A1 scoops two Chamber awards

Jack Cranmer, TJ Duncan-Moir and John Hamnett

A1 Flue Systems is celebrating after winning two East Midlands Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.

The Ollerton based company – which employs 140 people and is the UK market leader in the design, manufacture and installation of industrial flue and chimney systems – picked up the “Manufacturer of the Year” and “Apprentice of the Year” awards.

Directors TJ Duncan-Moir and John Hamnett received the manufacturing award at the ceremony at the Nottingham Belfry Hotel and 19-year-old Jack Cranmer collected his apprenticeship award.

The awards cap a stellar year for the company that has seen it achieve record orders and secure a number of high-profile projects. In January this year A1 announced a deal which will see flue systems designed and manufactured in North Nottinghamshire installed inside the iconic towers that are being dismantled and rebuilt as part of the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station in London.

Duncan-Moir said: “Making the shortlist in two categories for the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce Business Awards was a fantastic achievement – but to win two awards is absolutely incredible.

“Being recognised as the region’s Manufacturer of the Year is a wonderful accolade and it is high praise for passion, dedication and commitment for everyone who works at A1 Flue Systems.

“We work in a very challenging sector and projects are still hard fought and hard won – so winning two such prestigious and coveted awards vindicates our belief in our continued drive to remain 8-10 years ahead of the rest of the market”.

Whilst the company is delighted to be crowned Manufacturer of the Year, the directors are over the moon that apprentice Cranmer picked up his award as it highlights the future is looking equally bright for the company.

Hamnett said: “Ours is a niche industry and we recognise that we have to develop our own talent for the future through our Flue School programme. Jack is a shining example of how we are nurturing exceptional young people to be the next generation of A1 Flue Systems.

“Jack has shown himself to be a very capable young man who is already working at a level beyond his years. The Estimating Team pass all Scottish projects to Jack, and his ability to produce accurate estimates utilising the most efficient flue and chimney systems has been one of the key reasons why A1 has seen an 80% increase in the amount of projects that the company is securing in Scotland”.

Cranmer joined A1 on the advice of his grandfather who was the first employee of the company when it was founded in 1973.

He said: “My family were very supportive in suggesting joining A1 and apprenticeship has been a great pathway into a career that I love. Winning the award was amazing and it was great that so many of my colleagues and family were there to share the occasion with me”.