Tina Gibbons, Lead Officer for Trading Standards at the Royal Borough of Greenwich, has been recognised for her contribution to the fight against counterfeit goods with an Achievement Award for Excellence in Anti-Counterfeiting Enforcement from the Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG).
The accolade was announced last year, and earlier this month (February 4) ACG’s Intelligence Coordinator Graham Mogg visited Greenwich Council’s office to present the award in person, in front of Gibbons’ Colleagues and peers.
“I was extremely pleased and surprised to receive the award,” Gibbons said. “I feel it represents the anti-counterfeiting work carried out not only by myself but other members of the team at the Royal Borough of Greenwich.
“Greenwich has recorded several successful actions against local traders selling a variety of unsafe counterfeit products, but this has only been possible with the joint support of the ACG and Police. It shows what results can be achieved by partnership working in a small team.
“Whilst many in society view the sale of counterfeit goods as a low-level crime, in reality it undermines legitimate business, robs the UK economy of much-needed revenue and places consumers at risk from often unsafe counterfeit goods.”
Mogg commented: “To tackle this illicit trade ACG and our members work in collaboration and partnership with trading standards teams across the UK and so it’s an honour to acknowledge the outstanding work of Tina Gibbons from Royal Borough of Greenwich Trading Standards.
“These Special ACG awards for excellence in anti-counterfeiting are given to individuals and teams who have provided exemplary service to their local communities in order to protect legitimate businesses and consumers from counterfeit goods. Tina is an outstanding officer and fully deserves this recognition.”