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Building towards the greatest prize
The moment when 3W Developments was named as the FMB's Master Builder of the Year 2012 will live long in the memory. The 3W team still swear they had no inkling they were the winners, so when their name was pulled out of the envelope up on stage in front of 600 guests from across the construction industry, their eruptions of joy were genuine and spontaneous.
Sam Whiting of 3W Developments Ltd, the current holders of the coveted crown, explain what winning the award has done for their business.
The 2015 Awards will be presented by Channel 4's Charlie Luxton
"We have definitely seen an increase in the level of enquiries following all the publicity," Sam says. "And this is the type of project we would like to do more of: larger scale builds that show the quality of our work. To be honest, they are also more satisfying to work on.
As well as driving away in a brand new Nissan Navara, the accolade of being the FMB's Master Builder of the Year has helped introduce 3W to a whole new list of clients, who can surely say their project is in safe hands with 3W on board.
Sam Whiting from 3W Developments Ltd - previous overall winners
So as the nominations are now being judged for the next edition of the Awards, across nine categories and all the FMB regions, it's worth considering what winning one of these accolades can do for your business, especially in terms of increasing your exposure in the media and winning over new customers.
Helped by the promotional efforts of the FMB, the 3W's work has been covered in local papers and radio stations, with the project also being featured in glossy lifestyle magazines and an FMB video.
- New Home of the Year
- Kitchen of the Year
- Bathroom of the Year
- Small Renovation Project of the Year (costing up to £150,000)
- Large Renovation Project of the Year (costing more than £150,000)
- Commercial Project of the Year
- Energy Efficiency Project of the Year
- Heavenly Builder
- Apprentice of the Year
- Master Builder of the Year (builder) - brand new light commercial vehicle
- Master Builder of the Year (client) - cheque for £3,000
- Apprentice of the Year - cheque for £1,000
- Apprentice of the Year (employer) - £250
- All national winners and their clients - £250