As the year draws to a close, the Builders Merchant sector took a moment to celebrate excellence at the Builders Merchant Awards 2023. This prestigious event, held on 24TH November at the Park Plaza in London, brought together industry leaders, innovators, and dedicated professionals to recognise and honour outstanding achievements in the Builders’ Merchant sector. What a day it was and what great hosting by Rob Beckett!

Award Categories:

The awards ceremony featured a diverse range of categories, reflecting the multifaceted nature of the Builders’ Merchant industry. From Best Customer Service to Sustainability and Best Community Initiative, each category highlighted the achievements and contributions of companies and individuals dedicated to raising the bar in the sector. The careful selection of categories demonstrated a comprehensive understanding of the various facets that make up modern Builders’ Merchants.


Huge congratulations to all the winners of the Builders Merchant Awards 2023! The evening was a testament to the hard work, innovation, and commitment exhibited by these outstanding individuals and companies. From established organisations to emerging talents, each winner showcased a commitment to excellence that sets a high standard for the entire industry.

Training Initiative of the Year: Travis Perkins
Trainee/Apprentice of the Year: Harri Owens, LBS Builders Merchants
Timber Merchant of the Year: Howarth Timber & Building Supplies
Sustainable/Environmental Initiative of the Year: Bradfords Building Supplies
Supplier Account Manager of the Year: Rebecca Fortescue-Halliwell, ForgeFix
Lifetime Achievement Award: Ian Haldane, The Haldane Group
Online and Digital Strategy of the Year: Howarth Timber & Building Supplies
Supplier of the Year: K Rend
Merchant Achiever of the Year: Nathan Arthur, IBMG
Marketing Initiative of the Year: Bradfords Building Supplies
Lightside Showroom of the Year: C & W Berry
Bathroom and Kitchen Showroom of the Year: C & W Berry
Heating and Plumbing Merchant of the Year: City Plumbing
Health and Safety Initiative of the Year: Highbourne Group
Hard Landscaping Display of the Year: Cartmore Building Supplies

Diversity and Inclusion in Merchanting: Travis Perkins
Community Initiative of the Year: JP Corry
Civils Merchant of the Year: JP Corry
Builders’ Merchant of the Year 51+ Branches: City Plumbing
Builders’ Merchant of the Year 21-50 Branches: LBS Builders Merchants
Builders’ Merchant of the Year 6-20 Branches: Lords Builders Merchants
Builders’ Merchant of the Year 1-5 Branches: C & W Berry
Branch Manager of the Year: Reina Reeves, Lords Builders Merchants
Best Customer Service of the Year: Cowal Plumbing & Heating Supplies

Key Highlights:

Several key highlights made the Builders Merchant Awards 2023 a memorable and significant event. The emphasis on sustainability and environmental consciousness was evident in categories such as the Sustainability award. Winners in these categories demonstrated not only business acumen but also a dedication to building a future that is environmentally responsible. The speech by Ian Haldane upon winning The Lifetime Achievement Award was very moving as was the standing ovation the event guests gave him.

Furthermore, the event served as a platform to showcase the latest technological advancements in the Builders’ Merchant sector. From digital solutions streamlining supply chains to innovative customer service applications, the Awards highlighted the industry’s forward-looking approach to embracing cutting-edge technology. May this long continue!

Networking Opportunities:

The Builders Merchant Awards 2023 also provided an invaluable opportunity for professionals in the industry to connect, share insights, and foster collaborations. The event’s networking sessions facilitated rare face to face interactions between the Builders Merchant community. The relationships formed during this event really have the potential to drive positive change and innovation within the sector. Collaboration is key!

In conclusion, the Builders Merchant Awards 2023 was a resounding success, celebrating the accomplishments of the Builders’ Merchant sector and setting the stage for a dynamic and innovative future. Congratulations once again to all the winners and a sincere thank you to the hosts, sponsors, and organisers who made this event possible. As we look forward to the continued growth and evolution of the industry, let us carry the spirit of excellence and collaboration all the way in into 2024!

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