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Major investment as providers prepare for licensed investigator regime

PRESS RELEASE - 28th July 2014 
Premex Insight and AGS Risk Solutions have announced a significant investment in training and compliance in advance of new rules governing private investigators this autumn. 

The companies are committed to new regulations laid out by the Private Security Industry Act, which sees the Home Office introducing a licensing regime from October 2014 and the undertaking of licensable activity by an unlicensed person set to become an offence from 6th April 2015. 

Now, all AGS and Premex Insight staff, plus agents who are undertaking licensable activities will undergo a training and formal examinations process over the coming months. 

Using an E based training package designed specifically by Bisio Training Ltd  to provide the optimum support to students, our staff and agents will undertake 39 hours of guided learning before sitting a formal examination to achieve a Level 3 Award for Professional investigators. 

AGS and Insight have begun a new partnership with Bisio, after conducting a thorough review. Gordon Healiss, managing director of Insight, says: "As many people will know, our acquisition of AGS Risk Solutions considerably expanded our network of staff and agents and as such it was right to spend some time getting the right provider in place. Having reviewed our business needs, we are delighted to have this investment in training and competence in place within the timescales laid out by the Home Office to introduce investigator licensing. Bisio's e-learning platform is tailored both to our own and most importantly to Security Industry Authority requirements and will help us demonstrate that our agents and operational processes have met a rigorous set of standards that we can demonstrate within any due diligence framework." 

Andy Tish, Managing Director at Bisio, adds: "We are delighted to have partnered with AGS and Insight. They are recognised for their commitment to quality and we hope that with the addition of the Bisio-designed e-learning solution we have put in place that their reputations will be suitably confirmed."

Editors' notes

Premex Insight is a leading claims investigation company, offering a suite of services to the insurance industry and the legal sector.  Insight is supported by a team of over 100 employees and operates from offices in Bolton.  Established in 2006, Insight provides customers with swift cost saving solutions through innovative technology and a nationwide panel of experienced inspectors.

AGS Risk Solutions is a leading provider of intelligence, forensic, surveillance and compliance solutions. The company was acquired by the Premex Group/Examworks family in December 2013.

Bisio Training Ltd is a long established training company that provides online and classroom based investigative training to the Public and Private sector. 

Please click here for more information on licensed investigators (pdf document).