NTDA names Tyre Industry Awards 2016 finalists

Wednesday 3rd August 2016 | 0 Comments

At capacity, the new, purpose-built Vox centre can seat between 850 and 900
At capacity, the new, purpose-built Vox centre can seat between 850 and 900

24 hours after nominations closed on 2 August, the National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA) has published the list of finalists for the 2016 NTDA Tyre Industry Awards. According to the association, over the last three months the NTDA has been “inundated” with submissions. As a result a total of 57 entries across the eight award categories have now made it to the final (see textbox for complete listings).

Commenting on the awards NTDA chief executive, Stefan Hay said: “In 2015 the directorate team was overwhelmed by the number of entries we received, but this year, it has been busier, almost like a Tsunami on the final two days. The quality of the entries is fantastic across all categories and I really don’t envy the independent judging panel who I believe will have a tough time deciding on who will triumph on 6 October. I particularly like all of the entries for the Tyre Retail Centre of the Year Award and REACT Tyre Technician of the Year, which are truly exceptional and I am filled with pride to run a trade association that represents members with centres and employees of such outstanding quality.”

2016 NTDA Tyre Industry Awards Nominations

Following a “tsunami” of applications in the final days and hours, the NTDA has announced the names of the 57 entries across the eight award categories nominated for the 2016 NTDA Tyre Industry Awards. And the nominations are:

REACT Roadside Technician of the Year, sponsored by:  Zenises

  • Adam Grimley – Central Tyre
  • Alex Iljins – Tructyre Fleet Management Ltd
  • Andy Armitage – Horndean Tyres
  • Chris Murray – Tructyre Fleet Management Ltd
  • Darren Windebank – Tructyre Fleet Management Ltd
  • Lee Emmerson – Tyre Maintenance, Washington Depot
  • Lee Hayman – ATS Euromaster Ltd
  • Mark Holloway – Tructyre Fleet Management Ltd
  • Paul Tapscott – ATS Euromaster Ltd

Truck and Agricultural Tyre Supplier of the Year, sponsored by: Infinity Tyres

  • ATS Euromaster Ltd
  • Kirkby Tyres Ltd
  • The Lodge Tyre Company Ltd
  • Tructyre Fleet Management Ltd

Aftermarket Equipment Supplier of the Year, sponsored by: Automechanika Birmingham

  • Autogem Invicta Ltd
  • Clampco UK Ltd
  • Harvie Tyres Ltd
  • Michelin Solutions
  • Original Ltd
  • Rema Tip Top Automotive UK Ltd
  • Tyre Bay Direct Ltd

Industry Marketing Campaign of the Year, sponsored by: SingEx

  • Bridgestone UK Ltd – DriveGuard-a game changing innovation
  • Bridgestone UK Ltd – Firestone Music Tour
  • Goodyear Dunlop Tyres UK Ltd – Time to go Goodyear
  • Goodyear Dunlop Tyres UK Ltd – Dunlop #BringItOn
  • Micheldever Tyre Services Ltd – Protyre Tyre Reminder Campaign
  • Pirelli Tyres Ltd – P Zero Tyre

Staff Training & Development Initiative of the Year, sponsored by: The Parts Alliance

  • Autogem Invicta Ltd
  • Bridgestone UK Ltd
  • Horndean Tyres Ltd
  • Kwik-Fit GB Ltd
  • Pirelli Tyres Ltd
  • Profit from Training Partnership Ltd

Tyre Wholesaler of the Year, sponsored by: Goodyear

  • R&R.C Bond (Wholesale) Ltd / Bond International
  • Stapleton’s (Tyre Services) Ltd
  • Viking Wholesale

Tyre Manufacturer of the Year, sponsored by: Maritime Cargo Services

  • Bridgestone UK Ltd
  • Goodyear Dunlop Tyres Ltd
  • Hankook Tyre UK Ltd
  • Michelin Tyre
  • Pirelli Tyres Ltd
  • Yokohama HPT Ltd

Tyre Retail Centre of the Year, sponsored by: Pirelli

  • ATS Euromaster Ltd, Swindon
  • ATS Euromaster Ltd, Warrington
  • HiQ, Ludlow
  • Horndean Tyres, Waterloovile
  • Kwik-Fit (GB) Ltd, Edinburgh
  • Kwik-Fit ( GB) Ltd, Farnham
  • Kwik-Fit (GB) Ltd, Hereford
  • Merityre Specialist Ltd, Woking
  • Micheldever, Winchester
  • Protyre, Gloucester
  • Protyre, Manchester
  • STS Tyre Pro, Norwich
  • TW Tyres, Rugby
  • Tyre Exchange, Stockton on Tees
  • Universal Tyres Ltd, Chelmsford
  • Universal Tyres Ltd, Greenwich

The awards, which are billed as the Tyre Industry’s ‘Oscars,’ will be presented on the 6 October at a ceremony sponsored by Sailun Tyres during the association’s 87th Annual Dinner at the Vox Conference Centre in Birmingham. The dinner itself, which is sponsored by Jelf Group and which is, once again, sold out, follows the NTDA Tyre Industry Conference, sponsored by Avon Tyres which takes place during the daytime.

