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BSIA announces winners of the 2020 British Security Awards

The British Security Industry Association (BSIA) has announced the winners for this year’s British Security Awards.


Due to the uncertainly of the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, the BSIA’s British Security Awards event, which was due to take place in London, took place as an online broadcast event for this year only. Winners will be sent their trophies after the event and finalists will also receive a medal of recognition.

Celebrating excellence in the security industry, the British Security Awards demonstrates the outstanding work of the UK’s industry personnel, both on a regional and national scale. The winners reflect those who have gone above and beyond their everyday call of duty.

The awards also recognised all of the security officers who have been working on the frontline during COVID-19, awarding a special Chairman’s Recognition Award to all of its security guarding companies.

Streamed live on the BSIA’s YouTube account, the event featured special guests, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Dame Cressida Dick DBE QPM, CEO of the Security Industry Authority, Ian Todd, CEO of the Security Institute, Rick Mounfield and Broadcaster and Barrister, Chris Daw QC, who all paid tribute to the work carried out under extreme circumstances by members of the Association and the wider industry, as well as congratulating this year’s finalists.

The 2020 British Security Awards winners are:

  • Best Newcomer: Harriet Giles – Mitie
  • Service to the Customer: Thomas Ibbetson – G4S
  • Outstanding Act: Adam Rich – Mitie
  • Security Manager of the Year: Babatunde Lawal – G4S
  • Best Team: Templars Square Security Team – Westgrove Group
  • Apprentice of the Year: Tessa Bruce – EFT Systems
  • National Partnership: M&S Connected Solution, Mitie
  • Installer of the Year: nmcn
  • Innovative Security Project: Ultraviolet Light Tray Disinfection, Smiths Detection
  • Business of the Year: STM Group
  • SME of the Year: Fenix Monitoring
  • Best Use of Technology: B&Q Crime Centre, Mitie
  • Contribution to the Industry: Mike Cleary – SmartWater

Further details of the winners’ achievements can be found on the BSIA’s website.

In announcing the Chairman’s Recognition Awards, Simon Banks, Chairman, BSIA, said: “It is always the tradition to close with recognising an outstanding individual who has made a fantastic and life-long commitment to the industry.

“But this year is different in this changing world. I had only one nomination in mind and therefore only one winner that I felt deserved the recognition of this particular award, which is our frontline officers for the work they have carried out during COVID-19 – to recognise their resilience and the risks they have taken and continue to take, and to recognise their part as critical workers keeping the country running. This is our clap for the guarding sector.”

Mike Reddington, Chief Executive, BSIA, said: “Despite the most challenging issue of our lifetime, our members have still managed to present us with a large number of award nominees and eventual winners, and it was only right that we continued to honour both their commitment and the achievements of their employees in the most fitting way possible.

“We have an industry fit to burst with positive ambassadors from within our sector; from young officers starting out to seasoned professionals – every one of them recognised today for having gone above and beyond expectations, demonstrating courage, innovation, customer service and contribution to the industry. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you once again for everyone’s contribution to our industry over the last 12 months, particularly during COVID-19.”

The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) sponsored the Apprentice of the Year Award. Richard Jenkins, Chief Executive of the NSI, added: “NSI has been a long-standing supporter of apprenticeships within the security sector and was delighted to once again sponsor the Apprentice of the Year award. Our warm congratulations go to Tessa Bruce from EFT Systems in recognition of her drive for success and outstanding achievement in the Engineers of Tomorrow competition heats. We wish Tessa a long and successful career in the security systems sector.

“Our congratulations extend to all of this year’s winners and finalists whose achievements and excellence were celebrated by the judges, including those NSI approved companies and representatives who came top in their categories. We pay tribute to the industry’s front line officers whose critical ‘key worker’ contribution was commended with a Chairman’s Special Recognition Award acknowledging the immense role they have carried out during COVID-19.”

The British Security Awards were sponsored by Camberford Underwriting, SaferCash, Innovise, NSI, Texecom, Optex and Fenix Monitoring and its official media partner was infologue.com. The event was dedicated to all security personnel who lost their lives during the course of duty in 2020.

Watch the full event, here.

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