OCTABUILD BUILDERS MERCHANT EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2019


The Octabuild Builders Merchant Excellence Awards 2019 were presented on the 7th of November at a gala event in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Over 250 guests, including shortlisted merchants and representatives of the builder’s merchant trade throughout the country, attended the prestigious event which was hosted by the eight Octabuild members – Dulux, Glennon Brothers, Gyproc, Instantor, Irish Cement, Kingspan Insulation, Tegral Building Products and Wavin.

The big winner of the night was Telfords Portlaoise, who won the coveted national title. This is the third occasion that Telfords has been named the national winner since the awards were first presented in 1986. Telfords was established in Portlaoise in 1990 but the Telford business dates back to 1890 when its first store opened in Mountrath. According to the independent judging panel, Telfords Portlaoise is an incredibly impressive and commercial store. It is very professionally managed, using live trading and margin mix data while the store is very innovative and not afraid to embrace change. The employee share scheme is highly innovative and the intense focus on health and safety standards is market leading.

               Winner of Leinster & National Awards
Pic 161: Mark Filgate, Chairman Octabuild and Liam McEvoy,
Telfords Portlaoise

Overall, the judges were impressed with the store, its systems, customer service initiatives, strong health and safety ethos, promotions and community involvement, all led by an incredibly impressive and professional team.

Octabuild Supporting Irish Award, sponsored by Guaranteed Irish 141
L-R Bríd O’Connell, CEO Guaranteed Irish, Dan Twomey, Cork Builders Providers and Mark Filgate, Chairman Octabuild

In addition to Telfords Portlaoise, the other award winners are:
Connacht/Ulster Regional Award: Ganly’s Athlone
Munster Regional Award: Cork Builders Providers, Togher
Excellence in Business Management: Chadwicks, Naas
Excellence in Customer Service: Grahams of Monaghan
Excellence in Sales & Marketing: Ganly’s Athlone
Excellence in Community Outreach: Wallace’s Homevalue, Wellingtonbridge, Wexford
Excellence in Sustainable Business: Ganly’s Longford
Rising Star Award: Ross Fagan, Chadwicks Lucan
Octabuild Supporting Irish Award, sponsored by Guaranteed Irish: Cork Builders Providers, Togher
Lifetime Achievement Award: Jerry Maher, DPL Group Ltd

This year the Octabuild Awards underwent a revamp, with a renewed focus on excellence. This is to better reflect the modern builder’s merchant sector in terms of business management, customer service, sales and marketing, innovation, leadership, diversity, partnership and communication.
Commenting on the quality of the entries, Chair of the independent Judging Panel, Liam O’Gorman, said: “It is clear that the industry in which today’s builder’s merchants operate has evolved hugely and that merchants have led the way in embracing this changed landscape. More sophisticated business systems, an enhanced skill base and a keen focus on the environment, health and safety and assistance for the local community feature strongly across the country and is highly commendable.”

Octabuild Chairman, Mark Filgate said: “It’s important for Octabuild that the Awards highlight to the building and construction industry the excellence of Irish builders merchants. We are delighted with the enthusiastic response to the new style awards this year where merchants from all over the country have put themselves and their teams forward to showcase what’s excellent in the industry.”

Rising Star winner
Winner Ross Fagan, Chadwicks, Lucan (centre) with Mark Filgate, Chairman Octabuild (left) and Patrick Atkinson, CEO, Chadwicks Group

Munster Regional Award winner 137
Dan Twomey, Cork Builders Providers with Mark Filgate, Chairman Octabuild

Connacht & Ulster Regional Award winner
Michael Ganly, Ganly’s Athlone with Mark Filgate, Chairman Octabuild

Excellence in Community Outreach winner
Joe Wallace, Wallace’s Homevalue, Wellingtonbridge with Mark Filgate,
Chairman Octabuild

Excellence in Sustainable Business winner
Brian Ganly, Ganly’s Longford with Mark Filgate, Chairman Octabuild

Excellence in Sales & Marketing winner
Michael Ganly, Ganly’s Athlone with Mark Filgate, Chairman Octabuild

Excellence in Customer Service winner
Heather Fitzpatrick, Grahams of Monaghan with Mark Filgate, Chairman Octabuild

Excellence in Business Management winner
L-R Mick Monahan with Mark Filgate, Chairman Octabuild

Judges, Joe Harlin and Liam O’Gorman

Winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Jerry Maher, DPL Group Ltd (left) and his wife Carmella, and daughters Marian and Orla with Noel Conroy, Instantor, Mark Filgate, Chairman Octabuild and John Peare, Managing Director, DPL Group Ltd (right)

Sean Moran, President of Hardware Association Ireland

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Denise Maguire        Editor of Irish Construction Industry Magazine

Email: denise@mcdmedia.ie