The EDA would like to offer congratulations to all the winners at the 2016 Electrical Wholesaler Awards. In particular, we would like to praise the achievement of all EDA wholesaling and affiliated members (highlighted in bold) who won an impressive 10 out of 13 awards on the evening.
The third Electrical Wholesaler Awards took place in the glittering environs of the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, London on Thursday 12 May 2016. Hosted by Paul Sinha, star of ITV daytime quiz show, The Chase, the evening was an impressive tribute to the outstanding achievements of electrical wholesalers, manufacturers and suppliers over the past 12 months.
CDR Electronics was named Best Electrical Wholesaler in the 10 Branches and Under category. CDR Electrical is now a two-time winner of this award having also won this category in 2014. The judges were very impressed with the company’s customer feedback and its delivery initiatives.
Kew Electrical scooped the prize for Best Electrical Wholesaler in the 11-25 Branches category. EW editor Debbie Eales said: “It is two in a row for Kew Electrical, following their 2015 success.” The Kew Management Academy was highlighted as a stand-out point and all judges praised Kew’s commitment to training and customer relations.
Best Electrical Wholesaler: 26+ Branches went to YESSS Electrical. This is YESSS Electrical’s third “26+ Branches” award and the judges were very impressed with their work not only within the industry but also their work with the community.
Amble Electrical Distributors (Luton) picked up the award for Best Individual Electrical Branch. Debbie said, “Amble Electrical Distributors are first-time entrants to these awards and now are first-time winners of the ‘Best Individual Branch’ accolade.” Judges highlighted Amble’s extensive work within the community as well as their service initiatives as key points leading to their win in this category.
Branch Manager of the Year went to Martin Rand of BEW Electrical Distributors, Chelmsford. Debbie said: “It’s third time lucky for three-time finalist Martin Rand of BEW Electrical in Chelmsford as he picks up the Branch Manager of the Year Award after drawing the judges’ admiration for his leadership skills, paternal style of staff management and his adaptability with problem solving.”
Cory Bates of City Electrical Factors took home this year’s Training Excellence Award. The judges selected Cory for this award based on his drive and ambition, and how he implements these qualities into improving his trade knowledge and qualifications. “The panel look forward to seeing how his career develops in the coming years as he shows great promise,” said Debbie.
Manufacturers and suppliers entered their best and most innovative products, advertising campaigns, websites and customer service over the past 12 months. Members of the electrical wholesale industry were invited to vote online at the end of January until the end of March. Those with the most votes in each category were crowned winners on the night.
Heat Mat also scooped two awards on the night, one for Best Training Provider and the other Best Customer Service.
Best Supplier Website, meanwhile, went to Scolmore Group.
Ansell Lighting won Best New Product and Best Marketing Campaign, while Best Overall Supplier went to ML Accessories.
Following this Tess Ogle, managing director of The Electrical Industries Charity took to the stage to announce the winners of the evening’s raffle, which raised £1835 for the charity. Guests then left their seats to dance the night away to Kent based indie band, The Soundcasters, playing a mix of pop, jazz, reggae and rock.
Speaking afterwards, event manager Mike Gammon said: “Tonight’s shortlist beat off tough competition to reach the final stage; congratulations to them and our winners.
“Also, a big ‘thank you’ to our sponsors – BEG, Contactum, Lyvia Electrical, Marco Cable Management, One Electrical, Schneider Electric, Scolmore Group, ML Accessories, Shayla Electrical, Electrorad, and Selectric, without whom none of this would have been possible.”
300 members of the industry turned out for the Electrical Wholesaler Awards 2016 and many have written to the team, to commend the event.
For more information visit www.electricalwholesalerawards.co.uk