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A1 set for grilling from TV's Hotel Inspector

The directors of A1 Flue Systems are set for a grilling from TV star Alex Polizzi.

We have been shortlisted for a prestigious award and our directors TJ Moir and John Hamnett will be quizzed for an hour by the star of the hit Channel Five show The Hotel Inspector.

They will face Ms Polizzi and four other judges at a panel interview for the Midlands Family Business Awards – with the winners being revealed at a glittering event in Birmingham in November, attended by the granddaughter of the famous hotelier Lord Forte.

Rather than being put off at the prospect of facing Ms Polizzi, TJ is relishing the prospect of putting her case forward as to why A1 Flue Systems should scoop the Family Business of the Year crown.

“We’re looking forward to meeting Alex Polizzi and the rest of the judges to talk through our award submission and explain how we’ve increased the profits and turnover of our business in very challenging personal and professional circumstances,” said TJ.

“We have three generations of the family working at A1 Flue Systems and we have battled through tough times and come out stronger as a family and a business as a result.

“A1 is going from strength to strength and we’re looking forward to telling Alex Polizzi how we’ve done it.”

TJ is a big fan of the TV programme, where Ms Polizzi dishes out tough love in a bid to help turn around failing hotels – so she’s gearing up to face some tough questions

A1 Flue Systems has also been shortlisted for Business Innovation at the same awards.

TJ added: “It’s such a huge honour to be shortlisted for two prestigious awards that recognise the efforts of family-run businesses.

“Our success as a business and the fact that we’ve been recognised by the organisers of the awards are testament to the 130-strong team at our factory in New Ollerton that give their all for A1 Flue Systems.”

We are also celebrating as we have been shortlisted for Contractor of the Year at a trade awards event – the HVR (Heating and Ventilating Review) Awards, which take place in October at London’s Millennium Gloucester Hotel.