New prizes up for grabs at SELECT Awards 2018

Darrell Matthews

TWO new categories have been revealed ahead of the SELECT Industry Awards for 2018.

Joining established categories, which include Apprentice of the Year and Lifetime Achievement, will be an opportunity for businesses of various sizes to enter the awards to win either Best Small, Medium or Large Contractor of the Year.

The Small Contractor category will be open to all SELECT member companies with a turnover of up to £250,000; Medium Contractors – a new award – will be in the range of £250,000 to £1 million; Large Contractors – also a new award – will be in excess of £1 million.

The awards will also be a first for new SELECT MD Darrell Matthews, who will take over from Newell McGuiness over the course of this year. He said, “SELECT has a tremendous track record as a campaigning professional body for the electrical sector and the awards will once again highlight the skills, dedication and commitment of the people in our industry. They also come at a time when we are pushing hard for professional recognition for electricians.

“From apprentices to journeymen, from small local businesses to major enterprises, from technically exciting manufacturers to environmentally aware innovators, the awards will showcase all that is best in our safety-critical business.”

There will also be new judges this year including former Clydesdale Bank chairman Ken Lewandowski and the editor of CABLEtalk, Ian Mason. Ken Lewandowski said:,“I am delighted to be joining the panel and I am anticipating a difficult task in choosing the winners. There are some great companies in the electrical sector in Scotland and this is a well-deserved chance for them to shine.”

The deadline for entries is Friday, June 29. The awards ceremony itself will be held at the Radisson Blu hotel in Glasgow on Friday, October 12.