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DIY Week Awards: Gold winners revealed

Published: 14 November 2012
The cream of the DIY and garden industry was celebrating at the Deansgate Hilton, Manchester last night, as the top products and retailers were named at the DIY Week Awards.
DIY Week Awards: Gold winners revealed
The event brought together some of the biggest names in the industry to recognise and reward achievements in 15 categories, from Store Manager and Garden Retailer of the Year, to Power Tool and DIY Product of the Year.

Guests, including representatives from B&Q, Home Hardware Southwest, Stax, BHETA, GIMA, Hozelock and Stanley, enjoyed a drinks reception, followed by three-course meal, the awards presentation and a casino. All money raised from the casino was donated to industry charity the Rainy Day Trust. The awards were compered by comedian Terry Alderton, who also entertained guests with a stand-up set after dinner.

The judging panel had a tough job this year, with the bar raised even higher and an encouraging number of quality entries. In fact, so difficult was the decision that, in two categories, judges opted for joint Gold winners.

The Gold winners announced on the night are as follows:

Décor Retailer of the Year - Leekes
Decorating Product of the Year - STG Products Silicone XP
DIY Product of the Year - Vitrex Grout Out
Garden Accessory of the Year - Scott Brothers Garden Vacuum Storage Totes
Garden Fertiliser/Chemical of the Year - Bord na Mona RSPB Multipurpose compost
Garden Retailer of the Year - Frensham Garden Centre and Gordale Garden Centre
Garden Tool of the Year - Agralan Threadhoe
Hand Tool of the Year - Ladderlimb
Hardware Product of the Year - Bissell Steam & Sweep
Hardware Retailer of the Year - Mainlys Mica Hardware and Right Price DIY
Power Tool of the Year - Black & Decker Gyro Driver
Retail Communicator of the Year - Fermoy's
Security Product of the Year - The Solar Centre Astron Solar Security Light
Store Manager of the Year - Ravi Kara, Tool Shop
Tool Retailer of the Year - Axminster


Published prior to March 2014
By Suzie Nixon
This was our first time attending the DIY Awards. We are so glad we did, Husband,Son & I had a wonderful evening and to top it all we won (Joint) Gold for Hardware Retailer of the Year!!
The venue was great, but did find some of the Hilton staff a little unhelpful.
I don't understand, why a comedian to present the Awards! would have been better to have told jokes before hand then proceed as an award presentation should be.
Thank you to all the organisers, you worked so hard!
Published prior to March 2014
By Steve Searle, Monkton Elm
Having attended the awards evening I would just like to say how well it had been organised and we had a wonderful evening and met some interesting new companies that were on our table.
Published prior to March 2014
By David Lovenbury, Nigel Wright Recruitment
Great venue, I hope you continue to use the Hilton, its perfect. Great food, quite possibly the best meal I've had at the awards, everyone on our table (21) enjoyed the food. The new format of getting through the awards in a more timely fashion worked really well. Whilst some of the humour of the "product videos" was lost I think most people enjoyed the quicker format.
The casino feature is good for networking and most people seemed to enjoy it. Good representation from some of the major players in the industry. The comedian/compare was a disaster. He died a horrible death on that stage, I felt sorry for him. I doubt there is little you can do about this, its so hit and miss, but he didn't seem to have a Plan B. He took the gloss off a nice evening, and was the subject of much derision in the bar downstairs
Published prior to March 2014
By Angela - Scott Brothers
Many thanks for a thoroughly enjoyable evening at the DIY Week Awards last night. I thought the venue was superb, the organisation and running of the awards ceremony spot on, the food first class and the team managed to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere that made us feel immediately at ease. This was our first attendance at a DIY Week Awards event, and obviously winning our category was the icing on the cake, but even without that we would have had a great evening in good company. It s so important to celebrate success and achievement in difficult times, and it s certainly given us the feel good factor. Well done to everyone concerned we hope to be back again next year!
Published prior to March 2014
By Peter Massey
I think "Great Success" is over stating what was an embarassment to you, the sponsors and the Award winners.The guest host was rude, ill prepared and disparaging to the audience and winners alike. I was a guest of Akzo Nobel and paid nothing, but I will think twice about attending next year.
Published prior to March 2014
By Ian Brown
what a great evening only ruined by to many awards (congratulations to all who won) as well as a dreadful comedian who had no idea who his audience was, lost them quickly and didnt appear to care, being rude about products as well as guests who had paid a lot of money to attend
Published prior to March 2014
By DIY Supplier -
Having attended this event with good intentions and an open mind I was very disappointed by the event this year..
Is our industry that bad that we suffer evenings like this?
No atmosphere, strange product selection for awards and a host that was billed as "one of the few comics who can bring crowds to their feet, Terry Alderton"..yes to their feet and LEAVE..

It was hard viewing to the point of embarrassing for the guests I had on my table and hard to justify attending next year... Please review the format and try harder to be entertaining...

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