VOW announces Venture Awards shortlist

The office products industry awards season is in full swing, with the announcement of the VOW’s Venture Awards finalist shortlist following hot on the heels of last week’s BOSS Awards.

VOW MD, Adrian Butler is a massive fan of the awards. “For our channel to stay competitive in a dynamic market needs the entire supply chain from factory to consumer to work collaboratively and effectively,” he said. “This is the one time a year when we get to publicly recognise exceptional performance from some of our key partners in that process, manufacturers, account managers and resellers.

“It gives us the opportunity to say thank you and show that we value the service that they offer. Being a finalist or a winner opens up lots of opportunity for those on the shortlists to make a splash on social media, in newsletters and conversation with their customers and suppliers. We hope it also gives a boost to them all to know that it’s recognised that they are doing a great job.”

Previously, VOW has announced winners at its Green Light event, which is taking place this year on 6 December. However, this year things are being done differently. Marketing director, Helen Wade explains: “Whilst it’s nice to receive an award in front of your peers at an industry event, its generally the dealer principal who attends. Their team, who often have the day-to-day relationships with VOW and are responsible for delivering the great performance that we want to recognise, miss out.

“This year, we will be announcing the winners straight after Green Light, but the winners will be presented with their awards in their own premises by a member of our senior management team. It gives us the chance to say thank you to everyone in a more personal way. We’ll take the principal out for dinner and make sure that the staff get treated too. Everyone’s a winner!”

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The 2018 finalists are:

Dealer awards for outstanding sales performance, commitment and engagement

Diamond Reseller Award

ACS Business Supplies

Commercial Complete Business Solutions

J G Fenn Ltd

Total Office

Whittaker Office Solutions

Gold Reseller Award

A2B Office Technology

Compleat Office Solutions

CPS Office Supplies

DMG Office

Phoenix Managed Services

The Office Works

Red Reseller Award

Blutex Buyur

European Cartridge Brokers Ltd

Millenium Printing & Stationery

Office 1st Ltd

Officexpress Europe Ltd

Product category awards for outstanding sales performance

Facilities Supplies Reseller Award

ACS Business Supplies

Complete Business Solutions

Commercial

Nectere

The Irongate Group

Total Office

Furniture Reseller Award

Futurform Ltd

Moorside Office Limited

Officescape

Office IS

Reflex Office Products Ltd

Whittaker Office Solutions

Newcomer Award

Choice Stationery Supplies

Clare’s Office Supplies Ltd

DMG Office Ltd

George Rose Office Products Ltd

Supplier awards for outstanding service, innovation and support

Supplier of the Year

Acco Brands

Pentel

Unilever

Account Manager of the Year

Andy Philips – Bic

Claudio Beltramini – Nestlé Professional

Chris Bratt – Kimberly-Clark

Product of the Year

Forever Filing range – ExaClair

Handiroll Bubble Wrap – Sealed Air

Rexel Auto+300X with Smartech – Acco Brands

Cold In’fuse – Twinings

The winners will be announced on 10 December with awards presented soon after.

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