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Readdressing the gender balance in the heating and plumbing sector: what’s being done?

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You’re probably about as likely to come across a female plumber as you are of being able to sit in the pub with your mates for a pint over the next couple of months (wishful thinking). To be exact, fewer than 1 in 100 heating installers are predicted to be women – data from 2019 found that 0.6% of registered gas engineers were female. We’d put money on that figure not having changed much over the past couple of years.

We’ll start by saying that we know that gender is only one aspect of diversity that needs addressing in the sector, and we’re not trying to wash over other elements such as age, ethnicity, neurodiversity and ability. However, being a team of predominantly women (not to forget a couple of brilliant men!) running the Heating Installer Awards, we think it’s a good place to start. So, we did some digging and had a chat to a few people in the industry about how we can start readdressing the balance.

Why is gender diversity such a challenge?

First things first: why the challenge?

There are loads of reasons gender balance is so off in the sector, starting with traditional gender stereotypes and biases still being prominent in society at large – albeit with significant improvements made over the past couple of decades. Popular culture has traditionally, and still does, play a huge part here by conditioning us to believe there’s a ‘norm’ when it comes to the sorts of roles we think we ‘should’ be going into.

In some cases, this can also transfer over into education and the careers advice young people are getting. That’s not to knock schools and colleges, as some of them are doing some brilliant work to change this, but we’re still not quite there when it comes to education professionals pointing enough females down the path of becoming a tradesperson.

Another one to add to this list is the unsocial hours that often come with being on the tools, meaning that it simply isn’t appropriate for some women. That said, being a self-employed installer can mean benefitting from flexible hours in many cases, so those wanting flexibility shouldn’t rule it out.

Who’s working to change things?

Thankfully, there are lots of great groups and organisations working hard to promote opportunities and encourage more females to consider a role in the sector – some of which we’ve covered below.

Community groups

Stopcocks Women Plumbers are doing a great job of making waves here. Their annual Women Installers Together conference is growing each year, with founder Hattie Hasan MBE saying last year: “We’re really delighted the event is growing every year. With the average age of plumbers 57.5, the workforce is going to reduce drastically in a few years. Women are very keen to come into it. This needs to be encouraged by all sectors of the industry by showing them how welcome they are. We sincerely believe that the changes that will attract more women will also attract more men into heating and plumbing; that’s good for everyone.”

We’re also really impressed with Stopcock’s latest initiative – the National Register of Tradeswomen, set to launch in March. The aim of the register is to ensure that people who feel more comfortable using female tradespeople are able to find them easily. We reckon this sort of initiative will help the sector become more appealing to women, by showing that being a tradesperson is a viable career path for those wanting to take it.

The media + social media

Parts of the media are also playing a big part in getting messages around gender balance and diversity out to the masses. For example, trade publications Installer, HPV magazine and PHPI are just some of those putting out good content that openly encourages discussion around the topic.

We also thought it was quickly worth mentioning the part social media now has to play in promoting the stories of a more diverse set of tradespeople. For example, EKRB Developments – or @plasteredsisters as they’re known on Instagram – are a sister-in-law duo that spent their maternity leaves learning how to plaster. They’ve since been spreading the positive message of female trades to over 15,000 followers. We hope that this will be a platform that does more for encouraging diversity in the sector moving forward!

Apprenticeship providers

As we said earlier, education might not be quite where we want it to be when it comes to inclusively promoting trade-focused roles, however, apprenticeships are certainly making roles more recognised and accessible.

On the Tools put out a great video last week as part of National Apprenticeship Week, discussing the viability of apprenticeships in the trade sector. Apprentice bricklayer, Beth, took part in the video to discuss her apprenticeship. One of the things she mentioned was that there isn’t enough support in general for people that want to get into trades, due to a lack of information, so more support is needed here. We hope to see more stories coming from female trade apprentices moving forward, so young women have female role models to look up to and learn from.

