It’s awards season at Kimpton

At Kimpton, we have a long history of winning awards. The last awards we entered were way back in 2016 with our innovative installation of the Water Sourced Heat Pump at Plas Newydd at the National ACR & Heat Pump Awards and the Building and Energy Efficiency Awards. In both 1992 and 2004, we were winners of the Apprentice of the Year Awards.

So, it would appear that 2022 is the year of the awards again, with not one, but four nominations in different awards to be announced in the next few months. This is what we have been shortlisted for so far.

Wirral Business Awards – Sustainable Business of the Year 2022

Created by the Wirral Chamber of Commerce in its 110th year of supporting Wirral Businesses, the award is for the organisation that prioritises sustainability above all else and considers it an integral part of its business plan.

As a team, we have worked incredibly hard to embed sustainability at the heart of everything we do. We’ve seen the team really get behind a range of initiatives and make them their own. This change is now being led by the team itself and gathering momentum week by week.

Merseyside Independent Business Awards 2022 – Trades or Manufacturing Business of the Year

The MIB Awards have been running since 2013 and were founded by Morecrofts Solicitors, to celebrate their 200 year anniversary. The Awards were designed to celebrate independent businesses, their owners and those who support them in the Merseyside and Liverpool City Regions.

Two independent judging panels will review the entries to choose the winners. In their own words, the judging panels are made up of respected and experienced professionals from different parts of the Liverpool City Region. They are also from different backgrounds including PR, professional businesses, creative businesses, trade businesses, community foundations and more.

These are without doubt some of the fairest awards in any sector. It’s operated as a not-for-profit operation and sponsors or service suppliers are not allowed to enter the Awards, so there can be no question about the integrity of the winners or nominations of the Awards.

HVR Awards 2022 – shortlisted for Apprentice of the Year and Net Zero Hero

These are national awards Organised by publisher of Heating & Ventilating Review (HVR). The HVR Awards have been championing innovation, excellence and achievement across the heating and ventilation industry for ten years.

We have had two former apprentices win National Apprentice of the Year Awards. Chris Tolley, won it back in 2004 and is part of the senior team within the Kimpton business today. In 1992, Phil Morgan won the same award and is also still part of the Kimpton team, working as Air Conditioning Account Manager.

We have high Hopes for our apprentice nominee, Grace Roberts. Having joined Kimpton in 2020 at 17 years old, she’s now working towards a HNC Apprenticeship in Building Services Engineering on a pathway to become a Mechanical Services Estimator. More than this however, she is already pricing work under supervision – with the highest value tender she’s worked on so far being £500k.

Over and above her work and training, Grace also volunteers in the role of Liverpool City Region Enterprise Advisor. Kimpton are now paired with a local school, Prenton High School for Girls, where Grace has been going into the school and talking to pupils about her role at Kimpton and encouraging more girls to consider a career in Construction.

The Net Zero Hero is one we are particularly proud to be shortlisted for. As a business, Kimpton installed our first heat pumps back in the 1970’s for Walkers Crisps and Golden Wonder. We also worked with British Steel to install the first Transpired Solar Collectors in the UK. We have been at the leading edge of installing and maintaining low carbon solutions for many years.

But the path to Net Zero is a challenging one and Kimpton have taken on the far wider challenge of delivering net zero sustainably. We are looking at every aspect of the business to reduce waste at source, reuse much of what would have been previously considered as waste material and recycle all of our non-reusable waste as Refused Derived Fuel.

We’re working with schools, colleges and businesses across the Liverpool City Region to provide opportunities for the next generation of engineers to talk openly about the industry, gain work experience and eventually join our apprenticeship programme, which has seen more than 100 apprentices enter the industry. We’re proud to make the Net Zero Hero shortlist, alongside some of the huge players in the space such as SBS, Daikin and Mitsubishi.

We have been passionate advocates for sustainable low carbon and decarbonisation solutions for nearly 60 years and to be recognised for our work, is a huge honour.

Fingers crossed times four

We haven’t entered any awards for some years, so to walk straight back in with four nominations is a great achievement for the team. Even if we don’t win, it proves our work, achievements and direction of travel is being recognised by our peers and wider industry figures.

We will update you after the awards have been announced.

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