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Security officers honoured for their work during COVID-19 at British Security Awards

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The British Security Industry Association’s (BSIA) flagship event, the British Security Awards, has recognised all the security officers working on the frontline during COVID-19, awarding a special Chairman’s Recognition Award to all its security guarding companies. The award was announced by Chairman, Simon Banks at the culmination of the celebrations of all the national winners, which this year for the first time ever, were delivered online due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

The awards, which were streamed live on the BSIA’s YouTube account, featured special guests, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Dame Cressida Dick DBE QPM, CEO of the Security Industry Authority, Ian Todd, CEO of the Security Institute, Rick Mounfield and broadcaster and barrister, Chris Daw QC, who all paid tribute to the work carried out under extreme circumstances by members of the Association and the wider industry, as well as congratulating this year’s finalists.

The 2020 British Security Awards winners are:

Best Newcomer: Harriet Giles – Mitie
Service to the Customer: Thomas Ibbetson – G4S

Outstanding Act: Adam Rich – Mitie
Security Manager of the Year: Babatunde Lawal – G4S

Best Team: Templars Square Security Team – Westgrove Group

Apprentice of the Year: Tessa Bruce – EFT Systems

National Partnership: M&S Connected Solution, Mitie
Installer of the Year: nmcn

Innovative Security Project: Ultraviolet Light Tray Disinfection, Smiths Detection
Business of the Year: STM Group

SME of the Year: Fenix Monitoring
Best Use of Technology: B&Q Crime Centre, Mitie

Contribution to the Industry: Mike Cleary – SmartWater

Details of the achievements of the winners and finalists can be found on the British Security Awards website at www.britishsecurityawards.co.uk/winners-2020

In announcing the Chairman’s Recognition Awards, Simon Banks, Chairman, BSIA, said: “It is always the tradition to close with recognising an outstanding individual who has made a fantastic and life-long commitment to the industry.

“But this year is different in this changing world. I had only one nomination in mind and therefore only one winner that I felt deserved the recognition of this particular award, which is our frontline officers for the work they have carried out during COVID-19, to recognise their resilience and the risks they have taken and continue to take and to recognise their part as critical workers keeping the country running. This is our clap for the guarding sector.”

Mike Reddington, Chief Executive, BSIA, said: “Despite the most challenging issue of our lifetime, our members have still managed to present us with a large number of award nominees and eventual winners and it was only right that we continued to honour both their commitment and the achievements of their employees in the most fitting way possible.

“We have an industry fit to burst with positive ambassadors from within our sector; from young officers starting out to seasoned professionals, every one of them recognised today for having gone above and beyond expectations, demonstrating courage, innovation, customer service and contribution to the industry. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you once again for everyone’s contribution to our industry over the last 12 months, particularly during COVID-19.”

The British Security Awards were sponsored by Camberford Underwriting, SaferCash, Innovise, NSI, Texecom, Optex and Fenix Monitoring and its official media partner was infologue.com. The event was dedicated to all security personnel who lost their lives during the course of duty in 2020.

The full event can be viewed on the BSIA’s YouTube page, www.youtube.co.uk/theBSIA