New RAC award, inagurated to recognise all-round business achievement, goes to Yorkshire consultancy
The winner of RAC’s Cooling Business of the Year 2018, presented just before Christmas, is Yorkshire-based refrigeration consultancy Wave Refrigeration.
Wave won the inaugural award, which was conceived as a way of recognising the importance of all-round business achievement, not just technology, for its ‘commitment to growing its team, its customer base and its reputation.’
Runners-up were diverse AC manufacturer Daikin Airconditioning UK and refrigeration maintenance technology specialist Gel-clear.
Our independent judges, Russell Beattie, chief executive of trade association FETA and Graeme Fox, head of Refcom, praised the standard from the finalists.
Mr Beattie said: “Both large companies and small start ups have any number of competing priorities on their time and resources so it is really heartening to see these stories. They are setting a great example. Irrespective of the size of the business it is all about the leadership element providing the vision and direction.”
Mr Fox said that in the end Wave Refrigeration was just ahead: “It’s a very competitive market they’re working in, but Wave have managed to establish good contacts with major end users, their staff are members of the respective professional institutes, and they have built a good reputation.”
Daikin UK was in turn praised for “being a great example of what can be achieved at a multinational business”, while Gel-clear was cited for its creation of niche products in a highly competitive market and ‘working well at creating synergies with other companies in the supply chain.’
RAC Editor Andrew Gaved said: “As we have come to expect in this industry, when we launch something new, it takes a while for the idea to catch on, and it has taken companies with imagination and vision to join us on the journey in the first year. Other awards out there, including our own Cooling Awards, are more focused on the technology aspect and so we wanted to do something to celebrate companies in all their facets, doing good work for their staff and the industry as a whole, as well as for their customers. I’m delighted that our finalists showed such a high standard and thrilled to be able to present the first Award to Wave, in recognition of their commitment to ‘holistic’ development.”
Wave founder James Bailey said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won the inaugural Cooling Business of the Year Award. It is testament to the dedication and ability of the team at Wave.”
The Cooling Business of the Year is distinctive in RAC’s portfolio in that entrants pay a fee, which gives them entry to the awards, along with an editorial profile, based on their entry form. These can be seen , in our special supplement here.