Unlike other industry awards the Infologue.com Person of the Year Award is an award where we select a person from the industry, who we believe has added value to their organisation and the security guarding industry as a whole. In 2003 we chose David Dickinson of the British Security Industry Association. This year we asked the Editor of Security Management Today, Brian Sims to assist with our selection. This year we have selected a man who has lead a team to develop a significant guarding business with a high people development and quality of service component; Bill Muskin of Northampton based VSG. Bill Muskin has also actively entered the Regulation debate striving to ensure the best for the industry and its customers. SEE APPROVED CONTRACTORS SCHEME – ARE WE PUTTING THE CART BEFORE THE HORSE? ASKS BILL MUSKIN MD VISION SECURITY GROUP. Over the past four and a half years VSG has grown from a start up company to a business turning over £42,000,000 per annum. Along the way the company has received the following accreditations and awards:
- Investors in people in the first year of trading and re-evaluated in 2004.
- NSI Gold Standard in Man Guarding, Vetting and key holding.
- Member of the BSIA.
In 2002 and 2004 VSG collected the award from SITO for the company that demonstrated the ‘most outstanding training practice within the industry’. Also in 2002 the training manager was given the award as the best trainer and receiving the Open Palm Award for best training partnership delivering Conflict Management Training rounded off the year. Also in 2004 at the SMT awards VSG won two awards for the best customer care initiative ‘C2Q’ (commitment to quality) and the best customer partnership with Colin Moore, Head of Security for Exel. At the same awards both in 2003 and 2004 VSG has reached the finals for the best Guarding Company.
Bill, who retired from the Police in 1991, started in the security industry as an operational manager and rose rapidly to a Board level position. In 2003 Bill was invited to Buckingham Palace to meet HRH Queen Elizabeth during an evening to recognise the ‘Pioneers of the Nation’ when Bill was given the accolade of representing individuals who had significantly contributed to business. Bill has also supported local crime initiatives and sat as a board Director on ‘The Northampton Police Coalition against Crime’. He is also an active member of the Company of Security Professionals.