Securitas celebrates outstanding performance of personnel at annual Community Awards

Securitas UK hosted its annual Community Awards on Thursday 13 September at Sopwell House in St Albans, Hertfordshire. Now in their ninth year, the Community Awards are specifically designed to recognise the outstanding efforts of Securitas teams and individuals over the past year.

Winners at the Black Tie event were awarded in ten different categories: Outstanding Act, Leadership, Team, Safety First, Innovation, Community, Helpfulness, Vigilance, Integrity and Core Values. This year’s finalists were all quarterly Community Award winners, nominated during the year and judged by a panel of Securitas colleagues.

The University of Bedfordshire was announced as winner of the Good Customer Award with William Hill highly commended. This award – which is supported by Risk Xtra and judged by the journal’s Editor Brian Sims – recognises customers who work in partnership with Securitas to raise security standards and shape Best Practice in the industry.

Brian Riis Nielsen, country president and managing director at Securitas UK, commented: “Many congratulations to this year’s winners and finalists. They are a credit to both Securitas and the security industry. They embody our core values of Integrity, Vigilance and Helpfulness and represent the commitment, bravery and passion behind our six protective services.”

Riis Nielsen added: “I was also delighted to see the University of Bedfordshire and William Hill recognised on the night. The Good Customer Award is an important part of the Community Awards, as it recognises the importance of collaboration to raise standards and ensure security is at the top of the business agenda.”

Securitas raised £1,300 on the night for charity partner Wooden Spoon. Established in 1983, Wooden Spoon has distributed more than £26 million to over 700 projects, in turn greatly helping over one million disabled and disadvantaged children.

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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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