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2017 - a year to remember

It’s only when you get to the end of the year and look back that you realise just how much has been achieved. This year has been another momentous one for A1 Flue Systems, and here are just some of the reasons why.

A manufacturing leader

Our director TJ Duncan-Moir was this year named in the Top 20 leading figures in the UK manufacturing industry. A1 joined companies including Jaguar Land Rover, Siemens, Coca-Cola and McLaren in being named in The Manufacturer Top 100 Report – but TJ was singled out as an ‘exemplar’ and elevated to its Top 20 list. We can’t tell you how much of an honour and a big deal this accolade is not just for TJ but for everyone at A1.

Award winners

This year we won another batch of awards, but the two that really stood out were Heating and Ventilation Review’s (HVR) Contractor of the Year and East Midlands Chamber Business Awards’ Manufacturer of the Year. The HVR one is a real achievement, as we were up against the very best from our industry. The chamber award is special because it’s the second year in a row that we’ve won it.

In the national news, again

We’re well used to having film crews from regional and national news coming to film and interview us. However, there was a half-page article all about us in the Daily Express in February, which was absolutely fantastic.

Never short of an opinion

Our director John Hamnett hit the headlines this year with some strong opinions in articles that appeared in the likes of key trade media such as Construction News and H&V News. He raised thorny issues such as Specification or cost: Which is most important? and Are chimney and flue standards up to the Mark?

Hellos and fond farewells

We’ve had a raft of new people join our business this year – such as Mark Bonser, who joined as our new sales representative for the North East, and all the new faces who have joined our team in Scotland – but there is, sadly, a Paddy-shaped hole at A1. Paddy White – who was one of the first people to join A1 – retired in the summer after 38 years’ service. The place isn’t the same without him around.

So, that was 2017 in a nutshell. Onwards and upwards, and we’ll meet 2018 in our usual style: head on!