BWF Awards celebrate excellence

27 November 2019

The winners of the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Awards 2019 were revealed at an evening of celebration held at the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, London on November 22.

The BWF Awards celebrate outstanding projects and individuals in UK woodworking, recognising technical innovation, design, process efficiencies, health and safety and the rising stars of the industry.

Perry McCarthy, the original ‘Stig” in Top Gear, was guest speaker at the annual dinner, which attracted about 140 people from the woodworking industries.

“Congratulations to this year’s winners who all epitomise the talent, creativity and professionalism of our wider industry,” said Helen Hewitt, BWF chief executive.

“The BWF Awards shine a light on the innovative companies and individuals that push the boundaries of woodworking and joinery, as well as recognising the stars and leaders of tomorrow.”

The winners were:

Woodworking Project of the Year (sponsored by Centor): Gowercroft Joinery for the design manufacture and installation of over 300 timber external and internal joinery items at Templeton House in Roehampton.

Apprentice of the Year (sponsored by Remmers): Bailey Donkin, apprentice at Middlesbrough-based ERW Joinery for his creativity, innovative approach and outstanding joinery.

Product Design in Wood Award (sponsored by Teknos): Tom Pearson & Sons for a unique replacement entrance door solution that incorporated the original stained glass.

Health & Safety Hero Award (sponsored by CITB): GE Door Manufacturing for its health and safety-first culture to drive continuous improvement across their factory, with clear measurement of colleague engagement and adoption.

Process Efficiency Award (sponsored by W20 Exhibition and the FIT Show): West Port Timber Windows & Doors for its fire door manufacturing project which focused upon customer value by reducing waste.

Rising Star Award (Sponsored by the Timber Trade Federation): Carol Bruce, HR Manager at Allan Brothers, for her support of colleagues and guidance across the business, which has been pivotal to the company’s recent transformation programme.


The BWF Awards were held at the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn