Firm a finalist in quartet of awards

Commercial heating and ventilation specialists Lord Combustion Services is hoping to achieve a quadruple win after being named as finalist in four national building services awards.

Lord Combustion Services directors Greg Jones and Mark Chapman celebrate their four H & V Awards finalist placings with from front left Jill Sidebottom, Suzanne Birch, Peter Drew and Matthew Smith
Lord Combustion Services directors Greg Jones and Mark Chapman celebrate their four H & V Awards finalist placings with from front left Jill Sidebottom, Suzanne Birch, Peter Drew and Matthew Smith

The Oldbury-based sector business has been shortlisted in four categories at the Heating and Ventilation News Awards, launched by industry publication H&V News.

Lord Combustion Services, which celebrates its 40th anniversary next year, is in the running for the small company achievement of the year; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning contractor of the year and Covid frontline achievement of the Year.

Contracts engineer Matthew Smith is a finalist for the apprentice of the year (21 and under) award.

The winners will be announced during a dinner event at the Hilton Park Lane Hotel on November 11.

Operating since 1982, Lord Combustion Services serve more than 1000 customers each year, from delivering heating and hot water work for landmark buildings such as Edgbaston cricket ground through to numerous NHS sites, schools and other public buildings.

Despite the challenges of Covid-19 and accompanying lockdown restrictions the company, which is based in Dudley Road East, reported a successful year having supported clients throughout the year in ensuring their sites met heating and safety requirements.

Lord kept commercial hot water systems operating to ensure hand washing facilities were available to continue the fight against Covid-19. During the pandemic 100 per cent of high priority emergency calls were attended within two hours, Lord reported, while all calls in general were attended within target response times and no clients were left without heating or hot water, despite the challenging operating environment.

Managing director Stuart Smith said Lord colleagues were delighted to be named as finalists in all four categories in which they submitted entries. Stuart said: “Lord is a team effort, so it means a great deal to be recognised for our work at a national level by such a prestigious industry title.

“Like all businesses, we have overcome adversity to deliver results for clients during the pandemic. To be named as national awards finalists for the first time in four decades in business and across such a varied range of categories is a great endorsement for the achievements of the past year.

“Lord is proud to operate in the Black Country and across the West Midlands, so we look forward to representing the region and its high standard of businesses at a national level.”

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