Ready to crown your champions? Voting opens Monday 4 February

Ready to crown your champions? Voting opens Monday 4 February

The time for entries and nominations in the 2019 BMJ Industry Awards has now passed and the power is set to be passed back to the builders’ merchants sector, with industry professionals being invited to submit a vote for their champions from Monday 4 February.

The unique online vote – which was integral to the success of the scheme upon its launch in 2018 – will remain unchanged for the upcoming edition: merchants are invited to vote for the brands that have boosted their business, while manufacturers are encouraged to show their support for the merchants that stand out from the crowd.

With every decision laying solely in the hands of professionals from across the sector, a BMJ Industry Award is a truly prestigious accolade that serves as an independent stamp of approval – making it even more desirable to those that are in the running.

Entrants and nominees are encouraged to rally the support of their peers during the six week voting period to ensure that they are in with the best chance of winning. Builders Merchants Journal editor-in-chief Fiona Russell-Horne comments: “The voting stage of the Awards always serves as a chance to show off the tenacity and vivacity at the heart of this sector.

“Last year, many finalists came up with incredibly creative campaigns to drum up industry support and I have no doubt that this year’s finalists will do the same to try and secure the top spot.”

The independently verified vote will produce a shortlist of five companies in each category and, ultimately, one winner – which will be revealed at the upcoming BMJ Industry Awards ceremony.

Have you secured your seat?

This year’s winners will be revealed during a glamorous luncheon taking place at the venue where it all began – The Brewery, London – on Friday 17 May. The awards ceremony serves as a unique opportunity to celebrate the many successes of the sector over the past twelve months and a chance to catch up with peers, friends and colleagues – as well as network with a room full of potential clients.

Tickets are in limited supply and, following the success of the launch event, are sure to be in high demand. Tickets can be purchased via the secure online form available on the BMJ Industry Awards website.

Proudly sponsored by…

The number of companies pledging their support to the groundbreaking BMJ Industry Awards continues to grow, with Midland Lead among the latest to confirm their sponsorship of the 2019 edition.

Lynn Street, sales and marketing manager at Midland Lead, explains their pride at sponsoring such prestigious awards: “Sponsoring the very first Diversity Award is a real honour. Here at Midland Lead we know that businesses, large and small, depend on people that work in them, especially within the construction industry, and recognising their contributions is something that we value within our own business. We are really looking forward to being involved this year and meeting some great companies.”

Also new to the sponsor line-up is Brett Martin, joining existing companies ACO, Hanson Cement & Hanson Packed Products, H+H, Knauf Insulation, Lakes, Marshalls, Marsh Industries and ROCKWOOL Limited.

With bespoke sponsorship packages available, sponsoring the BMJ Industry Awards is a unique way to project your brand to the right audience while showing support for this prestigious industry scheme. To discuss your package, contact Fiona Russell-Horne on 01622 699101 or at

For more information about the Awards, to book your table at the ceremony or to submit a vote from Monday 4 February, visit

SCA Wood UK – Diversity Award

SCA Wood UK are currently looking at and investing in the Mental Health and wellbeing of their employees. During their annual health & safety week, celebrating the awareness of safe working practices and employee wellbeing, SCA initiated discussions on mental health and invited colleagues to inform their managers on what would need to be included in an Employee Wellbeing policy that will be implemented in 2019.

During the week, SCA asked some local counsellors to visit site and invited employees to get some one-to-one advice on mental health issues and to spread the word that it is OK not to be OK. For SCA, employee wellbeing also includes physical health. Initiatives such as lunch time walks, and desk exercises were encouraged. Local gyms were invited in to give free health checks to employees and run some exercise classes to get the blood pumping.

Howarth at Home – Corby

Howarth Timber & Building Supplies are delighted to nominate the Howarth At Home Corby showroom for the BMJ Kitchen & Bathroom Showroom of The Year award.

The Showroom has undergone a dramatic remodelling in 2017 accompanied by a spectacular launch event, now serving as one of the flagship showrooms for Howarth At Home and the Laura Ashley Kitchen Collection.

As one of the largest kitchen showrooms in the group, Howarth At Home Corby underwent a number of significant developments as part of their refurbishment that mark it out as a premier display for the new collection. The showroom is now split into two distinct wings, with the exquisite Laura Ashley Kitchen Collection housed in a dedicated space, bringing unrivalled space and diversity. Already proving to be a big hit with customers, Howarth At Home Corby has seen a dramatic increase in both visitors to the showroom and orders, requiring an additional designer to be brought into the showroom to keep up with demands.

The kitchen sets are displayed with products and furnishings sourced from Laura Ashley stores to complete the look to an exceptional standard and ensure that the displays are stylistically cohesive and help the customers to envision the kitchen in their own home. The showroom relaunch event generated a great deal of interest in the local area and resulted in large footfall to the new showroom. Chef Kev Hillyer was present on the day with a live cooking demonstration and additional suppliers were present on the day with their own products and competitions. A social media campaign the week before the relaunch achieved a reach of 52,500 within a 10 mile radius of the branch to a segmented target audience. A campaign in local Living magazines accompanied the event to both promote the launch event and raise awareness of the revised showroom.

For the first time in its history, Howarth At Home Corby now features Bedroom displays, with the Laura Ashley Bedroom display taking a prime position in the new wing, alongside a uniquely designed boot room, designed to show the flexibility of design. The changes have generated huge local interest in the area, with orders coming from as far as a 30 mile radius around the branch. Howarth At Home Corby benefits from the expertise of Kitchen Showroom Manager Sue Crewe, who’s passion and drive has helped to build the customer base of the showroom in the area, as well as significantly increase enquiries and orders. The surge in interest in the local area has more than doubled the amount of quote requests received by the branch, leading to the need to add an additional designer in branch.

The relaunched showroom is complemented by the brand-new Howarth At Home website, allowing customers to view the full range, book an appointment with an experienced kitchen planner and even design their ideal kitchen with advanced kitchen planner software. The brand-new website marks another step forward for Howarth At Home, further establishing themselves as a go-to specialist in the region.

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