Securitas UK honours stellar employee achievements in 2016 Community Awards Ceremony

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

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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