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Utility Week 7th August 2015

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28 | 7TH - 13TH AUGUST 2015 | UTILITY WEEK Community Events T he Utility Week Awards are an excuse to break out the finery and enjoy an industry-renowned night out, but it is also an important opportunity to reflect on a hard year's work within the utility industry. With utilities proving time and again their dedication and ambition, it's a privilege to host a celebration of the year's stand-out performances, whether in a great media cam- paign, community initiative or technology application. Year on year, there are always achievements worthy of being singled out and held up among peers from the sector. The Utility Week Awards recognise all the disciplines a utility business needs to thrive, from the Utility of the Year award, to more niche areas such as staff development and excellence in streetworks. More than 1,400 guests attended last year's ceremony and more than 200 com- panies from the industry were represented. These awards, held at London's plush Gros- venor House Hotel in London's West End, give utilities the precious opportunity to gain the public recognition they deserve. The waiting as the shortlist is read out can be tense on the night, but the winning makes those endless seconds worth it. However, to win it, you've got to enter, so don't miss an opportunity that only comes round once a year. The Utility Week Awards 2015 will be held on 14 December, and if that date seems far off, the deadline for entering is looming much closer, the 4th of September. To find out how to enter, visit: www.utilit- yweekawards.co.uk, where you will also find an entry from that can be filled out free. For full list of last year's winners, visit: http://bit.ly/15SvMWS One month left to enter the Utility Awards 2015 You've got to be in it to win it, so get on board and get the recognition you deserve, says Lucinda Dann. THIS YEAR'S CATEGORIES • Capital Project Management Award • Community Initiative of the Year • Customer Care Award • Excellence in Streetworks, in association with NJUG • Industry Champion • Smart Utilities Award • Environment Award • IT Initiative of the Year • Marketing Initiative of the Year • Staff Development Award • Supply Chain Excellence • Team of the Year • Utility of the Year Marketing Initiative 2014: Thames Water "Winning the Marketing Initiative Award was a great reminder of what can be achieved when a team is passionate about its subject. Our sewer flushers battle blocked sewers every day, so took every opportunity to take the media into the dark, clogged underbelly of London. "This award recognised the hard work they have all put in to show the public how modern living is clogging the arteries of our cities. Their ability to bring this issue to life in a fascinating way captured the imaginations of millions and turned the 'fatberg' into a global news story." Campaign manager Craig Rance "This was a campaign that tapped into the consciousness of our customers to achieve recognition of a previously unseen and largely disregarded problem." Richard Aylard, director of external affairs For a full list of winners: http://bit.ly/15SvMWS ]

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