Established over twenty years ago, the ACR News Awards was the first magazine awards in the ACR industry. Such a renowned event demands a prestigious host, and the 2017 awards will be hosted by one of the UK’s top live acts: Ed Byrne. Popular throughout the UK and internationally, Ed’s witty, relaxed and confident speaking style is guaranteed to create an entertaining and engaging atmosphere for this year’s award ceremony. A regular guest on Mock the Week and featured appearances on Live at the Apollo and Have I Got News for You, Ed Byrne is a household name that is bound to bring amusement and a fresh perspective to the event.

Alongside the fantastic Ed Byrne, there are also some great sponsors lined up for the night, including Hawco, Smith Brothers Stores, Bitzer, Advanced Engineering, First Choice Refrigeration, Fixxy and Toshiba. Taking place on 23rd March at the five star Chelsea Harbour Hotel in London, this highly acclaimed celebration of excellence in the air conditioning and refrigeration industry is set to be a memorable occasion.

With such a promising host and range of notable sponsors, this is shaping up to be a truly entertaining event. As ever, the ACR News Awards aim to reward excellence and innovation in the air conditioning and refrigeration sector. This year however, there is a bit of a twist. Keeping in line with the ACR’s evolution as a brand, and the goal to reward readership as well as products and manufacturers initiatives, for the first time ever an industry vote will determine the winners of selected awards.

The remaining awards will be judged by an independent panel of industry experts.

There are also three new categories: Apprentice of the Year, Unsung Hero of the Year and Service Engineer of the Year.

ACR News editor, Lynn Sencicle comments: “In recent years, awards ceremonies have naturally distilled down to products and manufacturer initiatives. While these remain great categories bringing recognition to worthwhile products and services, we decided that it was time that the readership also had the recognition it deserves.”

So, this year, a few of the awards will fall down to the readers of ACR News. Rather than all of the winners being solely determined by the judges, people of all levels throughout the industry are able to make their voice heard and cast their vote for those that they believe are truly deserving of the awards.

Voting will open soon, with members of the industry encouraged to cast their votes online and make their voice heard for the first time ever in ACR News Awards history!