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How one award winner generated UK-wide interest in their business

Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding’s financial manager Lynn Way tells CN why entering the Specialists Awards turned out to be a valuable boost to the company.

After receiving an email for the Specialists Awards 2012, I thought entering it would highlight our company for high-profile projects. The Heartlands Project was unique for Cornwall and well known in our area. The temporary roof erected was unusual and I thought would stand out. 

On the night we had no idea of what was to come and Chris felt it was good for all of the key members of the company to be there. When we won the award for Access and Scaffolding we felt that we had received the recognition that we wanted for an outstanding project. Chris has worked hard over the years gaining respect from all over Cornwall and the company became known for being very safety conscious. 

We were overwhelmed to then win the Special Award and it was fantastic to see the support from everyone in the room. On returning to Cornwall we informed our clients, suppliers and the local press.

Our business was going through the normal slow period post-Christmas. On receipt of the award we started receiving interest from larger organisations all over the UK. We were already looking at changing our system scaffolding but we had a new system shown to us which we will be promoting. The Plettac System is made in Germany and we feel will progress the company into other areas. 

Chris has also devised new working procedures for our scaffolders and we recently gained the Achilles Link up qualification for Network Rail. The company is currently training all its operatives in the new Plettac system scaffolding and now PTS training for working on the rail network. 

Receiving the award has definitely opened the door to other areas of scaffolding that we may not have considered and that are now projecting the company forward into a new era.

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