The TTA Awards 2017 once again provided a great showcase for the tiling industry. This year the Awards, hosted by Emma Jesson, took place at the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel in central London. The winners of 22 categories were declared during the course of the evening – six of these being determined by public vote, the rest being adjudicated by the TTA’s panel of expert judges.
“I think this eleventh TTA Awards has been our most successful ever,” says TTA chairman Ian Kershaw. “It’s always great to recognise the real achievers in our industry, whether they are tile fixers, manufacturer, retailers, distributors or contractors. It shows the real strength of our industry that we are able to demonstrate such a wealth of talent, enterprise, hard work and creativity from within our member companies.
‘I would like to thank all those who entered the Awards this year, all those who came along to the event itself, our judges who gave freely of their expertise to make the Awards possible, those who voted in the public voting categories and this year’s Gold sponsors, who made it all possible financially.”
The Gold sponsors were: ARDEX, BAL, Bellota, Impey Showers, Norcros Adhesives and Tilemaster Adhesives.
The category winners at the Awards were:
Employee of the Year – Moray Anderson, ARDEX UK Ltd
Best Innovation – Saint Gobain Weber: Weberfix pro lite
Excellence in Manufacturing – Craven Dunnill Jackfield Ltd
Best Ancillary Product – Fila: Filano Rust
Trainee of the Year (Non-Fixer) – Craig Benn, Ceramic Tile Merchants
Best Environment Initiative – Norcros Adhesives, Minimising Environmental Impact
Best E-Commerce Website/App – Tile Mountain
Best Renovation Project – Harper & Edwards Ltd: The Garrick Club
Excellence in Multiple Retailing – Topps Tiles plc
Excellence in Marketing – Instarmac: Website & Product Planner App
Excellence In Distribution – Nicholls & Clarke Group
Best Retail Showroom – Casa Ceramica Tile Company
Best Use of Tile in a Domestic Environment (Bathrooms & Wetrooms) – Casa Ceramica: Storton Bathroom
Best Use of Tile in a Domestic Environment (Kitchens) – Armatile: Private House and Creative Tile & Stone: Private House (joint winners)
Best Use of Tile in a Commercial Contract – ARDEX: 80-100 Victoria Street
Best Use of Tile in the Leisure/Hospitality Industry – Grespania Ceramica: Park Regis Hotel
Excellence in Tile Contracting – Arrow Tiling Ltd
Trainee Tile Fixer of the Year – Gordon Cooke, A De Cecco Ltd
Tile Fixer of the Year – Sharon Taylor, Viva Tiling
Floor Tile of the Year – RAK Ceramics: Circle Wood
Wall Tile of the Year – RAK Ceramics: Country Brick
As well as the serious business of presenting Awards, the event was once again a great networking occasion and an opportunity for the industry to get together and enjoy some top class entertainment. The evening also raised £2,500 for Children Today, the TTA’s nominated charity, for whom the industry has been raising money for the past 11 years.
To see a full gallery of photos from the tiling industry’s big night of the year, please follow this link to the TTA Awards website: http://www.ttaawards.com/2017-gallery