Case study: Laura’s story

Our partner Danfoss also invited us to chat to Laura, one of its graduate area sales managers, as part of this piece. While Laura isn’t an installer, she is breaking down boundaries and excelling in a traditionally male-dominated sector. As part of her role, she chats with thousands of installers in Danfoss’ merchants across Scotland, and her experience echoes the stats we shared earlier – Laura reckons that less than 1% of the installers she deals with are females.

That’s not to say she finds the sector unwelcoming – quite the opposite in fact. While she says the sector is viewed as more male dominated, she’s not had any issues and loves her role.  Laura told me that females can sometimes be put off, as it can sometimes feel like a ‘boys’ game’. Yet, she’s always felt really welcomed. She was also quick to comment that a lot the installers she chats to genuinely are keen to have more women in the sector.

When we asked for her advice for other females thinking about entering the sector, she said ‘jump in, be yourself and have confidence; hold your own and don’t feel that you need to change to try and fit in’. We salute that!

Women installers: we need you!

We wanted to end this blog by saying that us writing this is by no means a dig at the males working in the sector – we speak to hundreds of you each year for the awards, and hugely value your contributions to a sector we’re so passionate about! We’re all about getting the conversation going and working together to make the sector accessible to all – regardless of gender, age, race or ability.

Do you have experience working as a female in the sector, or know someone that does? If so, we’d love to hear from you. Drop us a line on Twitter @HIAwards.

HEATING INSTALLER AWARDS NEW DATE ANNOUNCED

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The Heating Installer Awards has announced it has extended its deadline by six weeks, giving installers until 21st March 2021 to get their entries in. The regional winners will now be announced in May, with the national winner and category winners announced a little later than planned at InstallerShow in September, following the postponement of the show due to the pandemic.

The Heating Installer Awards is an annual programme now in its sixth year which recognises installers who go to great lengths to deliver incredible levels of service and the highest quality installations for their customers. For those working in the industry, the past 12 months have been challenging to say the least, so it’s more important than ever to take time to celebrate and champion the heroes of the industry who often go unnoticed.

Supported by leading organisations from across the sector including Armacell, Danfoss, LG, Polypipe and CIHPE, the awards are completely free to enter and give installers the chance to showcase their work to potential customers. There is a prize bundle worth over £10,000 on offer for the finalists, including product and a trip to Denmark for the national winner.

The first round sees the awards recognise nine regional winners, who are chosen anonymously by an expert judging panel made up of industry professionals and installers. These finalists then all have the chance to go on to be crowned the national Heating Installer Awards winner 2021. There are also two special categories to enter:

  • Rising Star– especially for the industry’s budding apprentices – and;
  • Most Sustainable Installer– to recognise those who are doing everything they can to minimise the impact of their work on the environment

The overall winner for the national awards as well as the two categories are decided by a combination of judges’ scores, peer reviewed technical challenges and a public vote, with the results announced live in September at InstallerShow in Birmingham.

To enter for free, plumbers and heating installers should visit www.heatinginstallerawards.co.uk/enter and fill in the short entry form. Or if you prefer, give the awards team a call on 0161 871 1188 and they’d be happy to take your entry over the phone.

To hear more about the Heating Installer Awards and to find out about this year’s exciting developments, follow @HIAwards on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Recognising the very best of sustainability in the heating and plumbing industry

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A couple of years ago, we added a new category to the Heating Installer Awards, which looks to recognise the Most Sustainable Installers in our industry. Sustainability is becoming increasingly important in all of our lives, and not least for those working in the heating and plumbing sector. And, with big targets for Net Zero set by the Government, plus a ban on all gas boilers in new builds by 2023, it’s only going to become more prominent.

So, we’re going to work hard here at the awards to share stories and recognise the work coming from the very best sustainable heating installers in the business. If you reckon you’re one of them, enter our Most Sustainable Installer category for free now!

Of course, we know it’s not all up to the installers; companies that work with them have a big part to play too. We’ve got some brilliant sponsors for the awards this year, all who are playing their part in creating a more sustainable industry. So, we wanted to share some of the best current sustainability initiatives from them below.

