Security professional on the doors of clubs and pubs can suffer – unfairly perhaps – from a poor public persona.
By its very nature, the role of a doorman places individuals places in a high-risk position, with huge potential for conflict in an aften alcohol-fuelled environment.
But who ensures ongoing training for security personnel? And who provides the necessary support, from legal to HR to financial advice? In an industry not know for its regulation, security professionals are now taking responsibility into their own hands.
By setting up as a co-operative, doormen are clubbing together to provide for their own security. Security Professionals Support Co-operative is a new start-up in Newcastle. It will give added security to the individuals – its members – who themselves can be looking after the welfare of thouasnds of individuals on any given night.
And it comes about in the context of a growing number of freelance workers and a growing realisation that the co-operative model offers a less precarious way forward.
Security Professionals Support Co-operative received support from The Hive, our business support programme for co-ops in partnership with The Co-operative Bank. Find out how The Hive could help support your co-op, or co-operative idea.