Judging for the supplier categories in the DIY Week Awards has now taken place and the shortlist of products in line for an accolade can now be revealed.

A total of 27 products have been named as finalists across nine categories, which you will find detailed over the next three pages.

Judges convened last month at the Dulux Academy at Akzo Nobel’s UK head office in Slough to discuss the entries and test out products. There were some tough decisions to be made across a host of great entries and our stellar judging panel stood firm in their brief, judging products on innovation, quality, function and price.

Our judging panel this year comprised:  Paul Andrews, DIY Product Manager, Home Hardware Southwest  John Cosford, Buyer - DIY, Wilko  Mike Farrants, Buyer, Wyevale Garden Centres  Paul Garland, Associate Buyer – DIY & garden, QVC UK  Andrew Georgiou, Senior Trader, Robert Dyas (Theo Paphitis Retail Group)  Steve Guy, Category Director – outdoor, B&Q  Gary Hayman, Group Buyer, Capital Gardens  Vicky Nuttall, Director, Garden Industry Manufacturers Association  Paul Warren, Owner, Broad Street DIY

L-R: Paul Andrews, Mike Farrants, Gary Hayman, Vicky Nuttall, Steve Guy, Andrew Georgiou, John Cosford, Paul Garland, and Paul Warren together on the judging day

The day went smoothly, thanks to our hosts, and the panel finally settled on the shortlist you will find overleaf. Akzo Nobel channel sales manager James Nash said: “We were delighted to support the awards with hosting the judging panel at our market-leading Dulux Academy in Slough. This also gave the judges the opportunity to view our training facilities, as well as our inspirational Customer Centre.”

The overall winners in each category will be announced at the 2018 DIY Week Awards luncheon on Friday, May 11 at the Park Plaza Victoria in London, along with a Judges’ Choice accolade to be awarded to the product that our judges felt stood head and shoulders above the rest.

 The judging for the retailer categories, which was set to take place at the end of February was postponed due to poor weather but has been rescheduled for later this month, with the finalists set to be revealed in the March 23 issue.


A host of major industry names have lined up to support the 2018 DIY Week Awards, applauding the event’s objective to recognise and reward innovative products and companies within the home improvement and garden industry. Sam’s Trade Centre managing director Robert Milliken commented: “Sam’s has been a long-time sponsor of the DIY Week Awards and we feel it is important to continue to support such a prestigious industry event. The DIY Week Awards provide a fantastic and vital platform to reward businesses within the DIY and retail trade, and to praise innovation and hard work in our industry.” Whilst the DIY Week Awards enable suppliers to get their products in front of a top panel of buyers and influencers, as well as a room full of the cream of the home improvement and garden industry on the day, it is also showcases impressive retail businesses that are making their mark on the sector. Henkel channel manager Paul Bagnall, who is also on the judging panel for

the retailer categories, said of Henkel’s sponsorship: “The DIY Week Awards provide a platform for celebrating the latest product innovation, which is of huge benefit to both retailers and consumers alike. It also gives a nod to outstanding retailers that what they’re doing and their business practises are hitting the mark. Winning a DIY Week Award creates a real commercial opportunity for these businesses and gives them the chance to celebrate their achievements.” Whether up for an award or not, the event is also the perfect opportunity to meet with old acquaintances and make new contacts, as suppliers, wholesalers, distributors, retailers, and marketing professionals from right across the sector come together to celebrate the very best our industry has to offer. Burg Wächter UK – formerly Sterling Locks – has supported the awards event for a number of years and has come on board as a sponsor once again in 2018. Marketing director Rex Atkins said: “Burg-Wächter UK and Sterling have supported the DIY Awards for many years and acknowledge importance of recognising those that innovate, inspire and do good work within the industry. This year’s event will also provide a fantastic networking opportunity for customers and suppliers alike. We are looking forward to the event and offering our continued support in the future.”


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