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A1 Director crowned Businesswoman of the Year

A1 Flue Systems’ Director TJ Duncan-Moir has been crowned Businesswoman of the Year 2016.

The first lady of flues collected her award at the Nottingham Post’s Businesswoman of the Year Awards, which were held at the Crowne Plaza in the city centre.

TJ picked up the award in recognition of the impact she has made since she took the helm of the family business with fellow director John Hamnett five years ago. In particular, the award recognised the progress the company has made, not just increasing its UK position – as market leaders in the design, manufacture and installation of commercial and industrial chimney, flue and exhaust systems – but also taking the company to the world stage, with flues made in Nottinghamshire now being exported across the globe.

Speaking at the awards, TJ said it is a great honour to be the recipient of such a prestigious award and dedicated the award to the 140 staff at the Ollerton company for transforming a quiet corner of North Nottinghamshire into a UK centre of excellence in commercial flue and chimney technology.

“This is an incredible achievement for A1 Flue Systems because it truly is a team effort and great recognition for a family business with family values that is proud of the fact that it employs generations of local families,” she said.

“As a business, we strive to be the very best we can in terms of the standards to which we design, engineer, manufacture and install flue systems – and awards like this highlight just how far the business has come. It’s also exciting to realise that there’s so much more we can achieve.”

Judges were impressed that A1 is involved with some of the UK’s most prestigious and high-profile projects. A1’s flues are installed in virtually all of the most iconic buildings on the London skyline – including The Shard, the Gherkin and even Buckingham Palace. And in January 2016, it was able to formally announce that it had won the contract to install flue systems as part of the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station.

Also, this year, A1 has made massive strides forward exporting its flues around the world – with a focus on supplying flue systems for construction and infrastructure projects in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as the region gears up to host events such as the World Cup in 2022.

TJ admitted that she never intended to go into the family business and started a hairdressing apprenticeship after she left school. She said she got sucked into helping her father when A1 bought its first word processor – because it was exactly the same model as the one she used at college as part of her day release – and she’s never looked back.

She added: “Being the boss’s daughter meant I had to work twice as hard and be twice as good just to be on a par with everyone at A1, and I served a 20-year apprenticeship, so I know every inch of the business inside and out.

“I’m just a girl who works hard in a family business that is doing alright in challenging times – I never thought that I’d be given the accolade of Businesswoman of the Year for that!”