From the Customer's Point of View
It really is a case of the best of both worlds. Local service run by
highly motivated independent businessmen on a national level. No
national company has our breadth of cover with over 30 companies
many of whom have more than one trading address. Our purchasing
agreements mean that we can take on the largest of national
companies on a equal footing. The group does not have a dedicated
sales force as each company employs its own sales force. This means
the client can chose how they want their branches serviced; either
by one member company and that company will be responsible for
billing and administration or directly with all the companies and
still have the same specification installed to the same standards.
All our companies have NSI Gold accreditation. They cover a variety
of disciplines but all install and service; burglar alarms, CCTV, fire alarms and access control. Many of them also provide
locksmithing services and a variety of other associated product
ranges. Our members provide an unrivalled geographical coverage with
the very best service levels. All our members provide a monitored
and externally audited 4 hour response. They also have substantial
labour and skill resources to provide in depth technical advice as
well as the ability to implement large national contracts. Our
ability to split a contract between several members means that we
can reduce lead times for our clients.
From the Member's Point of View
As the member companies have grown successfully in their own areas
to become the market leader in respect of accreditations,
performance and customer satisfaction, they then have a number of
Our companies employ excellent staff but we have to compete
with cheaper small companies who copy our products using cheaper
labour to install them, and also national companies that have better
buying power. The group with a turnover just under £80,000,000 now
has substantial buying power which we can pass on to our clients.
Also as the companies are geographically spread out and not in
direct competition with each other, the quarterly NASIC meetings are
a great forum for a frank and honest exchange of views. The group is
the oldest, largest and most stable of the buying groups that have
emerged since our foundation.
Our group exists to provide fair trading advantages out of mutual
support for the benefit and satisfaction of our client base. Membership
is restricted and unfortunately the group has to turn down a number of
applicants every year as they may not have the correct trading history,
financial backing or required accreditations.
From the Supplier's Point of View
The group provides instant nation coverage with the established
local market leaders. Especially when dealing with more technical
products, the expertise within the group is an unrivalled resource.