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The SELECT few

The very best of the electrical sector was showcased last week at an awards ceremony hosted by SELECT, the trade body for the electrotechnical industry in Scotland. In a wide-ranging demonstration of excellence at every level, accolades were awarded to companies ranging from international electrical supply giants to local firms serving a clearly defined community, as well as the future of the trade; apprentices.

The very best of the electrical sector was showcased last week at an awards ceremony hosted by SELECT, the trade body for the electrotechnical industry in Scotland

Newell McGuiness, SELECT Managing Director, said at the gathering at the Radisson Blu in Glasgow: "The electrical sector in Scotland is highly skilled and motivated and plays a crucial role in keeping modern society functioning. The companies, organisations and individuals who have been honoured here represent the cream of a sector which consistently provides high value, high quality, customer-focused service."

The star of the night, according to McGuiness, was Crown House Technologies, the off-site manufacturing company that not only scooped the Electrical Contractor of the Year Award, but also took the prizes for Best Environmental Project and Best Electrical Safety Project.

McGuiness said: "This is a spectacular performance by a company that has a heritage stretching back more than 200 years. It has demonstrated a cast iron commitment to best practice in a highly competitive industry. To win one award is a great achievement for any company in this sector, but to walk away with three is a remarkable tribute to a strong and dedicated team which is certainly leading by example."

Other awards were:
· Best Small Contractor, won by electrical specialists M-PACT Building Services, based in Rosewell, Midlothian
· Apprentice of the Year, won by Adam Ronald, from Paisley, who works for Arthur McKay and Co. of Glasgow
· Best Use of Training, won by Fife Council
· Best New Product, won by Schneider Electric, for its Simple Energy Management Solution
· Best Delivery of Customer Service, won by Pitlochry firm RW Bell (Electrical)

A Lifetime Achievement award was made to Duncan Fletcher, founder and chairman of the independent building services provider FES, one of Scotland's most successful companies.

The Stirlingshire-based company, which Fletcher started 48 years ago shortly after he finished his apprenticeship, is now the biggest electrical contracting company in Scotland with 1,500 employees and a turnover of £150 million.

McGuiness said: "Duncan Fletcher has given a long and productive life to the electrical contracting industry in Scotland and that life has changed the face of the industry. People like Duncan are an extraordinary driving force, creating highly skilled jobs across the UK, raising standards across the sector and leaving a remarkable legacy."

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