Get the ultimate stamp of industry endorsement

Entries are now open for the first BMJ Industry Awards, and there has already been a huge response from the industry thanks to the ground-breaking format of the awards scheme.

Builders Merchants Journal (BMJ) holds the title of the longest running industry publication after serving the construction distribution supply chain for nearly 100 years, and is using its unrivalled platform to make sure that the voices of the industry can be heard.

Whilst shining a spotlight on the incredible brands, merchants and people within the sector, the Awards will hand the power back to the very individuals that make the builders’ merchant sector so great. Breaking the industry awards mould, every single winner will be decided by a public vote.

No paper forms, no fuss

The organisers of the BMJ Industry Awards recognise that time is in limited supply, so with that in mind the application process has been made quick and easy.

Those that wish to put themselves in the running for an Award, or nominate another incredible brand, merchant or individual, simply need to visit the BMJ Industry Awards website and submit the relevant information via the fuss-free online form which can be found here:

What happens next?

Entries and nominations that are deemed to have met the necessary category criteria will then progress to the voting stage. Members of the industry will have the opportunity to show their support for the brands, merchants and individuals that they truly believe in by submitting their votes via a secure online form.

With no selected judging panel and no behind-the-scenes decision making, the BMJ Industry Awards will offer the industry a truly transparent awards scheme that is reflective of industry opinion.

More than just Awards

Not only will the BMJ Industry Awards honour those deemed the very best within the sector, it will also bring together the whole industry for an afternoon of celebration and networking.

Set to take place in London in May 2018, the event is anticipated to attract key figures from all corners of the sector. With the gathering of such a vibrant industry, it is sure to be an afternoon to remember.

Get involved

As the only industry awards scheme that is decided entirely by votes, sponsoring the BMJ Industry Awards is the perfect opportunity for brands to put their weight behind the voices of individuals within the industry.

With a range of bespoke sponsorship opportunities available, there is something to suit every budget.

Sponsors will enjoy a strong presence in the Awards’ marketing campaign, across both print and digital platforms, reaching a highly focused and engaged audience in the lead up to the event. Further to that, sponsors will also feature heavily at the Awards ceremony itself, where industry giants and key players are all set to be in attendance.

Brands that have already pledged their support include BA Clic Components, H+H, Marsh Industries, Marshalls and Stonemarket. Sales and event manager, Max Shannon, notes that this early industry support is a sign of things to come for the event: “The BMJ Industry Awards is essentially still in its infancy, yet there is already a huge buzz within industry about it. We’ve received backing from some huge names and have already seen an influx of entries and enquiries about the Awards – it really is shaping up to be an unmissable event for anyone within the builders merchants sector.”

For more information on the sponsorship packages available, contact Max Shannon on 01622 699148 or at

Celebrating who we are and what we have

Celebrating who we are and what we have

Datateam Business Media, the publisher of Builders Merchants Journal (BMJ), has announced the launch of the BMJ Industry Awards. Designed to champion the voice of the people, this particular awards scheme will be decided entirely by an industry vote.

Linking merchants and manufacturers, BMJ is the UK’s longest running industry title, serving the construction distribution supply chain for nearly 100 years. “In that time, we’ve learned that the most important part of the any industry is the people and the brands that they promote,” says editor-in-chief, Fiona Russell-Horne.

Shining a spotlight on the building industry’s most outstanding people, merchants and brands, this new and unique event will take place in London, next May. “Entries are now open and our aim is to reflect the massive pool of talent we have out there, celebrating the brands, names and businesses that keep the merchant sector thriving,” says Russell-Horne.

How it works

The awards are split into three sections; ‘Brands’, ‘Merchants’ and ‘People’. The ‘Brands’ section covers a range of different sectors; from plumbing to heavy sides, timber to landscaping, kitchens to bathrooms, roofing to heating, there is something for everyone, including a ‘best distributor’ award.

New, independent, multiple and online merchants will have their chance to shine too, with categories for each. The ‘Merchants’ section also has awards for  ‘best marketing campaign’ and ‘best showroom’ as well as a ‘rising star’ award for stand-out achievements at regional and national level.

The ‘People Awards’ meanwhile, are designed to recognise those who go above and beyond in the pursuit of excellence. The categories are: ‘Personality of the Year’, ‘Best Customer Service’ and ‘Best Sales Rep’, all sure to be hotly contested in an industry already known for its high standards.

Brands, merchants and individuals may enter into any of the relevant categories online, via the dedicated BMJ Industry Awards website.  They may also nominate other companies and individuals for a BMJ Industry Award using the same simple online form. Merchants are asked to support brands by nominating them for an award and vice versa. What’s more it’s free!

Event and publication manager Max Shannon asks: “Is there a merchant that you know does a fabulous job? Do you have any ‘hero brands’ that are a guaranteed hit? This is your chance to tell us by highlighting the brands, people, merchants and services of the future.”

Entries and nominations must meet the necessary criteria to be allowed through to the voting stage. A secure online voting process will then produce 5 finalists in each category, with the winners being those who have attracted the most votes overall.

The event

The BMJ Industry Awards will bring together the entire supply chain for an afternoon of celebration and networking. Commenting on the importance of attending the event, Fiona Russell- Horne says: “Networking with peers, competitors, suppliers and customers is what makes this industry go around, so the BMJ Industry Awards will offer a great opportunity to get together in convivial surroundings to meet and greet colleagues and friends both past and present and even make some new ones. The BMJ Industry Awards are about getting together to celebrate what who we are and what we have.”

Sponsorship opportunities

There are a number of exclusive sponsorship opportunities at the awards ceremony and gala dinner. “The event will be attended by hundreds of industry professionals and market leaders, making it the ideal platform from which to raise your company profile,” says Shannon.

The logos of sponsors will be used on all marketing material throughout the event’s promotional build up, with exposure to BMJ’s considerable print and digital subscribers.

A number of additional ‘on the night’ sponsorship opportunities are available to suit a range of budgets.

The BMJ Industry Awards has already captured the imagination of leading names, with Marsh Industries, BA Components and Marshalls and Stone Market signing up as category sponsors ahead of the official launch this month.