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.
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