BWF Awards announces 2021 call for entries

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has announced a call for entries for its prestigious BWF Awards, which celebrate outstanding achievement, skills and talent across the woodworking and joinery sectors.

This year – 2021 – marks the 13th anniversary of the annual Awards, with both companies and individuals encouraged to enter. There are six categories to choose from, including 'Woodworking Project of the Year', 'Product Design in Wood' and 'Rising Star of the Year'.

“We’re delighted to be bringing the woodworking sector together once again to place a spotlight on the technical innovation, creativity and efficiency that make ours such an exciting field to work in,” said Helen Hewitt, Chief Executive of the BWF. “After what has been such a challenging time for so many of us, this is an important opportunity to unite once again as a sector and look forward to some well-deserved celebrations and socialising, which we've all missed so much over the last 16 months. I can't think of a better platform to remind ourselves of the fantastic work and incredible people that push the boundaries of woodworking and joinery, as well as looking to the future by recognising the stars and leaders of tomorrow.”

Entries for this year’s BWF Awards close at 5pm on Friday 10 September 2021. Those shortlisted will receive a *complementary ticket to the BWF Awards Dinner on 26 November, held at the Kimpton Fitzroy London Hotel.

Businesses can nominate themselves or be nominated by a client or supplier. The categories for this year’s Awards, which are free to enter, are as follows:

Woodworking Project of the Year Award – Sponsored by W Exhibition and The FIT Show|
– Recognises innovation and the very best in design, application and ability in joinery manufacture
– The award will be judged against any of the following criteria: Craftmanship, Project Management and Excellence & Achievement

Product Design in Wood Award – Sponsored by Teknos
– Recognising excellence in technical innovation, design and application in joinery product manufacture
– The award will be judged against any of the following criteria: Innovation, Design and Excellence & Achievement

Woodworking Apprentice of the Year Award – Sponsored by CITB
– Celebrates the achievements of woodworking apprentices
– The award will be judged against any of the following criteria: Outstanding Achievement, Commitment, Adding Value and Personal Development

Rising Star Award – Sponsored by Dixon International Group Ltd
– This category has been designed to recognise an individual whose dedication and hard work has made a real difference either to the organisation in which they work, or to the wider woodworking and joinery community
– The award will be judged against any of the following criteria: Customer Service, Innovation, Team/Community and Business Transformation

Health & Safety Hero Award – Sponsored by Arnold Laver
– Acknowledges individual or collective effort, which has made a notable difference to the health and safety practices and culture within an organsation
– The award will be judged against any of the following criteria: A Focused Outcome, Commitment and Adding Value

Process Efficiency Award – Sponsored by PIB Insurance Brokers
– Recognises the implementation of lean processes to maximise value for money, quality and speed of delivery
– The award will be judged against any of the following criteria: Clear Thinking, Measurable Results, Commitments and Adding Value

Further information on the BWF Awards, including entry forms, can be found at

* Complementary tickets are offered to shortlisted entrants that, on the day of the awards (26 November 2021), hold a BWF membership. Non BWF members will be able to purchase tickets to attend the ceremony via the BWF website:

BWF (British Woodworking Federation)
The Building Centre
26 Store Street
London, WC1E 7BT
0207 637 2646