No fewer than 10 SSAIB firms have been shortlisted for the 2021 Security and Fire Excellence Awards, which recognises the outstanding achievements throughout the industry over the last 12 months.
The awards ceremony – ran in partnership with IFSEC International and FIREX International, of which SSAIB is the Official Installer Partner for both events – takes place on Tuesday November 23 at The London Hilton on Park Lane. And there will be a host of opportunities for SSAIB-certified firms to celebrate their success on the night, with the ten companies gaining an impressive 23 nominations in total – across 13 awards – between them.
Following the announcement, SSAIB Chief Executive Alex Carmichael was quick to point out that this success should be celebrated even more than usual, due to what has been a unique 12 months for everyone.
Carmichael revealed, “It gives me great pleasure to see so many SSAIB firms shortlisted for the 2021 Security and Fire Excellence Awards. Awards such like this are imperative for acknowledging those that have gone above and beyond, but after what has gone on this last year, it’s even more of an achievement for those that have been shortlisted.
“The pandemic only helped to prove what we already knew about the security and fire industries being key workers, so that only goes to show how exceptional those that have made the shortlist for this year’s awards are.
“The ten SSAIB firms that have made the shortlist should be immensely proud of their achievements and, on behalf of everyone at SSAIB, I wish them all the best of luck for their respective categories on the night.”
National organisation SecuriGroup have the most nominations of any SSAIB-certified firm, after being shortlisted in four categories; ACS Champion of the Year, Company Lockdown Hero of the Year, Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year – with Carbon Net-Zero – and Security Guarding Company of the Year Over £25m Turnover.
A trio of firms – Envision Intelligent Solutions, Reliance High-Tech Limited and VPS UK – are just behind them, with three nominations each.
Envision will go head-to head to with SecuriGroup in the Company Lockdown of the Year category, while the Northern Irish-based firm also appear in the shortlist for Security or Fire Solution Innovation of the Year – with Envision Gateway – and their link-up with North Time and Data 1 is recognised as part of the Security Partnering Initiative of the Year line-up.
Reliance and VPS are also competing together in the brand new Champion of Champions award – set up to highlight the achievements of all previous company category awards winners since the inaugural event 21 years ago, to be judged as the best of the best as the Champion of Champions.
Berkshire-based Reliance also contest the Security Installer of the Year Over £5m Turnover and Security Project of the Year (with Natural History Museum) categories. Meanwhile, VPS have been further shortlisted for the Security and or Fire Solution Innovation of the Year – with Smart Security and Safety Zones to Protect People and Assets in Roadwork Construction – and their Tackling Health and Safety During a Crisis Year idea is recognised within the Security Training Initiative of the Year category.
FGS Security will be hoping to pip their SSAIB counterparts and bring the Champion of Champions award back to Lancashire, as it makes up one of their two nominations alongside their New West End Company Street Patrol Team being considered for Outsourced Security Individual or Team of the Year.
ICTS UK and Ireland and NMCN join FGS with two nominations, with ICTS hoping for success in the ACS Champion of the Year and Security Guarding Company of the Year Over £25m Turnover categories. Meanwhile, Nottinghamshire-based NMCN will be looking to be named Security Installer of the Year Over £5m Turnover or hope their Met Office Security Upgrade initiative is recognised as Security Project of the Year.
Further nominations for Blackstone Consultancy (Consultancy of the Year), Dardan Security (ACS Champion of the Year) and Land Sheriffs (Security Guarding Company of the Year Under £25m Turnover) help round out the 23 nominations achieved by the ten SSAIB-certified firms shortlisted.
For more information on the Security and Fire Excellence Awards, please visit https://www.securityandfireawards.com/.
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Rebecca Morpeth Spayne,
Editor, Security Portfolio
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