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Materials Supplier of the Year: Winner

Winner: Cemex

Materials are essential to the smooth running of any successful project, and they come from a variety of sources, in all shapes and sizes.

The inaugural award for Materials Supplier of the Year saw timber suppliers going up against brickmakers, and lintel manufacturers vying with merchants.

In the end, our judges were unanimous in naming Cemex as the year’s best materials supplier.

The firm provided strong evidence of industry-leading safety standards.

It conducted a number of innovative safety days in 2014, attended by more than 2,000 of its employees  - alongside suppliers, customers and even competitors - in an example of working collaboratively across the industry to collectively raise standards.

“Cemex balances health and safety, as well as the customer, at the heart of everything it does”

Judges’ comment

Cemex’s cycle safety campaign was also recognised for its driver training, sharing of best practice and cyclist education events.

In particular, its Changing Places sessions in urban environments see truck drivers put on bicycles to see the road from a new perspective, and cyclists in truck cabs to understand the difficulties experienced there.

So far, more than 6,000 cyclists have sat in Cemex cabs, with cameras being retrofitted to trucks across the fleet to aid drivers’ vision.

Training continues in other areas, too, with more than 28,000 training interventions taking place in 2014.

The judges were also impressed with Cemex’s commitment to “industry-leading” stand-downs, with the entire business shut for the first two days of 2015 to carry out training.

The first day focused on improving H&S, the second on improving customers’ experiences.

Customer satisfaction was high, with a 96 per cent on-time delivery record speaking for itself. Innovative project solutions were also evident, with Cemex working on the Lee Tunnel project for Thames Water.

The firm delivered a number of ground-breaking concrete solutions on the scheme, including a 29-day annulus pour - said to be the longest slipform pour ever undertaken in Europe.

Sustainability is also at the forefront of Cemex’s business, with a partnership with RSPB seeing the company create 1 sq m of priority habitat in the UK for every 10 cu m of concrete produced.

Highly Commended: Howarth Timber Group

Howarth Timber Group impressed our judges with its “honesty, integrity and trustworthiness”.

This long-standing family firm demonstrated a clear passion for delivering excellent products every time, coupled with outstanding customer service, and as such the judges felt it deserved recognition.

The company recorded a 23 per cent increase in both enquiries and orders in the first six months of 2014 compared with the same period of 2013, while the past 12 months also saw a sharp increase in the specification of its cladding products.

Finalists:

Hope Construction Materials

Jewson

The Keystone Group

Rudridge

Wienerberger

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