Category: Business Licensing

The Security Industry Needs to be Cleaned Up, But Who’s Responsible?

I’ve worked in the security industry for over 30 years, going from employee to business owner in one of the country’s most vital industries, one that provides safety for millions of UK businesses, workers and members of the public. It’s because I’m so proud of this industry that I’m so dedicated to seeing it change. The recent Uber case has given me hope that one of its glaring holes – the exploitation of the self-employment grey area – may soon […]

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Uber’s Self-Employment Exploitation was Squashed – Security Companies Should Be Next

A UK employment court recently ruled that Uber drivers are not self-employed, and as such are entitled to benefits such as sick pay, holidays and a national minimum wage. Deliveroo and Hermes have since come under scrutiny as well, along with many other firms that may be contributing to the hundreds of thousands of falsely classified workers in the UK. I’ve never seen the topic of bogus self-employment gain so much attention, and it’s reassuring to see efforts being made […]

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Tempted by £7.50 p/h Security? Warning: You Get What You Pay For

In April, the government introduced a new minimum wage of £7.20 per hour. This wasn’t much of an issue for us, as we already provided that level of pay or even greater for our staff, but it did mean renegotiating some historic contracts to bring them in line. Such negotiations were happening across the country between reputable security companies and their clients. But for the rogue operators, who I’ve written about extensively in the past, this provided an opportunity. When […]

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Weak Licensing is Hurting Customers, Guards and the Whole Industry

I’m starting 2016 with a clear message: the security industry needs full business licensing. It was my message last year, and the year before that, and the year before. Back in 2012, I was heartbroken at the number of rogue security companies who set up to profit from the Olympics, only to leave the country with pockets full of cash and a string of unpaid guards behind them. I would like to say that such behaviour wouldn’t be possible today, […]

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Weak Licensing is Hurting Customers, Guards and the Whole Industry

I’m starting 2016 with a clear message: the security industry needs full business licensing. It was my message last year, and the year before that, and the year before. Back in 2012, I was heartbroken at the number of rogue security companies who set up to profit from the Olympics, only to leave the country with pockets full of cash and a string of unpaid guards behind them. I would like to say that such criminal behaviour wouldn’t be possible […]

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How Rogue Security Companies Put Your Business in Danger

I started Magenta Security to provide a better service than that was on the market. In the 20 years since then my business has grown and so have my goals. I no longer just want to make Magenta better, I want to improve this entire industry. Unfortunately, the security industry has a stain on it that doesn’t seem to budge. You may know that, luckily, security guards need to have a license to work in the UK. But you probably […]

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Accreditation is key for the Security Industry

Business licensing for companies that operate in the security industry will bring huge benefits to employers, employees and customers. The Security Industry Authority (SIA) and The Government plan to introduce a business license for companies that operate in the security industry. This is long overdue and something that I have championed for a number of years. As a company, we have always remained committed to major employee concerns such as holiday pay and pensions. The benefit of this has been […]

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Will licensing rates change following the SIA’s announcement?

Following on from our post ‘Magenta Welcomes SIA Compulsory Business Licensing‘, in this blog post  we take a look at the breakdown of active licenses issued by the Security Industry Authority (SIA).

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Magenta welcomes compulsory SIA licensing

As a leader in the security industry, Magenta Security Services welcomed the announcement that from 6 April 2015, all regulated security businesses will need to hold an SIA business licence. We have always employed high quality, motivated and most importantly, well trained individuals and this announcement ensures a baseline standard across the industry. We have been saying this regulation has needed to be put in place for a long time now, not just for the benefit of professionals  and the […]

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