Last Friday the G-Awards in London saw due recognition of the best the glass and glazing sector has to offer
Well over 560 people attended the G-Awards, held at the London Hilton on Park Lane, hosted by comedian, Kevin Bridges.
There were 12 categories up for grabs, plus Gary Morton who received the Derek Bonnard Award for Excellence for his work with the charity he founded and organises the GM Fundraising.
In his address, Tony Higgin, organiser of the G-Awards, spoke about this year’s winners calling them all “outstanding”. “After 11 years, the G-Awards are still going strong thanks to the continuously excellent standard of entries we receive. Each year I wonder how we can beat the previous one, but it happens every time. All our finalists should be extremely proud, and our winners represent everything to which we all aspire in terms of commitment, dedication and passion. This is what makes our industry great.”
The G14 Award winners are:
Commercial Project of the Year: Pilkington UK for the Stonehenge Visitor Centre
Component Supplier of the Year: ERA
Conservatory Installer of the Year: T&K Home Improvements
Customer Care Initiative of the Year: Emplas Window Systems Ltd
Environmental Initiative of the Year: Glassolutions Saint-Gobain for Salford Energy House
Fabricator of the Year: Polyframe
Glass Company of the Year: Ravensby Glass
Installer of the Year: The Window Company (Contracts)
New Product of the Year: Ultraframe for LivinROOF
Promotional Campaign of the Year – Retail: Eclectic Systems for Your Residence 9
Promotional Campaign of the Year – Trade: Reynaers for Reynaers At Home
Training & Development Initiative of the Year: Quickslide for its in-house training & development programme
“I want to offer my thanks to everyone who entered, all our judges and everyone who attended the G14 Awards Presentation & Gala Dinner,” said Tony Higgin, closing the formal session. “My sincere congratulations go to all our winners. We will be here again on Friday 27 November 2015 for what I’m sure will be another year of outstanding results.”
Derek Bonnard Award for Excellence
This award went to Gary Morton from GM Fundraising to recognise not just his contribution to the glazing industry, but also for his extraordinary leadership in raising over £1 million for Hope House Children’s Hospice.
Joe Hague, Managing Director of Award sponsor, Promac Group, commented: “Gary was the perfect choice for the Derek Bonnard Award this year. Promac was an early supporter of GM Fundraising and we have watched in amazement at his energy and effort in raising such a huge amount of money for children with life-limiting illnesses. It is an astonishing achievement.”
Talking exclusively to MyTradeTV, Gary Morton said: “This isn’t just for me but for all the GM team who have worked tirelessly over the years since GM Fundraising started in 1995.”
Hope House provides palliative care for children with terminal conditions and support for their families, both on site and in their homes. It receives only nominal support from the government, with over 95% of its £4 million annual operating costs being met by charitable donations and GM Fundraising is proud to be its largest single donor.
“The team of motivated volunteers, that run GM Fundraising, give their time freely and are committed to delivering the highest quality events, while ensuring that every penny raised, reaches the children and families at Hope House,” explained Gary.
The next target for the GM team is to reach £1.5 million in donations and they appear well on their way to achieving it.
Caption Gary Morton (third right), Founder of GM Fundraising, receives the Derek Bonnard Award for Excellence in the company of, from left to right: Dave Broxton (Managing Director, Bohle UK, comedian comedian, Kevin Bridges and Joe Hague, Managing Director, Promac.