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Carnival time at the 2016 TTA Awards!

2016 TTA Awards finalists announced

TTA Awards 2016 – online voting is open

Top tips for 2016 TTA Awards entries

Carnival time at the 2016 TTA Awards!

What. A. Night!

The TTA Awards gala dinner and presentations on Saturday 14th May celebrated the very best in the wall and floor tiling industry.

Held at St John’s Hotel and Conference Centre in Solihull with a Brazilian theme to tie in with this summer’s Rio Olympic Games, the event saw the winners from a wide range of categories claiming their trophies and certificates.

Hosted by ITV’s Emma Jesson, the event also raised almost £3,000 for the TTA’s chosen charity, Children Today.

Huge congratulations to all of the winners – and equal congratulations to all the businesses and individuals who were finalists. And thank you to all businesses who submitted entries last year. The quality and range of awards submissions proves what a healthy state the industry is in.

Gold sponsors for the event were Bellota, N&C Nicobond, Norcros Adhesives and Shackerley.

If you were at the event, could you let us have your feedback? There’s a very short survey HERE – your responses will help us to make future events even better. Thank you.

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2016 TTA Awards – the winners

Lifetime Achievement
James McCann

Excellence in Tile Contracting
Trainor Stone & Tile Ltd

Best Use of Tile in the Leisure/Hospitality Industry
Craven Dunnill Jackfield Ltd: Blues Kitchen, Brixton

Employee of the Year
Chris Myatt

Trainee of the Year
Hannah Bamford
Highly Commended – Billy Davies

Excellence in Tile Distribution
Craven Dunnill & Co Ltd

Excellence in Multiple Retailing
N&C Tiles and Bathrooms

Excellence in Marketing
Tile Choice

Best use of Tile in a Domestic Environment
Stone & Ceramic Ltd: Cowley Street, Westminster

Best Use of Tile in a Commercial Contract
Armatile: St Patrick’s Church, Donaghmore

Trainee Tile Fixer of the Year
Kieran Magee

Excellence in Manufacturing
N&C Nicobond

Excellence in Independent Retailing
Stafford Tiles & Flooring Solutions Ltd

Best Innovation
Warmup: Warmup 4iE

Best Environmental Initiative
Norcros Adhesives: ISO 14001 Accreditation & Pro 30 Fast Track Eco Levelling Compound

The winners of these three categories were selected in a public vote:

Tile Fixer of the Year
Lee Featherstone
Highly Commended – Nigel Davidson

Wall Tile of the Year
Peronda Group: Laccio Collection

Floor Tile of the Year
Craven Dunnill & Co Ltd: Firestone

There was a real buzz on social media on the night. Here are just a few tweets…


Almost £3,000 was also raised on the night for the Tile Association’s chosen charity, Children Today. A game of Heads and Tails and donations made for using the dress-up photo booth on the night helped to raise a magnificent £2,944.

Thank you to everyone for your generosity. Every penny will help Children Today to help disabled young people enjoy a better quality of life by providing them with specialist equipment

2016 TTA Awards finalists announced

The TTA is pleased to announce the finalists for all of the categories in the 2016 Rio Carnival TTA Awards!

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Faced with a large field of entries which were of a universally high quality, the judges this year had a particularly tough job to select finalists in each category. But after a lot of hard work and very careful scrutiny of all the entries, the finalists’ names are now in the spotlight.

Our TTA expert judges have now decided the finalists for all our categories bar the three online categories, for which the finalists public voting is heating up! These categories are  — Wall Tile of the Year, Floor Tile of the Year and Fixer of the Year. The winners for these will be announced on the night same as the other category winners. There is still chance to get your vote in as voting ends on Sunday 6th March — votes can be casted on the TTA Awards website at http://www.ttaawards.com

The gala Awards Night itself — at which the winners in all categories will be announced — is to be held on Saturday 14th May in an evening of celebration and entertainment at St John’s Hotel and Conference Centre in Solihull.

We are fortunate this year to have an array of Gold Sponsors, these are: Bellota Herramientas SAU, N&C Nicobond, Norcros Adhesives and Shackerley (Holdings) Group Ltd. Silver sponsors are Lithofin and Mapei, while the Stage sponsor is FILA Solutions.

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For further information…

Tickets to attend the Awards event are still available. Single places cost £160 + VAT, while tables for 10 are also available and these cost £1,440 + VAT. You can book by telephoning 0300 365 8453, or email awards@tile.org.uk. For up-to-the minute info, follow the Awards Twitter feed @ttaawards.

