Last Thursday 24 October the NAS celebrated its centenary in style with a Charity Fundraiser at County Hall, London.
The 1920s Art Deco themed night saw our Members and industry figures dress up in black tie and flapper dresses to enjoy a three-course meal and dance the night away to our fantastic band for the night, The Troubadours.
Comedian Dominic Holland was our host, providing plenty of laughs throughout and brilliantly presenting a number of awards for those who participated in our #NAS100CharityChallenge. The challenge was set at the beginning of 2019 for our Members to raise £100k in funds or gifts in kind for charity to mark our 100-year anniversary.
We were delighted to announce on the night that due to the fantastic efforts by our Members we have already exceeded our overall target with £104k raised, with two months of the year left to go! We raised over £3k on the night too, which will go to our chosen charity of the year, CRASH.
A big congratulations to our following Members who were award winners on the night:
Most money raised – International Decorative Surfaces (IDS)
Stand out team – NAS cycling team made up of Members from Triplar, Blackcurrant Events, Powells Ltd, CDS Construction Services, Barbour Fit-Out, Tekne, WF Supplies, Amalga, Barnwood Shopfitting, Fir Tree Project Services, VP Plc / Brandon Hire Station.
Didn’t stop award - Norman ‘Norrie’ Barbour of Barbour Fit-Out
Most volunteer hours completed - CDS Construction
Most novel way to help - Darwin Clayton
Outstanding contribution - A. Edmonds & Co.
The Charity Fundraiser followed on from our Autumn Conference which took place during the day. The conference took on a different format from previous years, with a range of short, insightful presentations from speakers including:
Suzannah Nichol MBE – CEO, Build UK
Sarah Beale – Chief Executive, CITB
Mike Terech – Chief Commercial Officer, Green Light Solutions
Adam Marks –Development Underwriter, Hiscox
Lorna Overstall – Chartered Accountant, Wilson Sandford
David McAvery – Managing Director, Beattie Ireland
Andrew Percy – Business Development Manager, B&CE
Lorraine Shepherd (on behalf of Alana Warburton-Whitehead) - Blue Lobster Therapy
Our thanks go to the speakers, for taking time out of their day to speak to our Members, and to our sponsors Darwin Clayton and James Latham Ltd, for supporting these events. We are so proud to be celebrating 100 years and look forward to unveiling more of our transformation to our Members in the coming months.
To see all of the photos from both events, please visit our Facebook page.