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The Organisation

Master Locksmiths Association is run by a National Council, all of whom are elected by the membership of the four Divisions. The National Council meet regularly and generally administer the affairs of the Association. This includes not only looking after the interests of its members, but also representing them when dealing with other bodies within the security industry. The day to day administration of the Association is controlled by a paid staff at the MLA's headquarters near Daventry, Northamptonshire. The Association is governed and directed by a National Council elected by the Membership.

The headquarters, besides housing the administrative staff of the Association, also provides meeting facilities, which may be hired by members, and fully equipped training workshops for the furtherance of education in keycutting and locksmithing. A lock museum is shortly to be established within the headquarters building; a project that is scheduled to be completed in 1996.

One of the divisions, the British Locksmiths Institute, supports seven regions, each with its own elected officers, enabling local issues to be addressed as well as national and indeed international ones. The regions cover the South West of England and South Wales; The South East; London and the Home Counties; the Midlands; the North of England; the North East; and the most recent addition, Scotland and Northern Ireland.


Companies and locksmiths trading in their own right, with retail premises or operating as a mobile locksmithing business, join the MLA Trade Division. It is this division of the Association that trades directly with the public and private sectors in the High Street, through Yellow Pages, and now on the Internet!

An inspectorate means that the MLA can demonstrate that high standards are being met by all Trade Division Members as each company is inspected on a regular basis, this ensures that standards are maintained in workmanship by its members and their operatives, also that members conform to to legal requirements and that systems exist to service customer satisfaction.

Inspections have the effect of making locksmithing companies more accountable for their daily operations. Becoming a Trade Divison member provides an awareness to training as a means to maintaining standards.

Approved companies are joining daily, building a national network of locksmiths whereby the Association's headquarters in Daventry direct enquirers to their nearest approved company.

The Logo depicted above is the one that is advertised by an approved company on their premises, vehicles and stationary, confirming to the public the standards expected of them. Attached to the logo may be specialist categories where they apply, such as "Safe Engineers" and or "Auto Locksmiths". Channels of arbitration exist to fully investigate any complaints or disputes, should they arise, and MLA advises or takes necessary action.

The Trade Division operates schemes whereby discounts may be available to policy holders of most well known insurance companies and they provide the service behind many major help-lines.

The Third Division is the Guild of Keycutters a Division set up for those businesses providing other services like shoe repair or hardware, who cut keys and feel that they want to belong to a professional organisation who's ambitions are to further the aims of the industry through training and the setting of standards.

Last but not least are the Affiliates, Manufacturers and suppliers from all aspects of the security industry who support the association in numerous and various ways.


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