Process Efficiency Award

The new BWF Process Efficiency award celebrates improvements that help ensure customers get the best possible products at the best possible prices, at the best possible quality levels and in the best possible delivery times.  This award recognises your efforts in this field, awarding exceptional projects that have improved performance your business.

Projects of all sizes are eligible, from the simple to the complex, from the one off brain wave to measureable results born of gradual improvement and tenacity.  Entering provides the opportunity for your organisation to be recognised for the exceptional effectiveness and efficiency that you are delivering for your customers.

The 2017 British Woodworking Federation Awards winners were announced at the BWF Annual Dinner & Awards which took place on Friday 24th November at the fantastic Drapers' Hall, London. Here you can read about the fantastic winning entries and view photos of the event.

The award will be judged against the following criteria:

Clear thinking – A solution to a clearly defined and well understood problem
Commitment – Clear methodology and a well managed process
Adding value – Demonstrable contribution to bottom line results

Shortlisted entries in this category will be given a complimentary ticket to the dinner.

**The 2018 Process Efficiency award (sponsored by W Exhibition 2018) is now open for entries. Entry is free and open to all, including non-members of the BWF so long as they are from the UK joinery and woodworking sector. The deadline for entries is 5pm on Friday 22nd June 2018**

Download the entry form and enter now!

Previous Winners

2017: AJB Group

Winners for the second time, AJB Group were recognised for their clear thinking and commitment to finding a solution to help drive their business performance and outputs forward. The company has invested heavily in its infrastructure over the past two years – over £2million has gone into new Plant machinery, a new factory and various processes, to ensure the business kept ahead in the marketplace.

2016: TwoTwenty

Staircase manufacturer TwoTwenty wanted to build a state of the art facility that provided an exceptional place for their employees to work, a place they would be proud to show off, and one that would transform productivity and energy efficiency.

The new premises included a renewable heating and boiler system, solar PV, significant additional daylight (more than 20%), and individual PIR sensors on all the factory lights that mean they only come on if needed and only to the lux level required for the activity. In their first full financial year in the new office, Two Twenty has achieved a negative fuel bill – they actually make money rather than spend money on heat, light and power. This is even before the financial savings and environmental benefits of burning all of their hard and soft wood waste rather than paying to send it to landfill.

Here you can view their case study (photo of TwoTwenty Founder Ali Wright with the award pictured above next to Heather Wheeler MP).

2015: AJB Group

AJB Woodworking Ltd was the recipient of the Process Efficiency Award in 2015. The company invested £1.5 million into new factory premises, a huge move with great upheaval for both business and staff. Although some staff were unable to relocate, efficiency savings meant that production could still be sustained. The production lead time has halved and they are expecting to increase staff by a third in 2017. Judges commented that the “entry stood out because the company saw potential for growth and efficiencies and grabbed it. The business had a definitive goal which they achieved whilst maintaining interaction with their staff, good customer service, time keeping and overall cost effectiveness.”

2014: West Port (Windows and Doors) Ltd

While it already had a well-established and successful electrostatic on-line paint spraying system, the Cumbria-based company used ‘Lean Production’ principles in order to identify future improvements.

Two projects were commissioned by West Port: one improving the efficiency of the painting of timber windows to produce a better quality finish at a lower cost, and the other using the overspray paints from the spraying process and using this as a basis for applying a first coat to develop a cost effective system of increasing the warranty life span of its timber windows and doors.

The BWF judges said: “West Port won for its real ‘Lean Production’ approach throughout. The team approach and training that accompanied these initiatives will have long-term impact bringing continuous improvement and a great deal of Lean understanding within the business.”


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