On Thursday 27 February, at a meeting of the Security Industry Authority’s (SIA) Strategic Consultative Group, Home Office officials updated representatives of the private security industry on the timetable for introducing business licensing.
The group was told that the Home Office remains committed to introducing business licensing.
The necessary arrangements to allow the SIA to start accepting business licence applications in April 2014 are not yet in place, and therefore the ‘Open for Business’ date has been postponed.
The Home Office will announce a revised business licensing timetable as soon as possible.
The private security industry will be given at least three months’ notice of the ‘Open for Business’ date.
Revised dates will allow at least six months between the ‘Open for Business’ date and the legal requirement date (when it will become a legal requirement for businesses to hold a licence).
The legal requirement date remains set at 6 April 2015.
The Strategic Consultative Group comprises representatives from the private security industry, the SIA, the Home Office, the Scottish Government, the Department of Justice Northern Ireland, the industry skills sector, Parliament and other parties interested in the private security industry.