All joinery manufacturing and woodworking firms are being urged to get the recognition they deserve, and help raise the profile of British joinery, by entering the BWF Awards.
Entry to the UK woodworking and joinery industry’s most prestigious awards is free. The awards are open to both members and non-members of the BWF, as long as they are from the joinery and woodworking sector.
There are six award categories to choose from (see below), highlighting technical innovation and excellence in joinery projects and product design, process efficiency and health & safety, as well as special awards for apprentice and trainee performance.
All shortlisted entrants will have their achievements promoted through a high profile marketing and social media campaign as well as receiving a free place at the BWF’s popular Annual Dinner which takes place on the evening of Tuesday 4th October 2016 at the prestigious National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham. You can find out more about the event on our Annual Dinner page and here you can download the Annual Dinner & Awards 2016 flyer and booking form. The BWF Awards will be co-located with W16, the joinery and furniture manufacturing show held at the NEC. W16 is a high profile event showcasing the latest products and developments to an industry which constantly searches for innovation in improvement in production capability.
Here you can find details of last year’s winners and the dinner itself. Can you match them?
****The deadline for entries has now closed****
Award categories and previous winners:
Recognising the very best in design, application or ability in joinery manufacture, and innovation in joinery projects. Presented to Houghtons of York Ltd for a second consecutive year, the 2015 award was given for the manufacture and stunning hand carving of a reredos and gradine for a private chapel. The Award is in memory of John Hedgecock, former Technical Director at the BWF.
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Entries are invited for excellence in technical innovation, application, and achievement innovation in joinery product manufacture and design.
Implementing lean processes maximises value for money, quality and speed of delivery. This award recognises exceptional projects of this kind that have improved business performance. Last year’s winners AJB Woodworking Ltd , moved into new factory premises, working hard to achieve efficiency savings that meant that production could still be sustained. The production lead time has halved and they are expecting to increase staff by a third in 2017.
Acknowledging individual or collective effort which has made a notable difference to the health and safety practices and culture of your business. Lawrence Pereira of D J Newman Joinery Ltd was crowned Health and Safety Hero in 2015. He was praised by judges for his dedication to transforming the health and safety of the business including the introduction of new policies, manuals and training for the workforce. The Award is in memory of Michael Lee, former Membership Director at the BWF who passed away earlier this year.
Celebrating apprentices that have really stood out from the crowd, whether through fantastic feats in their work, or extraordinary commitment that adds value to your business. Joe Handy of West Oak Joinery Ltd won the Award in 2015. Judges said: “the quality of his workmanship has been second-to-none, showing skill and knowledge from the interpretation of drawings and design. He is maturing well beyond his years, and is now an integral and vital part of the team."
Celebrates the work and/or commitment of those who have entered the industry through alternative routes, including graduates, A-level students and in-house trainees. Last year Dale Hodgins of Beard Evans Joinery Ltd, impressed the judges with his “strong aptitude for understanding drawings and producing an exemplary standard of work.” Dale also competed in the World Skills Competition in the national heats and has now travelled the world showing off the high standards of UK joinery.
To see photos of our fabulous evening in 2015, click on the link below