The DIY Week Awards shines a spotlight onto the industry’s finest

Brought together to celebrate the very best that the sector has to offer, the leading professionals from the home improvement and gardening industry gathered on Friday, May 10 at The Tower Hotel in London for the 2019 DIY Week Awards.

The awards event, organised by DIY Week magazine’s publisher Datateam Business Media, is one of the leading occasions in the industry calendar, where guests come together to celebrate the innovative products and forward-thinking retailers across the home improvement and garden sector. This year proved to be no different, as the afternoon provided attendees with the opportunity to network with their peers during the exclusive drinks reception, before enjoying a three-course meal and the awards presentations.

DIY Week editor, Fiona Garcia kicked off the afternoon’s proceedings with an inspiring speech looking back at the past year and praising the quality of entries received across all categories: “Our judging panels were encouraged by the level of innovation and investment coming through from suppliers, as well as the number of retail businesses showcasing real expansion and growth, exciting initiatives and a clear mission to be the best they can be.”

Congratulating the finalists, Mrs Garcia said that the day was, “a celebration of all that they had achieved and the opportunities that creates for both their businesses and the industry as a whole”.

She added: “Having such fantastic products and retail operations to present to our judges this year, confirms what I firmly believe; that our sector has an exciting future.”

Critically acclaimed comedian Shappi Khorsandi and household favourite – the voice of The National Lottery and Strictly Come Dancing – Alan Dedicoat were on hand to present the 20 accolades to the leading suppliers and retailers that the sector has to offer.

The full list of winners on the day is as follows:

  • Hand Tool & Accessory of the Year – Stanley, Track Wall System 20-piece Kit
  • Decorating Product of the Year – Mitforddesign, PaintTopper
  • Digital Innovation Award – Hayes Garden World
  • Garden Leisure Product of the Year – Smart Garden Products, Bluetooth Solar Lighting Range
  • Marketing Initiative Award – Tile Giant
  • Digital Investment Award – VegTrug
  • Garden Care Product of the Year – Barrettine, Anti-Slip Top Coat Decking Oil, 5 Litres
  • Team of the Year – Bute Tools – General Store
  • Home & Kitchen Product of the Year – Addis Housewares, Fold Flat Laundry Basket
  • Power Tool of the Year – Avron, Dekton Power Cordless Caulking Gun
  • Retailer Support Initiative – Stax Trade Centres
  • Security Product of the Year – Yale, Sync Smart Home Alarm
  • Business Expansion Award – Batley DIY Centre
  • Garden Tool of the Year – Spear & Jackson, 3-in-1 Rake
  • DIY Product of the Year – suki.international, Screw-It-Again
  • Sustainability Award ( Turnover >£20m) – Gordale Home and Garden Centre
  • Sustainability Award (Turnover <£20m) – Kingfisher
  • Lighting & Electrical Product of the Year – Smart Garden Products, Bluetooth Solar Lighting Range
  • Judges’ Choice Award – suki.international, Screw-It-Again
  • Retailer of the Year – Kings DIY

Once all the accolades had been presented, the afternoon gave guests the chance to give a something back to DIY Week Awards’ charity partner, the Rainy Day Trust, in the form of a game of ‘Heads & Tails’. Thanks to those in attendance, the event raised £1,262 for the charity.

Following the success of the event, publication and event manager Sallie Payne said: “The award winners at this year’s event are great advocates for our thriving industry. I would like to thank everyone who entered, as well as our judges, those in attendance and the sponsors of the event – without your support, the DIY Week Awards would not be possible.”

The DIY Week Awards would like to thank the following industry heavyweights for their support: AkzoNobel, Barrettine, the British Home Enhancement Trade Association, Burg-Wächter UK, GIMA, Henkel, Home Hardware Southwest, Sam’s Trade Direct, Stax Trade Centres, Toolstream and ZEP Commercial.

To find out more information about the DIY Week Awards and to view a full gallery of photos from the event, please visit: www.diyweekawards.co.uk

DIY Week Awards announce compère

Iranian comedian and writer, Shappi Khorsandi will host the annual DIY Week Awards, set to take place on Friday, May 10 in London.

Shappi Khorsandi first grabbed the comedy world’s attention with her original sell-out Edinburgh show, Asylum Speaker in 2006. Both feisty and flirty, she softens a razor-sharp wit with a deliciously dizzy delivery and endless charm.

