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Awards celebrate industry success

In addition to our usual focus on news, interviews and industry feedback, our latest issue, published on 4 May, has a major focus on the H&V News Awards (see page 19).

Having been told how important the event is to the industry, I was delighted to see that more companies entered this year and attendance on the night also increased significantly from previous years.

The best part of all is seeing the delight on the faces of the winners as they are called to receive their trophy, but there are many more aspects to consider.

Our judging panel, consisting of 24 individuals for this year’s event, provide the essential element of integrity. Each one deserves the thanks of the industry for so generously donating their valuable time and expertise.

Our sponsors are equally important, providing the essential support to enable the event to be a glittering celebration of all that’s best in the industry.

It was gratifying to hear spontaneous applause for both parties on the night.

While the winners receive the trophies, recognition should be given to all entrants.

Each one is derived from the delivery of professional services and shows the company is sufficiently proud of its achievements to share these with the industry at large.

The one element of frustration is that several companies would have received higher marks if more care was taken at entry stage to answer the questions.

Having listened to the advice of our judges, we will issue advisory notes when launching the 2012 event this September.