Excellence rewarded at long awaited PIA ceremony

Published:  06 September, 2021

As one of the first industrial sector events to be postponed due to the pandemic, the long-established Pump Industry Awards ceremony will finally take place later this month.

In addition to celebrating its milestone 20th Anniversary, the awards programme received a record number of entries, so it was doubly disappointing to endure such a long postponement – despite the obvious reasons for doing so! But on the evening of Thursday 23rd September, the extended wait will be over, allowing the pump industry to re-connect, re-unite, and celebrate its business, professional and engineering prowess. Recognising significant achievements which took place in the 18-month period preceding December 2019, the nine category winners will be announced and honoured with this industry renowned accolade.

2022 Awards Programme

However, despite the enforced delay in announcing the latest set of awards winners, time does not standstill and so we will shortly be seeking nominations and entries for the 2022 Pump Industry Awards. Returning to our usual Spring dateline for the gala dinner and presentation ceremony, the event will take place on Thursday 24th March, again at the Chesford Grange Hotel in Kenilworth.

The call for nominations, which will cover activities in the two-year period up to December 2021, will open on Monday 27th September this year – directly after the 2020/21 awards presentation. The entry deadline has been set for Friday 7th January 2022, so please make a note of this important date, and begin considering which key developments, activities, and successes you will be putting forward for industry recognition and reward.

Throughout the pandemic, and especially through lockdown, the pump sector played a key role in ensuring our utilities, manufacturing processes and essential services were maintained, and so for the 2022 award programme, special recognition will go to those companies and individuals who have gone that extra mile to meet any additional demands and challenges brought about by Covid-19.

This additional acknowledgement will go hand in hand with the following nine award categories, that collectively honour the full breadth of product and service offering across the pump industry.

• Product of the Year Sponsored by Process Engineering

• Project of the Year Sponsored by Stuart Turner

• Environmental Contribution of the Year Sponsored by SPP Pumps

• Manufacturer of the Year Sponsored by WEG UK

• Distributor of the Year Sponsored by EMIR Software

• Supplier of the Year Sponsored by Wilo

• Contribution to Skills & Training Sponsored by Tomlinson Hall

• Rising Star Award Sponsored by World Pumps

• Lifetime Contribution Sponsored by BPMA

Steve Schofield, CEO, British Pump Manufacturers Association commented: “No-one could have foreseen the disruption caused by the pandemic, and the pump sector has not been immune to its impact, however, despite the many challenges, or maybe because of them, business and professional excellence still deserves to be acknowledged and celebrated. The Pump Industry Awards do just that, and so I would encourage all those involved in this important sector of ours to prepare and submit their entries for the fast-approaching 2022 awards programme.”

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