We pride ourselves on maintaining excellent multi-agency relationships, working closely with Local Authorities and enforcement bodies, regularly attending Safety Advisory Groups (SAGs), tabletops and a variety of other working groups. We are not only highly respected within these circles but are also very influential in their decision-making processes, both locally and nationally.
We support our industry’s development and improvement. As such, we are the lead organisation in the United Kingdom Crowd Management Association (UKCMA), which represents the interests of key commercial organisations whose primary business is providing crowd management and event security services.
UKCMA has been invaluable to arts & cultural events in terms of establishing and refining audience and crowd management principles & practices. This work connects us with organisations at an early stage of planning and creates a wider awareness of the need for audience and crowd management, safety and security planning and delivery.
We also sit on the board of The Global Crowd Management Alliance (GCMA), which aims to raise the standard of crowd management practices globally, through education, advocacy and motivating individuals and organisations to facilitate positive change in the industry.
We are proud to collaborate with many associations as members of Security Industry Authority (SIA) Strategic Forum, the International Street Arts Network (website defunct since 2017), the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF), Events Industry Forum (EIF), The Power of Events (formerly OIOV), What Next, Police National Events Intelligence Unit (NEIU), The National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC), the Festivals and Outdoor Events Group, Outdoor Arts UK and the Event Producers (Professionals)? Independent Committee (EPIC) (Secretariat).
Further memberships include the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) international, the British Standards Institute Committee (BSIC) and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) amongst a host of other working groups.
We also sit on industry panels at further education (FE) establishments, developing and sharing guidance while providing real life input for the future of the sector. This work is mostly undertaken voluntarily, recognising the lack of financial support but the critical need for it.
Through taskforces and association memberships, we have been involved in a great deal of high-level industry consultation.
We represented as committee members for writing NOS (National Occupational Standards) for Event Security and Searching, the National Guidance for Safety Advisory Groups; support for published works for the Crowd Magazine (regular submissions), the Leverhulme Trust and the Purple Guide to Health, Safety and Welfare at Music and other events.
During the Covid-19 Pandemic, we have sat on a number of working groups, supporting the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Public Health England (PHE) to develop Covid-19 guidance for the sector. We worked on London’s Emergency Planning response in support of the Strategic Coordination Group and the Mortality Management Group and we have provided Covid Marshals to the Local Authority.