Wow what a weekend for the glazing industry with two industry events coming to a climax. First we had the National Fenestration Awards closing it’s voting for the very first time, with some excellent votes coming in. Stayed tuned this week to find out how and when the winners are going to be announced. And at the same time (almost as if it were planned!) the G Awards were also coming to a climax in London. This was the full list of winners:

Commercial Project of the Year: Pilkington UK

Environmental Initiative of the Year: Lister Trade Frames

Training & Development Initiative of the Year: Saint-Gobain Glass UK

New Product of the Year: Roseview Windows

Promotional Campaign of the Year – Retail: Solidor Group

Promotional Campaign of the Year – Trade: FIT Events

Component Supplier of the Year: Mila

Customer Care Initiative of the Year: REHAU

Conservatory Installer of the Year: West Yorkshire Windows

Installer of the Year: PJ Plastics

Fabricator of the Year: SWC Trade Frames

Glass Company of the Year: MiGlass

Derek Bonnard Award for Excellence: Jim Rawson, Chairman, The Epwin Group

I think it is fair to say that there are some dead certs in there we all expected. And there are some in there which we will all have our gripes with. And whilst I would like to extend a hearty well done to the winners, it is also reasonable for some to criticise the judge’s choices in something like this.

In any case, anything which celebrates the achievements of the industry can only be a good thing. It’s not perfect, and I don’t think anyone will say that the whole platform is. But what it does do is raise the issue of recognition and quite frankly I believe there should be far more recognitions schemes in the industry than there are at present. We’re a multi-billion pound industry, and yet we only have one mainstream awards night. This is something I hope the National Fenestration Awards will put right.

All comments, agreeing or otherwise, are welcome in the section below.

PS: thanks for all the kind comments as regards our house move. We have moved in safe and sound now. The fun starts in trying to organise everything!