What it is and how it works

The HVP Innovation Showcase is a competition designed to highlight some of the most innovative products available on the market.

Winners will be judged by an expert and independent panel of judges, who will evaluate entries on criteria relating to innovation.

The winners will be announced in the May issue of HVP.

Winners will also be invited to demo their products at PHEX+ at Alexandra Palace, London - 20-21 June 2018.

How to enter

Any products put forward for inclusion MUST have been launched in 2017 and MUST be commercially available, rather than prototypes.

Entrants should provide up to 500 words as part of their submission. Their entry should explain why should their product should be nominated for inclusion in the Showcase, together with images of the product and any installation video or guide.

Judges will be evaluating how entries demonstrate real innovation, with an emphasis on ease of installation, energy efficiency, product excellence and meeting the needs of the end user.

The entry period will run 10 January – 23 February 2018 inclusive. 

All entries should be submitted to HVP Editor Joe Dart on j.dart@hgluk.com


We've recruited an expert panel of judges for the Innovation Showcase with an immense amount of combined experience, which they will apply to choose only the best and most innovative products released in 2017.

The confirmed 2018 HVP Innovation Showcase judges are:

Charlie Mullins (@PimlicoPlumbers) - founder of Pimlico Plumbers

Charlie Mullins is an archetypal entrepreneur, who launched Pimlico Plumbers in 1979, with just a bag of tools and an old van bought at auction. Despite leaving school at 15 with no qualifications, he has grown Pimlico Plumbers into an operation of 250 professional trades people and a support team of around 150 staff, serving customers across London, and including some of the world’s most famous names, such as James Bond star Daniel Craig and actress Dame Helen Mirren.

Outspoken and often controversial, Charlie, is a regular business and political commentator for the national media. Charlie also announced, in January 2018, his intention to run for London Mayor as an independent in 2020.

Peter Booth (@pbplumber) - award-winning engineer and social media giant

Peter Booth is an award-winning gas engineer and social media influencer, with a huge following online.

Known as @pbplumber on Twitter, Peter is a vocal proponent of best practice across the plumbing and heating sector. He is a member of Heroes of Heat, a charitable initiative where plumbers and heating engineers donate their skills and labour to those in need of them.

His passion for using the right tools and equipment to get the job done is demonstrated through his popular tool review channel on YouTube.

Paul Hull (@PaulRHull) - founder of Gas Safety Superheroes

Paul Hull is one of the most respected commercial heating engineers operating in the UK, with a huge portfolio of award winning work. He is the founder of the Gas Safety Superheroes campaign, and has 30 years of experience in the commercial sector which itself brings a level of knowledge, commitment and passion that is hard to find.

His eye for design and his positive attitude has contributed to his strong reputation in the industry. He is also very passionate when it comes to helping brands develop new products and innovative solutions for excellence and efficiency.

Paul sits on the plumbing & heating apprenticeship board, the Worcester Bosch advisory board and is regularly cited in industry press.

Hattie Hasan (@HattieHasan) - founder of Stopcocks Women Plumbers

Hattie retrained to become a plumber in 1990 when her career as a teacher didn’t give her the self-direction she wanted.

Needing to maintain a secure income, when none of the companies in the Leeds Yellow Pages replied to her, she employed herself making a great life.

In 2006 she vowed to create ‘an army of women plumbers’ to change the industry - for customers and plumbers; improving the customer experience and helping women determined to become plumbers succeed.

Always an innovator, she now runs Stopcocks the world’s only national franchise of women plumbers and gas engineers.

Raff Agalliu (@OnTapTweets) - founder and Managing Director of On Tap Plumbers

Raff has over ten years experience as a plumbing and heating engineer, with ACC accreditation and Gas Safe Registration. He set up On Tap Plumbers with Anne Timpany in 2010 and has since been instrumental in accomplishing the company’s accelerated growth and achieving its first class reputation as an award winning company, focused on exceptional delivery of projects in the residential and commercial property sectors.

He now oversees operational activities and manages a high performing professionally skilled team with a wealth of collective experience. On Tap Plumbers provides a hands on approach from start to finish on every project, ranging from London’s iconic Facebook London HQ and the city’s ‘Cheesegrater’ to Wood Wharf in docklands and Kings Cross luxury residential quarter.

Terms & conditions

The competition is open to product manufacturers and agents working on their behalf.

The entry period will end on 23 February 2018 and no entries after this time will be accepted. The prize is as stated and no alternative, substitute or upgrade will be given.

Winners will be required to demo their winning product on the HVP Innovation Showcase stand at PHEX+, held at Alexandra Palace, London on 20-21 June 2018. A member of staff will need to present throughout the entirety of PHEX+ to man their product display.

By entering the competition you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions and all instructions set out above. 

The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.