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Security & Fire Excellence Awards 2015: Testimonials

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‘From the website entry process through to the night itself, this is one of the most professional, likeable, well-organised Awards programmes to enter. In addition, to attend a night with around 800 sector peers, including many if not most of the prime movers and shakers, the dinner is an occasion worth the entry in itself. A quality MC like Jimmy Carr also makes a huge difference. Many thanks to the organisers, not only for a wonderful evening at the Hilton on Park Lane – and the fact that the event helps support two charities is very welcome – but also for the whole shebang from the prompt to enter, through to collecting the trophy at the end.’
Anthony Owen, Managing Director, VPS (UK) Ltd

‘Very well organised with an impressive standard of entries / finalists that recognises the best of the best across all security sectors. There was a great buzz and expectation on the night which was complemented by the first rate hospitality and entertainment’
Graham Bassett, Managing Director, GBRUK Ltd

‘We had another fabulous evening at the Security & Fire Excellence Awards. There was a lot of goodwill in the room, and great to see so many friends. To anyone critical of the sector being fragmented and unprofessional, they should see how together we all celebrated the highest standards and service delivery – very definitely an event we are proud to be associated with. Long may it continue.’
Di Thomas, Development Manager, Security Institute

‘The awards night was the coming together of the great and the good of our industry. Great fun and good networking for all concerned. I look forward to the 2016 event’
Nigel Stanley MSc (Lond.) CEng MIEEE MIET MBCS, Practice Director, Cyber Security

‘The 2015 Security and Fire Excellence Awards provided another excellently organised evening, the number of awards demanded a disciplined approach from our host Jimmy Carr and he delivered that in spades. As well as managing the audience brilliantly Jimmy also pitched his material perfectly to the audiences delight, as he engaged with one or two members of the audience with his dry ascorbic wit. Notwithstanding the usual opportunity to meet up with old a new friends, the other judges & colleagues in the industry, I believe a good night was had by all.’
Ian Fowler, Senior Consultant (Digital Buildings), Mott MacDonald Limited

‘I believe that the Security and Fire Excellence Awards are a brilliant way of showcasing all the excellent work in the security industry. Not just by the bigger companies, but the smaller ones too’
Abbey Petkar, Managing Director, Magenta Security Services Limited

‘A great coming together for the industry. The pace of the evening was just right, with awards winners getting recognition they deserved in a more upbeat tempo than previous years. Usual standard of service at the venue was excellent. A great event.’
Richard Jenkins, Chief Executive, National Security Inspectorate

‘We were absolutely thrilled when Jimmy Carr announced Guardian24 had won the Lone Worker Deployment award, for our work with Macmillan Cancer Support. To receive such a prestigious award from our industry peers is a proud moment for the whole team at Guardian24 and underlines our commitment to offering the very best levels of service for clients who entrust us to protect their at-risk employees. As ever, the Awards night was a highly entertaining and well organised event, representing the cream of the security and fire industry.’
Will Murray, Marketing Director, Guardian24

‘We are all extremely proud that an independent and high calibre jury shares our opinion, especially amongst such a quality field of nominees. This provides us with extra motivation. Winning this prestigious award also gives us an excellent opportunity to raise awareness for a brand new product. The event was superbly organised. A great party atmosphere with a real sense that the main players of the security industry were in town.’
Matthew Insley, Regional Director of Sales for Biometric Terminals, Morpho

‘The Security and Fire Excellence Awards night is a fantastic night at which innovation and other great achievements within the industry are acknowledged. We're really proud to have won such a high accolade, particularly in such talented company and at such a lavish event. We look forward to submitting another entry next year – and maybe we can win it again!’
Paul Singh, CEO, Y3K CCTV, Security & Smart Home Systems and SmartWitness Vehicle CCTV & Safety Systems

‘One of the red letter events of the UK security calendar and 2015 was one of the best. A great opportunity to catch up and with industry friends and colleagues.’
Mike Hurst FIRP MSyI, Managing Director, HJA Fire and Security Recruitment

