The founder and managing director of CMS Window Systems, manufacturers and installers of aluminium, PVCu and timber hybrid windows, doors and curtain walling systems, as well as being external wall insulation (EWI) installers, has been named as a Scotland Winner in the prestigious and globally renowned EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 Awards.

Andy Kerr, who set up CMS in 2006 now goes forward to the UK final with a chance to be named UK Entrepreneur of the Year at a prestigious event in London in October.

Andy has been at the helm of the company through nearly a decade of continuous growth. Today, the manufacturing business has a £27 million turnover and employs more than 200 people between its modern manufacturing and recycling facility in North Lanarkshire and additional facilities in Fife.

Andy has built the firm on a sustainability ethos, which extends into every aspect of the business. This includes a commitment to apprenticeships and youth employment, which goes much further than that of most manufacturing businesses, right through to offering an extensive range of products and systems designed for low carbon buildings and operating in a resource-efficient way, with virtually all waste recycled.

CMS has the capacity to produce more than 130,000 window units and thousands of square metres of curtain walling every year thanks to continued investment in its manufacturing capabilities. The firm provides a 360-degree building envelope solution from design through manufacture, installation and aftercare, an approach that sees it work on some of the largest housing investment programmes and commercial building projects UK-wide.

Andy says “It’s a huge honour to receive this award, but it’s not just about me. The success of our business is down to the hard work of the entire team, and I’m grateful to them all for their continued dedication and support.”

Backed by multinational professional services firm Ernst & Young Global and endorsed by the CBI and the Department for Business, Skills and Investment, the EY awards are designed to support entrepreneurship across the globe by celebrating the achievements of exceptional individuals and connecting them to grow networks and leverage knowledge.

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