WELCOME

MARK FILGATE,

CHAIRMAN OCTABUILD

I’m delighted to be launching the brand new Octabuild Builder’s Merchant Excellence Awards for 2019.

Partnership and consultation have always been a feature of Octabuild’s relationship with the trade and this ongoing engagement has resulted in the most significant developments to the awards programme in 35 years.

New Approach, Same Values

The award categories have been reviewed to better reflect the business that today’s builders merchants conduct and they also align with the core values of Octabuild.

What’s New for 2019

There are lots of new and improved features for this year’s awards, but we have preserved the all important visits –with an extended duration of up to 90 minutes conducted by a newly appointed panel of independent judges.

Have a look at our launch video to find out more or download the 2019 Awards Information Pack

I encourage all merchants to enter any or all of the categories this year and benefit from the enhanced process.

Identifying and promoting excellence and best practice remains the primary focus of the awards and we hope you embrace the refreshed process this year which we believe reflects Octabuild moving forward with industry.

Entries close on 1st July

Best of luck!

WHAT’S NEW FOR 2019

THERE ARE A NUMBER OF RADICAL CHANGES TO THE JUDGING PROCESS THIS YEAR

YOU CHOOSE

As well as the established Regional and National Awards, merchants now have the option to enter up to five individual category awards.

NEW RISING STAR AWARD

Opportunity for merchants to acknowledge upcoming talent in the industry aimed at staff members aged 30 years and under who have performed above expectations.

ONLINE ENTRY

Tell the judges and Octabuild your story first hand, highlighting areas you believe the business excels at, matching the judging criteria for each category.

INDUSTRY EXPERTS

Three well-known industry professionals have been appointed by Octabuild members as the new independent panel of judges.

DETAILED VISITS
& REPORTS

Shortlisted merchants will receive a visit from the judging panel of up to 90 minutes, allowing the judges to spend more time with the top scoring merchants. A report on how entries were judged will be provided to all shortlisted stores in each category.

NEW DATE, NEW VENUE

The final awards presentation and dinner will take place in the Aviva Stadium on Thursday 7th November.

2019 KEY DATES

WAYS TO ENTER

THERE ARE THREE OPTIONS FOR SUBMITTING ENTRY FORMS