We are pleased to announce the winners of the British Security Awards recognising security officers and companies working to keep people, property and places professionally protected during the last 18 months.
Congratulations to you all!
The 2022 winners are:
Best Newcomer: Julian Stone - Allied Universal
With less than a year in the industry Julian’s Intelligence Analysis of security threats impacting the client’s businesses means he has delivered an excellent security service and has developed a strong reputation for providing detailed, relevant and actionable pieces of intelligence work.
Service to the Customer: Paul Williams - Mitie
Paul is a very dedicated officer, detaining countless shoplifters, preventing thefts whilst being instrumental in several high-profile fraud cases involving both employees and the general public - his work in these cases has resulted in arrests and prosecutions and ultimately saved B&Q time & money.
Outstanding Act: Richard Kawar & Team - OCS Group
The response on site provided by Richard and the team has been widely praised by the hospital trust and those involved on the day. Their diligence and training played an effective part in preserving the scene and their outstanding actions taken to protect the lives of patients, visitors and staff demonstrated their star quality.
Security Manager of the Year: Kieron Doyle – Securitas UK
Kieron has transformed a site of 85 plus staff from an unmotivated and unhappy team to one that is now proactive, happy and motivated, with an improvement of service delivery that is unrecognisable, demonstrating his leadership, compassion and dedication to both the industry and his role.
Best Team: Templars Square Shopping Centre - Westgrove Group
From thwarting muggers, bike thieves and troublesome gangs to preventing suicides, the team are true ambassadors of Templars. The team’s sheer belief in quality customer services and caring for the community allows them to deliver above expectations every time.
Apprentice of the Year: Owen Nelson - EFT Systems
Owen recently completed his End Point Assessment, with a Distinction and is now an integral part of the organisation, working with senior engineers completing large installations. His installations skills, fault finding, servicing and customer service are a credit to his own hard work.
Best Use of Technology: LoRa Wireless - GJD Manufacturing
GJD Manufacturing are being recognised today for its LoRa Gateway system, which significantly reduces installation time, material costs and labour hours, offering increased control of multiple 3rd party equipment and increased functionality of the system for the end user.
Installer of the Year: Mitie
Mitie’s Pacom project for Lloyds Banking Group has made a fundamental change to its intruder alarm network and has provided uniformity of product across the estate which in turn delivered a simple robust operational process. Mitie worked in unison with its stakeholders to deliver a seamless project to a challenging deadline, in the process receiving excellent feedback from branches on the quality of their work.
National Partnership: Electronic Call Handling Operations- ECHO
ECHO epitomises quality and professionalism in adopting new technological solutions, in this case interconnecting approved ARCs and police forces, for the benefit of those relying on rapid police response to intruder and hold-up alarms. ECHO demonstrates true industry collaboration working to deliver the NPCC recognised aim of automating alarms handling.
Innovative Security Project: Domestic Abuse Reduction Strategy - SmartWater Group
Smartwater’s innovative and courageous use of forensic marking to deter the perpetrators of domestic abuse has seen a significant reduction in crime, an increased confidence in policing, and an increase in feelings of safety, clearly demonstrating how the security industry can and is impacting positively on what is a national and moral objective to reduce violence against women and girls.
Corporate Social Responsibility: Song for the homeless - Securitas UK
Utilising the musical talents of its staff, Securitas UK recorded the single ‘Ascending’ which raised over £15,000 for the hungry and homeless of Birmingham, and which has since led the company to raise further funds for homeless charities, raising £5000 for a hostel that gives priority to homeless ex-service men and women.
Environmental Project: Met Office project - Galliford Try Asset Intelligence
Working with the Met Office, Galliford Try’s Asset Security project is based on leading principles of decarbonising the impact of new security systems through collaborative working at design and installation, providing tangible evidence to the industry that security designers and installers have an impactful part to play in protecting and enhancing habitat and biodiversity.
SME of the Year: Fenix Monitoring
Fenix Monitoring takes its commitment to the industry seriously, integrating multiple new technologies, investing heavily in staff development, building a training facility and delivering on its partnership model of engaging with and encouraging the interaction of its customers, giving them an experience rather than just a transactional, unthoughtful security service.
Business of the Year: SecuriGroup
SecuriGroup recently achieved it highest ever SIA Approved Contractor Scheme score, cementing the company’s place inside the top 1% and also recorded the highest auditing score in the UK's private security sector. They were also amongst the first companies in the UK to reach Carbon Net-Zero, and they were one of the world's first 100 signatories to the Climate Pledge.
Contribution to the Industry: Iain McCallister - MAN Commercial Protection
Iain ticks the boxes of being an expert in his field having been in the industry since the age of 16, from working the doors in the pouring rain to travelling on private jets with superstars. His understanding and personal experience allows Iain to be empathetic to the needs of his 1500-strong workforce, and has earned him their utmost respect, which is crucial for a business leader.
Police Partnership Initiative: Supt Warren Franklin Force Prevent Lead for Kent Police
Superintendent Warren Franklin is recognised for leading a team of officers on a special project working with businesses and partner agencies to risk assess the location of cash machines in the county and offer additional security advice where needed.
The strong leadership skills and professionalism of Supt Franklin are commended for creating and developing the project, which has been so successful that other forces across the country are taking a lead form Kent Police and plan to replicate this work in the future.
Chairman’s Award: Pat Allen
Pat is Chairman of the FESS Employer Group and has been since they were formed in 2015. He has overseen the creation of the Level 3 Fire, Emergency and Security Systems Apprenticeship. He liaises with End Point Assessment Organisations, the Education and Skills Funding Agency and Training Providers to set a solid standard to ensure apprentices gain the skill sets they require to have successful careers in the Fire and Security Systems Industry.
The Chairman’s Award was presented in absentia to Kevin Faulkner of Banham Academy