‘It was quite an education to see the other side of a much larger market than we are normally involved in, with such a diverse range of companies and their specialised products and services. The highlights of the evening were:
Friendly atmosphere at the reception drinks
High quality hot tasty food served with such professionalism and speed
Good "adult" cabaret
Very efficient regime for getting through so many awards quickly … handled well by Jimmy Carr
Great atmosphere for such a large event’
Brian Latham, Director, Electronic Audio Systems Ltd

‘Please accept my compliments for putting up one of the most well organised Awards Night at the Hilton on 25th. I came away with a feeling of immense wellbeing, and the long journey from Delhi just to attend the event was well worth it. Thank you very much in advance, and congratulations on your success once again.’
Pritam Mehta, Editor, India Safe & Malaysia Safe

‘It was a great surprise to win, and one that provoked a round of large grins and back slapping. I was with our partner in development of the winning product and it was nice to have the hard work and innovation recognised independently. I think in my enthusiasm I gave Jimmy a big squeeze and cut short of planting a kiss!! We enjoyed the event very much. It was nice to meet fellow entrants and past winners and network with like-minded individuals. It clearly showed that our Industry is buoyant and the people that were present possessed a great deal of energy and entrepreneurialism needed to push technology and develop people in our fields of expertise.’
Ian Bartle, Managing Director, Nobel Fire Systems Ltd



Security & Fire Excellence Awards 2014: Testimonials

'Being the last award of the night, the room was getting a little boisterous, I listened to the announcement, with that level of nervousness I have felt before at this point.  We were all looking at each other, hoping for a win.  When the winners were being announced I was listening out for Northern Rail, so as the words Stay Safe were said (even though that’s our programme), it didn’t register, and for a split second, I thought we hadn’t done it…this of course all happened so quickly, so as Northern Rail were announced, our table erupted into a frenzy of cheer and applause.  It was simply amazing, I was like a ridiculous Cheshire cat, we were absolutely delighted and honoured to win.

It is a little different for us I feel, as a rail operator, rather than a business selling a commodity.  Our people are our biggest asset, and this award was all about them, ensuring we do our best to keep them safe at work.  This global, multi-industry award, helps us measure ourselves not just in rail, but across a whole range of businesses, and that makes this all the more special.  This win will help us demonstrate to our people how we care, to our industry that we are leaders and for me…it’s another personal success'

Martyn Guiver, Head of Crime Management, Northern Rail


'For me it was a pleasure to attend the fantastic IFSEC's Security & Excellence Awards in 2014 and when Alistair McGowan said our name it was an incredible moment.

We were all excited to have been selected as finalists.  The staff of Parson had looked forward to the evening hoping to be among the winners, and our customers were pleasantly surprised that so young a company was one of the finalists.

The news of the victory spread with great enthusiasm, and we received messages of congratulations from clients, friends and partners.

This victory is an exceptional stimulus for our team and for the development of new projects that will be presented next year, as we work on new ideas that express the way we experience the world around us.'

Alessandro Liani, Video Systems CEO, Parson General Manager


'We were thrilled when our name was announced on the evening. The judges described our work as; ‘This quality winning project reflects excellence in fire engineering, using technology and engineering from first principles and cutting edge research from around the world.’ To see our work recognised by others in the industry made all the effort and hard work worthwhile.

We are very proud to support IFSEC's Security & Fire Excellence Awards and use the winners logo to underline our commitment to the provision of technically demanding services and to excellence in the fire industry. Our experts use this as a positive marketing tool when developing business, both with existing and new customers, and we look forward to continuing a positive relationship in the future.'

Chris Hughes BEng (Hons), CEng, MIFireE, Associate, Fire Engineering (Europe), Exova Warringtonfire


'Our team were thrilled to hear the name of OCS being read out as winners of The Security Partnership Initiative of the Year category, and felt tremendously proud to receive the award on behalf of all our security teams involved with the NEC Group contract. The award is true testament to how closely OCS and the NEC Group work together to create a safe and secure environment for everyone who visits their venues.

This win is a massive boost for all our staff involved in the security operations across the four venues that make up the NEC Group. To receive an external accreditation and acknowledgement of the services we provide is a fantastic endorsement of what we do. The partnership Initiative recognises how close all the stakeholders within the NEC contract work together, to one united aim. The award will help us to be recognised as a supplier of choice for many other businesses, and the employer of choice for many people employed within the security industry.'

