Product finalists revealed

Judges convened last month at the Dulux Academy at Akzo Nobel’s UK head office in Slough to discuss the entries and test out products, resulting in 27 products being shortlisted across nine categories.

There were some tough decisions to be made across a host of great entries and our stellar judging panel stood firm in their brief, judging products on innovation, quality, function and price.

Our judging panel this year comprised:
• Paul Andrews, DIY Product Manager, Home Hardware Southwest
• John Cosford, Buyer – DIY, Wilko
• Mike Farrants, Buyer, Wyevale Garden Centres
• Paul Garland, Associate Buyer – DIY & garden, QVC UK
• Andrew Georgiou, Buying Manager, Robert Dyas (Theo Paphitis Retail Group)
• Steve Guy, Category Director – outdoor, B&Q
• Gary Hayman, Group Buyer, Capital Gardens
• Vicky Nuttall, Director, Garden Industry Manufacturers Association
• Paul Warren, Owner, Broad Street DIY

The products shortlisted for the 2018 DIY Week Awards (in alphabetical order) are:

Decorating Product of the Year
Akzo Nobel Dulux roller tester
PlastiKote chalk (water-based spray paint)
V33 Easy Furniture Paint

DIY Product of the Year
Everbuild Hand Armour barrier cream
Fix-A-Floor UK, Fix-A-Floor
Henkel UnibondNo More Nails Click & Fix
Silverline Tools Lock Rod drain rod system
What More Wham Bam Upcycled toolbox

Electronic DIY Product of the Year
Bosch Universal Inspect
Bosch Universal Level

Garden Leisure Product of the Year
Panacea Products Rosette Modular Fence System
QEP Homelux Colour Changing Cube/stool

Garden Care Product of the Year
Elho Green Basics Flower Bridge Grow House
Riverco Trading Frogsuit wood treatment
SBM Life Science Solabiol Bug Free ready-to-use 1litre

Hand Tool & Accessory of the Year 
Olympia Tools Gorilla Block Buster
Olympia Tools Roughneck Pallet buster
QEP Vitrex Diamond drills & guide kit

Home & Kitchen Product of the Year
Croydex Flexi-Fix toilet seat
Evo Lifestyle Products Scrub Daddy
Henkel Unibond Aero360 Moisture Absorber & scented refills
What More Wham Upcycled 62-litre

Power Tool of the Year
Bosch Easycut 12
Bosch Easyprune
Makita HP457DWE10 18v combi drill

Security Product of the Year
Masterlock2650EURD PushKey Padlock
Yale Conexis L1 Smart Door Lock

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 a Judges’ Choice accolade to be awarded to the product that our judges felt stood head and shoulders above the rest.

• The judging for the retailer categories, which was set to take place at the end of February was postponed due to poor weather but has been rescheduled for later this month, with the finalists set to be revealed in the March 23 issue and in that week’s online newsletter.

There’s still time to enter!

The deadline for entry to the DIY Week Awards is next week –  don’t miss your chance to enter, when all it takes is just three easy steps to put your business, initiative or team forward for an award.

Entry for the DIY Week Awards is still open but the deadline is fast approaching, with entries due on Wednesday, January 31. But, fear not, the entry process is so quick and simple, you still have time to get your business, initiative or team in the running for the 2018 awards.

For retailer entries, it is a simple three-step process completed online. You simply need to:

  1. Enter your company details, including name, address, type of business and number of stores
  2. Write a statement about the business, initiative or team you are entering, detailing developments or achievements
  3. Upload supporting images

After you that, you just hit ‘send’.

There is the option to save the form as you go if you get interrupted and need to come back to it at another stage and any questions should be answered on our website but you can direct any queries to DIY Week editor Fiona Garcia at fgarcia@datateam.co.uk

Retailers, we know you are busy but don’t miss out on the opportunity to showcase your business and colleagues on a fantastic industry platform.

Now is the time to have your team’s hard work recognised and applauded by peers across the home improvement and garden retail industry. Don’t delay, get your entry underway.

2018 DIY Week Awards judging panels announced

We can officially revealed the two judging panels for the 2018 DIY Week Awards, which take place on Friday, May 11 at the Park Plaza Victoria in London.

Judging the supplier categories will be:

ANDREW GEORGIOU, senior trader, Robert Dyas (Theo Paphitis Retail Group)

JOHN COSFORD, buyer, DIY, Wilko

MIKE FARRANTS, buyer, Wyevale Garden Centres

PAUL ANDREWS, DIY product manager, Home Hardware Southwest

PAUL WARREN, managing director, Broad Street DIY

STEVE GUY, head of sales – outdoor, Kingfisher

VICKY NUTTALL, director, Garden Industry Manufacturers Association

GARY HAYMAN, group buyer, Capital Gardens

PAUL GARLAND, associate buyer – DIY & garden, QVC UK

Judging the retail categories will be:

SIMON BICKNELL, marketing development director, Toolbank

PAUL BAGNALL, channel manager, Henkel Consumer Adhesives

IAIN WYLIE, chief executive, Garden Centre Association

COLIN PETTY, industry consultant and former DIY Week Publisher

NIGEL WRIGHT, operations director, Stax Trade Centres

STEVE AKERS. director of buying, BIRA Direct

MARK ALEXANDER, managing director, Benchmark Retail Services Limited

PAUL HOUSEGO, retail consultant

With Christmas almost upon us and retailers and suppliers under significant time pressures, the deadline for entries to the DIY Week Awards has been extended.

