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Take your seats, please!

If you have not already purchased tickets for TTA Awards night on 24th June at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, now is the time to do so: and do not delay, as we anticipate the evening selling out before too long!

The Awards night is to be hosted this year by Dominic Holland, the award-winning comedian, author, actor, and broadcaster, who is one of the most popular corporate acts on the after-dinner circuit, and a star of British TV. Dominic won the 1993 Perrier Best Newcomer Award in Edinburgh, and his BBC Radio 4 series, The Small World of Dominic Holland, won a Comic Heritage Award.

So it’s guaranteed to be a great night!

To be part of the gala Awards, please book your tickets by emailing awards@tile.org.uk or Tel: 0300 365 8453. The price of tables is as per last year, which is £1,575 for a table of 10, £1,400 for a second table and £175 for a single ticket.

TTA expresses its sincere thanks to all its sponsors this year. There are a record 13 Gold sponsors of TTA Awards.

They are: Banks & Lloyd, Genesis Global Systems, JACKOBOARD®, Mapei, N&C, Palace Chemicals, PCS, Shackerley (Holdings) Group Ltd., STS, Topps Tiles, UltraTile, Verona, and Weber.

Judging panel announced for TTA Awards
TTA Awards are all about recognising achievement, endeavour and innovation. The Awards night, to be held on 24th June at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, will as always be a great industry celebration and the year’s best opportunity to network.

The main focus of the evening will of course be on the Award winners and all those companies and individuals who have taken the trouble to enter this year and put their achievements, whether new products, projects or other endeavours, forward for scrutiny by our illustrious panel of judges.

TTA has always viewed the calibre of the judging panel as being very important, to ensure that the awards are well-deserved and credible. This year we have one of the most extensive judging panels ever enlisted, representing retailers, manufacturers, contractors and industry ex-perts in a number of different areas.

TTA is very grateful for the involvement, expertise and time commitment contributed by all our judges this year. Further details on the judging panel can be found on the Awards website at: www.ttaawards.com

Billy Valler
Billy was a tile fixer and then became contracts manager for WB Simpsons. He is Managing Director of WB Simpson and Sons Ltd. Billy is a TTA board member and sits on the TTA Technical Committee.


David Rowley
Dave is Training & Technical Manager at Building Adhesives Ltd and Chairman of TTA’s Training Committee. He was elected to the Board of TTA in 2016. He is also lead judge for the wall and floor tiling section of SkillBuild, an NVQ assessor and internal verifier.

Robert Howard MBE
Bob is a founding member of TTA, starting his career as an apprentice, and has been in the tiling industry for over 50 years. He is currently a Board member and sits on the Training Committee and the Technical Committee. He was awarded an MBE for services to wall and floor tiling.

Peter Caplehorn
Peter is the Chief Executive of the Construction Products Association. He was previously Deputy Chief Executive where he led the work to ensure alignment of the UK and EU policy and regulatory frameworks, particularly for technical and sustainability issues.

Rebecca Talbot
Rebecca chairs TTA Marketing Committee and the Awards Working Group. She is the Market-ing Manager for Instarmac – including the UltraTile range. Rebecca joined Instarmac in 2015 to head up the marketing team, having previously worked in the interior décor and finishings market.

Ian Kershaw
Ian is Managing Director of Tiles UK, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of tiles, founded in 1947. He is a longtime TTA board member and was TTA’s longest-serving Chairman, until 2018.

Paul Luff
Paul Luff is the current TTA Chairman. He has many years’ experience within the tiling indus-try and is the Sales and Marketing Manager at Larsen Building Products, where he is responsible for the Tiling and Flooring Division.

David Talbot
David joined Craven Dunnill & Co Ltd in 2012 as Contracts Manager. He has sat on TTA Technical Committee since 2013. He was Chair of B/539 between 2013 and 2022, and has also sat on the UK Slip Resistance Technical Committee representing TTA since 2014. He became a TTA board member in 2021.

Joe Simpson
Joe Simpson is the editor of Tile and Stone Journal. He says: “TSJ reflects the increasing sophistication of the tile and stone industry in the UK and Ireland. We have made the pages of TSJ the vital information source for retailers, fixers and specifiers of tile and natural stone”.

Edoardo Matarazzo
Edoardo is managing director of Sidcup Tile King, established in 1982. He has over 30 years experience of importing and selling tiles into the UK market, and a wealth of knowledge of the industry as a whole.

Brian Newell MBE
Brian is a founder member of TTA and a past Chairman. He is currently a TTA board member and Chairman of the Technical Committee. He is Chairman and Owner of Shackerley (Holdings) Group Limited and received an MBE for services to the UK tiling and ceramic industry in the 2022 New Year’s Honours list.

David Hackett
David has responsibility for Sales & Marketing at BAL and is also General Manager at Building Adhesives, overseeing all functions of the Stoke business. He also has dual responsibility for both ARDEX and BAL in HR and the Commercial areas of the business. He is also a TTA board member.

Richard Wallis
Richard is Managing Director of Norcros Adhesives, the Stoke-based manufacturer of tiling adhesives and associated products for the construction industry. He joined Norcros in 2013 and is a TTA board member.


Joni Tyler
Joni is head of CPD at RIBA. She is a member of the CPD policy working groups for the Architects Council of Europe and the Union of International Architects; a frequent consultant on CPD matters for other professions in the UK and Internationally; and an active public speaker on CPD, especially on digital disruption.

Simon Martin
Simon became the 440th Master of the Worshipful Company of Tylers & Bricklayers in 2021. He is a solicitor by profession and spent his career with Macfarlanes LLP in the City. He spent two years in the firm’s Tokyo office and had stints as Head of the Corporate Department and as Managing Partner.

Lorna Williams
Lorna runs the Secretariat for the British Adhesives & Sealants Association (BASA). She has a background in Materials Science and over 30 years’ experience in a number of technical and commercial roles related to the adhesives, sealants and construction products markets. Lorna is also a member of TTA Technical Committee.

Alberto Echavarria
Alberto is Secretary General of ASCER (the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association), which includes most of Spain’s ceramic tile manufacturers. There are no limits to the Association’s range of activities and services; ASCER is potentially willing to take on any project or activity of interest to its members.

The Tiling Show: set to be a highlight of the year
The Tiling Show is set to be a great success this year. It will take place on 24 June in the Hilton Birmingham Metropole – the same venue as TTA Awards, which will be held in the even-ing.
The Show has a new sponsor this year – Lithofin UK, who said:

“We are pleased to be able to support TTA and are really looking forward to being a part of this exciting show.”

“Our stand will showcase the professional Lithofin UK product range for cleaning, sealing and maintaining tile and stone surfaces and our Technical Manager, Bob Sewell, will be available to answer technical questions, give advice on projects and specifications as well as offer trouble shooting solutions. We look forward to welcoming you at the Lithofin UK Stand.”

The Show is currently open for bookings, and TTA members who are interested in taking space are encouraged to email show@tile.org.uk.

There are two stand options:
2 x 1 metre space for just £100 + VAT (including a trestle table, suitable
for a pull-up stand)
4 x 1 metre space for just £200 + VAT (including trestle tables, suitable
for a pop-up stand)


Special show offers
Exhibitors are asked to have a special offer running on their stand during the Show. All Gold sponsors of the Awards are entitled to free stand space at the Show.

Any non-members who wish to exhibit should contact TTA.

For visitors the Show is free to enter and will be open from 10am to 4pm.

So please come along, find out the latest trends, catch up on the industry news – and, of course, don’t forget to visit the Lithofin UK stand!

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