Paul Thrupp, Account Director, OCS Group UK Limited


'We felt very apprehensive on the night realising we were up against some very good innovative products in our category. When we heard we had been selected as the winner we felt very excited and over the moon realising the significance of what this award means to our business.

As a Finnish company, this IFSEC's Security & Fire Excellence Awards means a great deal to us.  It gives credibility and recognition to our product within our market sector and comes after much hard work to develop and market this cooker safety product for the UK market. All of us at Innohome feel proud and are pleased the hard work put in to produce a product to increase cooker safety has been worthwhile. We believe this recognition will increase awareness and help Innohome to grow in the years ahead.'

Pertti Haavisto, Managing Director, Innohome


'Myself and my colleagues were delighted when it was announced that we had won an award. As we are a service provider, winning the award represents a lot of hard work from the whole team at Skyguard and I’m sure it will spur on the team to build on this success for the coming year.'

Will Murray, Marketing Director, Skyguard Ltd


Security Excellence Awards 2013: Testimonials

“Brian... I just wanted to congratulate you and the team at UBM for organising and stage-managing such a stellar evening. I'm sure you'll be receiving many more plaudits from others, all of them deserved. I for one thought it was a fantastic event. It was a real pleasure to observe the category winners as they enjoyed their 'Oscar' moments. As an ex-serviceman, can I also thank you for supporting SSAFA as your chosen charity in 2013. I know through personal experience that SSAFA does wonderful work, so that choice of charity partner was very thoughtful of you. All in all, a super effort from you on this”

(Chris Tomlinson BSc Hons MSc CSyP FSyI MCGI, senior consultant, Arup Resilience, Security and Risk)

“Brian... Thank You for a terrific event. The new categories were extremely interesting and effectively reflect the growing scope of security”

(Dr Alison Wakefield FSyI, senior lecturer in risk and security management, Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth)

“Brian... Thank You so very much for my invitation to this year's Security Excellence Awards. I enjoyed a truly lovely evening. You did a really good job. What a fabulous event! Thank You again. Much appreciated”

(Victoria Bailiss, events co-ordinator, The Security Institute)

“Brian... Great to see you at the Security Excellence Awards. I really enjoyed the whole evening. It is quite an occasion”

(Professor Martin Gill, director, Perpetuity Research and Consultancy International)

“Brian... Thank You for a marvellous meal and ceremony at the Security Excellence Awards. It was a fun event and an extremely interesting insight across the wider security industry. I was very impressed by SSAFA's fundraising efforts”

(Rachel Griffin, director, The Suzy Lamplugh Trust) 

“Brian... Just a short note to say Thank You for inviting me to join your table at the Security Excellence Awards. It was a great evening. You must have worked extremely hard to make it all happen. Two key guests of The Security Institute on our table - Lisa Sharkey and Steve Betts - had a great time”

(Andrew Nicholls, head of security and licensing, Mitchells and Butlers) 

Security Excellence Awards 2012: Testimonials

“Brian... Warmest congratulations to you and the UBM Team on yet another fantastic and highly successful Security Excellence Awards event! It was great to see Corps Security pick up a very special HR Award, and to see The Security Institute recognised for establishing the Register of Chartered Security Professionals. I know how much hard work goes into the production of an event on such a scale, so well done again and Thank You for your friendship and tremendous support of the Institute”

(Mike Bluestone MA CSyP FSyI, chairman, The Security Institute and director of security consulting, Corps Security) 

“Brian... Many thanks indeed for all the support that you have provided in relation to the Inspiration in HR Award at the Security Excellence Awards. It was an excellent evening so obviously enjoyed by all who attended and contributed”

(Peter French MBE CPP FSyl, managing director, SSR Personnel)

“Brian... I wanted to let you know how delighted the MITIE Total Security Management business is with the award we received last night for Security Guarding Company of the Year. We are over the moon! Thank You for all your support”

(Bob Forsyth MIoD MSyI, managing director, Total Security Management, MITIE Facilities Management) 
“Brian... Please accept my heartfelt thanks for all your help and support at the Security Excellence Awards. It is because of the support of dedicated and committed people like you that The Security Institute is where it is, and that we were able to develop and launch the Register of Chartered Security Professionals for The Worshipful Company. We are immensely proud of our award. Brian... Quite simply, but totally, Thank You”

(Di Thomas, manager, Register of Chartered Security Professionals)

“Brian... Just to say congratulations on a hugely successful evening. A really, really enjoyable event as always. So nice to see the Engineers of Tomorrow finalists receiving such fabulous recognition and awards for all their hard work."

