The 2021 Security & Fire Excellence Awards had a welcome return to a ‘live’ format, once again back at London Hilton on Park Lane.
Described by Gerry Dunphy, Event Director, Fire & Security for Informa Group as ‘marvellous’, Security & Fire Excellence Awards was a sell-out, with around a 1000 guests gathered to once again network, socialise and party face to face and to recognise and reward the very best individuals and companies in the fire and security sectors.
The Awards continue to be supported by IFSEC International and FIREX International, as well as Headline Sponsors – First Response Group and ISA Support Services, along 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 mind-blowing magic tricks from host, TV’s Ben Hanlin. Following a standing ovation, 1966 World Cup winner Sir Geoff Hurst presented the Company Lockdown Hero of the Year trophy to Corps Security and the Champion of Champions trophy to FGH Security. Sir Geoff Hurst then capped an evening to remember with a unique rendition of ‘Sweet Caroline’ with resident karaoke band, Rockaoke.
Split into Company, People, Vendors and Fire category groups, the 2021 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 night for Security Guarding Company of the Year Over £25M Turnover and ACS Champion of the Year were ICTS UK & Ireland.
The individual categories included the highly competitive Security Manager of the Year, deservedly won by Claire Lowe, University of Glasgow; Jennie Vickers, CEO for New Zealand Defence Industry Association collected the trophy for the inaugural IFSEC Global Influencer of the Year; Bryan Wilkins, Crown House Technologies was Individual Lockdown Hero of the Year.
A member of the judging panel commented “A brilliant event as always. One issue though for next year … how are you going to top Sir Geoff Hurst singing karaoke? The Queen beat boxing? Sir David Attenborough dressed as a dinosaur? I wait in anticipation!”