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Recognising the outstanding work of the industry

The incredible efforts of security personnel can often go unnoticed in day to day life, but events such as BSIA’s recently rebranded British Security Awards highlights how important it is to recognise the efforts of the truly outstanding personnel that work within the industry.

Each year the BSIA holds awards both regionally and nationally to celebrate some of the truly outstanding personnel that work within our industry who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in their everyday work. We present awards both regionally and nationally, culminating in July in London with our marquee event, the British Security Awards. For the last 20 years we have been celebrating the high calibre contributions across five categories: Service to the Customer, Best Team, Outstanding Act, Best Use of Technology and Best Newcomer. Each year, the BSIA is inundated with fantastic nominations, from literally saving lives to being instrumental in police investigations, demonstrating just how committed and admirable security personnel are.

Sponsored by Camberford Law plc, the security personnel awards serve to recognise the talent, dedication, skill and bravery exhibited by security personnel in their roles. Each year, the BSIA is inundated with fantastic nominations, from literally saving lives to being instrumental in police investigations, demonstrating just how committed and admirable security personnel are. In 2018 the regional awards have presented some truly outstanding acts of bravery, customer service, teamwork and forward thinking from across the United Kingdom representing a broad spectrum of BSIA members and their clients.

In 2018 the regional awards have presented some truly outstanding acts of bravery, customer service, teamwork and forward thinking from across the United Kingdom representing a broad spectrum of BSIA members and their clients. It is heartening to read about a night security guard who whilst guarding a carpark had taken time to assist in talking down and comforting a young man who was in the process of trying to take his life, or about a security team discovering a seriously ill patient in cardiac arrest and issuing prolonged (and eventually successful) CPR whilst maintaining the situation until the paramedics arrived. These are just two examples of regional winners demonstrating the exemplary actions of members of our industry.

The awards also celebrate the work of our apprentices, recognising the new blood of the industry and we also reward the outstanding achievements of BSIA member companies for international, innovation and environment categories. Our final award, the SaferCash Bravery Award acknowledges the courage, initiative and composure exhibited by cash-in-transit couriers in the face of exceptional, challenging or dangerous situations. 

The regional winners will now go forward as national finalists to the British Security Awards, held in London on 11 July at the Marriot Hotel, Grosvenor Square.

The awards also celebrate the work of our apprentices, recognising the new blood of the industry and we also reward the outstanding achievements of BSIA member companies for international, innovation and environment contributions and our final award, the SaferCash Bravery Award acknowledges the courage, initiative and composure exhibited by cash-in-transit couriers in the face of exceptional, challenging or dangerous situations. 

 “It is important that we recognise the true value of security personnel, who are often the first responders in times of emergency and play a vital role in keeping the public safe, says BSIA’s Chief Executive, James Kelly. “This year’s regional winners are testament to the truly high calibre of personnel we have working within our industry. We received a high number of fantastic nominations this year, making the judging process a tough one. This year’s winners should be extremely proud of their achievements and we wish them luck as they go forward as finalists to the British Security Awards in July.”

The British Security Awards finalist winners will receive their trophy from guest speaker, broadcaster Reverend Richard Coles, and the SaferCash Bravery Award will be presented by Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Sir Stephen House.

The companies who have winners in the following personnel categories are:

  • VSG (best team, best newcomer, best use of technology, outstanding act)
  • Securitas UK (best newcomer, outstanding act, service to the customer)
  • Westgrove (best newcomer, best team, outstanding act, service to the customer)
  • Mitie (best team, outstanding act)
  • MAN Commercial Protection (outstanding act, service to the customer)
  • Robinson Services (best team, service to the customer)
  • OCS Group UK (best team)
  • SecuriGroup UK (service to the customer)
  • Sword Security (outstanding act)

Following on from the 50th Anniversary of the BSIA in 2017, it was decided to rebrand the national event as the British Security Awards. “Our decision to rebrand our annual event as the British Security Awards was to reinforce that this is the national event that recognises the talent and commitment of our industry’s finest”, says James Kelly, “our members’ contributions remain at the heart of the Association’s ongoing success and by renaming as the British Security Awards, we aim to consolidate this prestigious event as the main security industry networking opportunity of the year”.

The British Security Awards also includes reception and lunch as well as drinks following the awards ceremony.

For further information visit www.bsia.co.uk

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