Hundreds of DIY and garden suppliers, wholesalers and independent and multiple retailers came together this week to find out the winners of the 2015 ‘DIY Week’ Awards.
The recipients of the industry’s most prestigious accolades, organised by ‘Housewares Magazine’s’ sister title, were revealed to a packed audience at the event, which took place during the Totally Shows trade exhibition in Coventry.
Winners of the Silver awards across both product and retailer categories were revealed at the end of last year, but the identities of those picked for Gold were kept under wraps until the evening of the awards ceremony.
This year’s Gold product prizes were awarded to: Decorating Product of the Year – Bosch Gluepen; DIY Product of the Year -FormFormForm Sugru; Garden Accessory of the Year – Grovewood Ventures The Handy Camel Bag Clip; Home & Kitchen Product of the Year – Rustins Soak Up!; Garden Tool of the Year – TTI UK’s Ryobi ONE+ Hybrid Line Trimmer; Garden Fertiliser & Chemical of the Year – Westland Horticulture Gro-Sure Smart Seed; Power Tool of the Year – Worx SD Semi Automatic Driver; Security & Safety Product of the Year –
Yale UK Easyfit CCTV 2 Camera Kit; Security Retailer of the Year – Holdfast Security Systems.
The Gold retailer products were scooped by: Garden Retailer of the Year -Old Railway Line Garden Centre; Decor Retailer of the Year – Ruthin Décor; Retail Communicator of the Year – Tile Choice; Tool Retailer of the Year – Tool Shop; Joint Hardware Retailer of the Year – Thompson’s Hardware and Joint Hardware Retailer of the Year – Wilby’s Home Hardware
Another winner on the night was the industry charity Rainy Day Trust, for which at least £4,500 was raised. A donation of £2,500 by ‘DIY Week’ publisher Datateam Business Media was boosted by some £2,000 thanks to the generosity of attendees. The final donations are still being counted.
‘DIY Week’ would like to thank its two panels of awards judges for their time and expertise. Judging the retailers were: BIRA Direct director of buying Steve Akers; GCA chief executive Iain Wylie; industry consultant and former ‘DIY Week’ publisher Colin Petty; Stax Trade Centres operations director Nigel Wright; and Thorns DIY business development manager Emily Duke and director Miriam Devlin.
Judging the products were: Homebase senior buyer Andrew Georgiou; QVC DIY, security and home automation associate buyer David Murray; Home Hardware Southwest DIY buyer Paul Andrews; BHETA home improvement sector director Peter Stone; Wilko assistant buyer Emma Dines; Wilko business relationship manager, buying, John Cosford; and Squire’s Garden Centres director of purchasing Darran Oakley.
The magazine would also like to thank all the sponsors of the event for helping to make it such a success: Akzo Nobel, BHETA, BIRA, GIMA, Henkel, Home Hardware Southwest, Sam’s Trade Centre, Stax Trade Centres, Sterling, Totally DIY: Totally Tools and Yale.