Shappi’s career has taken her to all corners of the globe, and she has appeared on countless TV & radio shows including; Mock The Week, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Have I Got News For You, QI, Just a Minute, Lenny’s Britain, Channel 4’s Alternative Election Night, and the Big Read. She has also become a regular on Radio 4 shows, with credits from Quote Unquote and The Unbelievable Truth, to her own series Shappi Talk.

Shappi has taken part in the iconic television & live show for Amnesty International, The Secret Policeman’s Ball, as well as several series of Live at the Apollo & Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow. Two years ago she also appeared as a contestant on I’m a Celebrity…Get me Out of Here.

She is currently touring the UK with her latest show, ‘Skittish Warrior… Confessions of a Club Comic’. Outside standup, Shappi is a sought-after commentator on everything from Woman’s Hour to the Open University, Question Time and The Culture Show, as well as writing a regular column for the Independent.

DIY Week is delighted that Shappi has come on board as compere of the 2019 DIY Week Awards.  She will entertain guests and host the awards presentation at the lunchtime event, which takes place on Friday, May 10 at the Tower Hotel, London.

Don’t miss out on your chance to be at the fantastic industry event, to take advantage of key networking opportunities and the chance to celebrate the top products, companies and people within the home improvement and garden sector. Book your tickets today.

Calling all innovative retailers and suppliers from the DIY, home improvement, and gardening industry:

DIY Week Awards is open for entries!

The DIY Week Awards is back for 2019, and entries are now open for the best and brightest across the DIY, home improvement and gardening sectors

All three sectors provide an invaluable service to homes and homeowners across the country, and the DIY Week Awards will use its annual award luncheon to celebrate the remarkable people, products, and business practices within the industry. The awards have been at the forefront of outstanding standards across all three sectors for decades, and 2019 will be no exception to this impressive reputation.

There are a diverse range of awards up for grabs, with categories designed for both retailers and suppliers. Awards on offer include Team of the Year, Retailer of the Year, DIY Product of the Year and many more. The winners of each award will be announced at the awards ceremony held in London on May 10, 2019. They will receive industry-wide recognition, a commemorative trophy, and their name added to the DIY Week Awards roll of honour.

Fiona Garcia, editor of DIY Week, said: “We thoroughly enjoy organising the DIY Week Awards every year. We are always excited to see the extraordinary individuals, products, and businesses that are awarded at the event, and we are looking forward to seeing the entries for 2019.”

The deadline for entries is December 14, 2018. With all entries now being submitted online – without the need of paper forms – it is easier to apply than ever before, so don’t delay on submitting your entry and achieving the recognition you deserve.

Winners announcement

The very best from across the DIY, home improvement and garden markets gathered at London’s Park Plaza Victoria Hotel on Friday, May 11 to recognise excellence across the breadth of the vibrant industry, from forward-thinking companies to innovative products and inspirational people.

The luncheon began with an exclusive drinks reception sponsored by Decco, which served as a prime opportunity for guests to catch up and network with industry friends, colleagues and a room full of potential clients before major British comedy talent Marcus Brigstocke got the awards proceedings underway.

Winning a trophy at the prestigious DIY Week Awards is a momentous achievement – and this year, several companies had even greater cause for celebration after bagging awards in more than one category.

It was a big day for Henkel, who picked up three awards, with its Unibond No More Nails Click & Fix being named DIY Product of the Year, its Unibond Aero 360 Moisture Absorber & Scented Refills going home with gold for Home & Kitchen Product of the Year, and the company also clinching the accolade for Retailer Support Initiative.

Bosch also came out on top in three categories; taking home Electronic DIY Product of the Year for the UniversalInspect while its EasyCut12 was the winner of both the Power Tool of the Year and overall Judges’ Choice award.

AkzoNobel’s Dulux Roller Tester was honoured as the Decorating Product of the Year, with Dulux also clinching the accolade for Digital Investment.

The Security Product of the Year award went to Yale for the Conexis L1 Smart Door Lock and Olympia Tools UK took home the Hand Tool & Accessory of the Year award for the Gorilla Block Buster Bolster.

In the categories designed specifically for the garden market, the QEP Homelux Colour Changing LED Cube/Stool was recognised as the Garden Leisure Product of the Year and Riverco Trading’s Frogsuit Wood Treatment secured the title of Garden Care Product of the Year.

