The 2021 Security & Fire Excellence Awards returned to a ‘reside’ format, at London Hilton on Park Lane.
Described by Gerry Dunphy, pictured, Event Director, Fire & Security for Informa Group as ‘marvellous’, the Awards have been a sell-out, with round 1000 company gathered to community and socialise head to head and to recognise the very best people and firms within the hearth and safety sectors.
The Awards proceed to be supported by IFSEC International and FIREX International, owned by Informa, in addition to the headline sponsors – First Response Group and ISA Support Services, together with Sustainable Partner – Axis Communications, Drinks Reception Host – On-Verve, Entertainment Sponsor – SSGC and Event Sponsors – Bidvest Noonan, HID Global, LMG, Reliance High-Tech, TrackTik and Zitko.
The Awards kicked off with magic tips from the host, TV’s Ben Hanlin. Given a standing ovation, England striker and 1966 World Cup winner Sir Geoff Hurst introduced the Company Lockdown Hero of the Year trophy to Corps Security, and the Champion of Champions trophy to FGH Security. Sir Geoff then capped a night to recollect with a rendition of ‘Sweet Caroline’ with resident karaoke band, Rockaoke.
Split into Company, People, Vendors and Fire class teams, the winners included:
ADI Global Distribution; Axis Communications; Bold Security Group; Eclipse Digital Solutions; Envision Intelligent Solutions; KAUST Government Affairs & Security; Kentec Electronics; Magenta Security; Pilgrims Risk Management Group with their PwC SOC Team; Plumis and MCFP; QCIC; RaySecur; Silverseal Integrated Systems; SmartSec Solutions; The City Security Council; Total Security Protection; Universal Security Systems with London Stock Exchange; Vistech Services and VPS UK.
Double winners on the evening for Security Guarding Company of the Year Over £25m Turnover, and ACS (SIA authorised contractor scheme) Champion of the Year, have been ICTS UK & Ireland.
The particular person classes included the Security Manager of the Year, received by Claire Lowe, of the University of Glasgow. Jennie Vickers, CEO for New Zealand Defence Industry Association collected the trophy for an inaugural IFSEC Global Influencer of the Year; and Bryan Wilkins, of Crown House Technologies was Individual Lockdown Hero of the Year.
A member of the judging panel mentioned afterwards: ‘A superb occasion as at all times. One difficulty although for subsequent 12 months … how are you going to high Sir Geoff Hurst singing karaoke? The Queen beat boxing? Sir David Attenborough dressed as a dinosaur? I wait in anticipation!’
Full checklist of finalists: www.securityandfireawards.com/previous-years/finalists-2021
Full checklist of winners: www.securityandfireawards.com/winners-2021.