New location, new guest speakers

This year, the NTDA Tyre Industry Conference and Awards will be held at a new venue. And it seems the Vox Centre, which is owned by the NEC Group and managed by the same team behind the ICC Birmingham, is not only new, but is already proving popular. According to the company, the Vox has already confirmed 23 repeat events in the first six months of being open.

Managing director of the NEC Group Convention Centres, Nick Waight commented: “The Vox is a very special venue. Given its location in Resorts World, its state of the art facilities and its high level of customer service, it brings something new and fresh to the UK conference market.  It’s designed to be contemporary, user friendly and centred on customer needs and requirements. The fact that nearly half of the customers that have used the Vox to date have already confirmed repeat bookings is something we are very proud of.”

Vox and ICC sales director ICC James Elston, explained why he believes the Vox has been so popular: “Delegates can really enjoy a complete end-to-end conferencing experience as the business day can merge seamlessly into a unique delegate experience in the evening. Whether it’s dining in one of Resorts World’s many restaurants, a cinema or casino visit, or attending a concert next door at the Genting Arena, there will be something to suit every taste at this exceptional destination.”

The venue provides a purpose built and fully flexible conference and banqueting space that can accommodate small meetings for 3 up to large scale events for 850 guests.

Suzi Perry hosting 2016 Tyre Industry Awards

The decision to ask Suzi Perry to host of the 2016 Tyre Industry Awards, is sure to bring a breath of fresh air to proceedings

The decision to ask Suzi Perry to host of the 2016 Tyre Industry Awards, is sure to bring a breath of fresh air to proceedings

The NTDA has also chosen to breathe a breath of fresh air into the presenting of the awards and conference. To this end, Suzi Perry is to be the host of the 2016 Tyre Industry Awards. Perry is known as a television presenter and is currently covering MotoGP for BT Sport. Previously she covered MotoGP for the BBC for 13 years, The Gadget Show on Channel 5 for 9 years and the BBC’s Formula One coverage from 2013 to 2015.

Other credits to Perry’s sport portfolio are reporting from Wimbledon, the London Marathon, the 2004 Olympics, the Great North Run and the Boat Race. Perry also enjoyed her role with the BBC as Fashion reporter from Royal Ascot for several years.

Commenting earlier in the year, NTDA director Stefan Hay said: “When it comes to cars, technical innovation and sport, Perry has to be one of the most recognisable and popular presenters on TV. We are very excited to have her host the 2016 Tyre Industry Awards and with over 500 people already booked for the event, are looking forward to another spectacular evening!”

Penny Mallory keynoting for Tyre Industry Conference

Continuing the theme, the NTDA has chosen another strong motoring lady for its conference keynote – former champion rally driver, and well-known TV presenter, Penny Mallory will close this year’s Tyre Industry Conference.

Penny Mallory’s professional experience as one of the country’s top rally drivers led to her driving the stunt cars for Nicole and Papa in the Renault Clio commercials. By the time she had graduated to presenting Top Gear Motorsport she was being referred to as the female Jeremy Clarkson.

With a love of cars from a young age, Mallory always wanted to be involved in motorsport. However, a difficult period in her life saw her dropping out of school, homeless, and in a self-destructive cycle of alcohol and bad choices. Conscious that things could end badly, Penny forced herself to turn things around. She returned to her love of cars, raised sponsorship, and started to work her way up the rallying ranks. She started winning regional rallies and then set her sights on the world stage. With sponsorship from Wash & Go, and after only four years of racing she became National Ladies Champion and went on to become the first woman to drive in the World Rally Car classification.

Her driving success and irrepressible personality led to TV offers and alongside her time on Top Gear Motorsport she has presented Channel 4’s Driven, Behind the Ball, The Road Show and The Car Show. Taking her personal determination to other areas she’s also gone on to climb mountains, run marathons and even box with Olympic gold medallist Nicola Adams.

NTDA Director Stefan Hay said: “We are lucky to have a powerful speaker of Penny’s calibre presenting at our event and I am sure her experience of overcoming adversity, changing her life and her incredible journey to becoming a champion will inspire our delegates immensely”.

Despite all the changes, the awards are already fully booked and the conference looks likely to be a full-house too. And of course Tyres & Accessories will be on hand to announce the names of the Tyre Industry Awards winners both live from the event and in subsequent publications.

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