BSIA member companies triumph at 2016 Security and Fire Excellence Awards

No less than 20 British Security Industry Association (BSIA) member companies were recognised for their commitment to providing top class security products and services at this year’s Security and Fire Excellence Awards, held at the London Hilton Hotel, Park Lane on Wednesday 23 November.

The event saw BSIA members shortlisted in 19 of the 28 categories, with four members receiving accolades in their respective groups. The awards – which are organised by UBM EMEA and supported by IFSEC International and FIREX International – are now in their 18th year and serve to recognise the outstanding people, projects and technology that grace the security sector.

This year, the BSIA was proud to sponsor the award for Security Project or Installation of the Year, with security company SPIE receiving the accolade for its project entitled ‘Securing Safety with Spend to Save’.

James Kelly, CEO of the BSIA, was one of the adjudicators on this year’s extensive Judging Panel. Speaking about the awards, Kelly commented: “There was a huge amount of security talent to choose from this time around, with nominees demonstrating their commitment to ensuring the UK’s private security sector continues to thrive and develop in a positive direction. I was also proud to see so many BSIA member companies being shortlisted this year, showcasing the wealth of experience our members have in a variety of specialisms, including contributions to standards, technological developments, customer care and collaboration.”

The Peter Greenwood Award (a Fire and Security Association Award) was bestowed upon Andy Gilmore of BSIA member AAI Security. Speaking about his accolade, Gilmore enthused: “I was totally humbled when I learned that not only had I been nominated for the Peter Greenwood Award, but that I had won in the face of strong competition from people who, in my opinion, are more worthy than me. There’s no doubt that the electronic security sector has been a passion of mine for more years than I can recall. I’m so very pleased that my peers feel my input has been to the benefit of all.”

BSIA member company Mitie Total Security Management took home the award for Best Deployment of Lone Worker Technology for its dedicated work with Northumbrian Water, while Jason Costello – a security manager for Mitie – was announced as winner of the Security Manager of the Year category.

BSIA member organisation Pilgrims Group was given the International Achievement Award for its work with Harris Communications in developing a Secure Communications Programme in Afghanistan.

The 20 BSIA member companies that were shortlisted for this year’s awards were AAI Security, Bosch, Cardinal Security Services, CSL Connected Partners, the FOUR Group, G4S Secure Solutions, GJD Manufacturing, Guardian24, Honeywell Security and Fire, Kings Security, Magenta Security Services, Mitie Total Security Management, Pilgrims Group, SecuriGroup, Securitas, Swift Fire and Security, Tyco Security Products, VPS UK, VSG and Xtralis.

*For the full list of 2016 winners visit

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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