Trade Association SELECT nominated for trio of prestigious awards

04 August 2022

CAMPAIGNING CONSTRUCTION sector Trade Association SELECT has been nominated for three prestigious awards for the organisation’s response to COVID-19, its stakeholder magazine and an ongoing crusade to install free heat, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms for vulnerable householders.

Scotland’s largest construction trade body has been shortlisted as a finalist in three categories at the Association Excellence Awards, which are designed to salute the vital work Trade Associations transact on behalf of their members.

The first nomination sees SELECT nominated for Best Membership Support Since COVID-19, duly recognising the body’s ongoing response to the pandemic, which has included offering members a discounted subscription in addition to a wealth of practical support.

The Trade Association has also delivered a huge range of employment, financial, Health and Safety and contractual guidance via its in-house teams and through the creation of the Construction Industry Coronavirus Forum.

Alarm Ambassadors

The second award for which SELECT has been nominated is the Best Awareness Campaign or Advancement of a Cause (launched in 2022), with the Trade Association recognised on this occasion in respect of its high-profile Alarm Ambassadors initiative, which is sponsored by Aico.

Launched back in January, the campaign saw SELECT member firms across the country carry out free installations for elderly and disabled people identified by the Care and Repair Scotland charity in order to help them comply with new Scottish Government regulations.

The final installation was carried out in Dundee by electrician Ricky Brown of SELECT member company Complete Electrical Solutions (Scotland) on 29 June, just a week before the Trade Association discovered that it had been nominated for the award.

Stakeholder magazine

SELECT’s third Association Excellence Awards nomination is for Best Association Newsletter, Blog, Online or Physical Publication, which sees its newly-relaunched stakeholder magazine, CableTalk, among the finalists.

The Association Excellence Awards take place at The Kia Oval in London (the home of Surrey County Cricket Club) on Friday 14 October.

Alan Wilson (pictured), managing director of SELECT, explained to Fire Safety Matters: “These nominations are a significant endorsement for the tremendous work carried out by everyone at SELECT over the past couple of years. With the help of our staff, member companies and the Central Board, we have been able to tackle a challenging period together and emerge stronger and more determined to help our industry thrive. Such a crisis shows the real value of Trade Associations to their members. These nominations demonstrate that assertion.”

Compliant products

Iain Mason, SELECT’s director of membership and communications, added: “It’s pleasing to have been nominated for the Alarm Ambassadors campaign, which was designed to help those in genuine need and remind members of the public of the importance of using compliant products when updating to meet the new regulations.”

Mason concluded: “We were delighted by the number of electrical professionals who were quick to volunteer their skills and time to help the needy and to highlight the importance of safety in the domestic space. This nomination is in recognition of all their efforts, and of the efforts given by SELECT team members who helped organise things behind the scenes.

SELECT’s circa 1,250 member businesses boast an annual turnover of around £1 billion and employ more than 15,000 individuals in addition to some 3,500 apprentices. Founded back in 1900, SELECT also delivers training courses for upwards of 3,500 electricians each year and, as an organisation, is wholly committed to industry regulation for a safer Scotland.