An unlicensed security director is set to pay £14,000 following SIA investigation
Derby-based Mark Jason Lowe has been ordered to pay £14,000 after pleading guilty to working illegally as an unlicensed security director and failing to provide information to the Security Industry Authority.
39-year-old Lowe was the sole trader of Progressive Security, and also the sole director and shareholder of Fortis Security (UK) Ltd.
Through both companies, he supplied door supervisors to bars and clubs in Derby city centre. However, he was working illegally as he did not hold the necessary Security Industry Authority licence to supply operatives.
Investigators from the Regulator requested information about the company but Lowe ignored the demands.
As a result, he was investigated on suspicion of operating as an unlicensed director and failing to provide information to the Regulator.
At Derby Magistrates’ Court last Friday, Lowe – of Collingham Gardens, Derby – pleaded guilty to three counts of engaging as an unlicensed director of Fortis Security (UK) Ltd.
He also pleaded guilty to three counts of engaging as an unlicensed employer of staff at Progressive Security, and two counts of failing to provide information to the Security Industry Authority.
Lowe was fined £2,000 for all eight offences. He was also ordered to pay the Regulator costs of £12,000, in part because his answering ‘no comment’ in interview had led to a longer investigation and therefore higher costs.
Prevented from operating in the private security industry
Security Industry Authority head of investigation Nathan Salmon said: “I’m pleased with the outcome of this investigation. Our investigators attempted to work with Mr Lowe to resolve alleged licensing offences; but he didn’t wish to work with the Security Industry Authority.”
Salmon added: “Mr Lowe continued this approach throughout the subsequent investigation, and attempting to mislead us in our enquiries proved to be a costly error. In addition to this large penalty, his conviction will mean that he will no longer be able to operate in the private security industry.”

From our point of view here at Sec Tech this is great news! More and more we see the SIA baring their teeth and exerting their power. Long may it continue!