The Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) Director General, Phil Lewis, has announced the winners of the 2022 ACG Awards for Excellence in Anti-Counterfeiting Enforcement at the CTSI Conference in Bristol.
Winners were given their awards at a physical ceremony sponsored by WRi, Snapdragon Monitoring Ltd and Treasury Wines.
The Dave Hankinson Memorial Award for Individual Excellence in Anti-Counterfeiting Enforcement was awarded to Marsha Bell from Salford Trading Standards, while the Trading Standards Department award was also awarded to Salford Trading Standards.
The Special Commendation Award for Excellence in Anti-Counterfeiting Enforcement for individual achievement were presented to Tony Cregan at the Police in Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) Northwest branch. The Special Commendation Award for departmental achievement went to Border Force International Trade Examinations Team at Tilbury.
Four ACG Special Awards went to: Trading Standards Scotland with special mention to Belinda Norton for their work in Operation Haugh; Intellectual Property Office (IPO) Intelligence Hub; Government Agency Intelligence Network (GAIN); and CENTSA Regional Investigations Team with special mention to Mohammed Tariq.
Lewis said: “The honours were made to Trading Standards, Border Force, and Police, who have provided an outstanding response to the growing global threat to business and consumers, from an escalating fake market, which includes medicines, toys, electrical goods and foodstuffs, and is now worth $464bn worldwide.
The OECD has calculated that the UK market for fake goods is worth £16bn and is roughly equivalent to the national drugs market, according to Dame Carol Black’s independent review in 2020. Moreover, the organised transnational gangs involved are draining the UK economy of essential revenue, which could be used for vital public services, but instead, it is falling into criminal hands and is driving insidious crimes including the trade of people, drugs and weapons.
The Annual ACG awards recognise the response made by our precious enforcement services, which are combating the growing threats from counterfeiting on a day-to-day basis, despite competing priorities and constrained resources.”
Highly Commended awards were given to Mohammed Tariq of Ealing Trading Standards and for the enforcement team at Ealing Trading Standards.
Additionally, Special Highly Commended awards were announced for Geoffrey Oulton at Gatwick Airport Border Force ad the team at Milton Keynes Border Force.
Natalie Ryan, ACG Events Manager said, “It was important for the ACG to organise a ceremony and drinks reception for the winners after all their hard work over the past year. Their dedication to protecting IP rights does not go unnoticed and this is a way for the ACG on behalf of their members and enforcement colleagues to say thank you”.