ON WEDNESDAY 29 June, the British Security Awards, which is the British Security Industry Association’s (BSIA) flagship event celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2022, returned to the live, in-person setting for the first time since July 2019 in order to recognise security officers and businesses who’ve been working diligently to keep people, property and places professionally protected during the last 18 months and more.
Held at the London Marriott Hotel on Grosvenor Square in front of a sold-out audience encompassing the industry’s ‘great and good’, including key industry stakeholders and clients, the British Security Awards – for which Security Matters as the Official Media Partner – duly celebrated security excellence, with 16 separate accolades being presented to security officers and businesses.
In addition, the event showcased the BSIA Chairman’s Award as well as the SaferCash Public Bravery Award, the latter recognising three members of the public for their courage during an armed robbery. Also presented was the Police Partnership Initiative Award, which itself recognises valuable work being conducted when it comes to reducing ATM crime.
The British Security Awards were presented by BAFTA-nominated journalist Sam McAlister with the SaferCash Award being presented by Jayne Meir, assistant chief constable of the West Midlands Police.
The British Security Awards winners for 2022 are as follows:
*Best Newcomer: Julian Stone (Allied Universal)
*Service to the Customer: Paul Williams (Mitie)
*Outstanding Act: Richard Kawar and Team (OCS Group)
*Security Manager of the Year: Kieron Doyle (Securitas UK)
*Best Team: Templars Square Shopping Centre Team (Westgrove Group)
*Apprentice of the Year: Owen Nelson (EFT Systems)
*Best Use of Technology: Lora Wireless (GJD Manufacturing)
*Installer of the Year: Mitie
*National Partnership of the Year: Electronic Call Handling Operations (ECHO)
*Innovative Security Project of the Year: Domestic Abuse Reduction Strategy (The SmartWater Group)
*Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year: ‘Song for the Homeless’ (Securitas UK)
*Environmental Project of the Year: Met Office Project (Galliford Try)
*SME of the Year: Fenix Monitoring
*Business of the Year Award: SecuriGroup
*BSIA Chairman’s Award for Contribution to the Industry: Iain McCallister (MAN Commercial Protection)
*SaferCash Public Bravery Award: Joanne McCoy, Christopher Poulson and Lindsay Tomlinson
*Police Partnership Initiative Award: Superintendent Warren Franklin (Lead on Prevent for Kent Police)
Record number of entries
Mike Reddington, CEO at the BSIA, stated: “The British Security Awards were created 25 years ago 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. This year witnessed a record number of entries.”
Reddington continued: “It was an honour and a privilege to be able to recognise our winners and finalists for their professionalism, innovation and commitment to the industry. The scale of achievement we see every year from across each sector of the security world is remarkable. Pleasingly, the British Security 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.”
In conclusion, Reddington observed: “As always, the standard of nominations has been exceptional this year. The Judging Panel, made up of independent experts from across the industry [including Security Matters’ Editor Brian Sims Hon FSyI] had a very difficult job in selecting the winners. All of the winners and finalists should be very proud of their achievements.”
*The BSIA would like to thank all of its sponsors, supporters and members who make the British Security Awards possible. Sponsors and supporters of the British Security Awards for 2022 include Camberford Underwriting, Fenix Monitoring, Galliford Try Asset Intelligence, IFSEC International, the National Security Inspectorate, the OCS Group, SaferCash, Securitas UK, Sentinel Group Security, Skills for Security, TEAM Software and Texecom
**In 2023, the British Security Awards will be returning to the London Marriott Hotel on Grosvenor Square on Wednesday 28 June
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