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.”
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 Truck and Agricultural Tyre Supplier of the Year, sponsored by: Infinity Tyres Aftermarket Equipment Supplier of the Year, sponsored by: Automechanika Birmingham Industry Marketing Campaign of the Year, sponsored by: SingEx Staff Training & Development Initiative of the Year, sponsored by: The Parts Alliance Tyre Wholesaler of the Year, sponsored by: Goodyear Tyre Manufacturer of the Year, sponsored by: Maritime Cargo Services Tyre Retail Centre of the Year, sponsored by: Pirelli
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
Truck and Agricultural Tyre Supplier of the Year, sponsored by: Infinity Tyres
Aftermarket Equipment Supplier of the Year, sponsored by: Automechanika Birmingham
Industry Marketing Campaign of the Year, sponsored by: SingEx
Staff Training & Development Initiative of the Year, sponsored by: The Parts Alliance
Tyre Wholesaler of the Year, sponsored by: Goodyear
Tyre Manufacturer of the Year, sponsored by: Maritime Cargo Services
Tyre Retail Centre of the Year, sponsored by: Pirelli
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 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.