NFB Annual Awards 2013
The NFB held its second awards gala luncheon in central London recently. In association with NHBC and Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) the awards celebrate some of the best talent in the construction industry.
Hosted by NFB chief executive Julia Evans, the imposing Grand Connaught Rooms in London formed the setting for this much anticipated ceremony. More than a 180 members and guests came together from all over the country to see thirteen national winners and seven highly commended finalists collect their awards.
Welcoming guests, NFB national chairman David Parsons of Pearce Barnstaple (Construction) Ltd told guests: “When I took over as national chairman of the Federation in June 2012, there was no doubt in my mind that the year was going to be a challenging one. Challenging, because so many of our members were braced for the tough trading conditions, the higher costs, the reduced orders and increased competition. There was no easy way out. It became clearer by the day, however, just how important a trade federation is to the businesses that it represents.
“It has been a tough year, but it has also been extremely rewarding to see our members not only manage to survive, but in many cases show remarkable resources and resilience. That is evident from the high standard of entries this year, as last year. The NFB annual awards are a showcase of all that is special about our industry. Each project has a real story behind it. A real vision. Real determination. And above all, a real desire to do the best with what is available, to find ways around the challenges and to keep on producing fantastic buildings, houses, schools, hospitals and even an entire indoor market! These awards give us, and you, the opportunity to celebrate those achievements, and to remind us all that the industry is alive and well – thanks to you all.”
Following lunch, the awards ceremony began in earnest, and guests were able to show their appreciation and celebrate the high quality work and commitment delivered by members across the country.
Julia Evans told the audience: “The entries this year have been marvellous. To everyone who has entered, thank you, and to our shortlisted members, very well done for getting this far. You represent all the hard work and effort that has been needed at every level of the industry in the past few years, to overcome barriers, to deal with the changing world of construction, and to think and act in new ways.
For a full list of winners please click here. Also, don't forget to visit our awards gallery by clicking here.