The Security Industry Authority (SIA) is launching Buying Right, a new campaign designed 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 immigration, tax and security licensing offences.
From September, the SIA will be working with security buyers in the construction sector where some security arrangements have been identified as high risk. With the support of HMRC partners, SIA investigators will be meeting with construction companies to offer advice and support on due diligence and Best Practice, and to ensure that construction companies are procuring lawful security services.
Security buyers can lower the risk of working with unlawful security providers by only purchasing security from an SIA Approved Contractor.
Discussing this move, SIA CEO Bill Butler said: “Buying Right allows the SIA to work with its 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 that’s where we can help security buyers understand their security purchase.”
Butler continued: “Buying from companies that are members of our Approved Contractor Scheme affords purchasers further reassurance as to the quality and standards of a security supplier. With the support of our partners, we will help the construction sector improve the standards of its security provision, in turn supporting legitimate businesses and driving out security companies that are operating outside of the law.”
*For more information on due diligence when procuring security services or labour providers, security and risk managers should download the HMRC leaflet available on its website