Danfoss

Check out Danfoss’ Green Restart series initiative, which aims to showcase how we can restart the economy following the pandemic in a green way. We love this video which shares more about what the business is trying to achieve through the initiative. Emissions are massively down due to the pandemic, and Danfoss believes now’s the time to build on this make a green change – and we couldn’t agree more!

In the same vein, this page has lots of great information and practical advice on solutions for green renovations and increasing energy efficiency. With 40% of the world’s energy consumption used in buildings, it’s important stuff, so do check it out.

Danfoss has also looked at the challenges of achieving Net Zero in the heating industry. The report analyses the challenge of decarbonising heat and explores solutions in the journey to Net Zero by 2050. With around 90% of the energy for this sector currently coming from fossil fuels, this is a really important piece of research. You can read more here.

And last but not least, Danfoss has some great sustainability-focused webinars coming up:

  • 3/12/20 @1pm – Improving the efficiency of domestic heating systems
  • 15/12/20 @1pm – The challenge of Net Zero

You can sign up for these for free under the events section of its installer hub here.

LG

If you thought LG simply did TVs and washing machines then think again! LG’s award winning Therma V Air to Water Heat Pump range uses renewable technologies and natural energy from the air to provide green heating and hot water for your home – so it really is a must have for engineers looking to add heat pumps to their product offering . LG is currently on a mission to support the Government’s target of installing 600,000 heat pumps per year by 2028!

 

If you’re unsure about heat pumps, but know they’re something you should be investing in, LG offers free advice in how to get started with training courses and lots of educational content around how they work. The business has already stepped up its efforts to get more and more installers trained and ready to begin the heat pump revolution. Training takes place at its two training centres – at its head office in Weybridge and at GREenergy training centre in Chesterfield, close to the M1.

For more information on the LG Therma V range and the training available contact LG by emailing HVAC.Marketing@lge.com, or you can head to www.lg.com/uk/monobloc

Polypipe

And last but not least, Polypipe is on a mission to make its energy journey greener. Last month it announced details of its journey towards the Energy standard ISO 50001, which will help reduce its carbon footprint and develop a more effective use of energy through reducing energy waste and improving current processes. Part of this journey has been taken by Polypipe switching to green energy such as sunlight, wind and tides. That’s no small feat for a business that uses enough energy to run 6,800 homes per year! You can read more about it in in this blog, or in this video directly from its managing director.

 

Here at the Heating Installer Awards, we stand proud with all businesses and individuals that are doing their part to help our world become greener. Kudos to our sponsors, and anyone else that’s playing their part.

We chatted to some of the previous HIA winners about van theft: here’s what they said…

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Thanks to the hard work of Heating Installer Awards 2017 winner, Peter Booth – along with other industry bodies and professionals – the devastating impact of van and tool theft has been highlighted by tradespeople, politicians and even national celebrities over the past few years. But despite campaigning, no one can completely remove the chances of falling victim to van thieves. There are however some things we can all do to reduce the chance. As part of this year’s #NoVANber, we’ve looked at different ways you can help reduce van theft, with help from some of the Heating Installer Awards previous winners!

Whilst for some it’s enough to just “not leave you van unlocked” (cheers for that one Matthew Stoves, HIA2020 North East regional winner,) as well as not leaving valuables/tools on show or in your van overnight, here are some tips for when that just isn’t enough.

Think about where you park

The simplest but also an effective and often overlooked deterrent is where you park your van. We know that in some situations you don’t have much of a choice over where you’re able to park, especially if space is limited when you’re on a job. But, if you do have the option, try to park in view of security cameras or in busy areas and popular streets, as this can put off many van thieves. Other tips on how clever parking can deter van theft from our previous winners include:

“Always try and park in a well-lit area. Increasing the risk of being caught, it may put off thieves from targeting your van.” Phil Metcalf, HIA 2020 winner.

