• British Security Awards winners revealed

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    The British Security Awards, presented by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), has recognised security officers and companies working to keep people, property and places safe during the last 18 months. 

    Held online for a second year due to continued COVID-19 restrictions, the show also featured the Chairman’s Award, dedicated to Skills for Security Chairman and long-time BSIA associate Tony Allen, who sadly died at the beginning of the month.

    The awards also featured presentations from West Midlands and Greater Manchester Police as part of the Association’s SaferCash initiative, announcing the bravery awards for the Cash & Valuables in Transit members and its inaugural Police Partnership Initiative Award.

    The awards were presented by broadcaster Sue Hill, with the SaferCash awards being presented by Assistant Chief Constable of the West Midlands Police, Jayne Meir and Assistant Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, Nicky Porter.

    The 2021 winners are:

    Best Newcomer: Katelyn Gordon – Mitie

    Service to the Customer: Anthony Chell – Mitie

    Outstanding Act: Denzil Whathen – Securitas UK

    Security Manager of the Year: Graham Rouse – Mitie

    Best Team: Beacon Shopping Centre Security Team – G4S

    Apprentice of the Year: Jessica Goodson – ADT (Johnson Controls)

    National Partnership: Network Rail: Protecting the public, managing risk – STM Group

    Installer of the Year: nmcn

    Innovative Security Project: GradeShift Pro Radio/Radio (All IP) – CSL Group

    Business of the Year: MAN Commercial Protection

    SME of the Year: Corsight AI

    Environmental Project of the Year: Frontline Faceshields Project – Shred Station

    Best Use of Technology: ID Ultra – Reliance High Tech

    Contribution to the Industry: Jason Towse – Mitie

    Industry Bravery: Rory Middleton & Mr David Paynter – Loomis

    Police Partnership Initiative: DCI Christopher Mossop – Greater Manchester Police

    Chairman’s Award: Tony Allen

    Details of the achievements of the winners and finalists can be found on the British Security Awards website at www.britishsecurityawards.co.uk/winners-2021

    Mike Reddington, Chief Executive, BSIA, said: “Once again in 2021, the security industry has demonstrated its commitment to keeping people, property and places safe by presenting us with some fantastic examples of the immense wealth of talent, innovation and best practice on display in both our membership and the wider industry.

    “The scale of achievement in 2021 is remarkable, and today we were able to recognise these forward-thinking and professional self-starters who represent our industry on a day-to-day basis. Congratulations to every one of you on your success today.”

    In announcing the Chairman’s Award, Simon Banks, Chairman, BSIA, said: “As we were putting the show together at the beginning of June, we received the very sad news that one of the Association’s most ardent supporters and industry leaders for over 40 years, Tony Allen had passed away after a long battle with Leukaemia. Most recently Tony held the post of Chairman of Skills for Security, playing a crucial role in steering the company out of the poor financial position, and relentlessly driving quality improvements to course content and delivery.

    “In fitting tribute, the 2021 Chairman’s Award posthumously goes to Tony and to his family as the Association’s – and my own personal – thank you, for his invaluable contribution to an industry he clearly loved.”

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


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