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FABVIEW Judge lest not ye be judged Icredibility and the quality and the integrity of the right entrant won. Danny Williams wasn’t happyIt may not be the Oscars but any industry awards tend toexcite, distress and stimulate discussion as to whetherthink it is time for a confession…Many ofthose that know me will have heard my rantsover the years about the relevance and thethe various awards over the years and as it’s the most prominent, especially of the G Awards. with the G Awards...and he won.Last year at G11, was almost the last straw as despite thorough development, full testing and justifiable claims that it was the ‘world’s most Left: The scene is set before the audience arrives – energy efficient window’, we didn’t even get to last year’s G12 Awards were deemed another success but are they what they should be? the finals with our new, expensively developed and thoroughly marketed Signature window. In any category. Which of course fuelled a further few months of ranting. The confession is that, well, I, actually, despite my whinging, I always enter Several of the categories. I want to win the bloody thing. And this year we did, or at least, our apprentice, Mitchell Gooch did and well deserved it was too…I also took a table, pressured into it by the boss of my PR agency who told me not that it would be good for the image of Pioneer Trading and the Signature brand but that I would enjoy it and it was just great fun. I did and it was and my guests enjoyed it too. Above: For once Danny Williams was successful in the Apprentice of the Year Awards but he It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening, even if I remains sceptical. From left to right: Master had to endure my PR agency’s taunts of: “I told of ceremonies, Patrick Kielty, Danny Williams, you so.” Their fee can wait this month. I have to admit that I want to do well at the Mitchell Gooch (apprentice winner) and Paul Godwin, sponsor representative. I am almost delighted, therefore, to be able to G Awards. I want to go up on stage and collect a say that I also entered several awards’ categories big shiny glass trophy and I want to show my have done and spots a flaw, or at least, a including the Energy Efficiency category for our staff and tell them: “This is down to you” and perceived shortcoming, then wouldn’t it help if Signature Window (which trying not to be a have a glass of champagne with them and know we knew what that was? And as part of the complete bore, is genuinely the most energy that others agree with me that our process, examine entrants even more thoroughly efficient casement window available in Britain products/services/what have you that we have – let’s have factory and site visits for every today) and again I didn’t win it. No, I’m not entered are the best. category, not just Fabricator of the Year and one masochistic, just delighted because I still have But how? That’s the problem. or two others. something to moan about, despite having a The glass and glazing industry needs the What I am suggesting, to offer the G Awards damned good time. G Awards, or something like them. It is a good and any others like them a value that would go I now want to know what I have to do to win night out and the growing numbers are way beyond the razzmatazz of the Awards the Energy Efficiency Award and others that I testament to the desire of the industry to have a dinner, is to provide transparency. If we are to may wish to add to our extensive trophy cabinet good party. But it is also important that we have learn and improve as a result of the existence of at Pioneer headquarters. We have tried a forum that allows us to show off the good awards’ schemes and not just the entrants but everything; staff of varying technical abilities things that companies and individuals are others too, the decisions of the judges should be have completed many entries over the years, even striving to achieve; one that allows us an published; everything, warts an’ all. It will create including a seasoned competition opportunity to be proud of what we are doing, controversy without doubt, even full on rows but competition/awards form-filler. And still without that it’s important to raise the bar and then it will also remove doubt and silence the success, until our Mitch won a few weeks ago at leap over it. doubters that, like me, have questioned the value G12. But of course, we should have won However, I also believe that rather than or even the integrity of such competitions. It will everything else we entered, because we were the entering such awards, like a drunk fumbling also improve, not just our future entries but very best…I know we were. How could we not around in the dark, we should be able to conceivably, even the products or services have been? understand the broad criteria the judges use to themselves, if the judges spot something that the And I suppose thereby hangs the tale. I arrive at their decisions; why each makes the entrant had missed. continue to find it inconceivable that anyone decisions they do. Then, the next time, we may Now, that would be useful, wouldn’t it? Were could have offered a better entry than us when try harder, improve further, do better, not just at any of my suggestions taken up, I can see myself we submitted the Signature Sash but the people entering the competition but also, perhaps, even thrown into apoplexy but I would then calm that count, the judges who are no doubt a improve the product, or the service and down and take a good, hard look at what was fine assembly of honest and true men and ultimately, genuinely have an impact on the said. Having written that I feel that I have a women who have no biases or alliances or pre industry in the way that such awards should. better insight into the minds of religious zealots; conceived ideas, disagreed. We, that s, I, got it It is not that we should all create our products I am not a religious man but I do feel better for wrong, yet again. and design our services solely with winning a that confession and bit of self flagellation. Yet, we keep getting it wrong and I would like G Award in mind – that, of course, would be Perhaps because I have that out in the open, to know why and how. ridiculous. But despite designing a product to the those around me won’t be put through a year of So, despite my rants and rages and throwing best of our abilities and experience and technical my rants. my toys out of the pram over the years, I suppose resources, if someone else looks at something we See you at the next one, then. 46 January 2013 Glass & Glazing Products


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