“Park with your van doors against a van or hedge, trying to make it as inconvenient as possible for the thief so that they just drive past.”- Todd Glister, HIA2020 national runner up

Add extra security

According to a recent What Car? Vans survey, only 58% of vans are fitted with an alarm as standard. An alarm can stop a van thief in their tracks, so make sure you check that your van has one and if not, it may be worth investing in one.

Increasing the number of locking mechanisms on your van, and using higher-security ones, can also prevent thieves from entering. Investing in high quality locks can also help reduce your insurance premiums too!

This one might sound a bit old school but steering wheel locks are a great (and cheap) way of deterring thieves, as something as simple as these make it more difficult for them to steal your van.  They may also make van thieves think you have other security measures in place, meaning it’s not worth their time!

On the topic of security, here’s some further tips from Todd:

“Installing hooked dead locks for both the top and bottom of your doors will make a huge difference.” – Todd Glister

“Having extra metal over the wires which control the central locking can stop thieves, as well as moving the OBD (on board diagnostics) port into a safety deposit box inside your van.” – Todd Glister

Become more tech savvy

Nowadays, there’s loads of technology out there that can make it harder for thieves to steal your van and its contents, such as, apps, trackers and personal visual surveillance. Investing in tech to safeguard your gear doesn’t have to be expensive either:

“Park your van in view of a doorbell camera like Ring. This is a great alternative to installing CCTV which is often expensive, as the doorbell is motion sensitive and will notify you if anyone is lingering around your van when it’s parked up.”- Daljit Singh Rasouda, HIA2020 Midlands regional winner.

There are also products with apps that you can download, which will make you aware of van thefts in your local area in real time:

Van Mate, is a great alarm system which alerts you via an app when vans in your area have been broken into.” – Todd Glister

In the unfortunate event that your van is stolen, trackers can help, as Stuart explains:

“Installing trackers can be helpful in the event that thieves drive off with your van as it can help law enforcement to identify its location and retrieve it.” – Stuart Sugden, HIA2020 Scotland & NI regional winner

Don’t forget your keys!

It’s a trick as old as time but believe it or not, some thieves still use the old coat hanger through the letter box trick! Never leave your keys or other valuables in reach of your front door. If possible, keeping them in a locked box away from any openings to your home to ensure opportunists can’t get their mitts on them.

Personalise your tools and van

Printing your business name on your van as well as on your tools can also deter thieves as this will significantly reduce the resale price of expensive power tools. Also, who doesn’t love a personalised power tool?!

We hope these tips were useful! Do you have a tip to prevent van theft that you think people should know about? Comment below!

HEATING INSTALLER AWARDS ARE OUT OF LOCKDOWN AND BACK FOR SIXTH YEAR

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Entries are now open for the industry famous Heating Installer Awards, which has returned for a sixth year as the competition once again searches for the best plumbing and heating installers in the UK. For those working in the industry, this year has been challenging to say the least, with many of you continuing to provide vital services throughout lockdown. It’s true when people say that ‘not all superheroes wear capes’ so it’s more important than ever to take time to celebrate your hard work and dedication over the past 12 months, and champion the heroes of the industry who often go unnoticed.

The awards recognise installers who go to great lengths to deliver incredible levels of service and the highest quality installations for their customers. Supported by Danfoss, LG, Polypipe, CIHPE and Installer, the awards are completely free to enter and give installers the chance to showcase their work to potential customers. There is a prize bundle worth over £10,000 on offer for the finalists, including a trip to Denmark for the national winner, and what’s more, the first 20 installers to enter will bag themselves an early bird prize bundle courtesy of Polypipe!

This year, the awards will once again recognise nine regional winners, who will then all have the chance to go on to be crowned the National Heating Installer Awards winner 2021, as well as two special category winners:

  • Rising Star– especially for the industry’s budding apprentices – and;
  • Most Sustainable Installer– to recognise those who are doing everything they can to minimise the impact of their work on the environment

After entries close in February, an expert judging panel made up of industry professionals and installers will choose nine regional finalists as well as an initial shortlist for the two categories. The overall winners will then be decided by a combination of judges’ scores, peer reviewed technical challenges and a public vote, with the two category winners plus the national winner and runner up announced in May.

