CMS Window Systems received more independent recognition for its achievements in respect of environmental, social and economic sustainability in 2019 than ever before.
CMS, Scotland’s largest window, door and curtain walling designer, manufacturer and installer, picked up gongs in six awards programmes as well as being named a finalist in five others. These awards successes came during a record year all around for CMS, with the business achieving significant growth – staff numbers increased by 25% to more than 320, turnover was up by 11.4% and profit topped £4.5m for the first time.
The most significant award wins and shortlistings for CMS were in recognition of its environmental achievements. In November, CMS was named the winner of the Best of VIBES award, a highly respected programme that celebrates the environmental successes of Scottish businesses. This special award was presented to celebrate the 20th year of the VIBES Awards, with ten previous winners including CMS shortlisted for a public vote – and CMS won!
Earlier in the year, CMS made it to the finals in the Herald Pioneer Awards for the ‘Circular Breakthrough Award’, demonstrating its contribution towards creating a circular economy in Scotland, and the National Fenestration Awards, where it was named runner up in the ‘Recycling Company of the Year’ category. Amy Ledger, the full time environmental advisor at CMS was also singled out for praise as a finalist in the Scottish Resources and VIBES 2019 ‘Young Person of the Year’ award.
The major industry accolades, however, came with a double win in the prestigious G19 Awards. Beating off stiff competition from forward thinking fenestration sector companies right across the UK, CMS won the award for ‘Sustainability Initiative of the Year’, and its contracts manager John Deacon picked up the ‘Unsung Hero’ award for his relentless support for charities dedicated to helping people in disadvantaged communities.
Social sustainability lies at the heart of CMS’s business strategy, which is why John’s individual award was particularly special. CMS also won the Hub South West ‘Best Employment Programme for Young People’ award for its dedication to providing career opportunities for young people in Scotland, plus its ongoing engagement with schools and colleges, and it was a finalist in the Living Wage Scotland Anchor Institution Award 2019. CMS has been a Living Wage Employer since 2015, at which time there were only 150 companies paying this level in the whole of Scotland and hardly any UK window and door manufacturers.
Three other awards programmes recognised the overall business success of CMS in 2019. The company won the BVCA Scotland ‘Mid-market Management Team of the Year’ award, for the excellent way in the which the business is managed, and the BUILD Magazine ‘Best Building Envelope Solutions Provider’ accolade.
Further national recognition came when CMS was ‘highly commended’ as a runner up in the prestigious CN Specialists Awards 2019 in the ‘Specialist Contractor of the Year (turnover over £25m)’ category.
David Ritchie, CEO at CMS Window Systems said: “2019 was a tremendous year for CMS which reflected the amazing efforts of the whole team, so a big thank you to everyone in our workforce! This year is set to be even more exciting as we introduce new products and expand our customer base, whilst continuing our excellent progress towards our zero carbon target.”