THE JUDGING PROCESS & VISITS

For each individual category award, entrants must prepare a written submission (online or offline), describing why they are applying for the Award and provide details of the business, activities or initiatives relevant to the criteria headings, paying attention to the available marks for each theme.

All entries received for the awards, whether online, email or postal, will be reviewed by the panel of judges against the criteria for the category, and then a shortlist of entrants in each Region/Category will be selected for visiting.

The judges will primarily focus on the written information provided on the Entry Form. Supporting material will be considered in the judges’ deliberation, but will have no bearing on scores obtained in the first stage.

STORE VISITS

The panel of judges will conduct visits of up to 90 minutes to each of the shortlisted stores, meeting with the manager (or nominated representative), observing staff interaction with customers and viewing the physical aspects of both the store and the yards.

A report on how entries were judged will be provided to all shortlisted stores visited in each category.

Other information about the visits can be found in the Terms & Conditions of Entry.

NEW JUDGING PANEL

THE JUDGING PANEL IS MADE UP OF THREE VERY EXPERIENCED PEOPLE FROM THE BUILDING MATERIALS MANUFACTURING AND SERVICE SECTORS.

LIAM O’GORMAN

CHAIRMAN

Liam is a former Chairman of the National Insulation Association of Ireland and former Council Member and Chairman of the Irish Building Materials Federation.

He served for over ten years as committee member and two terms as Chairman of Octabuild.
Liam has represented Ireland at committee level at EURIMA (European Mineral Wool Manufacturers Association).

He was employed for over thirty years at Moy Insulation /Moy Isover (Part of the Global Saint-Gobain Group) in Ireland and UK.

JOE HARLIN

Well known in the builders merchant trade, Joe retired from Wavin in 2018 as Business Development Manager after 47 years of service.

During that time he spent some years in Saudi Arabia with Wavin Overseas. Outside work Joe was an Inter-County GAA Football Referee and Referee Assessor.

DAVID FITZSIMONS

David is currently Group Chief Executive and was formerly CEO of Retail Excellence Ireland. One of Ireland’s largest and most dynamic service industry representative bodies ever with over 2,000 members from every county and town in Ireland.