To enter, plumbers and heating installers should visit www.heatinginstallerawards.co.uk/enter   and fill in the short entry form. Or if you prefer, give the awards team a call on 0161 8711188 and they’d be happy to take your entry over the phone.

To hear more about the Heating Installer Awards and to find out about this year’s exciting developments, follow @HIAwards on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

North West’s Phil Metcalf takes top spot at national Heating Installer Awards

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Following hundreds of entries, a judging day where a panel of industry experts whittled down the entries, a peer-reviewed technical challenge and a record public vote, the winners of the Heating Installer Awards 2020 have been announced.

Phil Metcalf, of Phillip Metcalf Cooling and Heating Services, was crowned the national winner during an exciting reveal video streamed online as part of InstallerFESTIVAL. Representing the North West and based in Lancaster, Phil impressed the judges and the public with his attention to detail and positive impact his work has had on customers. Phil was closely followed by the national runner up, Todd Glister of Glister Services.

Ryan Carlton from Cleethorpes scooped the first ever Rising Star prize having impressed with his commitment to learning and his positive and calm approach when faced with issues. The Rising Star award was introduced this year especially for budding apprentices to recognise those who are still in training but are already working hard to achieve high standards.

Last but by no means least the Most Sustainable Installer award, which recognises those who are doing everything they can to minimise the impact of their work on the environment, went to Jonathan Coyle from Harvest Cornwall. The judges commented on Jonathan’s clear and evident commitment to sustainability in everything he does, from growing his own food for team meetings and using recycled rainwater in the office, to the advice and sustainable service he provides customers.

Sponsored by Danfoss, Glow-worm, Polypipe and Stelrad, and supported by professional trade body CIPHE and Installer Magazine, the annual awards scheme celebrates the achievements and raises the credibility of plumbers and heating installers who deliver top quality work and excellent customer service on a daily basis, showcasing the superstars of the industry who often go unnoticed.

An interview with all the winners will be recorded and streamed on this website over the coming weeks so watch this space for their exclusive reaction to their fantastic achievement! For further information about the Heating Installer Awards and to register interest for next year’s awards, please visit www.heatinginstallerawards.co.uk.

YOUR GUIDE TO ENTERING THE HEATING INSTALLER AWARDS

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The Heating Installer Awards is back for a fifth year and in 2020 we’re expecting more entries than ever. To help you stand out from your competition, we’ve pulled together some tips to help you write a really top-notch entry.

Be proud

In the past, some installers have said they feel like they’re bragging when filling in the entry, something that doesn’t come naturally to them. When we speak with a lot of people, they feel like they haven’t done any work worth shouting about but this is just because they perform above and beyond every day! In our experience, heating installers seem quite humble, but this is your chance to really show how great you are without worrying about showing off.

Be detailed

The more information you can give us, the better. The greater detail you go into, the better position the judges will be in to understand exactly why you should make the shortlist. So setting aside enough time to fill in the entry form is important. We would recommend half an hour to an hour to really give justice to the great work carried out. Don’t be afraid to go into lots of technical details; the judges are all experts in their fields so your entries will be understood and very much appreciated. Don’t worry about your entry being too long just give us all the information you can and we’ll help cut it down if necessary.

Examples

The most important part of the entry is an example of your good work. You should showcase a project you’ve worked on that you’re particularly proud of or that was a great engineering feat. In the past, we’ve heard about all sorts, from installers saving people from having no heating or hot water on Christmas Day, to those who have used pioneering techniques never before seen in the UK, so there really is a wide range of examples possible for this section. Also feel free to include more than one example or submit more than one entry if you have a number of projects you’re proud of!

