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22 February 2019

IQ announces new industry excellence awards

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The grand final of the first IQ Excellence Awards takes place at Hillhead 2020
The Institute of Quarrying (IQ) has launched its first ever industry-wide awards recognising the personal and professional excellence of people working in the mineral extractives sector.

The IQ Excellence Awards are intended to recognise the exceptional achievements of individuals, teams and projects across five UK regions: Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, North England and South England. Each regional award winner automatically goes forward to the national excellence awards to compete for the overall national title in each category.

James Thorne, chief executive officer of the IQ, said: “This is all about celebrating success, with a particular focus on recognising excellence at a local level and nationally. That’s why the IQ Excellence Awards are two-tiered awards, with winners in each of the five regions, as well as a grand final.”

The grand final will take place at Hillhead 2020 (scheduled for 23-25 June 2020) at an evening event where national winners will be crowned.

The IQ says the awards recognise commitment to continuing professional development in the following categories:

Team/project based award categories
• Best Personal Development Project - to recognise initiatives that are aimed at supporting the professional development of employees at company or site level.
• Best Community Engagement Project - to recognise projects where sites are actively engaging their local communities and achieving positive results.
• Best Initiative to Engage Workforce or Team - to recognise the best initiative aimed at supporting workforce engagement at either company or site team level.
• Most Effective Process Improvement - to recognise a team, project or initiative of technical process improvement that has delivered improved operational performance.

Individual based award categories
• Health & Safety Individual Excellence Award: - to recognise the achievements of an individual in improving the health and safety performance on site.
• Most Inspirational Leader - to recognise an individual who has made the strongest positive impact on the team they are part of.
• Most Promising Future Leader - to recognise a talented individual for building their all-round knowledge and skills.
• Most Innovative Leader - to recognise an individual who has made the best impact on the innovation ecosystem at site, business unit or organisational level.

IQ president Phil Redmond commented on the awards: “It will be a big celebration of the mineral extractives industry, recognising the hard work and commitment to lifelong learning of professionals from across the UK.”   

To enter the IQ Excellence Awards and for more information visit www.quarrying.org

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