Paving manufacturer Bradstone has celebrated the achievements of its Assured members at its annual national installer awards, with seven category winners unveiled and one exemplary landscaper crowned the 2019 Installer of the Year.
The winners were acknowledged among their peers at an evening of celebration hosted at the Hangar-42 Events Centre in Lutterworth, Leicestershire on Friday 25 January.
The awards, now in their sixth year, recognise landscapers who have demonstrated excellent levels of workmanship, design expertise and customer service with categories including Best Patio, Best Apprentice and Engineering Excellence.
The 2019 recipient of the Installer of the Year was revealed as T Perrin & Sons, a Brentwood-based landscaping business specialising in patio and driveway design and installation. Upon receiving the award, Mike Perrin of T Perrin and Sons, said, “We are absolutely delighted to have been recognised for the quality of our work and our creative landscape designs, especially in such highly competitive categories. We already have some exciting bookings in place for 2019 which will really showcase our landscaping abilities and, hopefully, earn us a place in Bradstone’s 2020 Awards too!”
Across the seven remaining categories, the Bradstone Assured 2019 national award winners are:
Best Patio – up to 50m2
Winner: Alfresco Landscapes
Highly Commended: Dynamic Landscapes
Best Patio – over 50m2
Winner: T Perrin & Sons
Highly Commended: Alfresco Landscapes; Habitat Landscapes
Best Driveway – up to 50m2
Winner: Oakley Landscapes
Best Driveway – over 50m2
Winner: Alfresco Landscapes
Highly Commended: MJT Landscapes; Haydon Hill Paving Ltd
Best Use of Porcelain & Natural Stone
Winner: Lee Harvey Designs
Highly Commended: T Perrin & Sons; Milner Landscapes
Winner: Beth Gostelow from Gostelow Paving
Highly Commended: Jason Nicholls from English Landscapes
Winner: The Garden Barber
Winners were chosen by an expert judging panel including guest judge, Steve Smith, from the Association of Professional Landscapers and Bradstone’s National Sales Manager, Peter Montgomery, who also donned the mantle of awards presenter.
With competition fierce, particularly amongst the larger-scale projects over 50m2, the judges opted to hail an additional eight landscaping businesses as highly commended owing to the sterling and creative use of hard landscaping showcased within their entries.
Peter Montgomery, National Sales Manager for Bradstone, commented, “For consumers, finding the right expert to transform their outdoor space can be difficult. That’s why we initially created our Assured network of installers; to offer homeowners access to a choice of quality-assessed, fully-insured landscapers, giving them complete peace of mind.
“Our overriding aims for the Awards are to say thank you to our Bradstone Assured members and also to showcase their skill and craftsmanship; not only to their peers but equally to prospective clients in their local areas. This year’s entries have given us a marvellous insight into the quality projects being delivered across the Assured network – and I congratulate all the winners for going above and beyond, both creatively and technically, in transforming their customers’ outdoor spaces with such flair and expertise.”
The awards evening each year follows a daytime conference for the Assured members in which they receive industry insights and consumer trends – as well as the latest product news from Bradstone – all geared around a recreational activity and designed to support the installers in developing their business proposition. This year, the attending members enjoyed some healthy and wacky competition as they were pitted against each other in the Labyrinth Challenge, the world’s longest, continuous, widest inflatable obstacle course.
Bradstone’s national network of approved tradesmen has met strict selection criteria to ensure only the best and most capable landscaping professionals are recruited. With the Bradstone Assured seal of approval, customers have peace of mind that their garden project will be completed on time, on budget and to a high professional standard. Opting for an Assured Installer will ensure a 10-year guarantee on the Bradstone products used, as well as a five-year guarantee on the installation.