Nominations now open for British Security Industry Association’s 2017 Security Personnel Awards

Member companies of the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) are being encouraged to submit their nominations for 2017’s Security Personnel Awards, with the deadline for entries now just over two months away.

Each year, the BSIA recognises the commendable and limitless contributions made by security personnel each and every day through its highly prestigious Security Personnel Awards. These awards acknowledge achievements across five categories: Service to the Customer, Outstanding Act, Best Newcomer, Best Use of Technology and Best Team. In turn, this enables a wide variety of exceptional performances to be recognised.

The Security Personnel Awards are adjudicated and then presented as a result of both regional and national rounds of judging, with the national presentations taking place at the BSIA’s Annual Luncheon to be held in July.

Camberford Law plc, the specialist insurance broker to the security sector, has sponsored the Security Personnel Awards since their inception eighteen years ago. David Ottewill, managing director of the company, commented: “It’s important to recognise and reward the hard work and effort put in by the dedicated professionals within the security business sector. As such, we were very proud to once again sponsor the Security Personnel Awards in 2016.”

The 2016 Security Personnel Awards witnessed 34 high-calibre regional winners and 17 outstanding national winners scoop awards for their superb contributions towards community safety and maintaining the security business sector’s favourable reputation among its client base and members of the public alike. Many of these inspirational achievements included life-saving actions, exceptional customer service and impressive teamwork.

Vital role in safeguarding the nation

James Kelly: CEO of the BSIA

James Kelly: CEO of the BSIA

James Kelly, CEO of the BSIA, informed Risk UK: “Our industry harbours an incredible amount of talented individuals, many of whom go above and beyond what’s expected of them each and every day. 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. For our member companies, the Security Personnel Awards present a fantastic opportunity to showcase their workforces who consistently deliver the best possible standards of service. Security personnel are the public face of our industry and key to the continued growth of consumer trust invested within it. As such, it’s hugely important that we reward the exceptional levels of professionalism displayed by security personnel.”

Kelly added: “Traditionally, the Security Personnel Awards have been dominated by the larger companies operating in the security business sector. However, our awards are now regularly presented to the employees of smaller and medium-sized companies. Indeed, these businesses often pick up some of the most coveted awards. On that basis, I would strongly encourage member companies of all sizes to participate in nominating their employees for the 2017 awards.”

Deadline for nominations

The deadline for nominations for the 2017 Security Personnel Awards is Wednesday 30 November, with the judging of the regional awards taking place throughout December. Those successful in the regional rounds will then progress to the national round of judging which takes place in March next year.

The national award winners will be announced at the BSIA’s flagship event – the Association’s Annual Luncheon – where they will be presented with their trophies in front of some of the industry’s most influential individuals.

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

*BSIA member companies within the Security Guarding, CVIT, Leisure Industry, Specialist Services and Crowd Management Sections can nominate their outstanding personnel by completing the necessary nomination forms. Visit http://www.bsia.co.uk/security-personnel-awards.aspx

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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