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BSIA hosts National Shred Day this October

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The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has announced it will be hosting its inaugural National Shred Day on behalf of its Information Destruction members, in partnership with independent national charity Crimestoppers.

National Shred Day, which will be held at multiple locations across the United Kingdom on Saturday 2 October, is an opportunity for small businesses and members of the public to safely dispose their confidential waste for a nominal donation.

The BSIA’s Information Destructions members will be providing their disposal units at regional sites which will be advertised locally over the summer and will be based in the car parks of large commercial parks in regions stretching from the West Country to Scotland.

All donations given on the day go towards the regional projects carried out by Crimestoppers. The charity supports people who have crime information and want to do the right thing, but feel they’ve nowhere else to turn. Crimestoppers guarantee 100% anonymity to everyone who contacts them online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling freephone 0800 555 111.

Crimestoppers takes over 1,000 calls and contacts each and every day with information that helps stop crime. Once anonymised, vital intelligence is passed on to police and other UK law enforcement agencies. Crimestoppers information prevents bomb and acid attacks, gang violence, murders, illegal drugs, child abuse, domestic abuse and modern slavery. Anonymous information is also used to catch dangerous fugitives who are on the run both here and abroad. It also helps police investigators solve difficult cases so that families can get the justice they desperately seek.

Kristian Carter, Chairman of the BSIA’s Information Destruction section and Commercial Director at Shred Station, said: “Over lockdown many small companies and independent traders will have stored up a considerable amount of confidential waste and often small shredders will not be sufficient enough to dispose of it safely. It is essential now more than ever that confidential documented information on people and businesses is destroyed securely to avoid the possibility of fraud occurring, and our Information Destruction companies play a crucial role in maintaining confidentiality with all kinds of paper data.

“National Shred Day is an opportunity for us to assist in making sure that any confidential waste in your home and small office can be destroyed in a safe and environmentally positive way.”

Mark Hallas, Chief Executive of the charity Crimestoppers, said: “Protecting your information is a priority to both our charity and BSIA. We are delighted that BSIA recognises the huge value of our work in supporting people and communities to speak up anonymously about crime.

“I’d like to thank BSIA for using this opportunity to help raise vital funds for our charity and I encourage you all to fully support the first ever UK National Shred Day.”

The confidential paper waste that is collected on the day will be securely shredded on-site before being baled and recycled into paper and tissue products.

For more information on National Shred Day please visit www.bsia.co.uk/national-shred-day.

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

Two extra dates confirmed for BSIA’s apprenticeship framework breakfast briefings…

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The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has added two extra dates to its ‘Apprenticeship Breakfast Briefings’ series following the success of the first meeting held in Birmingham on December 7.  Hosted in partnership with Skills for Security, the free-to-attend briefings will be held in January 2017 and plans to discuss the apprenticeship levy in detail; providing advice on how Skills for Security and the BSIA can help employers adapt to these changes due to be funded from April next year.  Simon Banks, founder of the Apprentices for Fire and Security Programme and one of the featured speakers at the Birmingham event, commented on the success of the meeting: “It was great to see such a fantastic turn out at the briefing, with delegates keen to find out more about the new apprenticeship framework and how they can bring apprentices on board their business. “Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to build on the skills of the younger generation and pave the way for a positive career, ultimately contributing to the overall success of a business; therefore, it’s vital that employers understand that a service industry without skilled engineers is restricting their business and the entire value chain. These breakfast briefings provide vital information about changes to apprenticeships, how new funds can best be utilised and the wide array of training available to the industry.” The dates and venues for the additional briefings are:
  • Tuesday, January 10 2017, 8:30am– 10:30am – The Atrium, UBM, 240 Blackfriars Rd, London SE1 8BF. 
  • Thursday, January 19 2017, 8:30am – 10:30am – The Holiday Inn Runcorn, Wood Ln, Runcorn WA7 3HA.
Register for one of the 2017 briefings here 

BSIA to host breakfast briefings on new apprenticeship framework…

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A series of free-to-attend and informative breakfast briefings hosted by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) are set to bring crucial information to employers in the fire and security sectors ahead of important changes to the way apprenticeships are funded in England and Wales. 

In partnership with Skills for Security, the first is scheduled to be held in Birmingham, with two further briefings are planned for early January 2017 in London and the north of England.   

Peter Sherry, interim director general at Skills for Security said: “At the end of 2016, the government’s funding framework for apprenticeships is due to change, with the introduction of a new ‘trailblazer’ operating model and apprenticeship levy. With many employers within the security and fire sectors set to be affected by these changes, the BSIA and Skills for Security wanted to provide valuable advice to help them understand how these changes will affect their business.” 

David Wilkinson, director of Technical Services at the BSIA, and Simon Banks, group managing director at CSL Dualcom and founder of the Apprentices for Fire and Security programme will join Sherry as speakers for the briefings; with topics under discussion include an introduction to the apprenticeship levy, how the BSIA and Skills for Security can help employers adapt to these changes, an explanation of what’s changing, and insight into the value of apprenticeships and the benefits for business.  

Delegates will have the opportunity to ask questions and seek advice from the expert panel on issues specifically relevant to their business.    

Registration to attend the event is free-of-charge and can be completed here

To download a full programme, click here