Testimonials 2024

Security & Fire Excellence Awards

“The Axis Communications team had a fantastic time at Security & Fire Excellence Awards. The venue's layout was a real winner, making it easy to connect with everyone in the room. The food and service were exquisite. The music between awards was an exciting change from the norm, creating an energetic atmosphere among attendees. The band and host Rob Beckett were fantastic; everyone had an evening full of laughter and fun. 

What stood out the most was the noticeable presence of women, both among the attendees and award recipients. It was great to see diversity being recognised in the industry. Axis Communications appreciates Security & Fire Excellence Awards for not only celebrating excellence but also for promoting inclusivity. Overall, it was a memorable and enjoyable night for our team'
Shirley Phillips-Knight, Sales Manager – UK & Ireland, Axis Communications

'The overall quality of Security & Fire Excellence Awards was exceptional, surpassing our expectations. The meticulous organisation, choice of venue, staging, and entertainment were top-notch. The venue provided an elegant backdrop, the staging was seamless, and the entertainment was incredible’
Simon Legrand, CMO, Sunstone Systems

‘… the analogy I used for us on the night, given that both owners of Kingdom were present and saw us win the award, was similar to John W Henry attending the Champions league final and seeing Liverpool beat Spurs …  such a great evening’
Andy Ellis, Head of Sales, Kingdom Security

‘The quality of Security & Fire Excellence Awards was exceptional. From the seamless organization to the stunning venue at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House, every aspect was meticulously planned. The staging and entertainment provided an atmosphere of sophistication and excitement, making the evening not just an award ceremony, but a true celebration of excellence in the security and fire sectors’
Farah Benis, Managing Director FFA Security Group and Director, ASIS UK

‘The event was flawlessly organised, from the choice of venue to the staging and entertainment. The quality of the evening reflected the industry's commitment to excellence. The atmosphere was vibrant, and the networking opportunities were invaluable. I was grateful to have been part of such a well-executed event that celebrated the best in security and fire solutions’
Nigel Brown, Head of BBC Corporate Security

‘A monumental event’
Gerry Dunphy, Event Director- Security & Fire, Informa

‘I wanted to say a big thanks for a wonderful event last night. The venue was amazing, the food was very tasty and hot! The hospitality and entertainment first class, Rob Beckett was a huge hit too. Thanks for everything and look forward to doing it all again next year!’
Letitia Emeana, Chapter Chair & Board Director, ASIS UK

‘The organisation was superb. The fact that the drinks reception was above the seating area really showed the gravitas of the whole spectacular evening.  The atmosphere was one of positivity and excitement. The whole event was very well organised'
Michelle Agius, Managing Director, Eurotech Fire Systems

‘A wonderful event and a fantastic way to end the year’
Frances Edwards, Head of Marketing & Internal Sales, UK, Securitas Technology

'We were impressed by every part of Security & Fire Excellence Awards. The atmosphere in the venue was electrifying, with a sense of camaraderie and community, with meaningful opportunities to network and engage with contacts from across the industry. The event was well-organised, from the drinks reception and dinner to the announcement of the prize winners. The staging and entertainment were well-executed and entertaining, making for an unforgettable night for all attendees. We are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of such an important and influential event in the security industry'  
David Ruthven, Public Services Sales Director, North

‘Security & Fire Excellence Awards is the pinnacle awards programme for our sector, very well organised with a great mix of celebration and recognition as to what we in the security industry contribute to the wider community’
Mark Dobson, Chief Executive Officer, Wilson James

‘Security & Fire Excellence Awards is a cross industry platform that informs and celebrates that which is best, shining a light on innovation, highlighting the workforce of tomorrow through the apprenticeship awards, giving the security and fire sectors the opportunity to demonstrate its broad setting of people and technology’
Yasmeen Stratton, Director, SSR Personnel

‘Security & Fire Excellence Awards was an absolutely fantastic occasion and an exceptional night. The venue and overall presentation was extremely impressive with the food and entertainment complementing this.  We all had a wonderful evening and enjoyed the whole occasion.