There is also a Golf Day on the same day at The Belfry, just a short distance away from the Awards venue. Email info@tile.org.uk to book places, which cost £67.50 per person (incl VAT). All the prizes for the day are sponsored by Mapei, to whom the TTA is very grateful.

Congratulations to all finalists of the 2016 TTA Awards. We hope to see your entries again for the 2017’s Awards to celebrate your achievements.

 

The Finalists for the Online Voting categories are:

 

Tile Fixer of the Year

David Stott, Elite Tiling

Lee Featherstone, The Natural Stone Tile Gallery

James Smith, James Smith Tiling

Wes Geraghty, Geraghty Tiling

Phillip Harrison, Harrison Contract Tiling Ltd

Nigel Davidson, Davidson Tiling

Rowan Johnson, Atlantis Installations

 

Floor Tile of the Year

RAK Ceramics – RAK Ceramics

Craven Dunnill & Co Ltd – Firestone Collection

Craven Dunnill & Co Ltd – Timber Slim (Treverkchalme)

Peronda Group – KURT Collection – Museum Concept

 

Wall Tile of the Year

Craven Dunnill – Ludlow Collection

Craven Dunnill – Bravura (Neolith)

Peronda Group – Stone Designs – Signature Pieces Harmony

 

Our TTA expert judges have decided that the Finalists for the remaining categories are:

 

Excellence in Tile Contracting

Avantgarde Tiling Ltd
Stortford Tiling & Marble Ltd
Trainor Stone & Tile Ltd

Best Use of Tile in the Leisure/Hospitality Sector

Avantgarde Tiling Ltd — Freemasons’ Hall
Craven Dunnill Jackfield Ltd — Blues Kitchen, Brixton
Elite Tiling Ltd — Elephant & Castle Leisure Centre
Geraghty Tiling — Taymouth Castle Bathrooms
Great Northern Tiling Co Ltd — Hotel Indigo, York
Parkside Tiles — Nando’s, Rugby

Employee of the Year

Chris Myatt, Mapei (UK) Ltd
James Hardie, Harrison Contract Tiling Ltd
Kelly Carolan, Stortford Tiling & Marble Ltd
Martin Ballard, FILA Industria Chimica SPA

Trainee of the Year

Bethan Poole, Norcros Adhesives
Billy Davies, Stafford Tiles & Flooring Solutions Ltd
Hannah Bamford, Tilemaster Adhesives Ltd

Excellence in Tile Distribution

Craven Dunnill & Co Ltd
Nicobond

Excellence in Multiple Retailing

N&C Tiles and Bathrooms
Tile Choice

Excellence in Marketing

Instarmac Group plc
Larsen Building Products Ltd
Laticrete UK Ltd
Saint-Gobain Weber
Tile Choice

Best Use of Tile in a Domestic Environment

Arrow Tiling Ltd — Cygnet House
Building Adhesives Ltd — Haler Barns
East Midlands Ceramics — Victorian House, Nottingham
Parkside Tiles — St Tropez
Stone & Ceramic Ltd — 4 Cowley Street
WB Simpson & Sons Ltd — Pavilion and Pool Hall

Best use of Tile in a Commercial Contract

Armatile — St Patrick’s Church, Donaghmore
Johnson Tiles — Burntwood School
Reed Harris — Merkel International
Shackerley (Holdings) Group Ltd — Kew Bridge West
Tilestyle Ltd — Dublin Airport
Trainor Stone and Tile Ltd — Harvey Nichols, The Mailbox

Trainee Tile Fixer of the Year

Armondas Tamulis, Denver Pearson Tiling/Southern Regional College NI
Daniel Griffin, Harrison Contract Tiling Ltd
Jack Radford, East Midlands Ceramics Ltd
Kieran Magee, Southern Regional College, NI
Kieran Milnes, Leeds College of Building

Excellence in Manufacturing

Armatile
Bellota Herramientas
Craven Dunnill Jackfield Ltd
Nicobond

Excellence in Independent Retailing

Armatile
Stafford Tiles and Flooring Solutions Ltd
TileStyle Ltd
Trimtraders Ltd

Best Innovation

ARDEX UK Ltd — ARDEX A 950
Building Adhesives Ltd — BAL Level Max
Saint Gobain Weber — EASY
Uzin Ltd — X-Change
Warmup plc — Warmup 4iE

Best Environmental Initiative

Building Adhesives Ltd
Instarmac Group
Norcros Adhesives

There is lots more information about the 2016 TTA Awards at http://www.ttaawards.com

 

TTA Awards 2016 – online voting is open

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The winners of three of this year’s prestigious TTA Awards will be decided by a public vote – and online voting is NOW OPEN on the TTA Awards website.

