Heating Installer of the Year 2023 winners hold their trophies at the Installer Plaza. Left to right, they are Liam Barry, James Bowen, Sophie Maguire and Nick Irlam

Heating Installer Awards 2023 winners revealed

James Bowen of Integral Plumbing and Heating in Stafford has been awarded the coveted title of National Heating Installer 2023. James scooped the top spot after impressing the judges with his professionalism, problem-solving and commitment to customer satisfaction. He had been recognised as a regional winner for the West Midlands twice before.

James says: “I was delighted to have received such positive feedback from the judges this year. I was extremely proud of the project I submitted, and know how dedicated I am to my work, so to get some recognition felt amazing.

“But to win the national award is absolutely incredible – I’m speechless. Winning the national title will help me to grow my business, connect with manufacturers and do more work with others operating in the heating industry.”

Nick Irlam, of Bolton-Le-Sands and owner of Irlam UK, was the national runner-up, having impressed with his technical expertise and customer-centric approach. Nick has also found success regionally in the awards previously, having overcome tough competition in the North West.

This year’s Most Sustainable Installer Award went to Liam Barry of Custom Renewables in Banbury. The award recognises those who are doing everything they can to minimise the impact of their work on the environment. The judges commended Liam’s knowledge and expertise in delivering energy-efficient solutions, with a focus on helping people minimise utility bills as well as their carbon footprint.

Sophie Maquire is this year’s Rising Star, which recognises apprentices who are training and working hard to demonstrate real commitment and high standards. Sophie wowed the judges with her dedication to problem-solving and successful outcomes for customers.

Sophie says: “After being shortlisted for the award in 2022, I am delighted to be taking the trophy home with me this year. I have seen what winning the Heating Installer Awards has done for other people in the industry and I will be using the recognition to continue inspiring other young people and women to enter an industry that I love so much. A huge thank you to everyone that helped me to get to this point.”

Now in its eighth year, the Heating Installer Awards recognise the often unsung superstars in the heating and plumbing industry who deliver an exceptional quality of work and demonstrate commitment to customer satisfaction.


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