A family firm is celebrating after being praised as the best in the business.

And the team from window and door glazing specialist Heavers of Bridport were delighted to meet TV and film actor Warwick Davis who hosted the ceremony and presented them with an award.

The Independent Network Members’ Weekend, held at the Queen’s Hotel in Leeds, allows members – made up of fabricators and fitters of Veka uPVC windows – to get together, share ideas, and have a great time. The highlight is the gala dinner and glittering awards ceremony recognising the best performers.

With a glamorous Gatsby theme this year, the awards ceremony was hosted by Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Willow actor Warwick Davis.

Presenting the Heavers team with their trophy he said: “After another year of hard work, you’ve been measured against the best of the best in your industry and come out on top. That’s definitely something to write home about.

"It’s impressive to be nominated in such professional company, so being named a winner is an achievement indeed. Congratulations."

He added: “I’ve been really impressed with everything I’ve seen and have enjoyed celebrating and being a part of the Network for the evening.”

Heavers, which celebrates its 60th anniversary next year, was established by George Heaver. He passed it down to his son Malcolm in the early 1990s and in 2016, the business moved to his sons Luke and Ross, who remain at the helm today.

The firm is a member of Independent Network, a standards organisation for the sector which conducts regular audits and training.

Its national awards are based on customer surveys, which are carried out by every homeowner who has made a purchase from an Independent Network business over the past 12 months, as a condition of membership.

Heavers of Bridport took home the title for its division (based on company size). The company is no stranger to these awards, having claimed a hard-won trophy 16 times over the years.

Karen Lund, Head of Partner Programmes for VEKA UK Group said: “The Heavers team have been familiar faces at past Independent Network events, and have proved throughout the years that customer service is at the core of everything they do; which is exactly what customers should expect from our members.

"Heavers’ door and windows installations across the south west are a shining example of the team’s quality of work and the customer feedback speaks for itself.

"This award is a testament to a true family business that has not just stood the test of time but continued to get better and better. Well done to everyone involved.”