Albion Valves (UK) joins the exemplary list of HVR Awards winners

Albion Valves (UK) took home a highly coveted HVR Award at this year’s ceremony, with Paul Wightman clinching the top spot in the Customer Service Person of the Year category.

Last night, the very best within the heating and ventilating industry gathered to celebrate the successes of the past twelve months at the eighth annual HVR Awards, held at London’s Chelsea Harbour Hotel.

Organised by Datateam Business Media, the HVR Awards is a celebration of innovation and excellence, recognising the companies and individuals whose contributions to this often hidden but vital industry, are second to none.

Upon arrival those in attendance took advantage of the opportunity to catch up with old friends, peers, colleagues, existing and potential clients at the exclusive drinks reception, before heading into the main hall where they were greeted by the evening’s compere, critically-acclaimed comedian Sean Collins.

After dinner, Tim Hopkinson of lead sponsor Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) took to the stage to speak about the importance of the event during the current period of political uncertainty. He said: “It is a reflection of this industry’s resilience that we are able to come together every year to celebrate success and showcase what makes us special – as such, we should be thankful to HVR for continuing to deliver these prestigious awards.”

Hopkinson continued, “While the political situation remains uncertain and the economy volatile, it is essential that we remain resolute and that our sector continues to build for the future.”

After additional speeches from SkillFRIDGE competition manager Mark Forsyth and director of Toshiba Air Conditioning, David Dunn, on the importance of training young apprentices, editor of HVR Magazine Heather Ramsden took to the stage to kick off proceedings, stating: “This industry never lacks in imagination. Instead it always amazes me how much we can do to find new ways to progress and innovate.”

After all of the accolades were presented, all in attendance came together to partake in the evening’s charity fundraiser raising a generous sum for the Samaritans, chosen for its involvement in the campaign to tackle mental health issues in the building engineering sector.

The HVR Awards were sponsored by BESA, ACR News, Albion Valves, Altecnic, Brymec, Conex Bänninger, Stokvis Energy Systems, The HVAC & Refrigeration Show, Heating & Ventilating Review, Toshiba, ICOM Energy Association, Fujitsu Air Conditioning, Marflow Hydronics, Smith Brothers Stores and Wilo.

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