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Legal, tax and Health and Safety advice for businesses on the agenda at free BSIA seminar

Two Associate members of the British Security Industry Association have joined forces to offer exclusive advice on employment law, Health and Safety and taxation at a brand new event set to take place at Windsor Racecourse on Tuesday 9 September.

Jointly organised by employment law specialist Citation and tax expert Cobia, the British Security Industry Association’s (BSIA) event aims to share advice and Best Practice among small and medium-sized businesses on a range of issues (including employment law, tax planning and Health and Safety).

From dismissing poor performers without risk of tribunal claims through to enhancing a business’ operating margin, Cobia and Citation’s experts will be on hand to provide delegates with the basic information they need to improve their company’s health, safety and legal compliance processes.

Daren Wood, membership manager at the BSIA, commented: “Many small businesses simply don’t have the in-house knowledge or resources to dedicate a specific focus on areas like optimising taxation, Health and Safety and legal compliance. As such, the advice of independent experts such as Cobia and Citation can prove vital in helping small businesses to thrive.”

Daren Wood: membership manager at the BSIA

Daren Wood: membership manager at the BSIA

Free to attend, the event is designed to provide maximum benefit with minimum interruption to the working day. Formatted as a breakfast briefing, the seminar is set to run from 8.30 am until 10.30 am and is being held at a venue that’s within easy reach of the South East’s motorway network.

Key advice for businesses

James Doyle of Cobia explained: “Cobia will inform delegates of the latest opportunities to plan their employment taxes in an efficient manner, as well as covering general practice across the security industry and the benefits available to their businesses.”

Doyle went on to state: “Cobia has vast experience of working across the security industry in payroll, pensions and employment tax planning. Our clients include the OCS Group, Initial Facilities and Kingdom Security as well as at least 50 SME organisations. Cobia also works closely with the Security Industry Authority to help deliver Best Practice specifically around matters of employment status.”

Introducing Citation’s offering, national partnerships manager Nigel Lea said: “Citation has worked with clients across the security sector since our inception in 1995. We’ve worked with the BSIA for a number of years now, helping the Trade Association’s members with the highly regulated areas of Health and Safety and employment law. Wrong moves in these areas can prove costly and really damage a business. Getting it right can increase efficiencies, help a company win business and improve the bottom line.”

Lea continued: “We’re delighted to be involved with this event as it affords BSIA members a chance to see how our sector-specific services can not only help their own business, but also ways in which the BSIA is committed to putting the best member benefits possible in front of them.”

The event is open to all businesses working within the security sector, including non-members of the BSIA. Anyone wishing to attend can register by visiting the website: http://www.citation.co.uk/seminars/bsia

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ACS Pacesetters recognised at inaugural Achievement Awards Luncheon

The inaugural ACS Pacesetters Achievement Awards Luncheon was held at Royal Windsor Racecourse on Wednesday 4 June. Scheme members in attendance received engraved plaques commemorating their achievements during 2013-2014.

Security companies present included Advance Security, Axis Security, Contract Security (United Kingdom), Corps Security, Danhouse Security, Equinox Security Management, First Response Group, GBM Support Services, Hard Hat Logistics, Incentive Lynx Security, Interr Security, Kingdom Security, Oakpark Security Management, Octavian Security, Shield Security Services, Sodexo, The Specialist Security Company, The Keyholding Company, The Shield Group, TSS Security UK, Ward Security and Wilson James.

Left to Right: Anne Wheeley and Allen Parton (Hounds for Heroes), Terry O’Neil and Lynda Moore (ACS Pacesetters)

Left to Right: Anne Wheeley and Allen Parton (Hounds for Heroes), Terry O’Neil and Lynda Moore (ACS Pacesetters)

The event was kindly sponsored by Cobia, Eurotech Monitoring, the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB), Sutton Specialist Risks, The Security Watchdog (part of Capita plc), Interr Security and Wilson James.

Security Officer of Distinction Awards

The event also witness the launch of the new ‘Security Officer of Distinction Award.

Bill Butler, CEO of the Security Industry Authority, agreed to present individual awards to ten very worthy security officers.

Winners of the Security Officer of Distinction Awards pictured with Bill Butler (CEO, SIA) and Lynda Moore of ACS Pacesetters

Winners of the Security Officer of Distinction Awards pictured with Bill Butler (CEO, SIA) and Lynda Moore of ACS Pacesetters

Each officer was nominated by their client company. Nominations were endorsed by individual employers and the final selections made by the sponsors of the ACS Pacesetters Achievement Awards.

In 2014, the winners are as follows:

• Sophie Cook (Axis Security Services)
• Paul Hodgson (Equinox Security Management)
• Muhammad Butt (Interr Security)
• Stuart House (Kingdom Security)
• Stephen Newall (Oakpark Security Systems)
• Nicholas Jansen (Shield Security Services)
• Christopher Lowe (Sodexo)
• Dumitru Didu (TSS Security)
• Douglas Johnson (Ward Security)
• John Taylor (Wilson James)

A charity raffle took place at the conclusion of the event, with all proceeds going to Hounds for Heroes. Over £1,400 was raised on the day for this very worthwhile cause.
Generous prizes were donated by the Hindhead Golf Club, the Royal Windsor Racecourse, Sodexo and FM Contract Watch.

There was also an extremely moving speech delivered by Gulf War veteran Allen Parton, whose long-held dream and partnership with his Labrador, Endal, formed the basis for the foundation of Hounds for Heroes.

The purpose of Hounds for Heroes is to provide specially trained assistance dogs to injured and disabled men and women of both the UK Armed Forces and the Emergency Services. Through this provision, the organisation’s key aim is to provide help and practical support leading to an enhanced quality of life for its clients.

*If you’d like to find out more information on Hounds for Heroes please visit: http://houndsforheroes.com/

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