OFTEC Celebrates Oil Heating Excellence in London
9th October 2007
The OFTEC Awards for Excellence returned to London this year, with a glamorous black tie event held at the Hotel Russell in September. Over 200 guests including key industry figures attended the dinner and awards ceremony.
Now in their fifth year, the Awards recognise and reward excellence in the oil heating, storage and cooking industry. Sponsors of this year’s event included Anglo Nordic, oil tank manufacturer and TankDepot.co.uk supplier, Titan Environmental, Total, Trade Direct Insurance, The Wolseley Group and Worcester Bosch.
The awards are broken down into seven categories, each divided in five regions across the British Isles. All the national winners received a trophy, along with a cheque for £500. The regional winners all received a framed certificate as a record of their achievement.
For 2007, the standard of entries was extremely high. Newly appointed Director General, Jeremy Hawksley, said “It’s so important to acknowledge the good job that OFTEC registered technicians and businesses are doing out there. We want to actively encourage and motivate technicians to take pride in their work.”
Mark Ashby from Elanar Technical Services Ltd, won the national award for service and commissioning. Based in East Anglia, Mark said, “We all have days when we moan about the rules and regulations, but we know we’ve got to do it and at the end of the day it works.”
Winner of the national award for cooker and stove installer, Sam Fice, said he was very proud to win the award. Similarly, Martin Dodgson, winner of the national award for oil tank installer said “I’m chuffed to bits! It is really nice to have my work recognised.”
David Ewins from Davanna Heating Ltd in Truro won a regional prize in 2006. This year he stepped up to take the national prize for oil boiler installer. He credits his wife Anna with helping to build such a strong business. In the award for training centre of the year, BBT Thermotechnology walked off with the national prize.
The only lady in the competition was also a national winner. Susan Hills from JS Hills & Sons in Northumberland was awarded trainee of the year. She said: “It means a lot to me and I hope it will be a boost to other women.” Anmer Oils in Kings Lynn scooped the national award for oil distribution depot.
After the awards, guests were entertained by after dinner speaker Garry Richardson who is probably best known as the sports presenter on Radio 4’s Today programme. The evening also included a fun casino, with roulette and black jack tables. Then guests danced the night away to sounds from The Choice band.
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Article Last Updated 9th October 2007