Securitas UK prepares to recognise ‘Best of the Best’ at 2016 Community Awards Ceremony

Now in its seventh year, Securitas UK’s annual Community Awards Ceremony, due to be held on Thursday 15 September, is once again designed to showcase the very best individuals and teams within the company’s workforce and duly recognise them for their outstanding work conducted diligently across the past 12 months.

This year’s venue, The Belfry Hotel and Resort near Sutton Coldfield, will host the 40 finalists, along with their guests, customers and event sponsors for what promises to be a glittering evening of achievement.

The 2016 finalists have been selected from hundreds of nominations submitted over the past 12 months, and winners for each of the ten awards categories will be announced on the night.

In addition to the employee awards, the Good Customer Award – once again run in conjunction with Risk UK as this category’s Official Media Partner – recognises those customers who have contributed greatly to an improvement in the standards and perception of the security business sector as a whole. The winner of this award, adjudicated by Risk UK’s Editor Brian Sims Hon FSyI, will also be announced at the event.

Brian Riis Nielsen, Securitas UK’s Country President, said: “Our protective services are critical to ensuring the ongoing and successful operation of our customers’ businesses, and our people will often go the extra mile to deliver this. These awards offer a rare chance to bring our outstanding individuals and teams together with our customers, partners and suppliers to celebrate their achievements, and I’m very proud of each and every one of our finalists.”

The event will also feature a charity raffle to raise money for Wooden Spoon (the Children’s Charity of Rugby, which funds life-changing projects for disadvantaged and disabled children across the UK and Ireland).

In 2016, the Community Awards are being supported by a number of Securitas’ customers, suppliers and partners, including Marks & Spencer plc, Innovise, The Fire Service College, the London Fire Brigade,, Axis Communications, Hutchison Technologies Ltd, Sainsbury’s, 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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