Category Sponsors 


The BITZER Group
Sponsoring The Alan Moor Award

Bitzer is a global leader in the manufacture of compressors for refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump applications. Renowned for their reliability and efficiency, Bitzer compressors, packs and condensing units are specified by many of the world’s leading end users – in sectors as diverse as food and drink manufacture, food retail, transport, cold storage and industrial process cooling. We wish all entrants and finalists good luck in the forthcoming awards, and look forward to celebrating and toasting the industry’s achievements at the finals event in the New Year.



Sponsoring the Apprentice of the Year Award

HAWCO, founded in 1973, today is a leading supplier of engineering component parts and spares to the refrigeration, air conditioning, heating, electrical and process control sectors. Part of Diploma PLC – a FTSE 250 company, Hawco currently work with thousands of manufacturers across the UK and around the world, supplying more than 26,000 products. They offer an expert team of application engineers to help your business go further. From sourcing a component part anywhere in the world to design-in engineering and on-going technical support, whatever your business requires, Hawco can help.



Sponsoring the Air Conditioning Ancillary Product of the Year Award

Hitachi Air Conditioning Europe SAS, a subsidiary of Johnson Controls – Hitachi Air Conditioning, incorporates all activities for air conditioning and heating products, including sales, manufacture and service operations across the European market. From our purpose-built manufacturing facility near Barcelona, Spain, over 250 highly-skilled staff produce over 70,000 of our indoor, outdoor and chiller products each year.

Our extensive product range features renewable energy air source heat pumps, ventilation and energy efficient air conditioning products suitable for all home, commercial and industrial heating and cooling applications, many of which are supplied with a generous 5-year warranty.

Hitachi Air Conditioning products are available direct or from an extensive network of approved distribution partners.



On-The-Night Sponsors 


Advanced Engineering

A recognised market leader in the manufacture and supply of coil cleaners and service equipment to the air conditioning and refrigeration industry.Established in 1982, Advanced has built up an outstanding reputation as the provider of world-beating equipment for AC&R service engineers. To achieve that position, it has constantly scoured the globe for products that offer exceptional performance.



First Choice Group

First Choice Group is a UK’s  spare parts supplier for commercial catering.

With a reputation for delivering outstanding customer service and efficiency the company, founded in 1999, works in partnership with all of the industry’s leading brands to offer genuine OEM spares.  

Operating with a database of more than one-million parts First Choice Group also services the refrigeration, laundry, coffee and bakery industries.

First Choice Refrigeration Spares incorporates specialist knowledge of the refrigeration trade and supplies spare parts and technical information for many of the leading brands.

It also assists with van stock and ancillary items from the likes of Embraco, Danfoss, Mastercool, Testo and Draper.


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Fixxy was formed in the summer of 2013 by Dean Blackwell & Damian Price who, together, share over 20 years’ experience in the A/C Wholesale Sector.

Fixxy’ s primary objective is to offer added value to its customers through unrivalled service, low prices & a ‘never say no’ attitude to its customer’s needs.

It offers 24 hr ordering, Free AM deliveries to site & Saturday opening, unique in the sector, & cover most of the UK on its own fleet of transport.

Fixxy have a brand new E-Commerce website about to go live & a 2nd branch in early 2018.


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Fujitsu Air Conditioning

Fujitsu General Air Conditioning UK Ltd designs and manufactures a broad and innovative range of air-conditioning systems to provide the perfect solution for both residential and commercial environments.

Fujitsu has long been known for its comprehensive range of advanced and highly reliable units. Now, UK customers have both great products and superb service, delivered by its customer support teams, which won the 2017 ACR News Award for best Customer Service Team.

Comprehensive training is delivered by highly experienced engineers including CPD’s. Courses range from simple product overviews of the Fujitsu Air Conditioners range to maintenance and troubleshooting exercises for VRF and Splits.




Pastorfrigor began back in 1964 in North-west Italy initially to meet the needs of the local butchers and grocery shops that needed to have better display cabinets to improve the presentation of their produce and prolong the life by keeping them refrigerated.

Over the proceeding 53 Years the Pastorfrigor group has expanded beyond counters to a full range of refrigerated display equipment and has increased its presence around the world.

Pastorfrigor has evolved through its constant attention to technology, style and design, with the ability to anticipate the future through innovation. In the 90’s Pastorfrigor entered into a partnership with Pininfarina – the worldwide leader of automotive design, who can be credited with the design for Ferrari and many other international Car companies. This elevated the Pastorfrigor styling to another level.

Today Pastorfrigor stands for quality, innovation, flexibility and style which can be seen in their new Genova Ecovision Micro Channel concept; set to reinvent the entire Pastorfrigor range in the coming years.


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Smith Brothers Stores

Smith Brothers is one of the largest and oldest independent merchants operating from the UK directly focusing on supplying to the commercial and industrial mechanical services sector. Operating from England and Wales, SBS now forms a twelve branch network along with an additional head office in Blaby, Leicester. Its Merseyside branch is the latest opening in August 2016 where our hand picked staff make up an excellent team, strengthening its position in the North West and North Wales.

With history dating back to 1897, the company enters its 121st year, which still remains family owned with the 5th generation present within the 250+ strong workforce. The core business specialises in the distribution of pipework, valves, air conditioning and all associated ancillaries and fittings continuing to increase both its product portfolio and geographical coverage. The company’s ambition is achieved in a multitude of ways. Firstly, drawing from its close relationships with carefully selected and quality assured suppliers. Secondly, maintaining excellent stock levels at all branches therefore reducing supplier lead times, which combined, provide unrivalled levels of service with competitive pricing.

Today sees Smith Brothers stockholding in excess of £15 million, over 1 million solely Daikin, with the heavy investment primarily aimed to reduce delivery times and plateau any price increases for its customers.


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Toshiba Air Conditioning is a global leader in high efficiency, high performance air conditioning for commercial buildings and homes. The Toshiba range spans small, compact systems for use in homes and apartments, up to large distributed VRF systems suitable for air conditioning all kinds of commercial buildings.

Dynamic and innovative, Toshiba is committed to offering customers the best and most efficient technology available, supported by the highest levels of service and technical support.

Our commitment to protecting the environment was demonstrated by Toshiba becoming the first air conditioning manufacturer in the UK to be officially recognised as a CarbonNeutral® business.