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The private security industry in the United Kingdom is a high-tech sector that is seeing fast growth. Since 2010, the industry has risen at a rate that is five times faster than the rest of the nation’s economy, according to estimates.
The private security industry in the United Kingdom is a high-tech sector that is seeing fast growth. Since 2010, the industry has risen at a rate that is five times faster than the rest of the nation’s economy, according to estimates. High industry standards are required to ensure that private security businesses can continue to provide effective protection for the general population. The Security Industry Authority (SIA) is a government regulatory organisation responsible for monitoring and regulating private security in the United Kingdom. The Security Industry Authority (SIA) was established by the Home Office in order to supervise security industry contractors. The Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) was established by this non-departmental public agency in order to increase performance requirements.
What Is the SIA Approved Contractor Scheme and How Does It Work?
The Approved Contractor Scheme (SIA ACS) of the Security Industry Authority is a quality assurance programme for the private security sector. The Security Industry Association (SIA) established this initiative to raise industry standards and aid the private security sector in exploring new prospects. It is not mandatory for security businesses to gain accreditation from the Security Industry Accreditation Scheme (SIA ACS); nonetheless, it is in their best interests to do so because it provides assurance to security clients that the organisation complies with all security industry regulations.
What Are the Advantages of Becoming a Member of the ACS?
The SIA Accreditation and Certification Scheme (ACS) accreditation is a quality mark that demonstrates to prospective customers that you are a reputable and respectable firm. As a result, your security company will get greater credibility among the general public. Advantages include:
- Getting your company included on the Register of Approved Contractors.
- authority to display your Accreditation by the American Chemical Society (ACS) on your stationery, websites, and other materials.
- Jobs that are subcontracted out to larger companies.
- Wall plaques, lapel badges, and contractor certificates that have been certified by the SIA
What is covered by the ACS plan is as follows:
The plan applies to all security activities that are licenced by the SIA. They are as follows:
- Manned guarding, which includes Security Guarding, Door Supervision, and other related services (In-house and contractors)
- Surveillance of Public Spaces with Close Protection (CCTV)
- Cash and valuables in transit are protected by keyholding and vehicle immobilisation (In-house and contractors)
How to Obtain Approved Contractor Status with the SIA
Whether or not your security company meets the SIA’s requirements for Approved Contractor Status will be determined by an independent assessor. You will need to demonstrate to this assessor that your organisation complies with established criteria in each of the following nine areas:
Strategy: In order to be eligible for the SIA Approved Contractor Scheme Status, your security company must have a clearly defined strategic direction that allows it to provide value to all stakeholders.
Processes: Your security company must have robust processes in place in order to provide consistently high-quality service to clients and other parties involved.
Relationship Management in the Commercial Sector: Your firm’s consumers, suppliers, and customers must have strong and transparent relationships with your company that are based on mutual respect and trust. The financial management of your firm must ensure that it is financially viable and has sufficient resources to meet both current and future obligations.
Resources: In order to maintain your company’s position within the key industry sectors, you’ll need the right equipment, procedures, and adequate space.
Workers: Your security agency should have created and implemented procedures to guarantee that employees are properly trained and catered for in their positions.
Leaders: Organizations interested in applying for SIA ACS must have leaders who are capable of designing and implementing a practical management approach that continuously improves the organisation and its performance. Managing the impact of your company’s services on the local community is an important part of your company’s corporate social responsibility.
Results: You must be able to measure, comprehend, and enhance your accomplishments in connection to all stakeholders, including customers and employees.
Instructions on How to Become an Approved Contractor
There are two ways to become accredited by the SIA Accreditation and Certification Services (ACS). There are two routes available: the normal path and the Passport route. These routes are equivalent and help to guarantee that the standards needed of all Approved Contractors are the same across the whole industry.
The Standard Route can be used by any security business, and there is no requirement for prior certification. The Self Assessment Workbook is the first step in following the Standard Route.
Route of the Passport
It is possible to obtain certification through any recognised passport programme by taking the Passport Route. The SIA ACS application form must be filled out completely, and the application fee must be paid upon submission. If your firm is authorised, the registration charge must be paid.
What Can JVR Consultancy Do To Assist You?
The entire process, from application to completion of the ACS workbook to generating required procedures to conducting gap analysis and internal audits, as well as co-hosting the ACS Certification Body audit with you, can be completed with our assistance.
Frequently Asked Questions from our Customers
Yes we can, we can assist you with any of the accreditation featured on our website. We have a 100% record of securing any of the accreditation in the first audit for all our customers for the last 13 years.
More to the point, I ask clients how quickly can you start. We can have a consultant working on your accreditation within the hour if you are ready. The only things that take time are the audit dates, these are issued to the client by the certification body so it is out of our control.
This depends on how much the client has in place already. The more they have, the easier it becomes to work on their accreditation. The gap analysis that we carry out is free of charge and afterwards will give you an exact fixed price.
The fixed price will include the following –
- Carry out all the work ( creating documents & processes tailored to your company )
- Attend the audit ( as your expert consultant ) or make the desktop submission.
- Make any corrections that the auditor may highlight to ensure that you obtain your accreditation the first audit.
Initially, we need to talk to you to carry out the free gap analysis. Afterwards, we would require you to forward all the relevant documents. After that, we can complete the work with the minimum of your input, leaving you to concentrate on doing what you do best for the company.
Yes! Let us Manage your Accreditations with Ongoing Support and Maintenance. With us managing your accreditations, your team can then focus on business growth and development. This gives you peace of mind knowing your compliance is being routinely managed by professionals. Ongoing support and maintenance avoids panic in your business when suddenly faced with an audit, knowing at all times you are well prepared.
Achieve Accreditation and Compliance with JVR
JVR Consultancy was formed in the year 2008 and their head office is based in Windsor and Maidenhead. We noticed that there was a gap in the market, for companies who work in the construction, rail, utilities, oil and gas sector who were not fully supported in the way that they could be when it came to industry compliance and certification. That is why our highly experienced team of compliance consultants can serve these sectors by providing over 135 years of combined experience with all compliance needs. In short, you won’t find anyone else who cares as much, or who tries as hard as we do.
Speak with one of our experienced consultants. At JVR, we know that time is precious, and you want the answers to your questions quickly, especially during an audit!. Once we speak with you for the first time over the phone, we need around 10 minutes to fully evaluate which accreditation you need support with and a brief introduction into you and your company.
Our consultants have an extensive level of experience in developing solutions and offering guidance for our clients and their businesses. We offer a free GAP analysis, which will help to assess the difference between your business performance and your goals. It’s a fantastic way for you to find out if your business needs are met, and if they aren’t, it gives you the insight and confidence you need to deliver improvement before an audit. Learning more about what is Gap Analysis and how will the report benefit you.
With a success rate of 100% and a team who will go above and beyond to make sure that your expectations are met, you know that you can trust in us to provide you with the knowledge, resources and expertise you need to make a difference. Contact us today to find out more.
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