A1 Flues
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A1 Flues wins H&V News Award commendation

A1 Flues has received a Highly Commended in the Building Services Contractor of the Year category at the H&V News Awards.

The awards were held at the Governor House Hotel in London, and we were one of six companies that were shortlisted for the award – which was won by Briggs & Forrester Group.

More than 1,000 people attended the event, including our Director John Hamnett, who said he was delighted that A1 Flues had made the shortlist and was thrilled to bits to have scooped a Highly Commended.

“The H&V News Awards are a big deal for our industry, so to be part of them as a shortlisted company was an honour – especially as there were so many big names from across the different segments of the heating and ventilation industry,” said John.

“It was an honour for the organisers to read out our name when they announced the shortlisted companies, and although we didn’t win the top prize, being the only company to get a Highly Commended award is a big deal for us. 

“The manufacture and installation of flues and chimneys are a niche part of the industry, but it makes us proud that a family-run business from North Nottinghamshire can fly the flag for quality, British-made products.

“It’s another huge feather in the cap for our company and another award to go in our trophy cabinets, which are in the reception area of our factory in Ollerton.”

The judging criteria were tough because we had to demonstrate progress in a number of key areas, such as taking environmental concerns seriously, improving training standards and having a robust quality control policy.

We also had to provide detailed information on our trading performance, highlighting important contracts and how profit has been improved by boosting revenues, controlling costs or partaking in partnering initiatives.

John summed up by saying that anyone who enters these awards has to jump through a series of hoops, such as preparing an award submission and then attending a panel interview in London in front of up to five judges.

“As part of the multi-level entry process, the judges really put A1 Flues under the microscope, and it’s very satisfying that we stood up to such scrutiny.”