BSIA extends nominations deadline for 2018’s prestigious Security Personnel Awards

The closing date for nominations for 2018’s Security Personnel Awards has been extended by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) to midnight on Friday 16 February such that the widest number of companies, members and staff can be included. With applications re-opened, the Trade Association is now calling for members to nominate employees that have surpassed expectations during the awarding period and make this the biggest and best Security Personnel Awards in its history.

The Security Personnel Awards recognise the commendable and limitless contributions made by security personnel each and every day for achievements in a range of categories. Awards are presented in five categories: Service to the Customer, Outstanding Act, Best Newcomer, Best Use of Technology and Best Team in both regional and national rounds of judging. The national presentations will take place at the BSIA’s flagship Annual Luncheon to be held in central London during July.

The 2017 awards saw 33 high calibre regional winners and 15 outstanding national winners scoop awards for their contributions to community safety and maintaining our industry’s favourable reputation. Many of these inspirational achievements included life-saving actions, exceptional customer service and impressive teamwork.

Beyond the Call of Duty

James Kelly, CEO of the BSIA, commented: “Our industry has an incredible amount of talented professionals working within it, many of whom regularly go above and beyond what’s expected of them in the line of duty. These professional men and women play a vital role in safeguarding our nation, and the BSIA takes immense pride in helping to recognise their achievements.”

James Kelly: CEO at the BSIA

James Kelly: CEO at the BSIA

Kelly continued: “For our member companies, the Security Personnel Awards present a fantastic opportunity to showcase the hard work, professionalism, bravery and commitment of their workforces. Security personnel are the public face of our industry and key to the continued growth of consumer trust. As such, it’s hugely important that we reward the exceptional levels of professionalism displayed by security personnel.”

Camberford Law plc – specialist insurance broker to the security industry – has sponsored the Security Personnel Awards since their inception 18 years ago. Speaking after last year’s awards presentation, managing director David Ottewill said: “Camberford Law plc is delighted to be involved in sponsoring the BSIA’s Security Personnel Awards. We applaud and encourage the promotion of professionalism within the industry and also the hard work and dedication required by the entrants to achieve such an award.”

Ottewill concluded: “We have been insuring security companies for over 30 years and, all too often, the work of the security company and their individuals is overlooked, despite the fact that they play such a crucial role in public life. We feel it’s only fair to recognise the outstanding achievers in this field.”

Media coverage

The Security Personnel Awards are open to members of the BSIA’s Security Guarding, Cash and Valuables in Transit, Leisure Industry, Specialist Services and Crowd Management Sections of membership.

The winners and their employers receive positive publicity in local and regional media, as well as comprehensive coverage in the dedicated security trade press.

*Nomination forms for entries to each of the different award categories can be downloaded from the BSIA’s  website at Guidance about completing the nomination forms, as well as the specific judging criteria, can also be found online

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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