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Winners unveiled as H&V News Awards turns 25

26 awards were handed out to honour a range of technical and business innovations over the last year, as well as accolades for diversity and safety initiatives in the HVAC sector

Diversity initiatives, a campaign to promote better gas safety and a scalable renewable energy heating project set up in a listed mill were among the winners at the 25th H&V News Awards.

A total of 26 prizes were awarded during a special ceremony held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on April 25, 2019 as a means to celebrate a range of innovations, project collaborations and business initiatives intended to address challenges facing the heating sector.

The not for profit Gas Safety Superheroes campaign received the night’s Outstanding Achievement award, which was sponsored by Wolseley.

The organisation’s work to improve end-user and installer understanding of good and bad practice in heating was honoured during the ceremony. Encouraging Gas Safe-registered engineers to show their cards and for the public to ask for proof of compliance in return, as well as pushing the importance of annual servicing of heating appliances are among key campaign focuses undertaken by the Gas Safety Superheroes.

Tim Pollard was revealed to be the recipient of this year’s BESA Gold Award, which seeks to celebrate the work of individuals that have made a significant contribution to the HVAC sector. Mr Pollard was chosen for his advocacy of renewable approaches to heating and building services innovation.

The addition of a new category for Diversity Impact was among key changes for this year’s awards, with Exyte-Hargreaves being honoured for its Girls in Engineering initiative to try and lower barriers to women viewing the HVAC sector as a viable and fulfilling career.

Terri Taylor, marketing co-ordinator at Intergas, was also highly commended by judges in the same category for her work in supporting the development of a range of innovative new services for the company after a serious illness.

Among the night’s other winners, Phil Spong of Woodford Heating and Energy was awarded the Apprentice of the Year (21 and under) prize. Steven Reid of NG Bailey took home the same award in the over 21 category.

A full list of the winners and other commended entrants can be found here.

A more detailed breakdown on the night’s winners and entrants can be found in the upcoming May 2019 edition of H&V News.

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