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Industry celebrates at 20th H&V News Awards

The industry’s Oscars - the H&V News Awards 2014 - celebrated its 20th anniversary last night at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.

Having celebrated the best of the building services industry every year for the past 20 years, this year also saw the event celebrating its milestone.

The H&V News Awards provides the perfect platform to showcase innovation and excellence, highlighting all that is best about the industry.

This year’s evening of celebration saw a special commemorative video played at various locations around the venue.

British author, journalist and news presenter for the BBC Jeremy Vine, did a magnificent job as the presenter for the evening.

The Twitter Wall lit up the room again this year as attendees posted their tweets and images during the night. You can see the tweets and all the selfies by searching for #HVNAwards.

There was also a rockaoke band on the main stage after the awards had been presented.

Attendees also had the option of remaining to take part and enjoy the performances of industry peers, or networking in a quieter environment within a dedicated bar area.

The awards, universally recognised as the industry’s Oscars, have made a significant step forward, having changed the judging process last year.

There are now more than 60 judges involved, allowing each category to have its own dedicated team.

This has accordingly created the opportunity for finalists to meet the judges in person and present their case to their judging team and demonstrate their enthusiasm, professionalism and commitment.

The judges were also highly appreciative of the chance to ask questions about the entries, to ensure that the most deserving candidates took home the trophies.

Pipe Center and Climate Center managing director Lee Jon Newman, representing the awards’ headline sponsor, says: “As we are all aware, our industry faces many challenges and opportunities. From the drive to more sustainable solutions and cutting energy use, to reducing materials wastage and improving lead times and productivity. The H&V News Awards provide a national stage to recognise and celebrate innovations that help the industry address these vital issues – so that they may be more widely adopted in future.

“If you want to know where our industry is heading, a night at the awards tells you a great deal about what the future will look like. It is an absolutely invaluable insight.”

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