The Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) was established in 1958 to set and promote standards of conduct, practice and materials within locksmithing. With around 1,400 professional members, this, in part, makes the association the biggest of its kind in the UK. The MLA is recognised as the authoritative body for locksmithing by the:
• The Police – many forces will encourage those in need of a locksmith to use MLA Trade Division members.
• Home Office – The MLA has been instrumental in campaigning for national standards in the locksmith industry and the regulation (through licensing) of the Private Security Industry.
• British Standards Institute – the MLA supplies a panel of its members to assess locks under BS3621 clauses 4 and I 0 on their behalf.
• Risk Insight Strategy and Control Authority (RISCAuthority), Building Research Establishment (BRE) and many other trade and professional bodies all acknowledge the MLA as the authoritative body in its’ field.
• The European Locksmiths Federation (www.eurolockfed.com); where the MLA represents the UK locksmithing industry.
Sold secure [http://www.soldsecure.com/] The MLA also owns Sold Secure, an attack test house, certifying security products through attack testing. It operates its own scheme, which is recognised by the Home Office, insurers and police. All testers are relevant industry experts, most are MLA members, and the testing is to its’ own high specifications developed with the relevant industry bodies.
Training Courses [http://www.locksmiths.co.uk/about/trade/mla-locksmith-training-courses/] The Training Centre at MLA HQ (Woodford Halse – Northamptonshire) offers training courses in becoming a locksmith for those new to the industry and also advanced courses for existing locksmiths who want to learn new skills or update their knowledge.
MLA Expo https://www.facebook.com/groups/1146631895481358/ The MLA also runs Europe’s largest Locksmith & Security Exhibition – MLA Expo – that takes place at the Telford International Centre over the course of 3 days.
Membership benefits The MLA encourages its members to further their knowledge through ongoing education, regional meetings, seminars and the information disseminated through its membership magazine Keyways.
As an approved company member your business could benefit for an extra £500 worth of work each week* thanks to the benefits** offered:
• Use of the MLA logo on marketing materials (incl. vans and websites) • A dedicated seo-friendly profile on the MLA’s website to greatly increase sales leads • Have your membership highlighted in the MLA’s Handbook which gets distributed to insurers, police and industry professionals
* based on a MLA Approved Company feedback **These benefits only apply to the approved company membership
The benefits offered to other categories of membership are also substantial and they’ve proved to be a great help for our members (these benefits apply to all categories of membership including approved company):
• Discounts off cars/vans from a range of leading manufacturers for business/personal users (including up to around 43% off new Vauxhall/Ford vans) • Business equipment • Corporate/personal financial products – including mortgages and insurance • Specialist corporate insurance – including; property, stock and public & employee liabilities • Corporate/personal private medical insurance plans • AA breakdown cover • Card payment processing services • Advertising discounts • Intellectual property rights and copyright discounts for your branding • Website development and hosting services • Telecoms plans • Uniform discounts in a wide choice of styles
This category is available to Companies, Manufacturers and/or Distributors of materials. equipment or services to, or in connection with, the locksmithing industry and who wish to support the Aims and Objectives of the Association. The MLA Affiliate Division includes such well-known names as Mul-T-Lock, Yale, Union, Era, Abloy, Banham and Bramah. In May 1992, following a number of requests, the MLA’s rules were amended to allow companies connected with the Locksmith industry, as opposed to directly involved with it, to become Affiliate Members – thus companies such as insurance companies etc, now join the Affiliate Division and benefit from the expert advice that is available from the nation’s Locksmithing professionals.
You can find more information about the MLA’s memberships on the link below: http://www.locksmiths.co.uk/about/trade/mla-sectors/
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