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OFTEC Celebrates Heating Oil Excellence in Manchester
23rd October 2012
Over 170 guests from the oil heating industry celebrated the OFTEC Awards for Excellence at the Central Convention Centre in Manchester. There were eight categories of awards ranging from installer of the year to innovative product of the year.
Both installers and manufacturers were recognised for their contributions to the industry and deadpan humour was provided by Rich Hall, one of the regular guests on BBC television's 'Mock The Week'.
In some categories it was hard to choose a winner, with Adam John Smith from Dorset and Graham Taylor from Tunbridge Wells sharing the prize for oil boiler installer of the year. Similarly Grant UK shared the prize for innovative product of the year for their Combisol hot water system with Kingspan Environmental.
Sponsors of the awards included Grant UK, Riello, Worcester Bosch and Trade Direct. The event followed the Oil & Renewable Energy Show which took place at the same venue on 17th and 18th October. Visitors to the show were able to see how oil can be integrated with renewables to provide off mains customers with what OFTEC describes as a 'cost effective and environmentally friendly way' to heat their homes.
OFTEC Award Winners 2012
Service and Commissioning Technician of the Year: Paul Shepherd, Shepherd Combustion Services, Warwickshire.
Trainee of the Year: Declan Phelan, Uniheat, Republic of Ireland.
Oil Tank Installer of the Year: Martin Sly, Martin Sly Plumbing & Heating, Dorset.
Oil Boiler Installer of the Year: Adam John Smith, Total Energy Services, Dorset, and Graham Taylor, WD Taylor Plumbing & Heating, Tunbridge Wells.
Best Website: Grant UK
Best Technical Support: Worcester Bosch
Training Centre of the Year: Grant UK
Innovative Product of the Year: Grant UK and Kingspan Environmental