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TTA Awards benefit from record level of industry support

TTA Awards are all about recognising achievement, endeavour and innovation. Given the problems that have affected all industries over the last three years, it is therefore excellent news that this year’s TTA Awards have attracted a record number of 16 Gold sponsors.

In the previous issue we looked at eight of our sponsors. These were: Amber Underfloor Heating, Banks & Lloyd, BIHUI, Genesis Global Systems, Jackoboard, Mapei (UK), Palace Chemicals, Polyfab Coatings & Systems (PCS).

This issue, we are putting the other eight sponsors in the spotlight and giving them the opportunity to tell us a bit about themselves and why they are supporting the awards this year. These are the major brands from our industry who are associating themselves with the core values of the awards.
If you still need tickets to attend the awards at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on 12th May, please contact TTA. The ticket prices are £1,755+VAT for a table of 10, £1,560+VAT for a second table, and £195+VAT for a single ticket. To purchase tickets, please contact TTA on [email protected] or Tel: 0300 365 8453.

Please also visit The Tiling Show, which will be held from 10am – 4pm on 12 May at the same venue. The show is free to enter. TTA members are also eligible to exhibit and Gold sponsors are automatically entitled to space at the show.

Members who are not sponsors, who wish to exhibit, have a choice of:

  • 2x1m stand space for just £150 + VAT, perfect for pull up banners
  • 4x1m stand space for just £300 + VAT, perfect for pop up stands

For information about The Tiling Show, please email [email protected].

Once again, TTA wishes to thank all the Gold Sponsors.

Shackerley (Holdings) Group:
Shackerley is a British, independently owned manufacturer and prefabricator, renowned for supplying innovative, engineered products to the architectural and construction industries for over 55 years. Today the company leads the UK ceramic granite and natural stone ventilated cladding market with its award-winning, patented SureClad façade systems, and is universally recognised as the country’s leading authority on the use of large-format ceramic granite in external cladding applications.

In less than two decades, SureClad ceramic granite ventilated façades have literally changed the architectural landscape. Since Shackerley first introduced its innovative modern method of construction at the turn of the 21st century, SureClad façade cladding has been specified across the UK, to enhance and protect new and refurbished properties in every sector of the market – from healthcare, education and civic and public service buildings to hotels, sports and leisure facilities, retail centres and office complexes. In recent years, their specification has increased in the high-end residential sector too, particularly for buildings more than 18 metres high, where only non-combustible cladding materials are permitted.

Ceramic granite is an exceptionally hard, strong and durable form of porcelain that is ideally suited for use as an external façade material. Shackerley is able to offer the specifier an almost infinite array of aesthetic design options with colourways, finishes, styles and panel formats to meet every design brief, including panels up to 3x2m in size.

Every SureClad system is supplied as a complete “installation-ready” package that minimises the time required to install façades on site. Essentially the SureClad system comprises fully prefabricated ceramic granite panels – cut to exact sizes and fitted with SureClad façade fixings – together with strong, lightweight vertical and horizontal aluminium rails and profiles, and flexible and load bearing support brackets. Bespoke features such as cills, soffits and reveals can all be supplied as factory-assembled bracketed units. Ensuring the highest quality standards, all prefabrication work is carried out at Shackerley’s two ISO 9001-accredited factories in Lancashire.

Manufacturing at any level is a challenge, but STS is constantly working to ensure its products such as NoMorePly are sourced and manufactured to a high standard.

As a respected provider in the UK construction industry, STS is proud to hold core values to be industrious, cheerful, creative and hold sound family values.

The driving force behind the STS team is not merely to meet industry standards, but to exceed and redefine them, and in doing so, bring customers and installers a clear competitive advantage. Whilst holding to company values, innovating and providing customers with excellent customer service, the company is also constantly working to improve its corporate social responsibility and employee welfare.

As a leading manufacturer of fibre cement tile backing solutions in the UK, the company’s vision is to ensure its stockists and installers are provided with the ultimate solution for their needs. STS has a vision to provide sustainable, eco-friendly solutions for all tile backing needs whilst upholding a high level of product quality and exemplary customer service.

“We are delighted to be able to yet again be a TTA Awards Gold Sponsor in 2023. TTA and the tiling industry is very close to the heart of STS. That is represented in many of our industry leading products in the NoMorePly and Beava ranges. We are very much looking forward to supporting the show and awards this year and speaking to many in the industry about new products and innovations,” says Vince Marsh, head of marketing.

Topps Tiles:
Topps Tiles is excited to be back sponsoring TTA awards. The company believes it is important as a brand to celebrate the success of the tiling industry and support the customers in helping to make their tiling experience an exciting venture, whether that be through innovative tile designs or the essential tools to make the job easy.

With over 300 locations around the UK, the company aims to provide a wide variety of store formats for added convenience whilst creating an inspirational journey to help achieve a customer’s dream home. Topps Tiles’ friendly store teams of tile specialists score over 90% for overall customer satisfaction, making the company’s customer service industry leading. It further supplements this with an easy-to-use online visualiser tool, inspirational online content, and expert “How To” guides for those budding DIYers.

