On Wednesday 16th October, we attended the Neff Excellence Awards at The Vineyard in Stockcross, Newbury. The event was an impressive awards ceremony for Neff Dealers across the Central and West of England, who were nominated for various excellence awards, with four categories to be nominated for. They give Neff the opportunity to recognise the high standards of design, customer service and product knowledge demonstrated by MasterPartner® dealers all over the UK. And they are designed to give customers even more confidence when choosing a Neff dealer for their new kitchen and appliances.
We were nominated for two out of the four categories, which we were extremely pleased and honoured just to be nominated for.
The awards were called out over a beautiful four-course meal at the award winning restaurant at The Vineyard. The food was gorgeous, the setting was beautiful. We were just honoured to be there enjoying the atmosphere and great food and wine.
So imagine our delight when the first category that we were nominated for – Best Kitchen Design over £20,000 – our name was called out! We entered our customer Mr and Mrs Bennett’s kitchen (See here for Mr and Mrs Bennett’s Design of the Month Article) We won!! Chris went up on stage and was presented with a beautiful Dartington crystal vase with our name etched in.
The entries were judged by Helen Stone, Associate Editor of Beautiful Kitchens and Martin Allen-Smith, Editor of Designer Magazine. The judges were looking for kitchens that were well designed with great attention to detail, which were well planned, stylish and well thought out with the right selection of appliances for the owner.
Here’s what they said about our entry of Mr and Mrs Bennett’s Kitchen:
“We liked the clean lines and very ordered layout of this kitchen – everything has a place and it looks like it would be a real pleasure to use.” - Helen Stone, Associate Editor, Beautiful Kitchens
“This is a beautifully balanced kitchen that manages to combine aesthetics, functionality and superb ergonomics – it’s one that no doubt makes the neighbours very jealous!” - Martin Allen-Smith, Editor of Designer
After the other two awards were announced and after dessert was dished out, the second award we were nominated for – the most prestigious Regional MasterPartner of the Year 2013 – was announced. And after the tense wait… our name was called out again!!! We couldn’t believe it!
We have one blurry photo of the moment we went on stage to collect it – We will be getting the official photos soon.
So we have had to adapt the website banner they have provided us with:
Here’s what they said about us and why they chose us to be the winner:
“The nominees for the Regional MasterPartner® of the Year Award demonstrated that they were all outstanding MasterPartners. They take great pride in their showrooms, which feature superb ranges of Neff appliances, with a great emphasis on the Neff oven with a Slide&Hide® door. They showed a strong commitment to staff training, outstanding customer service and loyalty to the Neff brand, and exhibit an active drive to succeed by marketing their businesses using innovative ideas for maximum publicity. In short, they take full advantage of their MasterPartner® status, and for this we commend them.”
So, put into perspective:
There were 97 companies who entered, with 4 categories:
(Most prestigious…) Regional MasterPartner of the Year 2013 – Nominated and won!!
Regional Bake It Yourself Award 2013
Best Kitchen Design Using Neff up to £20,000
Best Kitchen Design using Neff Over £20,000 – Nominated and won!!
There were 3 nominees in each category – we did really really well to get nominated, let alone win both categories we were nominated for!!!
Well done to all the other nominees, your entries were definitely worthy of winning, which is why we felt so honoured to be amongst you. To see all of the other winners visit Neff’s Award page