As always, retailers from across the diverse home improvement and garden sector were also honoured for their achievements at this year’s DIY Week Awards. D&M Tools became the first recipient of the brand new Website/Digital Initiative Award and Hafod Hardware picked up the Marketing Initiative Award for its #DeliverMagic campaign.

Axminster Tools & Machinery’s Cardiff branch picked up the Team of the Year accolade, the fast-growing Walton Flooring Centre was honoured with the Business Expansion Award while Tool Shop took home the coveted Retailer of the Year Award (turnover < £10m) and Bents Garden & Home was named Retailer of the Year Award in the higher turnover category.

A special presentation was made to Tool Shop owner Vin Vara, who was named Industry Personality of the Year for his stellar work as BIRA president and for the independent retailing community.

The luncheon not only served as an opportunity to recognise excellence and innovation across the sector, but also a chance to give something back. A collection was made on behalf of The Rainy Day Trust, with generous guests helping to raise much-needed funds for the UK’s only charity supporting the home improvement workforce and their families in times of need. The total amount raised will be announced on the DIY Week Awards website shortly.

The DIY Week Awards was sponsored by The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA), Brookes & Co, Burg-Wächter, Decco, Dulux, Everbuild – A Sika Company, GIMA, Henkel, Home Hardware Southwest, Sam’s Trade Direct, Stax Trade Centres and Sterling.

For more information on the DIY Week Awards and to see the full gallery of photos from the ceremony, visit www.diyweekawards.co.uk.

Celebrity host revealed

The DIY Week Awards 2018, taking place on Friday May 11 at the Park Plaza Victoria in London, has announced it will be hosted by major British comedy talent, Marcus Brigstocke.

On television Marcus launched The Late Edition, the late night BBC4 answer to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He has hosted and appeared as a panellist on Have I Got News For You, and he was the host of I’ve Never Seen Star Wars on both radio and TV, a regular on panel shows from QI to Just A Minute, and has appeared on Question Time, Newsnight, and This Week.

On Radio 4 he is the angry youngish man on The Now Show, with Punt and Dennis, and his own show The Brig Society. He has written and performed several series of Giles Wemmbley-Hogg Goes Off and The Museum Of Everything. He also played Packer, Head of Unthinkable Solutions in Think the Unthinkable.

A fixture at the Edinburgh Fringe, usually with two shows, Marcus’ live performances sell out across the country. On the big screen he has appeared in Love Actually, Piccadilly Jim, Telstar: The Joe Meek Story, and Beyond The Sea. He played King Arthur in the hit Monty Python musical Spamalot.

Editor of DIY Week, Fiona Garcia said: “We are delighted to have Marcus on board for the 2018 DIY Week Awards. Our aim this year, moving the event to a Friday lunchtime, was to bring back the buzz and an element of fun to proceedings, and we believe a host like Marcus will do just that.”

Tickets can be purchased via a secure online booking form available here.

For more information contact event business manager, Max Shannon on 01622 699 148 or mshannon@datateam.co.uk

Retailer finalists revealed!

Following a successful judging day last week, we can finally reveal the home improvement and garden retailers shortlisted for the 2018 DIY Week Awards.

Judges convened on Monday, March 19 week at Toolbank’s new purpose-built site in Wednesbury to review the entries, discuss their findings and settle on a shortlist. There a lot of really strong entries this year and some difficult decisions had to be made on the day – with a couple of results having to be put to a vote.

A total of 18 home improvement and garden retailers have been named as finalists across six categories, which are detailed below.

Business Expansion Award
Bathroom Takeaway
Squire’s Garden Centres
Tool Shop
Walton Flooring Centre
Watson Home Hardware

Digital Investment/Website of the Year
D&M Tools
ManoMano

Marketing Initiative Award
Hafod Hardware – #delivermagic Christmas ad campaign
Perrywood – Green Up Your Home campaign

Team of the Year
Axminster Tools & Machinery
Browns Home Hardware
Tool Shop
Walton Flooring Centre

Retailer of the Year (turnover >£10m)
Bents Home & Garden
Squire’s Garden Centres

Retailer of the Year (turnover <£10m)
Broad Street DIY
Ruthin Décor
Tool Shop

The overall winners in each category will be announced at the 2018 DIY Week Awards luncheon on Friday, May 11 at the Park Plaza Victoria in London, along with winners of the supplier categories – the finalists for which were announced in the March 9 issue but can also be found online here.

Book your place at this fantastic networking event now, as we come together to celebrate the industry’s successes.

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