Entries open for 2018 British Woodworking Federation Awards

Joinery sector businesses are being given the chance to showcase their achievements in the 2018 British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Awards.

Entries are now open for the annual event which highlights the very best of the sector from hand-carved craftsmanship to high-tech innovations.

The categories are Product Design in Wood, Woodworking Project of the Year, Process Efficiency, Health & Safety Hero and Trainee of the Year.

Last year saw winning entries from Gelder Joinery Limited, Morland, AJB Group, Warwickshire College, Gowercroft Joinery and Cotswold Manufacturing Ltd.

Gelder Joinery’s restoration of an Edwardian house won the prestigious Woodworking Project of the Year Award and was praised by judges for the project’s beautiful restoration, unparalleled detail and design excellence.

BWF Chief Executive Iain McIlwee began this year’s call for entries.

“With wood taking over as the architectural wonder material of this century, the awards are a chance for UK joinery businesses to prove that they can not only build it better with wood but build it in a way that is more sustainable, more productive, healthier and safer than the rest,” he said.

“Have you worked on an amazing wood project or launched an innovative new product? Does your joinery business have any rising stars or Health & Safety heroes within the workforce? Or do you simply think that you can do better than the other businesses out there and want to prove it? We urge all UK woodworking businesses to spare a minute and think about what, or who, they might want to put forward as an entry.”

The closing date for entries for this year’s awards is 5pm on 22nd June and the shortlist will be revealed in October at the W Exhibition – the national show for the joinery and furniture industries.

The winners will be announced at the BWF’s Annual Awards Dinner in November and all shortlisted entrants will receive a free place at the dinner.

Entry is free and open to all, including non-members of the BWF, as long as they are from the UK joinery and woodworking sector. Entries can be submitted at

















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