The winners of the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Awards 2021 were recently revealed at an evening of celebration held at the Kimpton Fitzroy London Hotel.
This year marks the 13th anniversary of the annual Awards which celebrate outstanding achievement, skills and talent from across the woodworking and joinery sector.
The six categories and winners were:
Health and Safety Award – Sponsored by Intelligent Door Solutions
Jeld-Wen for its collaboration in developing, testing and introducing an advanced radio frequency tag system to protect pedestrians from moving industrial vehicles. The judges commended the business on “an excellent initiative that recognises the inherent danger from moving vehicles in a work environment and utilises modern technology to minimise risk of injury to pedestrians.”
Process Efficiency Award – Sponsored by PIB Insurance Brokers
James Latham for its innovative and collaborative product development project to produce its Finish Line cladding collection. James Latham picked up the award for “a well-researched and meticulously conducted process that remained faithful to the design brief and achieved optimum results.”
Product Design in Wood Award – Sponsored by Teknos
James Latham for collaborating with coatings and modified wood experts to develop a factory finished exterior cladding range with outstanding performance. The business was recognised for “an excellent example of collaboration, resulting in an innovative solution for timber cladding that ensures efficiency, quality control and product performance.”
Woodworking Project of the Year Award – Sponsored by FIT Show
TMJ Interiors for its complex design, manufacture and install of a striking feature ceiling in London’s exclusive Mayfair. The judges praised the company for “quite simply a breathtaking piece of work that showcases black walnut and creates a stunningly impressive visual impression.”
Rising Star Award – Sponsored by Dixon International Group
Bradley Brookes, sales director at Brookeswood Joinery, for his ability to transform ways of working and implement process changes that lead to continued improvement throughout the business. According to Brookeswood Joinery: “Bradley brings great enthusiasm and is dedicated to contributing to the continued growth of the business.”
Woodworking Apprentice of the Year Award – Sponsored by CITB
Harvey Coyne, apprentice at The Joinery Co., for demonstrating a real passion for his work and excelling in the opportunity to use his high level of creativity and workmanship. According to The Joinery Co: “Harvey has been a model student who has excelled both at college and in the workplace. It has been a pleasure to work with someone so keen and enthusiastic to learn.”
Commenting on this years’ winners and the Awards ceremony, Helen Hewitt, chief executive of the BWF, said: “The BWF Awards celebrate the outstanding talent and skills in the woodworking and joinery sector, and I want to congratulate all our winners who continue to push the boundaries in our sector. Every year I’m amazed at the hard work, innovation and incredible skill that is demonstrated in our sector and it gives me so much pride at what is achieved. The Awards were a fantastic opportunity to bring the industry together once again and celebrate the success and exciting achievements of all of our finalists.”