Chris Williams, Managing Director of ETS explains the benefit of attending industry events such as the Structural Timber Awards.
“I’m a firm believer in networking. I think it is a great way to meet new business associates, influencers and of course rival businesses. A healthy rivalry is no bad thing so I like to embrace it.
“As an industry, Timber Engineering is quite a tight knit group. It is also a very specialised field and once you are involved you will soon get to know everyone. This is a very useful attribute of the industry as you will know who to go to for advice, who specialises in what and what new developments are in the pipeline.
“Most businesses in Timber Engineering are also members of the Trussed Rafter Association (TRA) which also has its benefits. The TRA works hard to make sure we are all working to a high standard and it organises events for everyone to meet and discuss topics
specific to our niche industry.
“Having been locked down for the best part of a year, it really was refreshing to get out to an event to celebrate what has been achieved during that difficult time. I also find events like this very inspiring. We love a challenge at ETS so it is always great to see what our peers have developed.
“The awards celebrate outstanding projects, inspiring individuals, architectural achievements and engineering ingenuity. Despite all the difficulties of Covid-19 Timber Engineering has once again surpassed all expectation by pulling off some exceptional projects.”