A rental industry stalwart has been recognised for his dedication and contribution to the sector over a period of more than 50 years. Ray Caulfield, chief executive of Trime Spa, based on the Ermine Business Park, in Huntingdon, received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the European Rental Awards 2017. The award was presented to Mr Caulfield in recognition of his major contribution to the European rental industry throughout his career. He said: I am absolutely delighted to be given this award. I have worked alongside some very talented people throughout the years and seen most of them bring success to their own careers. To be formally recognised by the industry is both gratifying and humbling. Mr Caulfield began his career as an apprentice fitter for an international contractor, before holding several management positions with suppliers to the industry and as a regional director with a leading UK rental organisation. The awards judges said: Ray Caulfield is a true veteran of the equipment rental industry, with a career spanning 52 years. In that time he has played a significant part in many aspects of rental product development, rental sales training, the creation of environmentally friendly products. Just as important, our winner has always conducted himself with good humour and humility. Mr Caulfields contributions away from the workplace have also been recognised over the years. In 2013 he was granted Freedom of the City of London from the Lord Chamberlain. He has also raised more than £300,000 for the for the Nordoff Robbins charity which, through music therapy, aims to improve the lives of children born with brain and mental disorders. The lifetime achievement award was presented at the European Rental Awards dinner in May at the Amsterdam RAI exhibition centre. The dinner took place during the European Rental Associations annual convention and coincided with the International Rental Exhibition and the APEX aerial platform show. The lighting tower manufacturer, Trime Spa which includes, Trime UK Limited, specialises in design and production of lighting towers for the construction rental market. The company has developed a wide range of machines, suitable for construction sites, roadworks, mining operations, special events, civil protection and military applications.