One of the showpiece events of The FIT Show, held at the midway point of the exhibition, inside the extravagant confines of the ICT’s Ironbridge Suite, was the FIT Show Gala Dinner, attended by more than 800 people.
Expertly compered by The FIT Show’s very own Paul Godwin, guests were provided with the perfect opportunity to exchange the exhibition floors for the dance floor and treated to a night filled with entertainment. The Sales Professional of the Year and Master Fitter Challenge competitions also reached a dramatic conclusion with cash prizes totalling £20,000 handed out to the winners.
At the beginning of the night, the 15 cyclists from the glazing, construction and related industries tackling the 2,616 mile long route from Chicago to Santa Monica later this year, in aid of Hope House Children’s Hospice, were invited up onto the stage and received a rapturous reception.
Their impending efforts were further acknowledged by the audience as a charity casino hosted later in the night raised a highly impressive £2,670 towards the cause.
There then followed one of the highlights of the night, the prize-giving for both the Sales Professional of the Year and Master Fitter Challenge, as Adrian Phillips of Nolan UPVC and Arron Clegg of Eco-Sash were crowned respectively.
Adrian walked away with a total cash prize of £10,000, to be shared between himself and his employer, whilst Arron pocketed £5,000 for his first-place finish ahead of runner-up Scott Higgs of Polar Windows who won £3,000 and third-placed Nigel Grant of Nigel Grant UPVC who took away £2,000.
The FIT Sales Professional of the Year came to the most dramatic of conclusions as the final video of the competition was aired to the audience and the acting couple finally revealed who they felt had done enough to win their investment.
Whilst huge congratulations go to Adrian, mention must also go to the other two finalists, Ed Burgess of Countryside Home Improvements and Nick Trigg of Mid Wales Windows who both put in equally stellar performances, showing exactly how selling should be done.
After performing a series of live installation tasks live at the show alongside the eight other finalists, event assessors GQA Qualifications, deemed that Arron Clegg should be crowned ‘Master Fitter’ for 2013.
Not only did Arron take away a huge wad of cash, but he also has the honour of having the Master Fitter Challenge Winner logo emblazoned on van sides, in his company’s showroom and on all company literature.
“It is such an honour to be recognised as the industry’s #1 Masterfitter. It was a tough competition, between some talented and competent installers who have a true dedication to their profession.
“I feel that winning such a prestigious title is a real acknowledgement that installing to a high quality, having an attention to detail and most importantly having a passion for what I do, really pays off.”
Belly laughs at the event were supplied by top stand-up comedian Ed Byrne with the music provided by Motown Gold. Guests also seized the chance to show off their driving abilities on the specially created giant Scalextric track sponsored by Fab ‘n’ Fix and ‘gamble’ in the Casino sponsored by Solidor on behalf of the HOPE66 ride, as partying went on long into the night.