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Local business and eading window, door and curtain walling manufacturer and installer, CMS Window Systems, has helped Nick Knowles and the BBC DIY SOS team improve the lives of war veterans and residents in Manchester in their biggest ever challenge.

In BBC1’s two-part special, the DIY SOS team took on its most ambitious project to date when it agreed to transform more than 60 houses in Manchester’s New Street and Canada Street. Some of these properties were to be transformed into homes suitable for British war veterans and their families within just over two weeks!

The project, which was visited by Princes William and Harry during the building work, was undertaken to help create an improved, more resident-friendly neighbourhood that everyone – veterans and their local community alike – can feel proud to live in. This included the creation of a Walking With The Wounded advice and therapy centre, plus extensive streetscaping work.

CMS manufactured and installed all the super energy efficient PVCu windows which it donated for the 66 homes. Seven of the properties were significantly changed and converted into three adapted disability friendly homes. The opportunity to help enhance all these homes for a great cause was too good to miss according to CMS managing director Andy Kerr:

“With such an ambitious project for a group in our community that deserves all the support it can get, there was no question that we wouldn’t get involved when the BBC DIY SOS team asked for our help. It’s been a privilege to have played a part in creating these much-needed high quality homes.”

Viewers watched the results of the efforts of the DIY SOS Big Build team and all its volunteers on BBC1 on Wednesday 14th and Wednesday 21st October.

The race is on to win one of the prestigious category titles of the 2016 Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards.  The application process is now open and businesses are urged to apply to promote their companies and celebrate their achievements.

This year, the judges are looking forward to finding more inspiring examples in Lanarkshire’s vibrant business community that illustrate the wealth of talent and enterprise in the region.

The awards are open to businesses of all sizes, in all sectors operating in Lanarkshire. The range of award categories – including the Family Business Award and Excellence in Customer Service – has been designed to be fully accessible to all businesses. It is free to apply and companies can apply for as many of the ten categories as they wish.

The awards, which are hosted by North and South Lanarkshire Councils, attract high profile industry support and this year is no different with Clydesdale Bank as principal sponsor.   Simon Kerr of Clydesdale Bank commented “Local businesses are a vital part of our economy, as well as the foundations of our communities. The Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards offers a unique opportunity for your business to showcase the hard work, dedication and success that you’ve built. We’d like to encourage entries from all businesses across Lanarkshire, and look forward to celebrating your achievements at the awards.”

Councillor David Fagan, Convener of Regeneration and Infrastructure at North Lanarkshire Council said: “We are delighted to have such high profile support for the 2016 awards, including Clydesdale Bank as principal sponsor. I would like to thank all the sponsors for their support. We would not be able to run the Lanarkshire Business Awards without them and it is terrific to see support and enthusiasm for the awards growing year on year.”

The award categories for the 2016 Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards are:-

  • Lanarkshire Family Business Award – sponsored by Albert Bartlett
  • Lanarkshire’s Best Small Business (50 employees or less) – sponsored by UK Steel Enterprise
  • Lanarkshire’s Best Business (51 employees or more) – sponsored by Business Gateway
  • Lanarkshire’s Best New Business – sponsored by North Lanarkshire’s Working
  • Lanarkshire Food & Drink Award – sponsored by Hamilton Park Racecourse
  • The John Brinkins Award for Excellence in Tourism – sponsored by Lanarkshire Area Tourism Partnership
  • Excellence in Customer Service – sponsored by Clydesdale Bank
  • Lanarkshire Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by The Banks Group
  • Excellence in Innovation – sponsored by Clyde Gateway
  • Enterprising Third Sector Award – sponsored by New College Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire College

To request an application form visit

All finalists will be featured in the media and the winners will be announced at the glittering awards dinner at the Radstone Hotel on Friday 4th March 2016.

Councillor Chris Thompson, Chair of Enterprise Resources at South Lanarkshire Council added: “The awards are now in their 23rd year and have become a highlight of the Lanarkshire business calendar. We are thrilled that they are continuing to grow and highlight the success of our exciting companies.

“The success of Lanarkshire’s economy depends on the hard work of our businesses and this is the opportunity to promote and celebrate that.”

North Lanarkshire Council and South Lanarkshire Council would like to take this opportunity to thank all the sponsors for their support.

To discuss any sponsorship and advertising opportunities available please contact  or telephone the awards team on 07721 530115

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