Fortis names Awards Winners at Building & Timber Conference

Fortis names Awards Winners at Building & Timber Conference

Marking the half-way point of the recent Fortis Building & Timber Conference, the buying group’s Dinner and Awards Ceremony on the 17th April recognised excellence and achievement amongst suppliers – and also revealed its most engaged merchant member of the last 12 months.

Featuring a total of 3,502 meetings scheduled between merchant members and suppliers across 34 ‘speed-dating’ rounds over two days, delegates to the recent Fortis Building & Timber Conference – held from 17-18 April at the Celtic Manor Hotel in South Wales – participated in what can only be described as one of the sector’s most focused and intensive networking events.

With the purchasing deals already in place, the format affords merchants and suppliers the opportunity to take their discussions “to the next level” in the most efficient way possible, with the carefully structured match-ups designed to provide maximum mutual benefit for merchants and suppliers alike. Indeed, when taking the group’s parallel Lightside Conference into consideration, Fortis facilitates almost 6,000 highly focused meetings in total for its full pool of 40 merchant members.

Making a break from the formal proceedings, a key element of the event lies in recognising the service and support provided by some of the buying group’s leading suppliers with Awards presented across nine product category groups, in addition to announcing the overall Fortis Building & Timber Supplier of the Year. Furthermore, the organisation presents an accolade to the Supplier Account Manager of the Year alongside announcing the winner of the Most Engaged Fortis Building & Timber Member, as voted by the suppliers.

The Fortis Building & Timber Awards Winners for 2023 were:

Bricks & Blocks

Winner: Wienerberger

Nominees: Forterra, H+H, Ibstock

Civils & Groundworks

Winner: ACO

Nominees: Brett Martin, Fernco, Keystone Lintels

Landscaping & Cement

Winner: Pavestone

Nominees: Aggregate Industries, Heidelberg Materials, Tobermore

Timber & Sheet Materials

Winner: Kronospan

Nominees: ECC Timber Products, W.Howard, International Plywood

Insulation & Platerboard

Winner: Siniat

Nominees: Isover, Rockwool, Unilin Insulation

Tools, Clothing & Ironmongery

Winner: Toolbank

Nominees: Frisco, Timco, Sterling Safetywear


Winner: Flex-R

Nominees: Freefoam, Restec, Wonderbuilds

Joinery & Flooring

Winner: Deanta

Nominees: Cheshire Mouldings, Keylite, LPD Doors

Decorating & Chemicals

Winner: Azpects

Nominees: Rodo, Bostik, Tembe


Supplier Account Manager of the Year

Winner: Andy Fletcher, Isover

Nominees: Matt Woods, Deanta; Nick Brinsford, International Plywood; Krystall Willaims, Pavestone; Stephen O’Brien, Timco; Ben Davies, Bostik; Dina Vaisman, Wonderbuilds; Martin Burge, Wienerberger.

Overall Supplier of the Year

Winner: ACO (pictured receiving the award in the main image above)

Nominees: Wienerberger, Kronospan, Flex-R, Siniat, Deanta, Pavestone, Toolbank, Azpects

Most Engaged Fortis Building & Timber Member

Winner: C&W Berry

Nominees: JT Atkinson, Sydenhams, Howarth Timber & Building Supplies

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