The public vote – which is open to TTA members and non-members – will decide the winners of these categories:

  • Tile Fixer of the Year
  • Wall Tile of the Year
  • Floor Tile of the Year

Winners will be presented with their Award at the TTA Awards gala night on Saturday 14th May at St John’s Hotel and Conference Centre in Solihull. To tie in with the summer’s Olympic Games in Rio, the awards night will have a Brazilian carnival theme!

The winners of all the other TTA Awards categories will be chosen by our team of industry-leading judges. Shortlisted finalists will be revealed in March.

Thank you to all members who have submitted awards entries this year. Once again, the standard is incredibly high – the breadth and quality of entries across all categories really does showcase the innovation and quality in our industry. Good luck to everyone!

Here’s the link again to cast your vote in those three categories – www.ttaawards.com Just click VOTE at the top of the homepage. The online vote will close on 6th March

 

An early bird ticket offer for the awards night ends on 31st January
More information HERE

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Top tips for 2016 TTA Awards entries

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The Tile Association has produced some top tips to help member companies write that award-winning entry for the 2016 TTA Awards.

The prestigious 2016 TTA Awards will be held on 14th May next year. As always, they will recognise the cream of the industry’s people, projects and products across 18 categories, with a gala evening of celebration and entertainment at St John’s Hotel and Conference Centre in Solihull.

Entries can be submitted online now – free of charge – with a deadline of 31st December.

There is additional guidance for each category on the TTA Awards website, so make sure you have a look.

Here are some general tips on putting together an entry to wow the judges…

TAKE SOME TIME

Your entry is your one and only opportunity to convince the judges that you deserve to win a prestigious 2016 TTA Award. So put some time in your diary to work on your submission — you’ll reap the rewards if you do. And whatever you do, don’t leave it till the last minute!

GET EVERYONE INVOLVED

Make sure that everyone involved in the project or product you’re entering is involved in putting the submission together. Have a brainstorming session to make sure you are covering all the main points and are really selling your product, project or person to the judges.

MAKE EVERY WORD COUNT

The main awards submission has a maximum of 750 words. But that’s a maximum; you don’t have to use every one. It’s much better to use fewer words and make them all count, so be succinct and to the point. Cut out the waffle.

Think about how you present the text and make it as easy as possible for the judges to read. Use sub-headings to split the text into manageable chunks. When you’ve finished, get feedback from other people — does it make sense to them?

PEOPLE CATEGORIES

  • Tile Fixer of the Year
  • Employee of the Year
  • Trainee of the Year
  • Trainee Tile Fixer of the Year

For these categories, submissions need to explain what the person has achieved in 2015. It could be projects they have worked on, qualifications they have gained or are working towards, where they have really excelled and gone above and beyond. The submission should tell the judges something about the person — their attitude and approach to their work. Short testimonials from customers, colleagues and others will help to bring the submission to life.

PRODUCT CATEGORIES

  • Wall Tile of the Year
  • Floor Tile of the Year

For submissions in these categories, the judges will want to see evidence of what has made your tile the best in the business in 2015. Technical information on production and manufacture is important, but also try to give some evidence of how the tile has been used if possible.

PROJECT CATEGORIES

  • Best Use of Tile in a Commercial Contract
  • Best Use of Tile in the Leisure or Hospitality Industry
  • Best Use of Tile in a Domestic Environment
  • Best Environmental Initiative
  • Best Innovation

The project categories are always keenly contested at the TTA Awards, so make sure your submission really stands out. Explain all elements of the project, from conception through to implementation and beyond. How did you work with other companies and contractors? Testimonials will help to bring your entry to life.

OTHER AWARDS

  • Excellence in Marketing
  • Excellence in Independent Retailing
  • Excellence in Multiple Retailing
  • Excellence in Tile Distribution
  • Excellence in Tile Contracting
  • Excellence in Manufacturing

There’s a key word in these awards categories — excellence! What has your business done in 2015 to really stand out, what work are you especially proud of?

As well as the main submission for all awards categories, you also have to submit a much shorter summary (up to 75 words). This is your awards submission in a nutshell. Write this after you’ve finished the main submission and pick out the key points.

SUBMIT GOOD PHOTOGRAPHS

As well as submitting your logo, you can also send the judges up to five photographs for each award entry. Make sure that the photos really sell your product/project/person. Make reference to the photos if needed in your awards submission.

So what are you waiting for?

Use these tips — and the more detailed guidance for each category — to put together your award-winning entry at www.ttaawards.com

The deadline for entries is 31st December, with the finalists in each category set to be announced at the end of March 2016.