Use the HIA team

If you aren’t comfortable with writing, or don’t have the time to sit down and fill in an entry, this shouldn’t stop you from entering. The team at the Heating Installer Awards is happy to take entries over the phone – we’ll type up all the information you give us and input it into an entry form for you. Whether you’re sat down at home in the evening, or driving to your next job at 7am, we’ll work around the day and time that suits you.

Pictures

A picture tells a thousand words and this is definitely true with the Heating Installer Awards. Make sure that you take a picture when working on any jobs your do. Not only can you use them to market yourself, but they’re great supporting evidence when working on your entry for the awards.

Reviews

If you want to strengthen your entry, you could add in a review from the customer. This third party endorsement can really help strengthen an entry. These can come from homeowners, businesses, third party suppliers or a main contractor that hired you. If you aren’t comfortable with contacting people for a referral then you could just provide contact details and the Heating Installer Awards team will get in touch with them on your behalf.

Why, why, why!

When filling in your entry, try and explain why you did things every step of the way. When telling us what products you used for an project, add a sentence to explain why, as sometimes, even without thinking about it, installers use products and applications in innovative ways that can revolutionise the industry.

You can enter the Heating Installer Awards 2020 here by filling in the short form or calling us on 0161 8711188. To hear more about the Heating Installer Awards and to find out some exciting developments this year, follow @HIAwards on Twitter and Instagram.

To the Busy Man in the Van

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Danfoss is on a mission to make installer life easier on September 2nd, Danfoss launches a dedicated website designed to make life easier for busy heating professionals. Installer Life is an easier route for installers to solve any queries when out on a job, and at the end of a working day, online games and fun puzzles will help them de-stress.

The first version of the website will be released in September 2019, and we are inviting all installers to give it a try and see what a difference it can make when choosing and fitting Danfoss domestic heating controls. As well as being a go-to online product resource, the new web site features training modules and helpful YouTube videos as well as puzzles and competitions for installers to enjoy during their downtime. Specially designed by Danfoss to make life easier for busy heating professionals, Installer Life can be accessed anytime, anywhere using a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer.

Always at your fingertips

“Installer Life is an exciting new concept in digital customer support,” explains Gareth Ash, Marketing & Technical Support Manager: “We have applied our extensive knowledge of working with domestic installers over many years to create an online encyclopaedia featuring selected residential Danfoss offerings,” he says. “With just a few clicks, installers can find the latest product data sheets, online training, links to our helpful ‘How To’ videos on YouTube and much more.”

The website also includes a new Product Finder tool with product comparison tables covering a selected range of residential Danfoss products from programmable room thermostats to thermostatic radiator valves, to burner and floor heating components. “Finding the right product information and support online can be surprisingly difficult. This tool is a new way of making product data available to installers and together with the installers we will ensure that the content evolves over time. The Product Finder shows individual products and models alongside their specific features and benefits. Being able to compare each offering at a glance makes it much easier for installers to choose the right product for their customers,” Gareth adds.

Start using it straight away

The Danfoss Installer Life website is already online in a preview version, and you can go online and sign up for the full release straight away. Summing up, Gareth says: “We know our customers are busy people who need information fast and without fuss. Installer Life is all about meeting that need with useful information, and online games to help installers de-stress at the end of a working day.”

For more information visit installer.danfoss.co.uk and enjoy the new video featuring real-life installers in the leading roles.

The winner of the Heating Installer Awards 2019 is…

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Following hundreds of entries, a judging day where a panel of industry experts whittled down the entries, a peer-reviewed technical challenge and a huge public vote, the winner of the Heating Installer Awards 2019 has been decided.

Tony Dumble of Unequaled Heating was announced as the national winner during a presentation at industry trade show, Installer2019, on 8th May 2019. Representing the South East, Tony impressed the judges and the public with flawless craftsmanship, smart problem-solving and high attention to detail. Tony was closely followed by the national runner up, Grant Gundelfinger of Mayfly Group Ltd from Yorkshire.

