We’re finalists in the 2016 AV News Awards

A great way to top off a record year for us at Focus 21; we’ve been announced as finalists in the AV News Awards, held at Integrated Systems Europe.

 Taking place from the 7th-10th February, ISE is the biggest AV industry trade show in the world, taking over the whole of the RAI exhibition centre in Amsterdam and the AV News Awards begin the celebrations with a morning presentation on the show’s opening day.

We are recognised as finalists in the hotly contested AV Integrator of the Year category thanks to our dedication to education. With more than 52% of our technical workforce holding InfoComm CTS certification, we have the largest group of certified professionals in the country. We have also been recognised as the only company with three triple-certified professionals under the CTS scheme.

We were also the first UK company to receive APEx certification and were able to renew this for the second consecutive year having hit InfoComm International’s incredibly high standards and measures relating to customer service and quality of solution.

2016 has also seen a large focus on end user education, allowing our clients to find the best solutions for their business with us. Events like our recent Tech-a-Tête showcase, which demonstrated the latest Skype for Business collaboration solutions, allows us to take the knowledge acquired back into the sales process and share with manufacturers to truly understand the need of clients and advance product pipelines accordingly.

This year has seen some incredible projects, with two industry titles choosing to feature our OMERs installation as their front covers! Our apprenticeship programme has seen some fantastic successes, with our first scheme graduate Scott Eggleton now an Installation Manager with the company and current apprentice Lee Jones being awarded Apprentice of the Year at Basingstoke College of Technology.

Jim Harwood, Managing Director comments:

“It’s thanks to the team that we have made it to the finals of the AV News Awards and I’m incredibly proud of how everyone helped to grow the business in 2016. The strides we have made in professional development and project success have set us on a great path for next year and we can’t wait to see if we’ve won!”