13TOTY198-w250UK: Darren Roberts of Derbyshire-based Dixon Engineering was named ACR Trainee of the Year 2013 at the recent special awards lunch at the Belfry.

Darren received a host of prizes including a £1,000 cheque from sponsors Advanced Engineering and a personal cheque from Nick & Jackie Jamieson of Ryan-Jayberg.

Runner-up was Steven Burge of Cosham Refrigeration who received a cheque for £750 from sponsor Yellow Jacket.

Philip Burgess from Adcocks won the Highly Commended award and, along with it, a £500 cheque from sponsors SINOPS.

In addition, all three won a half-day Silverstone racing experience, a trip to visit the Rivacold factory in Italy, a selection of tools provided by Javac and ITE, a one year’s free membership of either the IoR Service Engineers’ section or the Air Conditioning & Heat Pump Institute and a £250 voucher from Pump House

With such a high standard of entries this year, the judges made a Special Commendation Award to Jay Sheffield of Arctic Circle. Jay received a £250 cheque from sponsor ACR Today, one year’s free membership of either the IoR Service Engineers’ section or the Air Conditioning & Heat Pump Institute and a bottle of Bubbles provided by National ACR Awards.