(Sue Hawkins, senior marketing and PR officer, Skills for Security)

Security Excellence Awards 2011: Testimonials

“Brian... I’m writing to say Thank You for inviting Baroness Ruth Henig and me to attend the Security Excellence Awards, and in particular for affording us the opportunity to present the ACS Champion Award for 2011. Ruth and myself both had a very enjoyable evening, and would like to congratulate you on the smooth running of the event”

(Bill Butler, chief executive, Security Industry Authority)

“A great night. As the main sponsor of the event, the branding exceeded all our expectations. What a phenomenal achievement to provide a balanced combination of professional recognition for the industry with such high quality entertainment”

(Mark Harding, managing director, Showsec)

“Thank You again for your hospitality and support of both the Wilf Knight Award and The Security Institute at the 2011 Security Excellence Awards. As usual, it was a great evening. You did a fantastic job, as did the entire team at UBM”

(Mike Bluestone CSyP, chairman, The Security Institute)

“I wanted to say Thank You for a quite excellent event. Our guests, even those from outside of the security sector, really enjoyed the evening which was very well organised”

(Raymond Clarke, chief executive, Industry Qualifications)

“Congratulations on another hugely successful Security Excellence Awards. These events just get better and better!”

(Russel Kerr, managing director, SecuriGroup)

“Just to say how much everyone from Wilson James enjoyed the 2011 Security Excellence Awards. Thank You again, Brian, for the large part you play in making the event such a success each year!”

(Alison Radford, sales and marketing support manager, Wilson James)

“A great evening! It was a brilliant networking night for us, and everyone certainly seemed to be enjoying themselves!”

(Caroline Kitchin, PR specialist, Norbain)

Security Excellence Awards 2010: Testimonials

“Please allow me to thank you, Brian, and all members of the UBM team that made last night so enjoyable and so professional. I know how much time and effort that takes. The feedback I received was all positive. Can I also say Thank You for the professional management of the Inspiration in HR Award”

(Peter French MBE CPP FSyI, managing director, SSR Personnel)

“Thank You so much for inviting me to attend the Security Excellence Awards, for your kind hospitality and your company. As always, the event was a masterpiece of organisation. It was a great success, and reflective of so much sheer hard work by you and the team. The Security Institute’s Board of Directors and I greatly appreciate your efforts and support for the Wilf Knight Award. Well done!”

(Patricia Knight, The Security Institute)

“Brian... Thank You so much for your hospitality at last night’s Security Excellence Awards. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening at what has become the biggest and best event of the security year. It was great also to see some very close friends win awards”

(Jeff Johnson, director, SSR Personnel)

Security Excellence Awards 2009: Testimonials

“I wanted to write to say Thank You, Brian, for allowing The Bobby Moore Fund to be involved in the 2009 Security Excellence Awards. It was a wonderful event. I was so touched by how hard you and your team worked to ensure the charity had a really high profile on the night. I would like to extend my special thanks to you for donating your much-loved West Ham shirt to be auctioned. This was incredibly generous, and I do hope you were as over the moon with the result of the auction as we all were. In total, the event enabled us to raise £14,000: a fantastic amount which will be spent on bowel cancer research here in the UK”

(Stephanie Moore MBE, The Bobby Moore Fund)

“Brian... Many thanks for inviting me to attend the 2009 Security Excellence Awards. As always it was an excellent evening, and very well hosted by yourself”

(Brett Lovegrove, director, Valentis Bridge)

“Well done on last night’s Security Excellence Awards, Brian. You did a great job in presenting and also in generating finances for the Bobby Moore Fund, which is a great charity. Seriously well done. It was a very impressive event indeed”

(Professor Martin Gill, director, Perpetuity Research and Consultancy International)

“Brian… Thanks for your hospitality last night at the 2009 Security Excellence Awards. It was a very enjoyable evening, and a great credit to your organisation”

(Chris Brogan, managing director, Security International)