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BSIA awards

As ever at its midsummer lunch in London, the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) marked the outstanding work within the security industry at its awards, on Wednesday, July 11.

Held at the London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square, the ceremony opened with the Security Personnel Awards, which celebrate the talent, dedication, skill and bravery shown by security people of BSIA member companies in their everyday duty. The categories are: Best Newcomer, Best Use of Technology, Outstanding Act, Service to the Customer and Best Team. The award for best team was dedicated to Manchester Arena terror attack and the award for Service to the Customer to the Grenfell Tower fire of 2017.

The winners of these categories include:

· Best Newcomer – Samantha Golding, Securitas UK;
· Best Use of Technology – Robert Haddon, VSG;
· Outstanding Act – Nasir Ahmed, Mitie;
· Service to the Customer – Silas Bogyere, SecuriGroup; and
· Best Team – Pennine Acute Hospital, Mitie.

Presented on the day by guest speaker, broadcaster and the 1980s popstar, Reverend Richard Coles, pictured, other awards were for:

· Apprentice Installer – Jamie Royal, Vigil Security
· Innovative Security Project – CSL Router Project, CSL
· International Partnership – Power over Ethernet Ultrapod, Elmdene International

The second guest speaker, Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Sir Stephen House, presented the Bravery Awards to Stanley Edwards and Fifi Koomson, of G4S; and Amanda Bunn.

James Kelly, Chief Executive, BSIA said: “I would like to close by paying tribute to our winners and finalists for some truly outstanding displays of customer service, teamwork, technical aptitude, bravery and courage, and for their overall commitment to both the organisations they work for and the industry they represent. Often the work of our industry is under the radar when it comes to recognising the contributions of the various services that are involved in dealing with the security incidents we read about locally and nationally, and I hope that today’s celebration of these exemplary individuals on the national stage goes some way to remedying this.”

“We look forward to the British Security Awards becoming the national event that recognises the true talent, commitment and achievements of the industry’s finest.”

The awards were sponsored by Camberford Law plc (Security Personnel Awards and drinks reception); Securitas UK (International Partnership); NSI (Apprentice Installer); OSC Group (VIP Reception) and SaferCash (Bravery Award).


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