The 2016 Travis Perkins Innovation Awards are now closed.
Winners will be announced in September so watch this space to find out more information on their great ideas.
Dr Chris Goodier
Senior Lecturer in the School of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University
Technical and Innovation Manager, Barratt
Business Group Manager, BRE Global
Divisional Commercial Director for Plumbing and Heating at Travis Perkins
Group Brands Director, Travis Perkins
Divisional Chief Operating Officer (COO), Travis Perkins Merchants
Dr Chris Goodier
Senior Lecturer in the School of Civil and Building Engineering at Loughborough University.
Dr Chris Goodier has been a Senior Lecturer in Structures and Materials at Loughborough University’s School of Civil and Building Engineering since 2009, having worked previously for both BRE and Laing O’Rouke. He has researched and published widely in areas such as concrete and innovative materials, offsite construction, sustainability and building energy.
“Loughborough has a long history of working closely with industry and conducting research that matters, hence I’m very proud to be one of the judges for the Travis Perkins Innovation Awards. We need to identify and celebrate innovation in construction if we are to progress as an industry and tackle the significant global challenges facing the industry such as climate change adaptation and infrastructure renewal, and these awards will help contribute towards that.
I’m very much looking forward to getting to grips with some imaginative and enterprising ideas from the submitted entries, to help challenge the common thought that construction simply has to make do with ‘good enough’ solutions rather than new and innovative solutions.”
Technical and Innovation Manager at Barratt
Oliver has been with Barratt for 2 years as their Technical and Innovation Director. Oliver is driving BIM within Barratt working closely with the design team. Previously Oliver was Group Director at BRE where he worked with blue chip companies such as Audi, M&S and British Gas in innovation within modern built environment including products, process and people innovation.
“Awards initiatives are great as they give innovative organisations an opportunity to pitch their solutions to large users such as ourselves which can be difficult especially if you are new into the sector. It allows us to get a look at the new technologies and processes being developed. It brings out the competitiveness streak in companies in wanting to prove their technology. Most importantly it allows us to exchange views and ideas from many different angles which is the key to enabling innovation to work.
I am most looking forward to looking at an idea that I either think, “why have we not thought of that it’s so simple”, or, “that really is an idea I would never have considered!” I have always enjoyed taking a good idea and getting it commercialised and at Barratt we can really help. We have a history of working closely with smaller organisations to enable them to take products into the market successfully. Many of these organisations are still innovative and regularly develop solutions to the many challenges we face, such as changing legislation.”
Business Group Manager, BRE Global
John is a Business Group Manager at BRE Global and is responsible for its Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) scheme – a specialised scheme that facilitates market access for innovative environmental technologies. Previously John was Multimedia Group Director at Central Research Laboratories, formerly part of the EMI Group. While working for EMI John was a named inventor in 20 UK and international patents.
“I was genuinely excited to be asked to be part of the Travis Perkins Innovation Awards. Genius is not the exclusive domain of big business. An industry or community changing idea could be born anywhere, but the influence and resources of the major players is often required to transform these ideas into something that will make a difference.
Initiatives like TPIA provide a priceless opportunity for innovators to receive the support needed to bring new ideas to life in an increasingly competitive market.”
Divisional Commercial Director for Plumbing and Heating at Travis Perkins
James Dinsdale is Divisional Commercial & Supply Chain Director for Plumbing and Heating at Travis Perkins. James has been at Travis Perkins for 2 years and previously held a number of general management and commercial roles in G4S and CHEP.
“At Travis Perkins we know that innovation matters. Decades of research has shown that change and innovation are the most important drivers of long-term prosperity. The benefits are numerous, from more and better jobs to improved products, services and even infrastructure. But many of the processes that support innovation don’t work very well. People with potentially world-changing ideas still face countless barriers. Through our Innovation Awards we can identify, develop and nurture these ideas and hopefully one day help bring them to market.
When some hear the word innovation and big company in the same sentence they think “snail” and “crawling through peanut butter” but I like to think about it as an opportunity to find the “needle in the haystack”. I think TPIA is a great platform to do just this and am looking forward to reviewing the many great ideas we have received from many walks of life.”
