Spalding man among top three in world for architectural ironmongery

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A young Spalding man has been given the accolade of being the third highest achiever in the world in his profession.

Ben Westlake (26), business development manager at his family’s firm Kirby and Wells Ltd, has just passed his third and final year Diploma of Guild of Architectural Ironmongers, the trade body dedicated to the architectural ironmongery industry.

In addition, Ben also achieved a Bronze award, which denotes the third highest achiever in the world – and first in the UK – competing against candidates from 27 countries.

Ben works with his parents Lesley and Richard Westlake, joint directors of the family firm, also known as Kawstore of Spalding.

The business has been trading for 24 years and was awarded the South Holland Business of the Year Award in 2015.

Ben was invited to attend the GAI Education Awards 2016 in London earlier this month to receive his Diploma.

The presentation was made by, according to The Guinness Book of Records, the world’s greatest living explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes. He is the only man alive ever to have travelled around the Earth’s circumpolar surface. The explorer’s official website says more people have been on the Moon!

Ben’s mother Lesley said: “As you can imagine, we are very proud of his achievements and would like to share his success with other Lincolnshire businesses.”