SBS has won two award categories in the Building Communities Awards, which are hosted each year by the procurement consortium Efficiency East Midlands. SBS won the Innovation Award and was also named 2017 Contractor of the Year.
Attended by around 400 representatives of the housing and construction sectors, the awards took place on Friday 24th February at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham.
SBS attended the black tie event as a finalist in a total of three categories. In addition to its two wins, it was also named runner up in the Collaborative Working category.
The basis of the SBS nominations was its work on recent installation schemes for Nottingham City Homes (NCH), Chesterfield Borough Council, Bolsover District Council and Mansfield District Council. All the projects produced outstanding customer satisfaction scores, rapid completion rates and an impressive focus on quality.
SBS's first win was the 2017 Contractor of the Year award, which, as EEM notes, is open to "contractors who exceed their required duties of Health & Safety, consistently reduce construction costs, time and defects, and demonstrate business performance improvement with relevant measurement systems." Key criteria included "investment in staff training and development, corporate responsibility, sustainability, improved customer satisfaction, working closely with the supply chain and the delivery of quality."
Later in the evening, representatives of SBS, NCH and supply chain partner PermaRock Products took to the stage to collect the company's second trophy - the Innovation Award. Each year, this title goes to the organisation that can best demonstrate how its innovative thinking and working have delivered improvements to "performance, durability, safety, economy or competitiveness in the construction process." Key criteria included "clear evidence of commercial success... sustainable performance and the relationships between the product developer and other firms in the supply chain."
Speaking after the announcements, Group Commercial Director Gary Lawson said: "To be named as a finalist in any of these awards is something to be proud of, and to win one of them is even better. To go on to win two awards was just fantastic, especially since our teams worked so hard on these EEM schemes. We invested a huge amount of time, thought and effort to deliver the best possible results for clients, residents and local communities alike, so it's really gratifying to have had that commitment recognised."
As part of the Building Communities Awards, EEM organised a number of charity auctions and raffles to raise funds in support of Dementia UK , which EEM members selected as their 2017 beneficiary charity for 2017. A total of £28,000 was raised.