Securitas honours outstanding performance of staff at annual Community Awards

Securitas UK hosted its annual Community Awards on Wednesday 16 October. Now in their tenth year, the Community Awards are specifically designed to recognise the outstanding efforts of Securitas teams and individuals across the last 12 months.

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

The National Gallery was announced as winner of the Good Customer Award with Westfield highly commended. The Good Customer Award recognises customers who work in partnership with Securitas to raise security standards and shape Best Practice in the industry. It’s supported by Risk Xtra and adjudicated by Risk Xtra’s Editor Brian Sims.

Shaun Kennedy, Country President at Securitas UK, commented: “Many congratulations to this year’s winners and finalists. They’re a credit to both Securitas and the security industry. Every one of them represents the commitment, bravery and passion that drive our six protective services. It’s important that we recognise and celebrate how our officers help make the world a safer place.”

Kennedy added: “I was also delighted to see the National Gallery and Westfield recognised on the night. The Good Customer Award is a significant part of the Community Awards as it acknowledges the importance of collaboration to raise standards and ensure that security is at the very top of the business agenda.”

Kennedy also presented the Country President’s Award. This recognises the outstanding contribution of Securitas colleagues and the team members of a valued client who implemented a pioneering approach to safety and security across the client’s portfolio. The accolade was bestowed upon the Securitas Fire Division in partnership with Aviva.

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

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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