I was absolutely stunned when my name was announced as the winner of the Outsourced or Contract Security Manager of the Year, I was overwhelmed and extremely proud to win this award. Being  a Finalist was a huge privilege but to win the award was an amazing honour. For my team to then also win the Outsourced or Contract Team of the Year made the night even more special and I was overjoyed that all of our hard work has been recognised by winning these prestigious awards’
Alex Philiotis, Stadium and Events Director, First Response Group

Previous Testimonials 

Thanks for a brilliant event as always. Really great to see so many friends and colleagues in the same place. One issue though for next year … how are you going to top Sir Geoff Hurst singing Sweet Caroline? The Queen beat boxing? Sir David Attenborough dressed as a dinosaur? I wait in anticipation.’
Mike Hurst, Director, HJA Consult

‘I would like to convey my sincere gratitude and thanks to the Security & Fire Excellence Awards team for organizing a wonderful awards ceremony. We must say, we've been very impressed by every aspect of the event. The atmosphere of the event was warm and fascinating. The venue, welcome reception, music, lighting, food and beverages, awards presentation, and the live band were all amazing. We were so happy and honoured to meet the famous Sir Geoff Hurst at the event and this made the event so very special to me.’
Abdullah Alshehri, Duty Manager, Security Operations, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Department: Government Affairs and Security

‘Security & Fire Excellence Awards was professionally organised and formatted well. The awards were at a great pace, and our whole table was entertained. The venue was wonderful and the food enjoyable, we enjoyed the evening thoroughly. Having Sir Geoff Hurst as a special guest was the cherry on the top!’
Kaylee Wright, Business Manager, Silverseal

‘This was the first time we either entered Security & Fire Awards or attended the event and we were very impressed, it was a fantastic evening. The venue and organisation were perfect – made even better when we were lucky enough to win an award. We will certainly be back in 2022!’
Jen Vickers, Document Engineer, Crown House Technologies

‘Marvellous. That’s all I can say. Let’s do it all again next year.’
Gerry Dunphy, Event Director, Fire & Security, Informa

‘Champion of Champions’ presented by Sir Geoff Hurst was the perfect conclusion to a fabulous event. Well done to all concerned.’
Deborah Ward-Johnstone, Group Event Director – Europe, Revolution Events

'On behalf of the Security Institute and its members that attended our table at the Security Excellence Awards, I wanted to thank you for the extraordinary effort that realised an outstanding evening. The food was stunning, the entertainment was first class and the atmosphere second to none. Considering the volume of guests, I thought the Hotel staff delivered an amazing service. I am glad that those that won awards were so deserving. The large number of awards only demonstrates the vast diversity of security roles in our industry. I wouldn't want to see less because all are important. Congratulations to all the winners and to you all for showcasing them so well.'
Rick Mounfield CSyP FSyI , Chief Executive, Security Institute

'Yet again another year of seeing the Security Excellence Awards delivering a 'show piece' sell out celebration to the industry. This event just seems to go from 'strength to strength' with some of our very best security professionals picking up awards for their amazing contribution over the last year. I have to say that the awards for our 'young talent' coming through is, without doubt most welcoming.'
Dr Peter Speight, MD, Future Risk Management

'My team were overwhelmed to win. There is sometimes little recognition as they work really hard behind the scenes to keep our guests and colleagues safe so to be recognised publicly was a fantastic feeling for them. Winning the Award has raised our profile within our own organisation and has motivated the team to strive to improve even more ... The night was well organised and the food was very good quality. The rock karaoke was a highlight and went down well with the team (especially as I got up on stage!)'
Tim Molden, Director of Security, The Savoy

"Another awesome evening at the Security Excellence Awards, they just get better each year. It was a great event and the submissions were of an even higher standard this year.'
Graham Bassett, Vice Chairman, ASIS UK

'I felt privileged to attend such an important event in the security & fire calendar.  It was a fabulous night, held in the grand setting of The Hilton, Park Lane and my congratulations to the organisers for their tremendous achievements in delivering yet another superb event.'
Ros Wigmore, Manager, ISCE

