The fifth annual Securitas Community Awards were presented at the Tortworth Court Hotel in Gloucestershire on Thursday 19 June.
The awards are designed to recognise the outstanding work by Securitas employees during the last 12 months. A number of reward schemes, based on performance and contribution to the community, culminate in the annual awards ceremony.
Winners were announced in nine categories and finalists and invited guests enjoyed listening to stories of impressive acts of innovation, bravery and community initiatives.
The 2014 winners are as follows:
Securitas Community Award: Michael Seggie
Securitas Community Award for Core Values: Karl McLean
Securitas Community Award for Integrity: Christopher Durham
Securitas Community Award for Vigilance: Saif Ul Haq
Securitas Community Award for Helpfulness: Andrew Longbottom
Securitas Community Team Award: Emergency Fire Crew Capability
Securitas Community Award for Innovation: Pete Lidbetter
Securitas Community Award for Leadership: Peter Langley
Securitas Community Award for the Most Outstanding Act: Trevor Thompson
Commenting on the evening, Securitas’ Chief Operating Officer Shaun Kennedy said: “Tonight is an excellent chance for us to reward and recognise the acts of our people working across the whole of the UK. The company has 16,000 officers. Those here tonight are the ‘Best of the Best’, and every one of them should be extremely proud of their achievements.”
Securitas Good Customer Award 2014
In addition, Marks & Spencer was announced as the winner of the 2014 Securitas Good Customer Award.
Part of the company’s annual Community Awards event, this category is designed to reward those customers who have contributed greatly to an improvement in the standards and perception of the security industry as a whole.
The Judging Panel was chaired by Brian Sims Hon FSyI, Editor of Risk UK, and included Aaron Grant (Head of Security at Aviva UK) who presented the award.
The Judges examined finalists’ procurement strategies, how they work with their security suppliers and how quality of security provision has improved as a result.
Marks & Spencer was judged to have done the most to improve the procurement and effective development of its security services.
Brian Riis Nielsen – Securitas’s Country President and UK Managing Director – said: “It’s very clear Marks & Spencer understands the importance of security to the business. The company understands that, without the significant investment of time, expertise and money in its security provision, the business would be at considerable risk.”
Clint Reid (Head of Corporate Security at Marks & Spencer who received the award) commented: “It really is an honour to win this award. It reinforces our long-standing partnership with Securitas, which is built on a strong foundation of trust.”
Reid went on to state: “We work with Securitas to ensure our training package and development programme pushes the boundaries of delivery. We have worked together to realign its structure to the needs of the customer and to add substantial value to our loss prevention/corporate security delivery.”
Reid continued: “I’m proud to say that, in Securitas, we have a security partner who understands not only what our customers want, but one that’s also able to collaborate on projects and ways of working which deliver significant benefits to M&S.”
Brian Riis Nielsen also stated: “Marks & Spencer’s security strap line is ‘Protecting our People, Property, Profit and Brand’. Without doubt, the company is committed to delivering security excellence. I’m pleased to say that, in partnership with Securitas, Marks & Spencer has undertaken an exciting journey on the way to delivering a revolutionary and industry-leading approach to a total security solution.”
Raising money for excellent charities
The 2014 Community Awards event raised £2,000 for this year’s dedicated charities, namely Help for Heroes and St Teresa’s Hospice.
“Securitas holds a lot of award ceremonies across the 52 countries in which it operates,” explained Brian Riis Nielsen. “However, the UK Community Awards is the only one that brings together our customers, partners and suppliers in the same room to celebrate the achievements of our people. To me, that is unique and something about which we can all be very proud indeed.”
In conclusion, Securitas’ UK leader said: “Our officers often comment that they are just ‘doing what they do’, but they should all go home tonight with their heads held high. I hope they will encourage their fellow officers to believe that it could be their turn next year!”