Who will win the glittering prizes?

Awards for Excellence: here are the finalists

Published:  20 October, 2010

LONDON: The judges of the Builders’ Merchants Awards for Excellence have spoken! The large shortlist presented to them has been whittled down to three finalists for each category.

The finalists for 2010, in alphabetical order, are:

TRAINEE OF THE YEAR (sponsored by Kerridge Commercial Systems)

George Bence & Sons (Rebecca Townsend)

Plumbase, Maidstone (Mark Pawsey Yeates)

Ridgeons Group (Fran Liston)

BEST BUILDERS' MERCHANT SHOWROOM (sponsored by Hotpoint)

Coomers

Graham (Abingdon, Oxfordshire)

TEC Distributors

BEST BUILDERS' MERCHANT HARD LANDSCAPING DISPLAY (sponsored by Bradstone)

BSG Buildbase (Purdeys Way, Southend)

Coomers

TG Oswestry

BEST BUILDERS' MERCHANT WEBSITE (sponsored by Builders' Merchants News)

Buildbase

Parker Building Supplies

EH Smith (Builders' Merchants)

BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE BY A BUILDERS' MERCHANT (sponsored by Triton)

C&W Berry

Kellaway Building Supplies

TEC Distributors

BEST BUILDERS' MERCHANT MARKETING INITIATIVE (sponsored by Finnforest)

Beatsons Building Supplies

LBS Builders' Merchants

EH Smith (Builders' Merchants)

BEST MERCHANT ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVE AWARD (sponsored by Knauf)

Covers

Plumbing Trade Supplies

EH Smith (Builders' Merchants)

ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR (sponsored by IKO)

Buildbase (Keith Eagers)

Ridgeons Group (Dean Crawford)

Wollens (Matt Green)

BUILDERS' MERCHANT MANAGER OF THE YEAR (sponsored by TradePro)

Keyline Basingstoke (Andy Goodlings)

Lawsons Whetstone (Gerry O'Sullivan)

EH Smith (Builders' Merchants) Leicester (Dave Keeling)

BEST INDEPENDENT BUILDERS MERCHANT: 1-5 BRANCHES (sponsored by BCGXL)

Beatsons Building Supplies

Coomers

C&S Builders' Merchants

BEST INDEPENDENT BUILDERS' MERCHANT: 6+ BRANCHES (sponsored by Lafarge)

Kellaway Building Supplies

Lawsons

LBS Builders' Merchants

BEST PLUMBING AND HEATING MERCHANT – ENVIRONMENTAL FOCUS (sponsored by Grundfos)

Graham (Sutton, Surrey)

HPS – Heating Plumbing Supplies

Plumbase (Station Court, Solihull)

NATIONAL BUILDERS' MERCHANT OF THE YEAR (sponsored by Hanson)

Buildbase

Keyline

Plumbing Trade Supplies

SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR (sponsored by Reisser)

ACO

Hunter Plastics

Lafarge Cement

There can only be one recipient for the Lifetime Achievement Award (sponsored by H+H) and the name of this individual will only be made public at the Awards ceremony on 19 November at the Lancaster Hotel in London.

That is when over 400 of the sector's captains of industry will gather under one roof to celebrate the sector's highest achieving individuals and companies.

Making their deliberations at Builders' Merchants News' London headquarters, this year's panel of judges included: Howard Grant, managing director of United merchants (Unimer); Chris Hayward, managing director of the NMBS; Simon Storer, the communications and external affairs director of the Construction Products Association; Rebecca Mason, president of the Institute of Builders' Merchants; Andrew Hall, president of the GAI and Gary Hopkins, master of the Worshipful Company of Builders' Merchants. Christine Harding, marketing manager of the Builders' Merchants Federation and William Godfrey, managing director of Robert Price Builders' Merchants and last year's recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, cast their votes in absentia.

Now that the finalists have been selected, they will be invited to attend the Awards Luncheon as guests of the sponsors for their category.

There is still time to book a seat for this major event. Contact Melanie Roche on 0207 973 6688 or email m.roche@hgluk.com

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