The BSIA’s flagship event, the British Security Awards, returned to the live stage to recognise security officers and businesses working to keep people, property and places professionally protected during the last 18 months.
Now in its 26th year, held in 2023 at the sold out Grand Connaught Rooms, the industry celebrated security excellence with 18 awards presented to security officers and businesses in front of clients and leading industry stakeholders. The show also featured the Chairman’s Award as well as the SaferCash Bravery Awards and the Police Partnership Initiative Award.
This year also saw the inaugural Gaby Hutchinson Award for Best Newcomer - named in honour of the security operative who tragically lost their life in December 2022 - with a recognition award presented in their memory to the Hutchinson family; the first People, Property, Places: Professionally Protected Recognition Award, as part of the campaign to raise awareness of security officers, was also announced during the ceremony.
The awards were presented by broadcaster and BSIA President Nick Ross CBE with the SaferCash awards being presented by Assistant Chief Constable of the West Midlands Police, Jayne Meir.
The 2023 winners are:
Service to the Customer : Margaret Rudge - Bidvest Noonan
Security Manager of the Year: Rhoni Ikhide - Securitas UK
Outstanding Act: Babar Awan - Lodge Service
Best Team: The Brewery - MAN Commercial Protection
Recognition: Gaby Hutchinson (presented to the Hutchinson family)
Gaby Hutchinson Award for Best Newcomer: Jack Davenport - Westgrove Group
3Ps Recognition: Danny Varao – Corps Security
Apprentice of the Year: Lauren Haddock - ATG Access/Andrei Puscasiu- TDS
Best Use of Technology: CCTV Centralisation Project - Lodge Service
Installer of the Year: Critical National Infrastructure Security Upgrades - Galliford Try Asset Intelligence
Environmental Project of the Year: Reducing our CViT carbon footprint - Loomis UK
National Partnership: JLL Partnership - G4S
Innovative Security Project: CarDefender - Pyronix
EDI Champion: One Team Philosophy - STM Group
Corporate Social Responsibility: Cost of living: Supporting our employees - Bradbury Group
SME of the Year: Selectamark Security Systems
Business of the Year: Corps Security
Contribution to the Industry: Nigel Brown - Mitie
SaferCash Public Bravery: Mohammed Ali
SaferCash Industry Bravery: Andrew Shackleton - NoteMachine
Police Partnership Initiative: Operation Atoll - Metropolitan Police Flying Squad
Chairman's Award: Paul Connelly – CSS/ Satia Rai - IPSA/Securitas UK
Mike Reddington, Chief Executive, BSIA, said: “The British Security Awards were created in 1998 to recognise those in our industry and particularly those operating on the front line who frequently go above and beyond to protect people and property and this year we have seen a record number of entries.
“It was an honour and a privilege to be able to recognise our winners and finalists for their professionalism, innovation and commitment to our industry. The scale of achievement we see every year from across each sector is remarkable, and our awards enable us to recognise the outstanding work being carried out by members of both the Association and the wider industry in keeping people, property and places professionally protected on a daily basis.
“As always, the standard of nominations has been exceptional this year, and the judging panel, made up of independent experts from across the industry have had a very difficult job selecting the winners. It is therefore a fantastic achievement by all the finalists.”
The British Security Awards 2023 were sponsored by Camberford Underwriting, SaferCash, TEAM Software, NSI, Securitas UK, Texecom, Fenix Monitoring, OCS Group, Skills for Security, Galliford Try Asset Intelligence, SGS, Commend and IFSEC.