'Yet again Security & Fire Excellence Awards delivers an occasion to celebrate the achievements across a diverse sector. The awards celebrated achievements of people and technology for which we are all proud to be part of. The organisation of this event just gets better each year. As a shop window, companies or individuals can do no better than being shortlisted at the S&FEA.
Peter J French, Chief Executive, SSR Personnel

'A fantastic evening at the Hilton on Park Lane for the Security and Fire Excellence Awards. A brilliant event by you and team, really impressive with the attention to detail, flawless from the delegates perceptive'
Stephen Ackroyd, Senior Lecturer in Aviation Security, Bucks New University

'Thanks for putting together a great evening. It was very good indeed!'
Bernard Lockett, Director, VIDEF Security Consulting

'Security & Fire Excellence Awards was outstanding and are absolutely the premier security awards event of the year. As a judge of many years, the standard of the nominations and the winners continue to reflect what's best in the UK's resilience sector. This key annual event is the best showcase for the best talent in the industry.'
Brett Lovegrove, Director and Co-Founder, TriTectus

'Security & Fire Excellence Awards was one of the best, the host was great and getting people involved via Karaoke following the awards was a great idea.'
Catriona Bunting-Biss, Head of Marketing, Wilson James Limited

'Security & Fire Excellence Awards was an evening recognising the best people in our industry who strive each day and night to make our world a safer place. The event was well run, entertaining and most of all celebrated success in style.'
Jane Farrell, Chairman, IPSA

'Good to see you on Wednesday and another great event, many thanks! We're getting loads of great feedback.'
Gerry Dunphy, Exhibition Director, IFSEC & FIREX International

'Thank you for an amazing Security & Fire Excellence Awards!'
Jay Demetrious, Group Marketing Manager, Axis Group Integrated Services

'A great night recognising achievements across the security and fire sector. Well done to everyone behind this event. I thought the  Awards was one of the best.  The host did a really good job of getting through the winners quickly and the Karaoke worked well.'
Mike Hurst CPP, ASIS International, Vice Chairman UK Chapter

'A great evening - best ever.'
Miles Clayton, Managing Director, Agility PR

'Security & Fire Excellence Awards is one of the highlights of our year. It is a superb event for all in the Security world and a great way to celebrate our shared successes with our colleagues, clients and partners.'
Ashley Bancroft, Managing Director, ICTS UK & Ireland

'Security & Fire Excellence Awards evening is by far the most anticipated date in our calendar. We always love it – the Park Lane venue, the staging, the way it all runs so smoothly on the night – everything comes together to make it a really great networking opportunity and celebration. The host was an inspired choice for host this year too, very engaging with just the right balance of industry topics and humour.

Winning the award was a very special moment for all of us. When we were announced as the 'Security Project of the Year' the whole team was thrilled. It felt as if all our hard work was being recognized by the industry, our peers and everyone we respect. Well done yet again to the organisers.'
Darren Chalmers-Stevens, Director of EMEA & APAC, CriticalArc

Winning the award for the Holistic security system was certainly the highlight of our evening ... We are positive that this award is going to reflect positively on the business, and help us further promote our cyber security offering going forward. Businesses really trust the opinions of industry leaders such as IFSEC, and it is this trust that is essential when installing security projects. It shows that the products really do sell themselves, something which is a great motivation for the team.

There was a great atmosphere at the awards. The host did a good job of gaining the crowds attention, and we felt the whole evening ran very smoothly without much waiting around. We enjoyed the food and the evening entertainment, and generally were all very impressed with the experience and mingling with others within the industry.'
Karen Sangha, Field Marketing Manager, Panasonic Business Security

'We at Universal all agree that this year's event was a huge success, as always starting from the organisation of the event itself. This year's host professional handling of the presentations, helped to make the evening such a triumph. The entertainment was thoroughly enjoyed by all our team and by the clients that we brought along, which overall resulted in an entertaining evening. We would like to thank all the organisers for hosting such a successful evening once again, and we look forward to being welcomed back next year.'
Jimmy Crouch, Director, Universal Security Systems



