Countryside electricity trade association SELECT has been nominated for three prestigious awards for its response to Covid-19, the stakeholder magazine and its crusade to install free heat, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms for vulnerable households.
Scotland’s largest construction trade body has been shortlisted as a finalist in three categories at the Association Excellence Awards, which recognize the vital work trade associations do for their members.
The first nomination sees SELECT nominated for Best Member Support Since Covid-19, acknowledging the organization’s ongoing response to the pandemic, which included offering members a discounted membership and a host of support practice.
It has also provided a wide range of employment, financial, health and safety and contract advice through its internal teams and through the establishment of the Construction Industry Coronavirus Forum (CICV).
The association’s second prize is awarded to the best awareness campaign or advancement of a cause (launched in 2022), with SELECT being recognized for its high-level alarm ambassador initiative, sponsored by Aico.
Launched in January, the campaign saw SELECT member businesses across the country carry out free installations for elderly and disabled people identified by the charity Care and Repair Scotland to help them comply with new government regulations.
The final installation was carried out in Dundee by electrician Ricky Brown of SELECT member company Complete Electrical Solutions (Scotland) on June 29 – just a week before the association discovered it had been nominated for the award .
SELECT’s third Association Excellence nomination is for the association’s best newsletter, blog, online or physical publication, which sees its newly relaunched stakeholder magazine, cabletalk, among the finalists.
The body will now compete against other UK trade associations in a special ceremony at the Kia Oval in London on Friday 14 October.
Alan Wilson, Managing Director of SELECT, said: “These appointments are a significant recognition of the tremendous work done by everyone at SELECT over the past two years.
“With the help of our staff, members and central board, we have been able to weather a difficult time together and come out of it stronger and more determined to help our industry thrive. Such a crisis shows the real value of professional associations for its members – as demonstrated by these appointments.
Iain Mason, Membership and Communications Director of SELECT, added: “It is a pleasure to have been nominated for the Alarm Ambassador campaign, which has been designed to help those in real need and remind the public the importance of using compliant products when updating to meet new regulations.
“We were delighted by the number of electrical professionals who were quick to volunteer their skills and time to help those in need and to highlight the importance of home safety. This nomination is a recognition of all their efforts and of the SELECT team who helped organize things behind the scenes.