Hot topic! -SIA Announcement


SIA are announcing key changes from the latest review of their flagship Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) for private security businesses. The new ACS standard will be mandatory from 1 April 2019 and all approved contractors have until this date to ensure they are ready to be assessed against the indicators in the new self-assessment workbook (SAW) the changes include;

  • An update to the standard to place more of an emphasis on service delivery and less of an emphasis on processes.
  • A revised Self-Assessment Workbook (SAW)
  • A revised eligibility and “fit and proper” criteria to ensure only sound, sustainable and credible companies are able to join the scheme.
  • A firmer approach with PAYE. Approved contractors must give justification and evidence as to why their staff are not PAYE.


The excellent communication from the UniTrust operations office means that the teams are fully briefed before each event so our time can be spent on our business and not making sure everyone knows what they have to do. We have all become one team which is a tremendous bonus for our own staff. Our need to communicate with the UniTrust office is minimal but when we do it is generally the same person which provides us with seamless continuity.

Mike Veissid – Coin & Medal Fairs