Group Brands Director at Travis Perkins
Angela Rushforth is Group Brands Director at Travis Perkins and has worked in trade supply for almost 20 years from Marketing Director at Screwfix and Wolseley UK to Managing Director at Ridgeons regional builders merchants.
“Awards initiatives like TPIA give everyone the opportunity to present their product ideas to be scrutinised and benchmarked. It also gives all participants great exposure and highlights how open today’s businesses, such as Travis Perkins, are to working with and supporting people and products at every stage of their evolution.
I’m looking forward to seeing the diversity of innovation and ideas and how these can be applied and developed to satisfy our customer needs and help them in their businesses. I am particularly interested in how applicants have thought about the industry problems and brought new thinking to our sector.”
Divisional Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Travis Perkins Merchants
Andrew began his merchant career in 1980 in Cornwall as a management trainee for Graham Reeves (now Saint Gobain). During his nine years with the company, he held various branch management roles before becoming Area Manager for Cornwall. In 1989 he left for Sharpe and Fisher, and in 1993 joined their board as Operations Director, overseeing the growing business. In 1999 the Travis Perkins Group acquired Sharpe and Fisher, and Andrew became Regional Director in the South West. He soon went on to become Managing Director of CCF, Benchmarx, and Keyline, before taking up his present position.
“I think this is a fantastic initiative. Innovation is part of being human – I am always amazed how new ideas get transformed into commercial reality, often changing the way we do things for the better and changing lives. Our industry has huge potential to innovate, whether that be through creative use of materials, technology or by de-risking construction and making the process safer, as well as the potential to reduce the environmental impact of construction.
I’m looking forward to see innovation that is simple, clever but fundamentally will make a difference.”
We’re Travis Perkins plc and we know a thing or two about the building and home improvement markets. After all, we’ve been supplying the building and construction trades for more than 200 years. Travis Perkins plc operates 21 businesses across the UK and owns 19 product brands within these businesses.
Staying ahead of our competition and ensuring continual relevance to our customers’ needs is paramount for growth. We must therefore be at the forefront of finding innovative solutions to these changing customer needs.
By understanding and exploring this research we can partner together innovators, our manufacturers and our customers to bring new, relevant products to market in an efficient and effective manner. Our ambition is to be at the forefront of providing innovative solutions to the challenges and problems our customers face on a daily basis, both now and in the future.
Do you have a product innovation that is relevant to the construction industry or do you want to have a go at solving an industry wide problem? TPIA are looking to unearth relevant construction innovation to find the next big thing in our industry!
This is an exciting opportunity for anyone with a great innovative product idea to put forward their suggestions.
Solve an industry wide problem
- On average, it rains in the UK one in every three days (BBC). Many areas of the construction industry and its products are affected by poor weather conditions. We are looking for the following:
- solutions to overcome the problem of working in wet, cold and windy conditions or
- alternative products to those typically affected by poor weather conditions
- Many of our customers work at height using heavy or awkward materials and equipment. We are looking for safer alternatives e.g. lightweight products or tools.
- Construction sites are typically dirty environments, with muddy boots, unclean tools and equipment and unsurfaced ground, all of which can impact productivity. We are looking for solutions that overcome these common challenges.
- According to the HSE, in 2014/2015, 1.7 million working days were lost due to work related injuries in the construction industry. We are looking for new technologies or solutions to reduce the number of manual handling injuries.
- In 2013, the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) research found that 82% of respondents believed there is a skills shortage and gap in the industry. We are looking for products that are easy to install and use, taking into account this skills gap.
Ref: Skills Gap
- The UK Green Building Council highlighted that our industry produces 109m tonnes of construction waste each year (24% of total waste), of which up to 13% is delivered and unused. We are looking for solutions that:
- Use alternative materials to reduce landfill waste from our industry
- Enable us to estimate required materials better
- Manage hazardous waste better (either making new products or disposal solutions)
Source: UK Green Building Council
Awards may be presented in the following areas: financial support of up to £10,000, opportunity to trial an innovative product in selected Travis Perkins Group locations around the UK, business mentoring and commercial support, meet and greet the TP Exec and networking across the Group’s supply chain network.
Here are the key dates for the 2016 Awards
The 2016 Travis Perkins Innovation Awards are now closed for entries.
