By December 19, 2014 Read More →

Get your entry in and meet the judges!

Following its debut in 2014, the Electrical Wholesaler Awards return to London on May 14th. Organised by EW publisher, Datateam Business Media Ltd, the event recognises the achievements and services of electrical wholesalers and manufacturers. But be quick to enter! The deadline for entries is Wednesday, January 14th.

UK electrical wholesalers are asked to nominate themselves for one or more awards via the Electrical Wholesaler Awards website, The judging panel will meet next month to decide on the shortlist.

Manufacturers, meanwhile, are asked to nominate themselves for their best and most innovative products, advertising campaigns, websites and customer service excellence over the past year.

The manufacturer awards are voted for by the industry. Voting opens at the end of January, concluding on March 31st. Votes will take place online according to strict criteria.

Judging for the wholesaler categories is independent and is based on the decision of the judges, chaired by editor, Debbie Eales.

The judges meet in February to assess wholesaler category entries. The top five within each category will become finalists for the awards evening.

Winners will then be selected from the final five by the judging panel to be announced at the awards dinner.

Using our secure online voting system, votes from electrical wholesalers will determine the shortlist and subsequently the winners of each of the manufacturer categories. In the event of a tie, the judging panel will decide on the winner.

Training excellence recognised in two new awards categories

Two new categories for 2015 are the Training Excellence Award and Training Provider Award.

The Training in Excellence Award is subject to the same entry/nomination process as the existing wholesaler award categories and can be accessed via the same form on the Electrical Wholesaler Awards site. Branch managers are invited to nominate a member of staff for this award; self-nominations are also accepted. In both cases, clear examples of what the individual has achieved, be it on a manufacturer training course, through an EDA module or via a dedicated training provider.

The Training Provider Award is aimed at suppliers and specialist training companies whose dedication to the trade/product education will be recognised as the benchmark to which other training providers should aspire. As with other supplier categories, the wholesalers alone will have their say on who stands out for them, by vote. This Award can be accessed via the Manufacturer form on the website.


Chair: Debbie Eales, Editor, Electrical Wholesaler

Debbie Eales has been a journalist for 40 years, having held senior positions in the national, regional and trade press. Debbie joined Datateam Business Media Ltd in 2009, as editor of Printwear & Promotion. She was previously the group magazines editor at the KM Group, editing a portfolio of lifestyle and special interest titles.

Eddie Embleton, Sales & Marketing Manager, Voltimum


Eddie worked in local, national and digital media for more than 15 years – and before joining Voltimum was running the digital arm of a local publisher with over 30 websites across the UK. New to the electrical industry this year, Eddie wants to continue to grow Voltimum, which already has the largest electrical professional database in the UK, and is focused on delivering results for all of Voltimum’s partners.

Jill Nadolski, Operations Manager, Electrical Industries Charity

Jill Nadolski portrait

Following a career in the private sector in the US and completing an MBA, Jill came to the UK where she has acquired nearly 30 years’ experience developing successful strategies for a wide variety of charities. She joined the Electrical Industries Charity in August 2012 and was responsible for the charity’s rebrand in 2014.

Richard Pagett, Managing Director, Aria PR


Richard has been actively involved in the industry for more than 17 years. As editor of Professional Builders Merchant and subsequently Professional Electrician he reported on industry and company news, product launches and regulatory changes. In 2007 he moved to become Group PR Manager at NICEIC, rising to External Affairs Director as the regulatory body grew and eventually merged with ELECSA. In 2013 he founded Aria Public Relations.

Debbie Eales said: “Our first Electrical Wholesaler Awards in 2014 have laid the foundation for a scheme that celebrates everything that is good about the industry. We look forward to judging what are shaping up to be some very hotly contested categories.”