Sheerline’s Ben Hartshorn was named the industry’s Rising Star at the G23 Awards in a competitive category of that saw him up against seven other entrants for the accolade.

He was put forward by the team due to: “The exceptional and busy year Ben’s had, and how he has risen to the challenges and opportunities this has given him.

“In a relatively short space of time, Ben has progressed from assisting in designing and testing prototypes in the early stages of the product cycle, to leading product development from the ground up, as well as managing one of Sheerline’s key customer facing departments.”

Colleagues say two of Ben’s attributes that they particularly appreciate are the fresh perspective he offers, alongside a willingness to see the bigger picture, ensuring projects are delivered in a pragmatic way, that work for Sheerline customers.

Ben was new to the fenestration industry when he joined Sheerline in 2019 but he took the skills he gained during his apprenticeship and his previous experience as a tool maker and applied them to live projects.

Products Ben has worked on include the recently launched Classic Heritage Door, which was previewed at the FIT Show 2023 in May.

Alongside Ben’s product development work, he has become increasingly involved in ensuring Sheerline’s fabrication tooling and support is market leading, building on his past experience in this area.

Ben said of his award: “Winning this accolade at the start of my career within the fenestration industry reflects Sheerline’s commitment to training and the apprenticeship process. Over the past four years, Sheerline has given me an opportunity to gain a vast amount of knowledge and build contacts within the industry.”

“From a technical and design perspective, it’s great to be part of such an innovative team as this has enabled me to get involved with a variety of interesting projects. I’d like to thank the team at Sheerline for putting me forward for this award and the opportunities they’ve given me so far. I look forward to the future,” he added.

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