‘It was another smashing evening and I very much enjoyed the evening especially with the seating plan you put together.  Where did the hours go?  The evening was pure magic including the quite outstanding tricks played just before the awards began and was inclusive to all diners taking a part in; a theme for the evening being inclusive to all.  The bar of becoming finalists has been lifted yet again, which was so evident during the judging process and commented on by my fellow judges.  Finalists should have felt very worthy to have reached those positions capped only by those ultimate winners of the various categories.  You could feel the palpable good feel factor throughout the evening from winners to and including the finalists.  What an evening and I look forward to how bar the will go in 2018.’
Gerald Moor, Chief Executive Officer, The Inkerman Group 

‘The award night was a great success. The quality of the evening, the animation and the food, is a perfect representation of the dynamism and efficiency of the UK security and fire Industry. Great industry, great people, great atmosphere.

As a foreigner, but yet based in the UK, it was a privilege to judge and attend the 2017 edition. I am looking forward to the 2018 one.’
Cedrick Morigg, Head of group security and business resilience, Rio Tinto

‘The Security & Fire Excellence Awards was an outstanding evening.  The event was extremely well organised and the excitement and expectation in the room was contagious.  The standards of entries were very high and the winners well deserved.’
Caroline Bashford, Director of Training, THESMA

‘ I am able to give accolades to a  number of elements of the evening. I never cease to be amazed at the quality of the food that is produced at this event. Given numbers of circa 950 diners who are all served within several minutes of each other, with an innovative menu of piping hot and superbly cooked food of super quality, I can’t fault the meal or its service in any way. The attentiveness and subsequent responsiveness of the staff at each table station was another plus point for me. … congratulations on the organisation and all of the background efforts’
Nigel J Carpenter FSyI RISC, Principal Consultant, Nigel Carpenter Associates Ltd

‘The Security Industry in general is pretty poor at celebrating its successes so it is vital that awards ceremonies are supported. The Security Institute attended and hosted a table of our  members to a fantastic night of fine dining and entertainment. The Security and Fire Excellence awards is how we should be recognising our high achievers. Companies and individuals alike feel special and valued by the industry. Congratulations to for hosting a fantastic evening!’
Rick Mounfield, Chief Executive, The Security Institute

‘The Security & Fire Excellence Awards showcases companies and people from across the UK. This is a celebration of innovation.  As a judge I have the honour of seeing so many fantastic entries but there can only be one winner per category . The standards are rising year on year  which means that end users are being given more solutions that can help them in maintaining safe and secure environments. The organisers maintain the best quality event from event organisation to food to entertainment . And this year not one person out 1000 could fail to be confounded as to how Ben Hanlin the ITV magician tricked the whole audience’
Peter J French MBE, Certified Protection Professional, Fellow of the Security Institute

‘I felt privileged to be invited to such an important event in the Security & Fire calendar and to present, on behalf of the ISCE, the 'Communication Product of the Year' award.  The entertainment was hilarious and the awards, hosted by the charming Gaby Logan, were seamless in their delivery.  It was fabulous to catch up with so many industry colleagues, in the grand setting of The Hilton, Park Lane and my congratulations to the organisers for their tremendous achievements in delivering yet another superb event.’
Ros Wigmore, Manager, ISCE

’The Security and Fire Awards, allows industry not just to awards those that are worthy but recognition for those that lead in their respective fields.  It is  a fantastic event, allowing for much deserved recognition for all business sizes, for those at that innovate and lead in industry.  One night to recognise those that spend many nights developing and innovating; where others see difficulties, they have the foresight to see a solution’
Stephen Ackroyd MSc CSyP FSyl , Director, Avsec Resilience Ltd

‘The Security and Fire a Excellence Awards are an established feature of the industry and demonstrate the achievements and innovations of the sector: the event also offers a great networking opportunity in a convivial environment.’
Mike Hurst, Vice Chairman – Strategy, ASIS International UK Chapter and Member of The European Advisory Council

‘The Security & Fire Excellence Awards 2017 was an entertaining and enjoyable evening that celebrated the hard work of the security and fire sectors over the last twelve months.’
Dave Sibert, Fire Safety Advisor, Fire Brigades Union

 ‘With the FSA celebrating our 10th birthday in 2017, we were delighted for the FSA Awards to again be hosted at the industry’s leading awards gala – Security and Fire Excellence Awards. The Awards were a fantastic occasion and a great showcase for the fire, security and emergency systems industry.’