Topps massively values its trade customers which is why it offers the best product innovation at great prices with some top exclusives seen nowhere else in the UK, as well as a brilliant loyalty programme, Rewards+. Its award-winning trade website allows for convenient shopping with express click and collect at checkout and its dedicated trade social media channels help discover talent and showcase trader portfolios to help increase visibility for those working hard at representing their business online.

The company is continuously trialling new product categories, technologies and introducing more eco-friendly options to ensure it remains market leading in the tile industry and provides the highest convenience and innovation for its customers.

Verona Stone Group:
As the UK’s leading distributor of tiles, mosaics, outdoor porcelain and flooring, Yorkshire-based Verona offers a comprehensive portfolio of products at competitive prices, with professional merchandising concepts to support independent and national tile retailers across the UK.

Verona supplies directly to customers nationwide from its state-of-the-art distribution centre in Doncaster. With a large UK stock holding, competitive prices and short lead times, Verona caters for everything from single independent retail outlets to large scale commercial or residential projects. Customers are supported by a friendly and knowledgeable sales support team, plus an online trade portal that allows retailers to check stock, place orders, view their account and download marketing materials 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Verona will once again be showing its support for the industry as a gold sponsor for this year’s TTA Awards. A stellar accolade, the TTA Awards highlight the very best in the industry, from creative campaigns to cutting edge design and innovation. A key event in the awards calendar, it will be wonderful to get the industry together again to celebrate the strength and resilience the tile sector has shown over these past years and shine a positive light on what’s to come.

UltraTile (Instarmac Group):
UltraTile is very proud to be sponsoring the TTA awards again in 2023. The awards celebrate all that is great about the tile industry and are a fantastic demonstration of tiling excellence.

As members for over ten years, UltraTile recognises how TTA promotes professionalism and technical standards across the industry, which is something that is emulated at Instarmac. The company has a Quality Management System in place to ensure that customers are only ever supplied with top quality, tested, fit-for-purpose products.

The Awards provide nominees the chance to showcase their hard work and give the proud winners the opportunity to celebrate their success.

UltraTile wishes all nominees the best of luck!

Tile Mountain:
Founded in 2013, Tile Mountain has become the UK’s fastest-growing tile retailer. Operating from its headquarters in Stoke on Trent, the company has made significant investments in capacity and infrastructure with three purpose-built warehouses, nine showrooms and its office complex. Since 2018, the group has expanded further with the launch of Bathroom Mountain and the acquisition of Walls and Floors.

“TTA Awards are well recognised within the industry as the gold standard and so it is fitting that, as Tile Mountain Group celebrates its tenth anniversary, we lend our support in celebrating the achievements of others. We have been members of TTA since our inception in 2013 and are delighted to have the opportunity to further cement our relationship,” says Jeremy Harris, MD Tile Mountain Group.

W.B. Simpson & Sons:
W.B. Simpson & Sons are one of the leading tiling contractors in London & the South East, specialising in the supply and installation of wall and floor tiling. W.B. Simpson & Sons is also a prominent tiling contractor in the Midlands as well as the north of England, under the governance of W.B. Simpson & Sons (Midlands).

“We’re excited to be sponsoring TTA Awards 2023. The evening provides an occasion to celebrate the success of the tiling industry, as well as offering a great opportunity to showcase support for the values of achievement and excellence which the awards represent.”

W.B. Simpson & Sons was established in 1833, so the company is celebrating 190 years of tile contracting in the commercial, retail and residential sectors.

It has an extensive portfolio of completed contracts and a reputation for excellence. This has allowed it the privilege of working with some of the UK’s largest construction contractors. Its portfolio contains projects for London Underground and some of the major UK airports. These projects also include hotels, office blocks, hospitals and residential developments. Wembley Stadium and the HSBC HQ in Birmingham are among recent projects.

With an office based in Redhill, Surrey where W.B. Simpson & Sons (Terrazzo) Ltd also resides, the company’s location offers great links to Central London and the South East. It also has a growing presence in the Midlands, through W.B. Simpson & Sons (Midlands) who are based in Coventry and cover the Midlands as well as the north and other areas across the nation.

Weber is the leading manufacturer of easy-to-apply products in the tile fixing, renders, construction mortars and flooring system markets. Weber has supported TTA, including the prestigious TTA Awards, for over 20 years due to their tireless work to improve industry standards by updating qualifications, providing CPDs and training. Weber’s involvement with TTA provides it with invaluable information on challenges and opportunities within the industry allowing it to adapt its products and services for all customers.

Weber believes that what matters most in the construction industry is to care about people and their environment, which is why it created its ever-popular Weber Rewards loyalty scheme, ensuring every customer who registers benefits not only from using market-leading products but also an extra special thank you – a ‘love-you-back’ from Weber.

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