The new security business license in its present form and with forecasted costing's is going to impact the security industry hard, esp those that like me are CP licensed, as I operate as a sole trader and subcontract. This is adding thousands to my budget. I have investigated some of the accreditation providers and am discovering major conflicts of interest. If you work as an accountant for instance you pay a one off fee for registration with the AAT and that's it for life, and your earnings are more stable. We pay a individual license fee per sector and now they are asking for accreditation costs annually and licensing fees. This is going to impact the industry and people seem to be accepting it. These costs are outrageous, they will do nothing to raise standards and will only prove a companies administrative compliance not ability and aptitude. Good small micro-firms that are trying to expand and make a difference will be hit hardest, and some will cease trading, is this a good thing? especially when due to lack of operational work companies are providing SIA training in order to increase revenue, the market is becoming flooded with new license holders which is creating to much competition and lowering standards and wages. I am hoping the industry is paying attention, has read this document, and is voicing their concerns, not to the SIA but the politicians that have to sign off on this. The idea is a sound one but the implementation and annual costing's is too high we are recovering from recession. Please read this document and at least try to make yourself heard, because this general acceptance from the industry is shocking, its like playground bullying, and we are all accepting it.
it has been passed off by the politicians already
Since I made contact with the BSI regarding this, my details have been passed to third party companies that offer assistance, not with funding as I had asked but with going through the process.. services they offer for a fee of £300 per day approx... I do not require this assistance as im relatively intelligent and can fill in my own forms etc, but as this is a new brain child of the SIA im amazed out of the five companies that have approached me, 3 of them opened the conversation by saying they used to work for the SIA or there directors were once in their employ, to me this is a conflict and seems pre-arranged they come up with this approach and low and behold its former SIA staff that offer the assistance or accreditation. That to a cynical mind smacks of creating a business from an existing enterprise which when you cant have one without the other and the 2 have such amazing connections I feel that we as consumers are being played.
It may well have done, but it doesn't mean we should stop voicing our objections, I wrote to the SIA and got a very open reply, so I went to my MP who passed it to Lord Taylor overseer of the SIA and I got more answers from that than in 6 months of trying with the SIA. A sole trader subbing to 10 or fewer will not need the ISO9001 accreditation but will need to take an exam and still pay license fees etc, which at the last costing was estimated at £1500.. which may be lower, but come on, its an added cost, when small business is supposed to be the future as the politicians keep saying... my question is WHY??