The FINAL DEADLINE for entries in both suppliers and retailer categories is WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2018.

The DIY Week Awards work to recognise excellence in retailing, innovative products and forward-thinking suppliers. Don’t miss out on the chance to showcase your stand-out business or product and be in with a chance of winning an accolade.

The event is the perfect opportunity to network with the cream of the home improvement and garden sector and, for those lucky enough to be shortlisted for an award, it provides the perfect platform to showcase your business or product and reward the people that are integral to the success of your company.

Don’t miss your chance to shine

With entry now in full swing, don’t miss out on the opportunity to get the recognition your company, team or product deserves.

For retail businesses, there are seven categories that can shine a light on your stand-out business and colleagues, as well as recognising your achievements over the past year.

Why not consider competing for one of the following:

The Business Expansion Award

Marketing Initiative Award

Training & Development Award

Team of the Year (20+ branches)

Team of the Year (fewer than 20 branches)

Website/Digital Initiative of the Year

Retailer of the Year

As well as revamping our categories to reflect the changing home improvement and garden retail sector, we have also simplified the entry process, to make it even more accessible to the busy suppliers and retailers in our industry – so it has never been easier to enter!

Meanwhile, there are 12 categories open to suppliers and manufacturers:

Decorating Product of the Year

DIY Product of the Year

Garden Tool of the Year

Hand Tool and Accessory of the Year

Home & Kitchen Product of the Year 

Lighting & Electrical Product of the Year

Power Tool and Accessory of the Year

Security Product of the Year

Garden Care Product of the Year

Garden Leisure Product of the Year

Digital Investment of the Year

Retailer Support Initiative

With our judging panels set to be announced very shortly, this could be the perfect chance to get your product or initiative in front of buyers from leading high street names, as well as top independents.

The upcoming DIY Week Awards take place lunchtime on Friday, May 11 at the Park Plaza Victoria in London. This could be your chance to be part of the major industry event, networking with peers from across the home improvement and garden sector, and potentially even up on stage celebrating a win.

Any queries regarding retailer categories or the event itself can be directed to DIY Week Editor Fiona Garcia. She can be reached on 01622 699161 or at fgarcia@datateam.co.uk.

For more information about supplier categories, ticket bookings or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Publications Manager Joanne Bamber on 07970 860377 or jbamber@datateam.co.uk

Entry has never been simpler

With a new-look website and exciting new categories, it has never been easier to enter the DIY Week Awards.

As well as revamping our categories to reflect the changing home improvement and garden retail sector, we have simplified the entry process to make it even more accessible to the busy suppliers and retailers in our industry.

There are no forms to download or pages to print off (and then re-print when you misplace the first set); everything is done online and has been designed to be as straightforward as possible.

Excellence and innovation deserves to be rewarded and we all know how important it is to have your hard work and successes recognised but we also know you need to get back to being busy at doing what you do best.

Amongst the new supplier categories this year are Digital Investment of the Year and Retailer Support Initiative, while new additions for retailers include Website or Digital Initiative of the Year and Team of the Year, which recognises the people that are integral to the success of the business and the customer experience.

This could be your year to secure a DIY Week Award for your business. Don’t miss your chance to shine and join the DIY Week Awards roll of honour.

Entry is open to the DIY Week Awards

Entry into the retailer and supplier categories of the 2018 DIY Week Awards is now open.

With a host of all-new categories recognising excellence and innovation, the awards could be the perfect time for your company or product to shine.

This year we have expanded and refreshed the categories to keep pace with the changing home improvement and garden retail industry. New awards this year include Team of the Year, Website or Digital Initiative of the Year, Garden Leisure Product of the Year and Digital Investment.

All entries will be accepted online this year via the all-new awards site, where full information about each category and the event itself can be found.

The DIY Week Awards celebrates the very best our vibrant industry has to offer. Being considered for an award is the perfect chance to have your hard work rewarded and provides the opportunity to get your company or your product in front of a host of influential peers, including our independent judging panels.

The deadline for entries is Friday, December 15. Judging days will be held during February, when two dedicated retailer and product panels will review the entries and settle on a shortlist.

The overall winners in each category will be announced at the DIY Week Awards luncheon, which will take place on Friday, May 11 at the Park Plaza in London Victoria.

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