Just in case you missed it, although I highly doubt you did, the 2018 National Fenestration Awards finalists were announced recently, which means voting is now open and you can expect your social media timelines and email inboxes to rightly be filled with a plethora of media and marketing materials hoping to garner your votes and generally spreading the NFA message. Not sorry!

Here are the nominees in each of the 24 categories:

Aluminium Company:

Bennett Architectural

Origin Global

Jack Aluminium



REAL Aluminium

Bi-Folding Door Manufacturer:


AluFold Direct

Everglade Windows

Folding Sliding Door Company


Warmcore by Synseal

Origin Bifolds

Sliders UK

Colour Specialists:





TWR Bi-Folds

Composite/Panelled Doors:

Hurst Plastics

Solidor Ltd

Distinction Doors

Endurance Doors (Rocal)

Door-Stop International

IG Doors

Conservatory Roof Fabricator:

Prefix Systems Ltd

Icotherm Roof Systems

Premier Conservatory Supplies

Guardian Roofs

Synseal – Global



Digital Specialist:

Balls 2 Marketing


Business Micros

Plane Perspective


Pratchett Joinery

Unique Window Systems Ltd

RJ Windows Ltd

Selecta Systems

Panoramic Doors UK

Lancashire Trade Frames


Conservatory Outlet

Endurance Doors

Pearl Window Systems Ltd

Roseview Windows Ltd

Masterframe Windows

Exeter Trade Aluminium

Everglade Windows

AluFold Direct

Frame Fast UK


Kingfisher Windows



The Glazerite Group UK Ltd


Bison Trade Frames

Made For Trade

Glass Systems Company:



Guardian Glass

Hardware Company:

VBH (GB) Ltd


blu Performance

Caldwell Security

Ingenious Locks & Hardware


BJ Waller

Carl F Groupco


Trojan Group

CR Lawrence

Brisant Secure

IGU Manufacturer:

Double R

Morley Glass

Clayton Glass


Oakland Glass

Integral Blinds Company:

Between Glass Blinds

Morley Glass

HiTech Blinds


Machinery Company:


Avantek Machinery


HEGLA/Bystronic UK

Stuga Machinery

Haffner Murat

Glass Machinery Company


New Company Of The Year:

Alumitech Ltd

Architectural Aluminium Apertures Ltd

Exeter Trade Aluminium

Viiu Ltd

New Product Of The Year:

Masterframe Windows Ltd

Selecta Systems

Tremco / Illbruck


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PVC Company:

Masterframe Windows Ltd

Selecta Systems

Unitfeature Ltd



Sliding Patio Door Company:

Viiu Ltd




Social Networker:

Lucy Jones – Solidor

Elina Perry – Pratchet Joinery

Mark Walker – Selecta Systems

Lauren Edwards – Glazerite

Spacer Bar Manufacturer:


Edgetech (UK) Ltd


Systems Company:

Selecta Systems

Liniar / HL Plastics



Jack Aluminium



Timber Alternative Company:

Roseview Windows

Masterframe Windows Ltd

The Prestige Collection by Aztec Windows

Residence Collection

Evolution Windows

Timber Company:

Pratchett Joinery

Glyngary Joinery Ltd

Exitex Ltd


West Port Windows

Training Centre:

Fit For Trade Ltd

PM Training

IPS International

Schueco UK

West Suffolk College

Vertical Sliding Window Company:

Pratchett Joinery

Roseview Windows

Masterframe Windows Ltd

Glyngary Joinery

Exitex Ltd

Barnet Window Co Ltd

Quickslide Ltd

Young Person:

Harry Sellwood – Alumitech Ltd

Rob Hawthorne – Pratchett Joinery

Joel Rhodes – Prefix Systems

Jake Hodgkinson – Bennett Architectural

Tej Naik – Unique Window Systems

Owen Mullock – Solidor Ltd

Grace Mullock – Solidor Ltd

DGB People

The biggest yet

This is the fifth NFA campaign and is the biggest to date. In 2018 we wanted to build on the now permanent and influential reputation the awards had worked very hard for. We thought that one of the best ways to do that was to shine the NFA light on new areas of the industry that we hadn’t yet focused on, or was being missed out by other parts of the industry.

So, we expanded the NFAs to cover 24 categories. This made the awards easily the most inclusive glazing sector awards in the industry. Something I am personally proud of.

We had nearly 300 nominations cast over the longest nominations phase ever. It started Tuesday 16th January and closed Friday 14th September. Nine months. But for me, this isn’t the most impressive stat. The most impressive stat for me was that we had 110 different people and companies nominated. The aim of the awards is to be able to represent and show off as much of the very best people and companies in our industry. You can only do that if you get more and more people and companies taking part, which is what we have had this year. Something that again I am very proud of.

What happens now

Voting is now live and we have already had a deluge of early votes. In fact during the writing of this post we have had whopping 631 votes. To put this into perspective, we get the most votes as the campaign nears the very end as companies get into 5th gear with their promotion. There’s nothing like a deadline to get people motivated! As we reach that deadline, which is 11pm on Friday 26th October we can expect the votes to flood in.

When voting does close, Winners Week will return, a feature we have had for the previous two campaigns. This is a week in which we drip-feed the announcement of winners over the course of one working week. This year Winners Week will take place from Monday 29th October and will end on Friday 2nd November.

There will of course be the 2018 Winners Event, and that will follow in early 2019. But for now, focus should be turned to the voting, and you can find out more about that by following this link: http://www.fenestrationawards.co.uk/2018-categories/

Good luck to all those taking part!

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