After a nineteen-month pandemic induced postponement, the 2020/21 Pump Industry Awards ceremony was finally staged at the Chesford Grange Hotel in Warwickshire on Thursday 23rd September.

Heralded as a great success by all those in attendance, the event not only celebrated business and professional excellence across the pump industry, but also its own 20th Anniversary. Hosted by Philippa Forrester of Tomorrow’s World and Robot Wars fame, the event provided an opportunity for pump people to reunite and reconnect with friends, colleagues, and clients.  The atmosphere was one of real enjoyment and networking, after what has been an extremely challenging time for everyone.

Recognising significant achievements which took place in the 18-month period preceding December 2019, nine category winners were announced, as follows:

  • Product of the Year Sponsored by Process Engineering:
    Sulzer XJ900 Submersible Dewatering Pump
  • Project of the Year Sponsored by Stuart Turner:
    Armstrong Fluid Technology: Upgrade for National Grid
  • Environmental Contribution of the Year Sponsored by SPP Pumps:
    Wilo UK / Environment Agency: River Severn Water Management
  • Manufacturer of the Year Sponsored by WEG UK:
    Stuart Turner
  • Distributor of the Year Sponsored by EMIR Software:
    Campion Pumps
  • Supplier of the Year Sponsored by Wilo:
  • Contribution to Skills & Training Sponsored by Tomlinson Hall:
    SPP Pumps: STEM Ambassadors in partnership with Innovation Lab
  • Rising Star Award Sponsored by World Pumps:
    Thomas Parker, TEC Electric Motors
  • Lifetime Contribution Sponsored by BPMA:
    Peter Reynolds, Grundfos Pumps

Nominations and entries, for activities and achievements that took place in the two-year period up to December 2021, are already being seeked for the 2022 Pump Industry Awards. Returning to its usual Spring dateline for the gala dinner and presentation ceremony, the event will take place on Thursday 24 March, again at the Chesford Grange Hotel in Kenilworth. The deadline for nominations is Friday 7 January 2022.

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.

Colin Simpson, Business Development Director at Tomlinson Hall, summed up the feelings of all by saying: “After the hiatus imposed on us all by COVID it was an absolute pleasure to be out and amongst friends and colleagues at this year’s awards ceremony, there was a real buzz around the whole evening. Folk were genuinely pleased to be able to socialise and once again share a wonderfully organised event.”

He added: “I was amazed at the quality of all this year’s entries, and it is testament to the strength of the British Pump Industry that the awards are so well supported. Thanks to all involved in its hosting and delivery.”

First time finalist Andrew Simpson of Apex Pumps commented: “The Pump Industry Awards is a great event bringing the industry together and especially after the past year we’ve all had with the COVID19 pandemic. This year was Apex Pumps’ first ever nomination and it has been a privilege to have been named as a finalist in the Manufacturer of the Year category alongside some of the best names in the business. We’ll be back!”

Event Director Andrew Castle said after the event: “Our congratulations go to all the winners for their excellent achievements, but our acknowledgment and appreciation must also go to each and every nominee and finalist. The quality of all entries was again extremely high, and the competition fierce.  It has also been an incredibly long wait for all those involved, and I so would like to thank everyone for their continued patience and understanding as we battled to get the awards ceremony staged.

Long-time supporter, Marek Lukasczcyk, European & Middle East Marketing Manager at WEG (UK) Ltd, added: “It has always been a pleasure to support the UK Pump Industry by sponsoring this prestigious event, which helps promote excellence in British engineering. The evening was a great success and was thoroughly enjoyed by all those in our group.”