And the winners are:

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And the winners are:

Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) members from across the sector were rewarded for their outstanding performance, professionalism and excellence at the inaugural LEEA Awards 2018.

Over 260 guests enjoyed the prestigious event, which took place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Milton Keynes on the evening of 14November. Hosted by celebrity and former England Rugby star, Matt Dawson, the occasion raised £2,153.50 for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

A total of eight awards were presented and the winners were:

Apprentice of the Year joint winners: Laurence James of Calder Lifting Services Limited and James Hume of William Hackett Lifting Products Limited. Commendation: Usaama Hussain – Andron Handling Ltd.

Customer Service winner: Service Through Knowledge – Ranger Lifting-Rigging-Safety. Commendation: The sales team of Rope Assemblies.

Innovative Product of the Year, presented by David Ogden of sponsor Andron Handling, winner: Industrial Training International (ITI) for its ITI VR Crane & Equipment Training Simulators. Commendation: 1058SC – Pallet Lifting Cage, Eichinger Equipment Ltd.

Manager of the Year winner: Oliver Auston of Checkmate Lifting and Safety. Commendations: Linda Martin of Rope assemblies Ltd and Martin Fisher of Lifting Gear UK Ltd.

Safety Award, presented by Doug Price of Sponsor, Rigging Services, winner: Straightpoint UK Ltd. Commendation: Walk to work Survikit Bag, Survitec.

Sustainable Solution of the Year, presented by Tim Burgess of sponsor William Hackett Lifting Products Limited, joint winners: Certex UK and Lloyd’s British - A Speedy Business.

Unsung Hero, presented by Maria Hadlow, editor of LHI Magazine, winner: Gerry Miller of Scotia Handling Services Limited. Commendation: Ian Hume – William Hackett Lifting Products Ltd.

Kevin Holmes Award, presented by Kevin’s son, Daniel Holmes, winner: Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformance Council. Commendation: Street CraneXpress.


Dr Ross Moloney, CEO of the Lifting Engineers Equipment Association (LEEA) said: “The LEEA Awards is all about recognising the excellence of our members and showcasing it to the global lifting industry and to end user markets. The response has been overwhelmingly positive – from the high number and impressive standard of entries to an outstanding turnout for an incredible evening. I thank all those companies and individuals that took the time to enter. Congratulations to all the finalists and, of course, the winners and special thanks to our sponsors for their outstanding support.”

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