the reputation of the security industry at risk.
Businesses can mitigate the risk of buying from security providers engaged in unlawful practices by purchasing security from an SIA Approved Contractor.
SIA Chief Executive Bill Butler said:
“Buying Right, allows the SIA to work with our partners to support businesses in developing their understanding of how to procure legitimate security services that help protect the public.
“There are a number of factors to consider when deciding whether a security company is providing labour legally and safely. A supplier’s hourly rate is one of the key indicators that this is the case, and this is where we can help security buyers understand their security purchase.
“Buying from our companies that are members of our Approved Contractor Scheme gives buyers further reassurance as to the quality and standards of a security supplier.
“With the support of our partners, we will help the construction industry improve the standards of their security provision, supporting legitimate businesses and driving out security companies that are operating outside of the law”.