Best wishes,
Steve Martin, Head of FSA

 ‘Thanks to you and your team for organising a great night, my clients and colleagues all had a great night and enjoyed themselves.’
Mike Davidson, Head of Fire & Security National Accounts Local Facilities Management, CBRE Global Workplace Solutions 

‘Great decoration, great food, great wine choices, entertainment and hosts.’
Roos van Groenewoud, Nedap Security Management

‘I’d like to congratulate you and your team on organising and delivering a fantastic and well attended event that I thoroughly enjoyed with great networking opportunities which I’m sure will lead to more support for Suzy Lamplugh Trust.'
Francis Mercer, Head of Income Generation, Suzy Lamplugh Trust    


Ensure you enter, sponsor and attend Security & Fire Excellence Awards 2017 - it’s a fantastic, motivational and impressive industry event, a must for everyone involved in the security and fire sectors

Don’t just take my word for it …

‘The Security & Fire Excellence Awards ran like a Swiss watch, with excellent hosting and organisation, Jimmy Carr once again on fantastic form. The venue is perfect for this event, great company on my table, with a superb meal smoothly delivered to each table hot from the kitchen. Plenty of old and new faces, especially the young apprentice awards, well done Simon Banks et al, all round a great night.’
Ian Fowler, Senior Consultant, Mott MacDonald Limited

‘The Security & Fire Excellence Awards was a fantastic recognition of how the industry works together to innovate and find technological and other workplace solutions. This annual event is undoubtedly an unmissable date for your diary and I look forward to next year’s awards.’
Brett Lovegrove, Chief Executive, CSRAN

‘A great event to sponsor and be a part of following the launch of ICTS Consult this Summer. Enjoyed getting up on stage with Jimmy Carr to present an award! Congratulations to all the finalists and winners of the night.’
Scott Paterson, Head of Consultancy, ICTS Consult

‘The standard of the award entries increases every year. The support of IFSEC is critical in providing a platform where entrants can demonstrate their professionalism, innovation and value to a global market. The Security Excellence Awards retains a magic and expectation for all entrants. The winners will experience a unique marketing opportunity where their brand is promoted by the excellent PR of the SEA. Winners are chosen through independent judges who are professionals in their own subjects, who understand the exceptional and can acknowledge that in their judgement.' 
Peter French MBE , Certified Protection Professional and FSyl, CEO, SSR Personnel

‘The Security & Fire Excellence Awards saw the best calibre of entries I have ever seen as a judge, it is becoming increasingly difficult to separate the entries to identify a clear winner and long may this continue, it clearly demonstrates what a privileged era we are in for these two exceptional industries’
David Clark CPP, PCI PSP, Chapter Chairman, ASIS INTERNATIONAL - UK Chapter

‘The Security & Fire Excellence Awards was a great success reflecting the hard work put in by the organisers. The food and drink were high quality as was the entertainment. Jimmy Carr was a most effective presenter getting through the long list of well-deserved awards with admirable dispatch and good humour. As ever it was a place to meet old friends and acquaintances as well as making new ones.’
Patrick Dealtry, Owner/Director, the Lone Working Group

‘Elation, total elation! The SPIE team had confidence in the quality and success of the project, however, hearing our name being called on the night further underlined the excellent work by the SPIE project team, working in true partnership with our supply chain and a progressive, forward thinking client, TCA Ltd … The entire event was well organised and the setting befitted the grand occasion to celebrate the good work in the security and fire industry. Jimmy Carr was an excellent host who managed a full house with great pace and humour – a very enjoyable evening all round!’
Greer Baird, External Communications Coordinator, Marketing & Communications, SPIE

