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James Moore is the Managing Editor of IFSEC Insider, the leading online publication for security and fire news in the industry. James writes, commissions, edits and produces content for IFSEC Insider, including articles, breaking news stories and exclusive industry reports. He liaises and speaks with leading industry figures, vendors and associations to ensure security and fire professionals remain abreast of all the latest developments in the sector.
November 26, 2020


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Security & Fire Excellence Awards 2020: Winners revealed

The 2020 Security & Fire Excellence Awards looked a little different this year, taking place virtually for the first time due to the ongoing pandemic.

The awards continue to be supported by IFSEC International and FIREX International as well as headline sponsors First Response Group and Aico. Other sponsors included Circle Facilities Management (Circle FM), VPS, HID Global, Amulet, UK Security Commonwealth, Ajax, ICTS UK & Ireland, CornerStone and Security & Safety Things.

The event continued its association with charity efforts, with the a virtual silent auction taking place throughout the event.

The Awards usually also celebrate the Engineers of Tomorrow competition and whilst this year’s competition couldn’t take place, a video was featured highlighting the future talent of the industry. Those interested in taking part in the 2021 competition (with the chance of competing at WorldSkills UK in November) can register their interest now.

The winners of the Security & Fire Excellence Awards 2020 were as follows:


Inspiration in HR Award 

Sponsored by SSR Personnel

WINNER: Wilson James


Security Distributor of the Year

Sponsored by Reliance High‑Tech

WINNER: ADI Global Distribution


Counter-Terrorism Project of the Year

Sponsored by Evolution Risk & Design

WINNER: BAE Systems with GXP OpsView


Cyber Security Project of the Year

Sponsored by CornerStone Cyber & Risk Consultancy



Event Security Team of the Year

Sponsored by VPS

WINNER: FGH Security and Delivery to the HMS Prince of Wales and Glastonbury


Security Professional Development Initiative of the Year

Sponsored by ICTS UK & Ireland

WINNER: Allied Universal Leadership Programme


Best Enterprise Security Risk Management

Sponsored by BSIA

WINNER: Pilgrims Group


Fire Project of the Year

Sponsored by First Response Group

WINNER: Southampton City Council with Safer Living in Southampton


Security Software Manufacturer of the Year

Sponsored by Total Security Protection

WINNER: Gallagher


ACS Champion of the Year

Sponsored by First Response Group

WINNER: SecuriGroup


Best Contribution to Standards in the Security Sector

Sponsored by CircleFM



Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year

Sponsored by The Security Commonwealth

WINNER: Adept Corporate Services


In-house Security Team of the Year

Sponsored by AllSecurityEvents.com

WINNER: Teesside University Security Team


Security Hardware Manufacturer of the Year

Sponsored by ZKTeco Ireland

WINNER: Axis Communications


Security Guarding Company of the Year OVER 25 Million Pounds Turnover

Sponsored by Amulet

WINNER: Axis Security Services


Security Guarding Company of the Year UNDER 25 Million Pounds Turnover

Sponsored by Security Institute

WINNER: Pilgrims Group


Security Consultancy of the Year

Sponsored by HID Global

WINNER: CornerStone


Security Solution Innovation of the Year

Sponsored by Hand Media International

WINNER: Hörmann with OktaBlock Mobile Vehicle Blocker


Customer Care Initiative of the Year

Sponsored by Aico

WINNER: CriticalArc SafeZone Customer Success Programme


Security Hardware Product Innovation of the Year

Sponsored by Envision Intelligent Solutions

WINNER: Hikvision with MinMoe Touch-Free Face Recognition Terminals


Security Project of the Year

Sponsored by Security & Safety Things

WINNER: STM Group (UK) with Making a Difference


Security Software Product Innovation of the Year

Sponsored by IFSEC / FIREX

WINNER: HawkSight SRM with HawkSight Software Virtual Global Security Operations Centre


Security Manager of the Year

Sponsored by SSGC

WINNER: Tracey Edwards, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust


Security Training Initiative of the Year

Sponsored by Croma PROception

WINNER: Shelton Newsham of the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Cyber Crime Unit with The National Matrix Challenge


Security Installer of the Year

Sponsored by Zitko Consulting

WINNER: Reliance High-Tech


Security Partnering Initiative of the Year

Sponsored by Ajax Systems

WINNER: SSGC, Serco & The Yorkshire Regiment Association


Lockdown Hero of the Year

Sponsored by Aico

WINNER: Mitie Security


Industry reaction


NSI approved companies from across the four nations of the UK were amongst the winners and finalists recognised for their outstanding achievements at this year’s Security & Fire Excellence Awards. The Inspectorate warmly congratulated all of this year’s winners and finalists, including 28 NSI approved companies, and applauds the following NSI approved companies and their teams who won top prizes in 5 categories: Reliance High-Tech Ltd, Mitie Security Ltd, FGH Security Ltd, STM Group (UK) Ltd and Wilson James Ltd.

Richard Jenkins, NSI Chief Executive, commented: “For obvious reasons, it’s been a very difficult year for businesses, with the security and safety of their team and clients the top priority in these unprecedented circumstances. This year’s virtual Security & Fire Excellence Awards is a welcome event in the calendar, providing the perfect opportunity to celebrate the important contribution those in the industry have made in such challenging times. Our congratulations go to all the winners and finalists.”

From all of the team at IFSEC Global, we’d like to congratulate all the nominees and winners of the 2020 Security & Fire Excellence Awards, in what has been a particularly challenging year for businesses of all shapes and sizes. Here’s to next year!

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