Corps Security has received a prestigious industry accolade at this year’s British Security Industry Association (BSIA) Security Personnel Awards. The company triumphed in the hotly contested Best Team category, beating off stiff competition to secure one of the industry’s most coveted titles.
The awards ceremony took place on the 13th July at the London Hilton on Park Lane and acknowledged the excellent work that those working in the security industry carry out. Winners were awarded for the brave acts and high quality of customer service that they have demonstrated, illustrating the professional standards that are expected from security operatives.
The winning team from Corps Security comprises 23 officers employed on a contract that provides civilian guarding services to the Royal Marines establishment at Norton Manor in Somerset. Officers are required to be on guard duty at the base gates around the clock and in all weather conditions, remaining totally alert and aware of potential threats at all times.
The team’s motivation, enthusiasm, cooperation, communication skills and ‘star quality’ were all closely scrutinised. The judging panel praised the team’s dedication and professionalism and noted how regardless of the environment and situations faced, the quality of service provided is never compromised.
Corps Security’s chief executive, Peter Webster, said, ‘Norton Manor is actually one of six Royal Marine establishments that we protect in the South West and I am particularly delighted that the BSIA has recognised the achievements of this particular great team. They work on a high profile and sensitive assignment and have had to do things that they have never done before to help the camp cope with increasingly testing circumstances. Their team spirit has allowed them to handle whatever has come their way in an exemplary manner.’
Many of those working for the Corps Security team at Norton Manor are ex-military personnel and therefore feel part of the Royal Marines ‘family’. As such, the team regards any loss to the unit as a loss to themselves.
Recently, the team has had to deal with increased press interest and attendance by well-wishers, as well as returning injured marines and visits from families of the bereaved and injured. Despite these most testing conditions, the team has accepted and enthusiastically embraced the necessary changes to their role and assisted the camp in any way possible.
Major RJ Bulmer, commanding officer for base company at the Norton Manor site, praised the outstanding service provided by the team and commented, ‘Regardless of the time of day, all members of the unit and visitors are greeted and dealt with politely and efficiently. The Corps Security team has been sensitive to the high-pressure situation of the last few months, and has effectively dealt with any additional tasks whilst always ensuring the camp’s security remains at the forefront of their priorities. A first-class overall performance.’