21 June 2023
The ACG Awards for Excellence 2023 winners were recently announced at the CTSI's Annual Conference on Wednesday, June 21, where attendees celebrated the officers and departments that had gone above and beyond in enforcement against criminal counterfeiting measures and the transnational networks involved in this increasingly dangerous form of organised crime.
The Dave Hankinson Award for Individuals was presented to Dennis Chalmers and Darren Hughen from Rochdale Trading Standards, with Lesley Jenkins from Walsall Trading Standards receiving a Highly Commended Individual award. Rochdale Trading Standards also received a Special Commendation Award, while London Trading Standards and Scotland Trading Standards received Highly Commended Department awards.
Other Enforcement Awards were also presented, with June Rogers from the Dublin Mail Centre receiving a Special Commendation Award, and Robert Kennard from the IPO receiving a Highly Commended Individual award. Greater Manchester Police and East Midlands Border Force received Special Commendation and Highly Commended Departmental awards, respectively.
Phil Lewis Director General of the ACG says, “The recipients have provided excellence in combating counterfeiting, which is a crime that threatens businesses, and consumers. It destroys jobs and deprives our economy of much needed revenue for vital public services. ACG awards are made to thank individuals and departments that have gone above and beyond in their efforts to protect our prized businesses, our communities and our economy from the increasing dangers that organised criminal networks bring to the UK. The winners of the 2023 ACG Awards for Excellence are a testament to the power of collaboration and dedication in the fight against this ever-growing problem.”
ACG represents more than 3,000 brands affected by this influx of fakes into the UK and delivers an international network of information, advice and contacts on all aspects of IP protection. Working with Government and law enforcement agencies since 1980, ACG is focused on providing an effective and sustained response to counterfeiting.
Membership with the ACG is the best way to work with government and enforcement bodies to protect your brand. Our Roadshows and training days help you reach out to police, trading standards and border force officers and tell them about your genuine products.