Shepherd Filters UK has won the Service and Maintenance initiative of the year award.
This is awarded to a company seen to have taken significant steps to improve standards in the area of after sales service during 2017.
The judges will have looked for evidence of a strategic approach that has helped to lengthen the life of installed equipment by setting up planned maintenance strategies, as well as improving environmental performance by fine tuning or upgrading installations to the long term benefit of clients. The winner of this award was to prove that its maintenance strategies are not cosmetic exercises, but actively helped avoid downtime and maximise the efficiency of building services installation.
The company installs environmentally-friendly kitchen grease filters made of antipodean wool in commercial premises. The product, which drastically reduces the risk of kitchen fires, has also been nominated for the Business Innovation Award at the CIS Excellence Awards.
“This is the first time we’d entered the filter for an award and we were over the moon to win.”
The H&V News judges seemed impressed by the simplicity of the product and the fact it has the potential to revolutionise the current way of working in the kitchen grease extraction industry.
“They liked the environmental benefits compared to traditional grease extract cleaning which uses water and chemicals and creates hazardous waste.”
“Because Shepherd Filters are made from wool, the product is biodegradable and can easily be disposed of with food waste. For me, the award is validation of the first year of work in the UK raising people’s awareness of this revolutionary filter and overcoming scepticism which is always the challenge when bringing something new and different to an established market.”
Shepherd Filters are an innovative alternative for the food and hospitality industry which cut the risk of fires significantly by reducing the build-up of grease in kitchen extract systems. They capture up to 98% of airborne grease before it enters the system – compared to regular metal filters which catch around 20%.
The initiative beat off competition from three other companies to win the H&V News Service and Maintenance Initiative Award for firms working in the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) industry.
Andrew Gaved, editor-in-chief of H&V News, said: “Our winners demonstrate the passion, the pride and the performance this industry offers. Above all, it is an industry that never rests on its laurels and so I am proud to congratulate all our winners.”
Congratulations Shepherd Filters UK. We are proud to accept this award and believe to be a very deserving winner in this category.