Top award for Derry business

Derry man and owner of ACS Controls Ronan McElholm scoops the Independent building controls and BEMS installer of the year award at the prestigious BCIA awards last week.
Derry man and owner of ACS Controls Ronan McElholm scoops the Independent building controls and BEMS installer of the year award at the prestigious BCIA awards last week.

A Derry business saw off considerable competition to win a top award at an awards ceremony in England last week.

ACS Controls, based in Skeoge Industrial Estate, won the Independent Building Controls and BEMS Installer of the Year at the prestigious BCIA awards at the Chesford Grange Hotel in Kenilworth.

ACS Controls specialise in designing systems to regulate energy use within the commercial sector.

The business was founded by Derry man, Ronan McElholm in 2007. The business has six employees and their clients include Leinster Rugby and the Maldron Hotel in Derry.

Ronan travelled to the awards ceremony with his partner, Mary, and said he “nearly fell of the chair” when he heard his company had scooped the top award.

“When I found out that we had been nominated I was over the phone. I was happy with that. As far as I was concerned anything else was a bonus - when Babita Sharma read out ‘ACS Controls’ as the winner I couldn’t believe it, I almost fell off my chair.”

Ronan says that the award will now help the business to go from strength to strength.

“The BCIA Awards is like the Oscars for control systems,” he smiled.

“But seriously, the BCIA Awards are revered within the industry and I honestly hope that now that we have won the award we will now be able to take the business to the next level.

“I am absolutely thrilled with the award but we can’t rest on our laurels. We operate within a very competitive market so we will have to continue to work hard. However, it is nice to see some of the hard work we have put in over the years has been recognised.”

For more information on ACS Controls visit their website www.automatedcontrols.org