Scottish trade body honoured for pandemic response

L-R: Claire Wormsley (director of GCN Events); Iain Mason (director of membership & communications at SELECT); Alan Wilson (MD of SELECT); Fiona Harper (director of employment & skills at SELECT); Yvonne Wilson (specifier & client relations manager at SELECT); and Jess Robinson (ceremony host).

SCOTLAND’S largest construction trade association, SELECT, has won a national award for its response to the pandemic.

The trade body triumphed in the Best Membership Support Since Covid-19 category at the Association Excellence Awards.

Judges praised the association for its work during lockdown and beyond, saying, “SELECT went the extra mile to provide the personal touch, practical support via one-to-one contact, financial assistance and mental health support to members.”

SELECT MD Alan Wilson said, “This win is a brilliant recognition of all the hard work carried out by everyone at SELECT both during the initial lockdown and in the months and years since. This was a much-coveted award with some extremely strong competition and we were up against a number of very large trade bodies from across the UK, so it was a great honour and a fantastic feeling to win.”

The award was announced at a ceremony at The Kia Oval in London on Friday 14 October. Also in attendance with Mr Wilson were SELECT’s director of employment & skills Fiona Harper, director of membership & communications Iain Mason, and specifier & client relations manager Yvonne Wilson.

Ms Harper, who is also the secretary of the SJIB, added, “We are all absolutely thrilled to receive this award, which is a fitting tribute to the efforts of everyone at SELECT. It also testament to the contribution of our central board, whose personal contact with members was rightfully praised by the judges in their comments. Together, we tackled one of the most challenging periods in our history and emerged stronger and more determined to help our industry thrive.”

SELECT’s response to the pandemic included offering members a discounted subscription and practical support to help electrical contractors weather the uncertainty. It also delivered employment, financial, health and safety, and contractual guidance via its in-house teams and through the creation of the Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum.

Members of SELECT’s presidential team added their congratulations to the association, with president Alistair Grant saying, “This is a fitting tribute to the excellent work carried out bv every single member of staff at SELECT, whose dedication and professionalism was invaluable during a lengthy period of upheaval.”

SELECT was also nominated for Best Awareness Campaign or Advancement of a Cause for its Alarm Ambassadors initiative, sponsored by Aico.