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Latest win makes it a hat-trick of family business awards

A1 has another award to add to the bulging trophy cabinets in our reception area.

The latest is a Highly Commended in the Manufacturing Excellence category at the Family Business Awards.

It’s the third year in a row that we have come away with an accolade from the charitable initiative organised by Nottingham-based The Wilson Organisation to celebrate the endeavours and achievements of family-run businesses across the Midlands.

Our submission focused on the processes we have firmly in place at A1 to consolidate our position as the UK market leader in the manufacture of commercial flue and chimney systems.

As part of the award submission and subsequent panel interview with judges, we talked about how we have taken on more staff this year, increased our overall capabilities – particularly through the Knowledge Transfer Programme with the University of Nottingham – and invested £1m in new machinery.

At the panel interview, we also told the judges about the formation of our new company A1 Expo and our plans to bring the same high level of manufactured products to the domestic market.

Our Director TJ said that, once again, it was great that the spotlight has been shone on a family company based in a quiet corner of Nottinghamshire that has become the UK leader in flue technology, capability and manufacture.

She said: “We say it every time, but it is so true that everyone who works at A1 has earned the recognition that goes with winning an award because each and every one of us is fully committed to being the best at what we do.

“We never rest on our laurels, which is why we are conservatively at least five years ahead of our nearest competitors and at least ten years ahead of the market because excellence in manufacturing is at the core of what we do, and everyone at A1 is fully focused on that vision.”