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Pandemic forces further PIA postponement

Published: 5 October 2020 - Victoria White

Following the UK Government’s recent extension to the COVID-19 induced restrictions, the BPMA and its event organiser, Touchwave Media, have agreed a further postponement of the 2020 Pump Industry Awards ceremony.  Having, already sanctioned the move from its original March date to early December, the event has now been rescheduled to Thursday 25th March 2021.

This decision was not reached lightly, especially when considering the complex nature of the event and the amount of time and effort spent in its planning, promotion, and delivery.  However, given the situation, and the continued uncertainty caused by both the pandemic and the resulting constraints, the organisers felt this to be the best possible course of action.

The Chesford Grange Hotel in Kenilworth will again play host to this special evening, with the move heralding a return to the usual early spring timing for the awards ceremony.   And to help illustrate the switch in year, the event will now be presented as the 2020/21 Pump Industry Awards.   

Commenting on the decision, Event Director, Andrew Castle said, ”The health and safety of our guests and attendees has of course always been a priority, although the credibility and presentation of the overall awards programme has also been an important consideration, especially as we look to celebrate its 20th anniversary.”

He continued, “But with the latest round of restrictions clearly impacting on all events of this type, postponing our presentation ceremony to next year is clearly the best and only option.  I would again thank everyone for their continued support and understanding during these extraordinary times and hope that we can all get through the coming months in good health and safe keeping.” 

With the full and unwavering support of the venue, the gala awards dinner will be staged on the exact same basis.  All sponsorships, table bookings and overnight accommodation will be honoured for this new dateline and will be carried forward accordingly.  The following nine awards will be presented:

  • Product of the Year - Sponsored by Process Engineering
  • Project of the Year - Sponsored by Stuart Turner
  • Environmental Contribution of the Year - Sponsored by SPP Pumps
  • Manufacturer of the Year - Sponsored by WEG UK
  • Distributor of the Year - Sponsored by EMIR Software
  • Supplier of the Year - Sponsored by Wilo
  • Contribution to Skills & Training - Sponsored by Tomlinson Hall
  • Rising Star Award- Sponsored by World Pumps
  • Lifetime Contribution - Sponsored by BPMA

From the many entries and nominations received, the Judges shortlisted 37 Finalists across all the categories to go through to the public vote. And with the online voting already completed, the winners will now be announced during the charged atmosphere of the awards ceremony in March. The full list of finalists can be found on the dedicated awards website.

As already highlighted, this year’s awards programme celebrates its 20th Anniversary, and so despite this further postponement, we can still look forward to a wonderful evening of reward and celebration, when hopefully the health crisis will have abated, and the current constraints will have been lifted.

Should you have questions regarding any aspect of the Pump Industry Awards Dinner, or indeed its re-scheduling, please do not hesitate to contact the organisers directly or via the website -

Source: Industrial Compliance

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