Plumb­ing busi­ness aims for na­tion­als

Cambridge Edition - - WHAT’S ON - EMELYN MCHARDY

Cam­bridge’s Chris Ryan Plumb­ing and Drainage re­ceived the supreme award at the Waikato Mas­ter Plumbers As­so­ci­a­tion Awards.

The busi­ness is now pre­par­ing to con­test the na­tional awards event which will be held in Hamil­ton, March 2018.

It was the first time the busi­ness had been nom­i­nated for an award af­ter be­long­ing to the Waikato Mas­ter Plumbers As­so­ci­a­tion for 25 years.

Owner and direc­tor Chris Ryan said it was a first for a Cam­bridge plumb­ing com­pany and it was ex­cit­ing.

‘‘It’s a huge hon­our, just look­ing at some of the past win­ners that have won it and the pas­sion that they have for their busi­ness and the in­dus­try.

‘‘To put our busi­ness name along­side their name is pretty ex­cit­ing,’’ he said. He started the busi­ness in 1992. ‘‘Today we have a tight team and I am very proud of my crew.’’

The team had started prepa­ra­tion for the na­tion­als, and it in­volved a lot of re­search for pre­sen­ta­tions and re­fin­ing the busi­ness plan.

‘‘It is tidy­ing up that we’re do­ing,’’ Ryan said.

‘‘There’s dif­fer­ent ways of put­ting your­self for­ward, but we’ll have to present some­thing to them, if we want to have a crack at tak­ing it out.’’

Ad­min man­ager Kim Kober­stein was ex­cited about the prepa­ra­tions to­wards the na­tional event in 2018.

‘‘The mas­ter plumbers con­fer­ence is be­ing held in Claude­lands, in Hamil­ton, so for us it’s go­ing to be a lo­cal show­case,’’ Kober­stein said.

‘‘We’re pretty ex­cited about ac­tu­ally get­ting the op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent Waikato, in the Waikato, but there’s a fair bit of work lead­ing up to that.’’

The com­pany was grate­ful to its loyal cus­tomers.

‘‘The last cou­ple of years we’ve just been run off our feet,’’ Ryan said. ‘‘At times I would spend prob­a­bly half of my day just turn­ing work away.

‘‘We’ve been try­ing to help peo­ple by pass­ing them on to oth­ers in the in­dus­try, or point­ing them in the right di­rec­tion.’’

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