Bassetts win prestigeous accolade

DUNGANNON company Bassetts, have been crowned the Best Heating and Plumbing Merchant in the UK at a national awards ceremony in London.

The local company which has 13 branches in the region beat off stiff competition from across all parts of the UK to claim the national accolade at the UK Builders’ Merchants Awards for Excellence Awards 2012.

Now in their eleventh year, the awards celebrate the success of the finest, most enterprising and best exponents of great business practice in the building merchant industry.

Local company Bassetts was singled out from the national competition throughout the UK by a panel of leading industry professionals from the Builders’ Merchants Federation, Construction Products Association, Institute of Builders’ Merchants and Guild of Architectural Ironmongers amongst others.

Managing Director of Bassetts, Stephen Bassett, collected the company’s award at the glamorous ceremony hosted at the Lancaster Hotel, London, in front of 500 esteemed guests.

The judges described Bassetts as one of the drivers of the industry, saying: “Bassetts was thoroughly focused on delivering results and completely achieved its objectives. Even in a marketplace that has experienced truly terrible times, companies like Bassetts continue to amaze and, best of all, to fight back. The awards are to celebrate their excellence, whether it is through inspirational ideas, carefully carried out initiatives or innovative strategies, they have delivered the goods with demonstrably healthy results.” Stephen Bassett commented: “It is an absolute honour to win this prestigious award. Our company has been going from strength to strength and has recently claimed a similar title within Northern Ireland; however it is fantastic to be recognized at a national level.”

The local company triumphed over national competition, which included Plumbase that has 200 stores nationally, in the much sought-after category to claim the award for Best Heating and Plumbing Merchant in the UK.

This year, Bassetts opened a new branch and state-of-the-art showroom in Bangor, bringing the total number of its branches in the region to 13 – a significant milestone for the company. Bassetts was recently awarded the Northern Ireland Plumbers Merchant of the Year Award in the 2012 NI Plumbing & Heating Awards. The company is well-known in the local market and caters for every plumbing and heating need, ranging from bathrooms, showers and tiles through to radiators and boilers. Its extensive network provides residential and trade customers with bathroom solutions from the leading local and international manufacturers.