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Awards success should breed motivation, not complacency

Over the years, Lakesmere Group has been delighted to enjoy success at the Construction News Specialists Awards, having previously won five times across four different categories as well as being the first ever winner of the Business Growth Award.

The boost to staff morale, both in terms of attending such events, being nominated and ultimately winning a high-profile award, is undoubtedly a major incentive for taking part.

But the feel-good factor is just one aspect of what makes such awards events so inviting.

The invaluable networking opportunities and recognition of your success among peers, supply chain partners and clients is a great way to elevate your company and showcase that which sets you apart from your competitors.

Great motivator

Awards success is not only a fantastic barometer of what has been achieved and a positive record of past glory but, more importantly, such recognition can be a great way to motivate, inspire and encourage companies to strive to not only be named as the best in their sector but continuously work hard to retain the title.

In Lakesmere’s case, we see our own award successes as testament to the fact that we are consistently performing, not that we have ‘made it’.

“Success, particularly in the specialist sector, is an ongoing challenge and something we certainly don’t take for granted”

To become complacent in your ability to win is perhaps the surest way to fail.

It was therefore a real honour to be named the Specialist of the Decade as part of the 10th anniversary of the Specialists Awards at last year’s event.

The award came just months after we celebrated our own 21st anniversary back in January.

Raise your profile – enter today!

The Specialists Awards 2015 are now open for entries, with 18 categories and new prizes on offer.

All shortlisted entrants are invited to attend a judging day to pitch face to face to our panel of senior figures from leading clients, contractors and experts.

The awards are not only an opportunity to get your business the recognition it deserves, but also to network with some the top leaders and companies in the industry and secure new work.

Entry is fast, free and online – go to

This has been a big year for Lakesmere, with record growth in turnover to £86.3m for the period ending January 2014.

Supporting this growth, we have expanded the Lakesmere network with new offices in London and Reading and embarked on a major recruitment drive.

On the project side, our work on Heathrow Airport’s new Terminal 2 is now complete and we are busy in the infrastructure sector with contracts under way for Crossrail and Network Rail.

Growth potential

With the successful integration of McMullen Facades into the Lakesmere Group, we have also increased our share of work in the specialist glass facades sector, particularly in the London residential high-rise market as well as other major cities across the UK. 

New growth opportunities have also been identified overseas, with work recently secured in Hong Kong as well as our established Middle East operations continuing to thrive.

Winning the Specialist of the Decade has been a great way to celebrate all that we have achieved so far.

But success, particularly in the specialist sector, is an ongoing challenge and something we certainly don’t take for granted.

Mark Davey is CEO of Lakesmere Group

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