Call for entries open

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has launched a call for entries for its BWF Awards, which includes a new category for 2019: The Rising Star Award.

Now in its 11th year, the event provides an opportunity for the woodworking industry to showcase its most outstanding work from the past year and to celebrate the individuals behind it.

The Rising Star Award category has been introduced this year to recognise and champion individuals who have a positive impact on their organisation and the wider community.

Helen Hewitt, chief executive of the BWF, said: “The BWF Awards shine a much-deserved spotlight on the UK’s woodworking sector to showcase the incredible things that can be achieved using wood, and the people – whether new to the industry or long-standing – that make it the highly innovative and industrious sector that it is.

“The quality of submissions we received last year was truly fantastic, and we’d like to encourage businesses of all sizes, focusing on a whole range of wood products and projects, to come forward and tell us why they deserve recognition.”

She continued: “As a trade association, we are now placing a greater focus than ever on supporting career development and creating the leaders of the future, and as part of that we want celebrate those who have demonstrated that they have a very bright career ahead of them.”

All entries are free and should be submitted by 17:00 on Friday, September 13. Businesses can nominate themselves or be nominated by a client or supplier.

The shortlist will be announced in October, followed by the BWF’s annual dinner where the award winners will be announced and celebrated at the Honorable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, London on Friday November 22.

More details about the categories, and how to enter, can be found at