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Judging success bodes well for awards

I’d like to apologise to anyone who tried to access the H&V News Retentions Survey two weeks ago through the link published in my column and in our news item of the same issue. This stopped working just after we went to press, which meant we had to set up a replacement.

The survey is for all tier two and tier three contractors to record their experiences with retention clauses in contracts, with the results used to justify further action to get the government to ensure these funds are protected in future.

Last week saw considerable activity surrounding the H&V News Awards, with five days of judging and our first Shortlist Reception network event attended by judges and finalists.

The response to both the judging and the reception has been excellent, I’m very pleased to say.

The change to the judging process was enthusiastically embraced by the judges, who relished the opportunity to interview the shortlisted candidates, while the finalists appreciated the chance to demonstrate their professionalism.

Constructive feedback has also been provided, helping us to improve next year’s process even further.

The response from the industry to the awards has been a delight to behold, with double-digit growth in entries for the third consecutive year.

This bodes well for another night of celebration at the building services industry’s Oscars on 25 April at the Grosvenor House Hotel.

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