The TTA is announcing the finalists in the first categories to be judged in this year’s TTA Awards. Following adjudication and verification of the votes the results in these first three categories are as follows (in alphabetical order):
Tile Fixer of the Year
Stortford Tiling and Marble
The Natural Tiler
Harrison Tiling Contracts
Wall Tile of the Year
by Casa Ceramica
by Johnson Tiles
Floor Tile of the Year
by Craven Dunnill & Co
The Marvellous Marvel Range
by Nicholls and Clarke
The announcements of the winners in these three categories, along with all the others, will be made at the Awards event in April.
The Awards will take place at St Johns Hotel, Solihull on 18th April, and will be an occasion when the whole industry comes together to recognise the brightest and best individuals, the most innovative new products and the sector’s best and most interesting projects.
Readers are urged to book their tickets now, as the event is getting bigger and better by the day, and you would not want to be disappointed! Full details of individual ticket and table prices are available on the special Awards website at www.ttaawards.com
In an exciting innovation this year, the three categories, for which the results are now being announced, were opened up to public judging, whereby members of the industry and other visitors to the Awards website could cast their votes. Tile Fixer of the Year category was open to both public and members to vote, and Wall Tile of the Year and Floor Tile of the Year, were open to TTA members only.
Widening of the franchise around the Awards this year represents a modernisation and updating of this key industry occasion, using social media and the resources of digital communication. The innovations implemented this year have secured a great response from the industry, with over 400 online votes received and a 48% increase in Award nominations, compared to last year!
The full judging panel for all the other Awards is as follows: Joe Simpson, editor of TSJ, who has over 25 years’ experience of writing about the tiling industry; Ian Crowther, head of the TTA Marketing Committee and northern operations manager of N&C Building Products; Paul Luff, chair of the TTA General Purposes Committee and national sales & marketing manager for Larsen Building Products; Russell Sage, well-known London architect who has been involved in some of the capital’s most iconic restaurants, hotels and attractions; Ian Kershaw, chairman of the TTA and managing director of Tiles UK; David Rowley, chairman of the TTA’s supply chain committee and training manager at Building Adhesives Ltd.; Bob Howard MBE, founder member of the TTA and chair of its training committee; Kay Porter, company secretary of the TTA and an active member of its marketing committee since its formation; Emma Jesson, broadcaster and host for the TTA Awards for the last ten years; and Brian Newell, TTA director, technical expert and chairman of Shackerley (Holdings) Group.
Information from the microsite is continually supported and supplemented through the Awards Twitter feed (@ttaawards) and regular e-blasts, as well as through the TTA online newsletter Tilezine. All these promotional channels are giving higher profile than ever before to this years’ Gold Sponsors who include: Shackerley, Schluter, Mapei, FILA, Norcros Adhesives, Lithofin and Bellota. There are still sponsorship opportunities available providing a great opportunity to enable brands to gain recognition in front of the key industry professionals. All packages include complementary tickets, post-event PR and the chance to present an award. More information is available on the website.