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This year’s Securitas Community Awards evening ran at the Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel and Country Club near Birmingham. The awards are to recognise work by the company’s employees over the past year. The ceremony was the culmination of a number of reward schemes, based on performance and contribution to the community. The finalists and winners of 11 categories were announced over the evening.


Outstanding Act) – James Edmunds
Vigilance – Richard Sillitoe
Core Values – Elaine McDermid
Helpfulness – Barry Richards
Community – Trish Jones
Leadership – Jonathan Wild and Jordan Lavin
Integrity – Ian Parke
Innovation – Maria Ostrowsky
Safety First – David Bone
Best Team – The British American Tobacco Team

Highly Commended

Outstanding Act – Peter Garbutt, David Fitzpatrick, Mike Goodburn, Richard Oliver.
Vigilance – Paul Wilson
Core Values – Alex McMahon
Helpfulness – George Elliot
Community – David Levy
Leadership – Gary Agnew and Stephen Bringhurst
Integrity – Alex Wilson
Innovation – Steve Fisher
Safety First – Anthony Morris
Best Team – The MediaCityUK team.

Securitas Chief Operating Officer, Shaun Kennedy, said: “Another great opportunity to recognise and reward our officers who go over and above the call of duty to deliver an excellent service to our customers. Those here tonight really should be proud of their achievements and I hope this year’s awards inspire more officers to strive to be next year’s winners.”

The Securitas Good Customer Award was presented to Hertfordshire University. This is designed to reward those customers who have contributed greatly to an improvement in the standards and perception of the security industry as a whole. The evening raised £2,580 for this year’s dedicated charity, Wooden Spoon (the Children’s Charity of Rugby), funding life-changing projects across the UK and Ireland to support disadvantaged and disabled children.

Securitas Country President Brian Riis Nielsen said: “These Awards offer a rare chance to bring together our customers, partners and suppliers to celebrate the achievements of our people and I’m very proud of each and every one of them. They also recognise that our officers are not simply chasing intruders but, in some cases, they are actually saving lives and I believe it’s very important that we continue to highlight their endeavours which go far beyond the duties of a typical security officer.”

The guarding firm thanked supporters of the awards who included Marks & Spencer, Peel Land & Property and Peel MediaCity UK, Sainsbury’s, the University of Hertfordshire, London Fire Brigade, British Gas, Peter Drew Contracts Ltd, Link Central, Innovise, and Smartguard.

Pictured: The British American Tobacco team with their Best Team Award.


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