The British Bodyguard Association was established in the 1990s with the aim of being an umbrella organisation for the many security, surveillance and protection professionals operating in the UK. It serves as a means of uniting both fully trained and aspiring bodyguards in a common purpose. Members also have access to other similar organisations around the world, as well as various benefits and subscription discounts to selected events.
The ability to network with others doing a similar job in any industry is of immense value to any person. British close protection security bodyguards are a tight knit group of professionals who can all benefit considerably from the networking opportunities, and the many resources made available to them through the British Bodyguard Association.
Everyone within the organisation is treated the same, whether a seasoned veteran, or an enthusiastic beginner. Everyone treads a similar path throughout their career, and access to the most up to date industry information, whether it be for training, equipment supplies or job information, has proven to be an invaluable resource for all. The British Bodyguard Association web site also has an active forum where members can chat and exchange views and information. While those in security often work alone, the forum on the official web site provides a useful way for them to get together, wherever they may be based.
The British Bodyguard Association keeps its membership informed of everything relevant to their trade principally by means of an active online forum, and through a quarterly magazine publication called The Circuit. The term, the circuit, is used to describe the commercial security market and those working in it. The magazine is issued free to all members of the British Bodyguard Association. Members of North American Bodyguard Associations also receive this benefit. The Circuit covers all aspects of security, from private investigation, surveillance and IT security, to close protection and residential security, as well as much more besides.
The British Bodyguard Association offers many real benefits for its members. They can, for example, hire a car across Europe at a discounted price, as well as enjoy various other discounted services. The association draws together a disparate group of professionals who otherwise may never meet. It provides a sense of belonging an ongoing support mechanism and a much needed focus for those involved in work that can be difficult and even dangerous at times. The association is also a vibrant networking and resource hub, which provides members with the opportunity to network and actively engage with their peers on a personal and professional level.