A new industry-wide awards scheme has been launched today (October 13) by Datateam Business Media, publishers of Builders Merchants Journal.
Culminating with a gala celebration in London in May 2018, these prestigious awards aim to celebrate and reward talent and achievement throughout the industry, from merchant branches to supplier brands.
“In the 100 years we have been at the forefront of publishing to the merchanting industry, we have learned that the most important part of any industry is the people and the brands that they promote,” said editor-in-chief, Fiona Russell Horne.
In a break from the traditional format, these industry awards will be voted for by the entire industry, via a super-secure online portal, rather than a judging panel.
“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,” Russell Horne continued. "It's already resonated with suppliers as I'm thrilled to report that some of the indury's best-loved names have already come on board with us as sponsors, namely, Marshalls, Stonemarket, Marsh Industries, H+H and BA Clic Components."
There are 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.
New, independent, multiple and online merchants will have their chance to shine too, with categories for each. The ‘Merchants’ section 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: ‘Industry Personality of the Year’, ‘Best Customer Service’ and ‘Best Sales Rep’.
Full details of how to enter and how to vote are on the dedicated awards website www.bmjindustryawards.co.uk