Trend Control Systems, the leading international manufacturer and supplier of state-of-the-art Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS), is celebrating its success at the recent Business Matters Business Awards 2016. The company fought off stiff competition to walk away with the prestigious Manufacturing and Construction Award, which recognises the investment it has made in this element of its business, as well as the high standards it operates to.
The Business Matters Business Awards highlight excellence within the circulation of the West Sussex County Times, Mid Sussex Times and the Crawley Observer, covering Horsham, Crawley, Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill. They are dedicated to recognising, rewarding and celebrating local businesses. Now in their fifth year, the 2016 awards event took place at the Gatwick Hilton Hotel and was hosted by Nick Wallis, BBC One Show presenter and Channel 5 reporter.
Sponsored by Sussex Chamber of Commerce, the Manufacturing and Construction Award was judged by an independent panel of individuals representing the local business community. The panel examined those enterprises that have demonstrated exceptional financial returns, innovation, strong growth and market leadership in the field of manufacturing and/or construction. Accepting the award, Alan Carter, Trend’s Research and Development Manager, said, ‘We are immensely proud of our long association with Sussex and believe that the region offers all the ingredients for business success. I am thrilled that Trend’s manufacturing and business excellence has been recognised in this way.’
As one of the area’s largest employers, Trend has a well established and highly successful apprenticeship programme, and firmly believes that the increasing popularity of building control technology offers a bright future for those wishing to work at the cutting edge of the green agenda. As such, two of its apprentices, Ryan Owner and Zak Tucker were nominated for the Young Achiever award and the company also sponsored the Training & Development Award, which is designed to acknowledge exemplary training programmes that make a real difference and saw Josh Hough, MAS Technicae ( International) Group Ltd emerge victorious.
Sue Sluce, Trend’s Learning and Development Manager, commented, ‘Trends’ Attitude Apprenticeship Scheme combines classroom based learning with on the job experience and since its launch in 2007 we have successfully helped 53 people become fully qualified, with a further 64 currently in training. We were delighted to sponsor the Training & Development Award for which the calibre of entrants was extremely high, and highlights how the Sussex region is leading the way in skills development.’