Now in their twenty second year, Security & Fire Excellence Awards has highlighted some of the very best people, projects and processes that the security and fire sectors have to offer for the UK. For 2021, the awards have reviewed the categories and made a number of additions and changes to enhance the offering and to make the event even more company, people, team and project focused.
Split into Company People and Vendors, the awards have something for everyone across the different disciplines, you can check out the full 2021 category list now and enter all that are applicable to you, your teams and or your company.
To recognise 21 years of Security & Fire Excellence Awards in all of its many name changes and guises (IFSEC / FIREX Excellence Awards etc.), the awards announced a brand new category: S&FEA Champion of Champions.
This new category will be open to all previous company winners since the inaugural event 21 years ago. So, if you’ve picked up a trophy as a winner in any company category over the previous 21 events, you will be eligible to enter to see if you will be judged to be the best of the best and the Security & Fire Excellence Awards Champion of Champions.
The Security & Fire Excellence Awards, which will take place on Tuesday 23 November 2021 at Hilton on Park Lane in person. Should any restrictions be put in place preventing the awards from being celebrated in person, then the event will be held virtually.
A full risk assessment will be carried out with the venue prior to the event taking place to ensure a safe and controlled environment for you and your teams. All attendees may be required to show proof of a double COVID vaccine jab or a negative COVID test (to be confirmed nearer the event if required)
We have now seen most of the Government restrictions removed and the increased confidence in meeting face to face has led to a surge in live events.
Positive headline news for events, which include:
- The successful vaccination roll out that is in full swing, set to have all over 18’s double jabbed by October (well before our Awards take place)
- The Government Pilot Business Event resulted in zero cases of Covid-19
- Increased confidence from customers to meet face to face again from the summer – 96% of researched customers are comfortable attending a physical event that follows Government guidance
- Whilst the virus is not going away, the vaccine is helping the “new normal” get underway … and normal means meeting up with clients to network, generate sales leads, socialise and to party.
Handy tips for entering
The entry deadline may seem a long way off, but before you know it, it will be time to submit. Start thinking about / planning the content of your entries now. Will you require customer testimonials? Will you need client approval / senior management sign off? Are the performance statistics freely available? All this can take more time than you might think. Plus of course, once you have submitted your entries, then the pressure is off and you can simply sit back and await the results!
They were essential in ensuring you are performing at an elite level, so they know as well as anyone the detail behind what you have achieved and how you achieved it over the last 12 months.
Try to be as specific about your achievements as you can – positive language and forceful adjectives will help, but it is the detail and performance related statistics that will separate you from the pack.
It’s positive customer feedback that drives company success, so use excellent customer feedback to support your entries too.
It’s tempting to write down all of your successes in a few action packed, juicy paragraphs, but you may end up with an unclear entry that does not follow the entry criteria. Try and breakdown each point in the criteria individually – What were you aiming to achieve? What did you do to achieve it? How did you do it? What were your results vs your initial target / plan? Combine the narrative with supporting statistics and testimonials to offer independent / third party endorsement in support of your successes
Our entry process allows you to take charge of the format / design / structure etc. of your entries. Build your entries around the criteria provided, but make the submission as clear, succinct, vibrant, exciting and as appealing as is possible. Read your submissions through carefully and ensure you have included all the information requested. It is one file per entry, so there is no chance of sending additional / supplementary information later should you have forgotten to include it. Ensure that your text reads clearly and easily and adheres to the word count stipulated. And of course, check that there are no spelling mistakes or grammatical errors. If possible, it’s always a good idea to ask a colleague or friend to read through your entries also, as a fresh pair of eyes and a different perspective can often help you to fine tune your submissions
You of course know your company and what you do you do inside out – but this will not always be the case with the judges – ensure you are clear and that you avoid any technical / in-house language, jargon and acronyms
Please be assured that the health and safety of guests will always be number one priority. Security News Desk looks forward to seeing you all there.
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Rebecca Morpeth Spayne,
Editor, Security Portfolio
Tel: +44 (0) 1622 823 922