On the 1st April 2021, the Security Industry Authority  introduced new, updated qualifications for all sectors except close protection and vehicle immobilisation.

The private security industry is increasingly recognised as providing an important role in the protection of the public and it is more important than ever that the industry maintains and improves its standards. The updates reflect the current risks that a licensed security operative may come across in their work. It is important that all licence holders have the knowledge and skills to deal with common risks, especially in safety critical areas.

All currently licensed Door Supervisors and Security Guards will also need to complete the additional top-up training before they can renew their SIA Licence from 1st October 2021.

An Emergency First Aid at Work qualification (*or equivalent) must also be completed before taking the top-up training. The requirement for first aid training will improve your skills as an SIA licence holder. It will not change the obligations you have when responding to an emergency.

These changes apply to any front line applications submitted on or after 1 October, including renewals. If you submit your application before this date, you will not need to take additional training.


What do the new changes mean for your application/renewal?



Source: SIA Changes to SIA License Training

Elite Security (NW) Ltd is proud to partner with Northern Whisper Brewing Co, providing security at their sites in Helmshore, Rawtenstall and Ramsbottom.

“At Northern Whisper Brewing Co. we’re all about inclusivity and aim to have a beer in our range and a seat in our venues to suit all tastes. Each and every one of our beers is brewed with only the finest ingredients and we’re always looking to push the boundaries of flavour.”

We are delighted to announce Elite Security (NW) Ltd are partnering with Coral Island Blackpool, providing their Casino and Family Entertainment Centre’s with SIA Security and social distancing services.


Upon arrival, all visitors will now be asked to register their entry, using either the NEW NHS Covid Test and Trace App, or the Coral Islands mobile phone TEXT feature.

All visitors and employees will also be required to wear a face-covering following Government Guidelines, except while seated in the dining area. This will be requested by the door entry team and may affect your ability to enter the venue.

• Last entry is 9pm due to the new 10pm closing rule

• Dine-in customers will be served by Table Service, with numbers inside the restaurants carefully managed to ensure social distance is maintained. Maximum group numbers should be 6 and follow Government guidelines. It is very important that customers do NOT move tables and chairs as they are positioned to create social distancing.


Visit the Coral Island website for more details on what to expect during your visit.


Elite Security (NW) Ltd have secured more work in the Staffordshire area and are putting on a Recruitment Day in Stoke-on-Trent.

Whether you already have an SIA License and fancy a new challenge, or just want to find out more about working in the industry, come and meet our Operations Managers Tom Hanlon and Ash Davies at The Reginald Mitchell, 20 Parliament Row, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent on Weds 26th August 4pm-8pm.





Good luck to all those working in the hospitality industry today. And also a huge thank you in advance to all those who visit to enjoy a meal and a drink or two.

Please remember to be patient – this is new to us as well!

Here Elite Security (NW) Ltd Door Supervisors getting ready to welcome customers back at one of our venues, under the new COVID-19 government guidelines.

Elite Security (NW) Ltd are proud to be providing stewarding, parking, social distancing and SIA Security Support to Safe Events UK , an innovative drive-in concept hosted at Valiants Farm, Lancaster Rd, Preston.

As well as showing the traditional drive-in favourites such as ‘Grease’ and ‘Shrek’, the company, who have toured theatres and arenas with established shows such as ‘The Jerseys’ and ‘The Greatest Show’ are bringing a new take on live entertainment, whereby customers will watch the show from within their vehicles, and tune in on their radio to capture the sound.

8 successful events have been held so far with a further 11 live show and movie events scheduled over the next 8 days.

Visit safe-events.co.uk to make your online booking, or visit their Facebook page to view upcoming events.

TWO security guards at a Hereford supermarket tried to boost the spirits of NHS staff as they bought more than 100 Easter eggs for those working at Hereford County Hospital.

Jamie Vickery and Mike Thomas took it on themselves to buy Easter eggs which were left on the shelves at Waitrose at the Old Market after the holiday passed.

Mr Thomas said: “Between me and my colleague Jamie we just decided that because we have so many nurses come to the store, they get priority, but there were some Easter eggs left on the shelf so we just took them to the hospital to say thank you.

“It was like 130 eggs, it was just us two but Waitrose did give us a discount on them so Waitrose helped us out but it was mine and Jamie’s idea.

“We get so many nurses coming in and they all look tired because they’re working so hard and we thought we’d just show our appreciation.

The pair, who work for Elite Security, have been working seven days a week to ensure a visit to the supermarket is as safe as possible for shoppers, including limiting how many customers are in store at once.

Mr Thomas added: “We get a lot of comments from customers saying thank you for working, we’re security guards but when we’re trying to organise big queues we’re also trying to have a laugh and a joke to cheer them up.

“It’s not a good time for anyone but we just try to make it a good time when they’re waiting in the queue.

“It’s a good system they’ve got here, it’s nice and easy. We did have a few customers complaining about the one person rule, but I just take it on the chin and explain it to them. Nine time out of 10 they agree and that’s fine.”


Source: Security Guards Buy 130 Easter Eggs for NHS Staff – Hereford Times

Elite Security (NW) Ltd are delighted to announce a new partnership with Powerleague, supporting the re-opening of the UK’s No.1 small sided soccer provider.


Elite Security (NW) Ltd are delighted to announce the appointment of  Kevin Allcock as National Operations Director.

An experienced Operations Director, Chief Operating office and Managing Director, within the hospitality and leisure industry, Kevin has a wealth of board level experience across a number of PE backed & high net worth individually owned & publicly floated SME’s, including FTSE top 100 and FTSE Top 250 Organisations.

Reporting directly to Karl Ince, MD and Founder, Kevin will be leading day to day operations, whilst overseeing the Senior Management Team.


Elite Security (NW) Ltd are delighted to announce the appointment of Greg Kelly as Compliance Manager.

Greg brings with him more than 20yrs of security experience, beginning as a Door Supervisor at his own Student Union whilst studying Law at UCLAN, before becoming an SIA Trainer in 2003.

Whilst working his way up through Elite Security (NW) Ltd, from Head Door Supervisor to Area Manager, Greg also worked at G4S Secure Solutions UK for 12yrs, most recently as Apprenticeship Co-ordinator.