The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has launched a call for entries for its prestigious BWF Awards, which includes a brand new category for 2019, ‘The Rising Star Award’.
Now in its 11th year, the event provides an unrivalled opportunity for the woodworking industry to come together to showcase its most outstanding work from the past year and to celebrate the individuals behind it.
The ‘Rising Star Award’ category has been introduced this year to recognise and champion individuals within the industry who are having a positive impact on their organisation and the wider community.
Helen Hewitt, Chief Executive of the BWF, launched this year’s call for entries:
“The BWF Awards shine a much-deserved spotlight on the UK’s woodworking sector to showcase the incredible things that can be achieved using wood, and the people – whether new to the industry or long-standing – that make it the highly innovative and industrious sector that it is.
“The quality of submissions we received last year was truly fantastic, and we’d like to encourage businesses of all sizes, focusing on a whole range of wood products and projects, to come forward and tell us why they deserve recognition.”
Commenting on the introduction of the Rising Star Award, Helen said: “This new category has been introduced to recognise individuals whose dedication and hard work has made a real difference either to the organisation in which they work, or to the wider woodworking community. As a trade association, we are now placing a greater focus than ever on supporting career development and creating the leaders of the future, and as part of that we want celebrate those who have demonstrated that they have a very bright career ahead of them.”
All entries are free and should be submitted by 17:00 on Friday, 13th September. Businesses can nominate themselves or be nominated by a client or supplier.
The shortlist will be announced in October, followed by the BWF’s Annual Dinner where the award winners will be announced and celebrated at the Honorable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, London on Friday 22nd November. Last year’s Awards Dinner was a the biggest and best yet – click here to watch a short video of the evening and hear from the winners themselves.
BWF Award Categories
Categories for this year’s Awards are as follows:
Woodworking Project of the Year Award – Sponsored by Centor®
- Recognises innovation and the very best in design, application and ability in joinery manufacture.
- The award will be judged against any of the following criteria: Craftmanship, Project Management and Excellence & Achievement.
Product Design in Wood Award – Sponsored by Teknos
- Recognising excellence in technical innovation, design and application in joinery product manufacture.
- The award will be judged against any of the following criteria: Innovation, Design and Excellence and Achievement.
Apprentice of the Year Award – Sponsored by Remmers
- Celebrates the achievements of those individuals who are on a formal apprenticeship in a woodworking joinery-related occupation such as Bench/Architectural Joinery, Wood Machining and Wood Product Manufacturing.
- The award will be judged against any of the following criteria: Outstanding Achievement, Commitment, Adding Value and Personal Development.
Rising Star Award – Sponsored by the Timber Trade Federation
- A new category introduced to the 2019 BWF Awards. This category has been designed to recognise an individual whose dedication and hard work has made a real difference either to the organisation in which they work, or to the wider woodworking and joinery community.
- The award will be judged against any of the following criteria: Customer Service, Innovation, Team/ Community and Business Transformation.
Health & Safety Hero Award – Sponsored by CITB
- Acknowledges individual or collective effort which has made a notable difference to the health and safety practices and culture within a business.
- The award will be judged against any of the following criteria: A Focused Outcome, Commitment and Adding Value.
Process Efficiency Award – Sponsored by W20 Exhibition & the FIT Show
- Designed to recognise the implementation of lean processes to maximise value for money, quality and speed of delivery.
- The award will be judged against any of the following criteria: Clear Thinking, Measurable Results, Commitments and Adding Value.
To enter, visit our dedicated BWF Awards 2019 page and download an entry form – click here to visit the Awards page.