The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has announced that Mitsubishi Electric will once again be the headline sponsor for its Industry Awards and Annual Conference.

The Association has revamped and expanded its awards scheme for 2023 introducing a new qualifying format and extending the categories. They are free to enter and are designed to reward individuals, teams, and companies responsible for delivering projects, products, innovations, and initiatives that demonstrate excellence in building services engineering.

Although some awards are exclusively for BESA members, many are now open to the whole sector and entries are encouraged from across the whole industry supply chain to ensure the programme reflects the full breadth of building services expertise.

Mitsubishi Electric has sponsored the Awards for the last three years and said it had “not hesitated” when given the opportunity to support this year’s expanded programme.

“We are delighted to be supporting BESA’s awards programme and conference again,” said Oliver Collins, Mitsubishi’s channel marketing manager – contractors. “This has developed into a mutually beneficial partnership over several years and the two organisations share similar ambitions around delivering excellence in skills, technical innovation, and regulatory compliance.

“We also have a long-standing collaboration with BESA on health and well-being in buildings and net zero – two themes that are strongly represented in the awards.”

The Association launched several new awards last year including Net Zero Initiative and Product Innovation and has now expanded even further so more categories are open to entries from across the sector.

The Awards Finals will take place in London on October 12 following the Association’s 2023 Annual Conference. This gala dinner event will feature a celebrity host and live band – last year’s event was attended by more than 450 people. It will be the culmination of a series of regional dinners and awards running from May to July across all of BESA’s regions in England and the devolved nations.

Each of the BESA regions will shortlist entrants to go forward to the national final. Some categories will only be held at a national level without regional heats.

The BESA Industry Awards 2023 continues the Association’s long-standing tradition of celebrating and rewarding apprentices and other emerging building services talent, but also reflects the industry’s efforts to get to grips with today’s big issues like building safety, indoor air quality, and diversity.

There are awards for outstanding projects and firms as well as individuals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty for the greater good of the industry. Categories cover the full supply chain from manufacturers and distributors though contractors, engineers, and clients. The awards also honour the next generation of engineers with the popular apprentice categories.

A full list of categories and the dates of the regional events can be found here.

An expert panel of judges chaired by BESA technical director Graeme Fox has been assembled from across the sector and includes both the current President Rab Fletcher and president-elect Claire Curran. Young engineers are also well represented on the panel which includes current CIBSE ASHRAE Graduate of the Year Sana Hafsa.

“We are extremely grateful to Mitsubishi Electric for their continued support and commitment to the causes that are so important to our members,” said Fletcher. “It would not be possible for us to deliver such a comprehensive and ambitious programme without the continuity provided by our main commercial partner – so this ongoing collaboration is providing several tangible benefits to the whole building engineering sector.”

For a full list of categories and how to enter BESA’s Industry Awards 2023 click here

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