Nominations for the British Security Industry Association’s 2017 Security Personnel Awards will officially close on the 30th November 2016. With the deadline fast approaching, the BSIA is encouraging its members to reward their outstanding personnel and make their nominations now.
The prestigious awards are awarded at both a regional and national level across five main categories: Best Team, Outstanding Act, Service to the Customer, Best Newcomer and Best Use of Technology. Judging of the regional awards will take place throughout December; those that are successful in the regional rounds will then progress through to the national rounds, which are traditionally awarded at the BSIA’s Annual Luncheon in July.
The awards themselves aim to recognise the outstanding achievements of personnel working in the industry and are a great opportunity for businesses to reward the hard work of their employees. Businesses of all sizes are encouraged to enter their personnel into the awards, with small and medium sized companies picking up accolades in recent years.
“Having received a great number of both national and regional awards from the BSIA over the last few years, The Westgrove Group are delighted to be recognised for such great achievements within our colleague community,” enthused Claire McKinley-Smith, Managing Director at The Westgrove Group. “As an independent business, to be going head to head with some of the large industry players and continue to win awards year on year, is testimony to the outstanding work our colleagues are achieving for Westgrove and our partners. The BSIA are highly regarded within the security industry. Our colleagues have been thrilled to receive their awards and to be acknowledged by an external body for their achievements is fantastic.”
2017 not only marks the 19th year of the awards but is also the 50th anniversary of the BSIA, making the awards ceremony an even more momentous occasion. The 2016 awards, which were sponsored by Camberford Law PLC, celebrated the achievements of 34 outstanding regional winners and 17 exceptional national winners, all of whom had showcased their tremendous contributions to the industry.
Speaking about what the awards mean to his company, Barry Dawson, Managing Director of VSG, commented: “By entering individuals and our teams for the BSIA Security Personnel Awards, we are demonstrating just how much our clients and VSG value their commitment and initiative. For those who won regional awards and the eight VSG team members who won the national awards, this was the ultimate recognition of how valuable their contribution is, not just for our clients, but to the security sector in general.”
“At VSG we feel very proud of their achievements,” he continued. “The awards process has been an opportunity to reflect on how we can share their stories and continually raise standards across our business.”
Alongside the accolade, the winners and their employers also receive positive publicity in local and regional media, as well as comprehensive coverage in the security trade press.
“As a company who values its staff, we were delighted that several of our employees were singled out and commended for their work in the BSIA Security Personnel Awards 2016,” said Gary Shuttleworth, Head of Guarding and Keyholding at Kings Security Systems Ltd. “It is an honour to be acknowledged in the prestigious BSIA awards, for the commendable and limitless contributions that our security personnel make to the industry – and the wider community – each and every day.”