‘The team were delighted to hear our name read out by Jimmy Carr that evening, and incredibly surprised to win an award at our very first attempt. This had been the culmination of a 3 year capability development and partnering initiative that had reaped huge rewards for our large community. We had officers, controllers, Police, our managers and supervisors in attendance that evening – the full range of the team … A fabulous night! Great entertainment, classy and well delivered.’
Mick Jenkins MBE, Head of Security & Emergency Planning, Commercial Services, Brunel University London

‘We had a great evening surrounded by the industry’s best in the Fire and Security industry so when our name was announced as the winner, it was an amazing experience!’
Daniel Romero Cordoba, Product Manager E1 – Firestop and Installation Systems, Region Northern Europe, Hilti (Gt. Britain) Ltd

‘The Croma Vigilant team and our guests were euphoric when our name was announced as the winner of the Training Initiative of the Year award. For the level of effort to be recognised by such a credible organisation is truly wonderful. The win has created a real positive feel within our business, and it topped off an excellent year for us … This award will certainly help us in our quest to grow within this sector … The quality of the event was tremendous; the champagne reception and food were superb with great service; excellent venue to bring our clients to who really enjoyed the whole evening and gave very positive feedback. The entertainment and awards ceremony were excellent with a real lively atmosphere and Jimmy Carr was absolutely brilliant.’
Paul Williamson, Operations Director, Croma Vigilant

‘The Security & Fire Excellence Awards 2016 was an absolutely amazing night for Digital Barriers, and it was an honour to be awarded Counter Terrorism Innovation of the Year! … The night itself went very smoothly, and Jimmy Carr was a hilarious host. Thanks to the event planners for an unforgettable night – see you next year!’
Farah Plange, Director, Digital Barriers

‘Although we were very confident that our application was suitably impressive, at national level the competition is tremendous and so when our name was read out as the winner the initial feeling was total shock. This was soon followed by elation and pride. Winning this award is hugely important for our business and it means everything to our whole team. This award is absolutely perfect as it matches exactly the position we intend to market our business moving forward. It will add significant credibility to our organisation, enable us to open doors and reassure existing and potential clients. Our team are incredibly proud to have been recognised at national level and it has had an immense impact on their motivation. Security & Fire Excellence Awards is a great event, held at a very impressive venue.’
Jessica Koch, Sales & Marketing Co-ordinator, Total Integrated Solutions Ltd

‘We were thrilled to win this leading industry award. We were up against some tough competition but customer care is at the very heart of our business and something we pride ourselves on – being customer focused is one of our company values … Winning this award just proves that what we’re doing is working, and will help keep our team motivated to continue with the excellent service we provide. Jimmy Carr was a fantastic host. We brought both members of our team and valued customers and suppliers and a fantastic night was had by all. The food and entertainment were of excellent quality. We’re looking forward to next year already.’
Simon Stokes, MD, Assured Fire & Security

‘This award recognises the abilities of our teams working in some of the most challenging locations in the world and we’re delighted and proud to accept it. An award like this demonstrates acknowledgement of the quality of what we do and is a great testament to our staff who work so hard for our clients, world-wide.’
David Freear, COO, Pilgrims

‘The Security & Fire Excellence Awards 2016 was an entertaining and enjoyable evening that celebrated the hard work of the security and fire sectors over the last twelve month.’
Dave Sibert, Fire Safety Advisor, Fire Brigades Union


‘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

'CIS Security scooped the Security & Fire Excellence Award for Inspiration in HR and achieved recognition as runner’s up in four other categories, Guarding Company of the Year, ACS Champion of the Year, and Manager of the Year.

CIS’s winning submission was focused around the achievements of the HR team in areas such as streamlining of the SIA licensing process, employee development, and engagement and the “20% by 2020” initiative to encourage more women into the security profession.

Amanda McCloskey, Sales & Marketing Director is full of praise for the CIS Teams – “Well done to the HR department for being so inspirational and thanks to everyone who contributed to making such an impact at the ‘Oscars of the Security World’ this year”.

Security & Fire Excellence Awards 2014

'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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

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