The very best of Securitas UK’s employees were recognised at a spectacular event held at The Belfry Hotel and Resort near Sutton Coldfield on Thursday 15 September. Now in its seventh year, the Securitas Community Awards welcomed 40 finalists selected from the company’s year-round awards programme in order to recognise them for their outstanding work across the past 12 months.
The finalists and their guests were joined by customers and event sponsors for a glittering evening of achievement organised by the Bloomberg Top 400’s only security industry employer. The finalists were selected by the awards’ sponsors from hundreds of nominations submitted over the year, with winners for each of the ten award categories duly announced on the night.
The winners included those who used their quick thinking and training to protect their customers’ businesses, keeping staff and members of the public safe and even saving lives, those who applied their expertise to delight the company’s customers by going above and beyond the call of duty or improving existing processes and systems and a team of employees who mobilised an operation of 400 security officers, in turn ensuring that a world-renowned tourist attraction remained secure and open to visitors.
These awards are just one of a number of programmes run by Securitas UK which seek to develop the professionalism of the UK’s security business sector, delivering a strategy for moving all employees towards the National Living Wage by 2020 while determining to work against a trend of blending these critical protective services with other less crucial services, such as catering and cleaning.
Commenting on the evening, Brian Riis Nielsen (Securitas UK’s Country President) said: “This is another great opportunity to recognise and reward our people who go above and beyond the call of duty to deliver an excellent service for our customers. Our employees are having an impact in every type of role, with every type of customer, not only dealing with security threats, but also making a difference to their community, customers and colleagues, and often dealing with life-changing situations.”
Riis Nielsen added: “Our company is focused solely on security and safety, and that means our people become experts in their work. I’m exceptionally proud of our employees who really do excel in the jobs that they do.”
Good Customer Award
In addition, the Securitas UK Good Customer Award, once again run in association with Risk UK, was presented to Astra Zeneca. This special accolade is designed to reward those Securitas UK customers who have contributed greatly to an improvement in the standards and perception of the security industry as a whole. In 2016, the winner was selected from a host of finalists by Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor of Risk UK and The Paper.
Pleasingly, the evening raised £3,080 for this year’s dedicated charity, namely Wooden Spoon (the Children’s Charity of Rugby). This excellent charity funds life-changing projects right across the UK and Ireland to support disadvantaged and disabled children.
The money was raised through a charity auction held on the night along with donation matching by Securitas UK.
Securitas UK Community Awards 2016: The Winners
*Community – Martin Hudson
*Core Values – Matthew Gabb
*Helpfulness – Sandra Shand
*Innovation – Ben Sanders and Aaron Windle
*Integrity – Richard Lenton
*Leadership – Bayonle Bamidele
*Safety First – Adrian Hollinghurst and Shaun Miller
*Outstanding Act – Yam Bahadur Pun, Bishnu Limbu and Preston Stuart Fosbraey
*Vigilance – Norman Johns
*Team – The National Gallery Team
Securitas UK extends its thanks to supporters of the 2016 Community Awards who included Marks & Spencer plc, Innovise, The Fire Service College, the London Fire Brigade, Uniforms@peterdrew.com, Axis Communications, Hutchison Technologies Ltd, the University of Hertfordshire, British American Tobacco and P&MM Sodexo