On Thursday 26th March, the National Fenestration Awards held their first ever winner’s event. From day one, it had always been the aim of the NFAs to be able to celebrate winners at a physical event. So that Thursday marked an important step for the awards scheme, and for those attending and to receive their awards.
The day started in typical British summer time style, wet, windy and rather chilly. But some excellent staff and equally excellent breakfast made sure that the climate didn’t affect the day. After a few delays due to the traffic, the group was split up into two teams for the day where they would take part in some excellent cars and challenges.
The cars themselves were the superb Caterham 7, Land Rover Defender on a brilliant 4×4 circuit, and some brand spanking new Toyota GT86 Rally cars that we were lucky enough to be the first corporate event to use them.
Each team took part in one challenge in the morning, and were then treated to an excellent and relaxed lunch. The energy in the room was amazing. People were buzzing from their mornings driving and couldn’t wait to get back out.
The afternoon session seemed to fly by. Both teams getting out on track to test out all three of the cars. The Toyota GT 86 Rally and Caterham 7 both proved extremely popular throughout the day, and are now probably on the “to buy” list for a lot of those who attended on Thursday!
It was back to the Foggarty Moss suite one last time for more food and refreshments, where Driver of the Day trophies were handed out to the best drivers in each of the cars. And of course, the main reason why everyone was there, to pick up their National Fenestration Awards trophies for their success in the 2014 campaign.
So with everyone in great spirits, it was over to the Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa for a chance to check in and get scrubbed up for a great night of drinks and relaxed networking, provided kindly by the Truemans Windows team.
Great feedback and a future industry regular event
The early feedback of the event from those that attended has been overwhelmingly positive. Jason Grafton-Holt, Co-Founder and Director of the NFAs had this to say:
“The reaction from those who attended the race day has bowled over the whole NFA team. Whenever you attempt something for the first time, you kind of expect a hiccup along the way. But the staff at Oulton Park made sure that every single person there had an amazing day. The rest of the NFA team also put in a great effort to make sure everything ran smoothly.
A massive thanks has to go to the industry for giving the NFAs so much support in the past couple of years. And a massive thanks too to The VEKA UK Group, GQA Qualifications and Windowbase, as without their support for the event, it simply would not have happened.
We’re already looking forward to the next winner’s event, and I’m pretty sure everyone who attended this one will want to be part of the next one too! We’re hoping this can become a regular industry event that everyone can look forward to.”
The National Fenestration Awards are already looking to prepare for the next winner’s event, with main event sponsors now being sought. Window Ware are already the first to sign on for 2015, with more companies to be announced in the coming weeks. So with a limited number of main event slots available and lots of interest in the NFAs right now, be sure to contact the NFAs so as to not miss out.