Sponsored by Danfoss, Geberit, Glow-worm, Polypipe and Stelrad, and supported by media partner Installer Magazine, the annual awards scheme celebrates the achievements and raises the credibility of plumbers and heating installers who deliver top quality work and excellent customer service on a daily basis, showcasing the superstars of the industry who often go unnoticed. In addition to industry-wide recognition, Tony scooped amazing prizes at both the national and regional stages of the competition, including an Apple watch, a Dash Cam and a money-can’t-buy trip to the Danfoss HQ in Denmark. Previous winners have also noted a significant increase in business after their award win, meaning that Tony can now look forward to a busy few months.

Speaking of his accomplishment, Tony said: “It has been a tough competition this year and I’m absolutely over the moon to have won. There is so much out there now, so much good quality work, so to be recognised for mine is fantastic. I’ve been chatting to some of my colleagues about the Danfoss trip and that’s a prize I’m definitely looking forward to.”

Runner up, Grant Gundelfinger said: “I’m chuffed to have won for Yorkshire, I’m still blown away by that so to now be runner up in the UK is brilliant. It’s hard to express what it means, when you’re up against such professionals it’s really an honour to get this recognition. To be announced as the runner up really gives me the confidence to say yes, I belong.”

The Heating Installer Awards 2020 will open for entries later this year with exciting developments set to be announced soon. For further information and to register interest for next year’s awards, please visit www.heatinginstallerawards.co.uk, follow us on Twitter @HIAwards, Instagram @heatinginstallerawards and Facebook @HeatingInstallerAwards, and keep an eye on the hash tag #TurnUpTheHeat.

THE HEATING INSTALLER AWARDS ANNOUNCES 2019 REGIONAL WINNERS

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Following an intense judging day which saw the best talent within the plumbing and heating industry shortlisted to just 11 outstanding installers, the regional winners of the industry famous Heating Installer Awards have been revealed for 2019.

The standard of entries this year was higher than ever before but after hours of tough deliberations, the regional winners can be announced as:

  • North West – Andrew Beatty, Greenfields Heat & Power Ltd
  • North East – Jason Enright, Enright Environmental Ltd
  • Yorkshire – Grant Gundelfinger, Mayfly Group Ltd
  • South West – Marc Smith, GHS
  • South East – Tony Dumble, Unequaled Heating
  • Scotland – Stuart Sugden, Sugplumb Ltd
  • Wales – Steven Calvert, S Calvert Plumbing & Heating
  • East of England – Mark Partridge, Bright Green Renewables Ltd
  • Northern Ireland – Ian Steenson, ALL IN ONE Plumbing Service
  • East Midlands – Glen Wakeling, Heatspec (East Midlands) Ltd
  • West Midlands – Craig Shaw, Precise Plumbing Services

These 11 regional winners will now go through to the final stage, which involves a peer-reviewed technical challenge and a public vote. The finalists scores for these combined with the judges scores will decide the national winner, who will be announced at Installer2019.

Representatives from the awards sponsors – Danfoss, Geberit, Glow-worm, Polypipe and Stelrad – as well as the media partner Installer magazine, reviewed the entries on exceptional service, logical reasoning and positive outcomes, at the judging day which was held at Glow-worm’s HQ in Belper. The panel was also joined by previous Heating Installer Awards winners Shaun Scott, Peter Booth and Dennis Hollingworth.

Each of the winners selected demonstrated a desire to go to great lengths in order to deliver incredible levels of service for their customers, using innovative solutions that improve the quality of life for people and businesses across the UK.

Commenting on the awards, last year’s winner Shaun Scott said: “It was brilliant to be involved in the judging day and read about the fantastic work that is being done across the industry by so many talented installers.

“I have loved being the Heating Installer Awards champion – it has had a real impact on my business, so I’m excited for all of this year’s regional finalists! I hope that everyone within our industry shows them all the support they deserve and helps them celebrate the great work they are doing.”

To show your support for the industry and vote for who you think deserves to be crowned the national winner of the Heating Installer Awards 2019, visit here where you can also find out more about all of the regional winners. Voting closes on 24th April 2019.