BSIA launches rebranded national annual awards scheme as British Security Awards

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has renamed its annual Security Personnel Awards. From this year, the scheme will now be known as the British Security Awards. Taking place on Wednesday 11 July at the Marriot Hotel in London’s Grosvenor Square, the British Security Awards will celebrate the achievements made by security officers and teams across the UK’s private security industry, while also acknowledging the career contributions made by long-serving industry stalwarts.

Industry exemplars will be recognised in the following categories: Security Personnel, Security Business, Apprentice Installer, Chairman’s Award and the SaferCash-sponsored Bravery Award.

Following on from the 50th Anniversary of the BSIA in 2017, the rebranded British Security Awards will feature guest speaker the Reverend Richard Coles. A cleric and well known broadcaster famous for his appearances on programmes such as Strictly Come Dancing and Have I Got News for You, Coles will also be presenting awards to the winners on the day.

Other scheduled speakers on the day include Sir Stephen House, Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service, who will present the SaferCash Bravery Award.

James Kelly: CEO at the BSIA

James Kelly: CEO at the BSIA

James Kelly, CEO of the BSIA, said: “The British Security Awards is the national event that recognises the talent and commitment of our industry’s finest. We’re looking forward to welcoming stakeholders and colleagues from across the industry to a fantastic venue for a special celebration of our industry’s successes and achievements. Our members’ contributions remain at the very heart of the Trade Association’s ongoing success and, by rebranding as the British Security Awards, we’re aiming to consolidate this prestigious event as the main security industry networking opportunity of the year.”

*The British Security Awards also includes a drinks reception and luncheon as well as drinks following the awards ceremony itself. Tickets are on sale now, with BSIA members benefiting from a discounted rate of £140 + VAT

**To book your place at what promises to be an entertaining and rewarding afternoon visit the awards website

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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