This is an article by our guest Editor Helen Duval

What an incredible year 2018 has been – the NFAs have once again left an indelible mark that reflects the high standards and quality assurances now synonymous with this industry.

Christmas and the New Year are fast approaching and we can look back at a very good year with very positive reviews of all we have achieved as publishers and online news reporting.

Most us are looking to focus on our families and the joy that comes from spending time with those we love at this time of year. It is now when we all want to take a couple of weeks to embrace the holiday season, take a deep breath and also take stock of all we would like to see happen next year.

For business owners it is also the time of year when they get chance to clear their heads, and their diaries, as they sit down to focus on reinvigorating the market for another business year ahead.

For the NFA team, we all feel exceptionally grateful and fortunate to be part of a business sector that takes a positive and professional approach to industry by promoting the best in innovation and new direction.

Reflecting on another year passing so quickly we have been lucky to be able to catch up with so many people and see the positive results they have achieved over the last 12 months. Our magazines, online portals and social media channels giving great support to their own marketing initiatives.

We can all take this time as a great opportunity to actually be able to just sit and think without too much pressure. It is a great time of year to get lost in planning and creative innovation for the sector, while looking back at the successes of the the whole year.

Visualising with a positive attitude and seeing things coming to fruition, makes it possible to see next year’s plans becoming realities. With the NFAs there will be new categories, and the 2018 winners event which is set to be bigger and better than ever before. Things are changing in a big way as they are growing in popularity, with business leaders recognising the merits of accolades that are fairly won.

This is the best time of year for looking ahead and taking time to reflect and ensure that good head starts can be achieved at the beginning of next year. Innovation across the sector has been inspiring this year so it will be interesting to see where new developments will take us throughout 2019.

They say that some of the best work happens in your head and certainly at Christmas there is no better time to be able to switch off the technology and be inspired. Many say that some of the best ideas for future direction come at times away from the office desk and telephone. It’s considered a highly productive process by many successful business leaders and innovators.

So as this year draws to a close we hope that you will all let yourselves be inspired by optimists and positive thoughts. 2019 could just be the best year yet!

The entire National Fenestration Awards team would like to wish all of you a wonderful and happy Christmas as well as a very successful 2019. We look forward to sharing your news and thoughts as you help to drive the industry forward.

Get ready for some great new developments from the whole team in the new year!

Merry Christmas everyone!