CEDA’s 2021 conference finished in spectacular style last night with this year’s Grand Prix Awards.
Taking place at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, the honours recognised those within the association’s membership who have carried out exceptional design, project management, installation and customer service throughout the previous calendar year of 2020.
All CEDA members can submit entries for the Grand Prix Awards. The initial entry is submitted online is an explanation of the project brief and the reason that the member considers that it is an outstanding achievement.
These entries are considered by the judges, John Savage and Ron Neville, both highly experienced in the industry and former winners of CEDA’s Industry Personality Award.
The judges assess the entries against a number of criteria including degree of difficulty and customer satisfaction, and then choose those that they would like to know more about.
The members whose entries have been selected then have one month to provide further information including drawings, photographs, equipment schedules, testimonials and any further information that explains why they consider the project to be an outstanding achievement.
Savage and Neville then met again to review all the remaining entries and to arrive at a shortlist for each category. Once the shortlist has been finalised, the judges arranged a programme of visits to the sites in conjunction with the member companies.
This was no mean feat as this year they had to visit 16 locations spread throughout the country in a period of less than 3 weeks, often stopping by two or three installations in one day.
During each of the visits they review the marks that they gave from the entry forms and adjust in the light of the knowledge gained from the site visit. Using these marks they then determine the category winners and also the overall winner.
Click below to see who they decided this year’s winners should be:
Furthermore, across the two days of the CEDA Conference 2021, the trade body held various fundraising initiatives to collect for this year’s chosen charity, Blood Cancer UK. This is close to outgoing chairman Derek Maher’s heart, as in February 2020 his wife Maxine was diagnosed with AML Leukaemia. Fortunately following an intense course of chemotherapy the cancer was successfully treated.
Conference attendees raised a total of £4,025 for Blood Cancer UK throughout the event.