From 6 April 2015, it will be a criminal offence for a regulated business to provide licensable individuals to supply security industry services, unless that business has an SIA business licence.
Regulated businesses will need to apply to the SIA to obtain a business licence, and obtain approval for each sector in which they wish to supply security industry services. The relevant sectors are:
• The Manned guarding sectors – Cash and Valuables in Transit, Close Protection, Door Supervision, Public Space Surveillance CCTV, and Security Guarding.
• Key holding.
• Immobilisation of vehicles, in Northern Ireland only (including the restriction and removal of vehicles).
Practically, this means that from 6 April 2015 it will be a criminal offence for regulated businesses to provide licensable individuals to supply security industry services:
The penalty for these offences will be:
Additionally, if either of these offences are committed by a regulated business, the controlling minds of that business may also be individually liable if it can be shown that the offence was committed with the consent, connivance or attributable negligence of that controlling mind.
You are a body corporate, partnership, unincorporated association or sole trader.
You are business supplying security industry services, regardless of the size of your overall operations.
You are a business supplying security industry services in the following sectors:
The diagram below shows a timeline since the changes were announced up to April 2015 when it will be mandatory to have a business licence in order to continue trading:
Business Size Average Annual Head Count
Micro-Businesses 0-10 licensable individuals
Small Businesses 11-25 licensable individuals
Medium Businesses 26-250 licensable individuals
Large Businesses 251+ licensable individuals
Let us take the hassle out of the business licencing application and maintenance process. We have a team of consultants who are able to guide you through the application process and ensure you put the right processes and procedures in place to succeed in your application.
By utilising our Business Licencing module of the SBM solution you can also make sure you are prepared for you annual returns, yearly subscription fees and are able to demonstrate continued compliance with the assessment criteria and conditions of the business licence.
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