Fostering Inclusivity for the Automatic Door Industry: A Call to Action

Automatic doors have revolutionised accessibility and convenience across various sectors, from healthcare facilities to retail establishments. Behind their seamless functionality lies a network of skilled professionals dedicated to their design, installation, and maintenance. However, recent concerns have surfaced regarding unfair restrictions on professionals within the automatic door industry based on their association affiliations. This issue calls for a collective effort from all stakeholders to uphold fairness, transparency, and professionalism in the industry.

At the forefront of this discussion is the recognition of qualifications and certifications. Our company, like many others, proudly holds BS EN16005 certification, accredited by City & Guilds, alongside CITB and CSCS approval for our courses. These credentials signify our commitment to excellence and safety in automatic door installation and maintenance. However, it’s crucial to recognise that professionals from various associations and affiliations contribute diverse expertise to the industry.

It’s important to clarify that this discussion is not targeted at any specific company. Rather, it is a response to reports of professionals being denied work opportunities solely based on their association affiliations. Such practices not only undermine fair competition but also inhibit the industry’s growth and innovation.

Under UK competition law, it is imperative to eliminate any anti-competitive practices that hinder fair competition or discriminate against qualified professionals. Policies and practices that restrict professionals from fulfilling their duties based on association affiliations must be reviewed and rectified.

Automatic doors are integral to the smooth operation of numerous industries, ensuring accessibility and safety for all. Therefore, it is incumbent upon councils, businesses, and industry associations to collaborate in fostering a culture of inclusivity and fairness in the automatic door industry.

By acknowledging and valuing the diverse contributions of professionals from different associations and affiliations, we can create an environment where innovation thrives, standards are upheld, and customer satisfaction is maximised.

To promote these values, we have contacted our extensive database of over 4600 contacts to encourage the adoption of fair practices. We have also explained the situation via email, emphasising that our communication was purely informative.

In conclusion, let’s continue our commitment to fostering fair competition and inclusivity in the automatic door industry. Together, we can build a stronger, more resilient industry that benefits everyone.