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A1 bags a brace of family awards

A1 Flue Systems has scooped two awards at a prestigious event – featuring TV presenter Alex Polizzi – that honours family-run businesses.

We had been shortlisted in the Business Innovation category as well as for the top prize of Family Business of the Year – and we walked away with Highly Commended awards in both categories at the Midlands Family Business Awards 2013.

Of the 50 or so companies that were shortlisted across the ten categories at the event held in the University of Birmingham’s majestic Great Hall, only A1 Flue Systems and one other company picked up more than one award on the night.

TJ Moir, one of the directors of the family-run company, said she was delighted that A1 Flue Systems had picked up two awards.

“A1 Flue Systems has been our family business for more than 40 years and to receive recognition, not just for being a family firm but also for our achievements in terms of our level of innovation, is hugely satisfying,” she said.

TJ dedicated the awards to her father Colin, who started the business and is still very much involved in the day-to-day running of the company, and the 130-strong team at the company’s New Ollerton factory – many of whom are from a small number of local families.

TV presenter Alex Polizzi – who is better known as Channel Five’s Hotel Inspector – judged the headline Family Business of the Year Award alongside Chris Taylor of Smith Cooper. Commenting on the awards, she said: “I have been very impressed with the quality of the finalists in the Family Business of the Year Award. We should all be supportive of family businesses wherever we can and it is nice to have the opportunity to sing their successes."

In order to be shortlisted for the awards, TJ and fellow director John Hamnett were quizzed for an hour by Ms Polizzi and four other judges at a panel interview.

A1 Flue Systems’ success at the Midlands Family Business Awards follows hot on the heels of our recent prestigious construction industry award: we were named Contractor of the Year at the HVR (Heating and Ventilating Review) Awards. We are also in the running for Newark Advertiser Business Awards in December.