Categories & Criteria

For the 2019 edition of the BMJ Industry Awards, a number of brand new categories have been introduced to take the scheme to brand new heights. Categories are split into three sections: Brands, Merchants and People.

Merchant Awards

NEW! Merchant Kitchen & Bathroom Showroom of the Year
A kitchen and/or bathroom showroom that significantly improves or enhances a merchant’s offering to customers.

NEW! Merchant Showroom of the Year
A showroom – excluding kitchen and/or bathroom – that significantly improves a merchant’s offering to customers.

NEW! Timber Merchant of the Year
A UK based ‘bricks & mortar’ merchant that specialises in wood for use as a building material.

Merchant Marketing Campaign of the Year
A campaign by a merchant that significantly improved customer number, brand awareness and sales figures.

Independent Merchant of the Year
Independently-owned UK based ‘bricks & mortar’ builders, plumbers, timber or decorators’ merchants with 1-10 branches.

Multiple Merchant of the Year
Sponsored by Knauf Insulation
Independently-owned UK based ‘bricks & mortar’ builders, plumbers, timber or decorators’ merchants with 10+ branches.

National Merchant of the Year
UK based ‘bricks & mortar’ builders, plumbers, timber or decorators’ merchant that provides goods nationwide (whether in-store or online).

New Merchant of the Year
UK based ‘bricks & mortar’ builders, plumbers, timber or decorators’ merchants which have opened up within the past 5 years.

Brand Awards

Best Bathroom Brand
All aspects of bathrooms, sanitaryware, ceramics, tiles, showers, enclosures etc.

Best Distributor Brand 
The best distributor in the industry.

Best Heating Brand
Covering radiators, boilers, controls, fires, underfloor heating etc.

Best Heavyside Brand
All aspects of heavyside products, including bricks, blocks, cement, plasters, plasterboard, insulation, drainage etc.

Best Kitchen Brand
All kitchen aspects, including fitted kitchen furniture, appliances, tiles etc.

Best Landscaping Brand
All aspects of paving, driveway products, decking etc.

Best Plumbing Brand
All plumbing products, including plastic pipes, copper pipes, plumbing systems etc.

Best Roofing Brand
All aspects of roof tiles, roofing systems, roof fixings, flat roofing products, roofing battens etc.

Best Timber Brand
Timber and timber products.

People Awards

NEW! Diversity Award
For the company that has demonstrated support for its staff, through the identification and removal of bias and barriers and introduction of initiatives to encourage positive change and development throughout the business.

Independent Rising Star of the Year
An individual working in an independent merchant chain who – in the opinion of the voters – has the ability, drive and determination to get to the very top.

National Rising Star of the Year
Sponsored by ROCKWOOL
An individual working in a national merchant business who – in the opinion of the voters – has the ability, drive and determination to get to the very top.

Best Customer Service
Anyone with a frontline, customer-facing role who goes the ‘extra mile’ working for a manufacturer, wholesaler or distributor within the construction industry supplying builders’, plumbers’, timber or decorators’ merchants.

Best Sales Representative
Any UK based sales representative who goes the ‘extra mile’ working for a manufacturer, wholesaler or distributor within the construction industry supplying builders’, plumbers’, timber or decorators’ merchants.

Industry Personality
A person – merchant, manufacturer or distributor – who has worked tirelessly to raise the profile of the industry and improve the the supply chain to boost their company and the work they do with their customers and suppliers.