Scottish businesses honoured at Property Care Association’s Best Practice Awards

PCA chief executive Steve Hodgson (second from right) presents the award for Training and Staff Development to Richardson & Starling

A number of prizes have been presented to Scottish companies and individuals at the 2022 Best Practice Awards, hosted by trade body, the Property Care Association (PCA).

Glasgow-based property preservation company, Richardson & Starling, picked up a hat-trick of accolades at the national ceremony, including being named outright winner of the Training and Staff Development category.

The company, which has 16 branches across Scotland and the north of England, also received two Highly Commended accolades for Outstanding Customer Service and Project of the Year.

Richardson & Starling was presented with the award for Training and Staff Development after showcasing its commitment to investment in its team, with a dedicated training budget of £25-£30,000 each year. As well as holding more than 500 days of training annually, the company also enrolled nine candidates for industry training provided by PCA this year, including an assistant branch manager, a workforce operative and an office administrator.

The Training and Staff Development award was sponsored by Astute Insurance Solutions Ltd, while the Project of the Year Highly Commended award was sponsored by PAM Ties Ltd and the Outstanding Customer Service Highly Commended was sponsored by Edincare Pumps.

Elsewhere, Craig Mosey, of Hillington-based GDN Preservation, was presented with The Graham Coleman Award for Timber and Damp Exams, sponsored by Triton Systems. Craig achieved the highest marks in the UK for the exams which qualify him as a certificated surveyor of timber and dampness in buildings (CSTDB).

Craig Mosey

James McIrvine from St Andrews-based property specialist, The Preservation Company Ltd, was named Technician of the Year (Damp & Timber), sponsored by Stallard Kane Associates. James achieved the highest score in the UK when qualifying as a technician in timber and damp. The Preservation Company specialises in tackling issues with wet and dry rot as well as damp.

PCA’s technicians chief examiner Neil Marsden with Technician of the Year for Damp and Timber, James McIrvine, and Amanda Mordev from award sponsor Stallard Kane

Lyndsay Brannan, company director at JBB Knotweed Solutions in Glasgow, achieved top marks in qualifying as a certificated surveyor in Japanese knotweed (CSJK). Lyndsay co-founded the company with husband, James, which provides specialist services in the identification, surveying, treatment and removal of Japanese knotweed. Lyndsay was presented with the award for CSJK – sponsored by PAGeotechnical Ltd.

PCA’s chief examiner Mike Bromley, CSJK Student of the Year, Lyndsay Brannan and PCA chief executive Steve Hodgson