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Marshalls, the UK’s leading manufacturer of hard landscaping materials, is proud to be headline sponsor of the Travis Perkins Innovation Awards. Marshalls fosters a culture of innovation within its business and shares Travis Perkins’ desire to promote it in an industry that is so often considered to be lacking in forward thought and new practices. Marshalls is proud to lead the landscaping industry in product innovation, in fact Innovation in all areas of the business over an extended period has been a key element of its success, and the company is committed to the ongoing investment of significant resources in Research and Development. Marshalls understands that it is this commitment which is key to its ongoing success.
Innovation is at the heart of ADEY’s ethos and is fundamental to the company’s emergence as Europe’s leading water treatment manufacturer serving the heating industry having pioneered the first magnetic filter with MagnaClean®. Our technology has been recognised with a Queen’s Award for Innovation and our UK Research Centre responsible for the development of the fastest growing brand of premium chemicals on the market is further evidence of our commitment to delivering groundbreaking products to benefit the industry, consumers and the environment. Our involvement in the Travis Perkins Innovation Awards is therefore entirely appropriate and we’re delighted to support this exciting initiative.
Cooking inspires people. People inspire us. Our passion for cooking drives our innovation. We know the importance of the kitchen to our ‘Cookaholics’ and NEFF customer, this alongside our adventurous and daring culture allows us to make breakthrough products and introduce new innovative kitchen concepts like the unique Slide&Hide® disappearing oven door, the only disappearing door on the market, CircoTherm® hot air cooking technology and SeamlessCombination.
NEFF is credited with many industry firsts – we originally pioneered the concept of built-in ovens and microwave cooking back in the 50’s and 60’s – fast forward to 2016 and built-in is now the no.1 choice for kitchens across Europe.
Partnering together with Travis Perkins to sponsor the 2016 Travis Perkins Innovation Awards, means together we can bring new innovations and relevant products to the market that meet the demands of both the customer and the rapidly growing marketplace.
British Gypsum, part of the SaintGobain group, is the UK’s leading manufacturer of interior lining systems. Our aim is to develop innovative products and services that help our customers build better spaces to live, work and play. In every kind of building – from home to work, from the local supermarket to the local hospital – we help create partitions, provide comfort, protect against fire and insulate against sound. With over 100 years’ experience in producing plaster, plasterboard and ceiling solutions, we already have a wide range of choice within our high performance products and systems. However, we’re continually pushing the boundaries through our ambitious innovation programme which, driven by our customers insights, means our development pipeline is at the forefront of providing innovative solutions for our customers.
British Gypsum is delighted to sponsor this year’s Innovation awards, as we recognise the importance of nurturing and supporting the innovation process within this sector.
JW Ostendorf has been proudly supplying Wickes & Travis Perkins paint since 2010 from Europe’s most modern paint manufacturing facility. Founded in Germany in 1948 we have grown to be one of the world’s top manufacturers of decorative paints and are committed to efficient environmentally friendly paint production.
We are pioneers of innovation & sustainability:
- Our production plant is an internationally awarded “Reference Plant” in Eco Efficiency
- We have won the “Blauer Engel” – German sustainability award and many of our products carry the EU Ecolabel and Nordic Swan Certificate.
- Pioneers in water based & solvent free glosses and emulsions which
significantly reduce environmental impact while performing better than their solvent based equivalents.
Promoting innovation within our industry is hugely important. We are constantly searching for new ideas to make our production & distribution process more efficient and our products perform better with less environmental impact.
Pegler Yorkshire has been leading the way in the specialist fields of fittings, taps and valves since 1888. This pedigree has earned the company an enviable worldwide reputation for superb quality and high performing products under renowned brands such as Terrier, Yorkshire, Tectite, XPress, Performa and Francis Pegler. At the heart of our operations is the desire to drive continual innovation and deliver tangible solutions to real issues such as energy efficiency and installed savings. We deliver this through a strategic Connect and Control approach. And, through strength flexibility and the ability to engage with our customers, Pegler Yorkshire continues to be a major player in the global plumbing and heating marketplace whilst delivering solutions that address changing market demands. The Travis Perkins Innovation Awards drive engineering creativity and recognize all that is great within our industry. We fully support the Awards as they are integral to our strategy of developmental growth.