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Published: July 5, 2016

Pilgrims staff were honoured with a special ceremony held in the residence of the High Commissioner in Abuja, Nigeria, recently. The event was held to acknowledge the company’s achievement working with the British High Commission there following the International Achievement Award win at the 2015 Security & Fire Excellence Awards.

The Award, which recognises quality in the international context, highlighted the company’s work for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) High Commission in Nigeria, a country which presents considerable security challenges, with areas of high crime and political unrest.

The special event was hosted by Deputy High Commissioner, Simon Shercliff, and attended by the High Commission’s Regional Overseas Security Manager, John Berry, as well as Pilgrims Chief Operating Officer, David Freear.

David Freear commented: “Performance was the key thing talked about. The High Commission commented that we had listened to their problems and delivered bespoke solutions for them that had made a real difference as well as proving to be real value for money. They also wanted to thank the fantastic effort of the local guards who we worked hard to train and guide. It was a proud moment for us and for the guards. The Deputy High Commissioner told us Pilgrims had shown them what they were capable of and that they are now the professional guard force that they had the potential to be.”

In 2014-15, Pilgrims doubled its workforce in Nigeria with a multi-million, five-year, Foreign & Commonwealth Office guarding contract. The contract covers five locations countrywide, including the High Commission in Abuja, Deputy High Commission in Lagos and numerous residences and hotspots.