It’s ‘Seventh Heaven’ for the National Bed Federation as it calls for entries for the 2017 Bed Industry Awards.

Taking place at the Bed Show Gala Dinner (19 September) for the seventh consecutive year, the Bed Industry Awards identify and reward manufacturers, suppliers and retailers in the bed sector who are ‘Best in Class’.

“The awards are a credible celebration of what’s good about the industry and provide a great opportunity for businesses of all shapes and sizes – from big brands to small niche players – to highlight their fantastic achievements,” said Jessica Alexander, executive director of the NBF.

Bed Component Supplier of the Year and Bed Retailer of the Year (split into two awards –over £5m beds turnover and less than £5m beds turnover) categories remain the same. This year Bed Manufacturer of the Year will also be split into those with a turnover over £10m and those with a turnover under £10m. The Judges’ Choice Award will run for a second year.

“Over the years, we’ve lost some categories, added new ones and tweaked them to reflect the changing nature of the industry,” said Jessica. “What the judges are looking for is who has excelled themselves in the past year and how they’ve done it – they want cold, hard facts that demonstrate and back up the entry. Good quality, clear entries are key, the judges won’t be fooled by a fancy presentation.”

This year’s independent judging panel is made up of Peter Mallinson, AIS; Roy Beagent, Minerva; Bernard Eaton, Greenwood Retail; Richard de Melim, Furnishing Report and Jessica Alexander, NBF.

Last year’s winners were Kaymed for Bed Manufacturer of the Year; Vitafoam for Bed Component Supplier of the Year; Mattress Online for Bed Retailer of the Year (over £5m beds turnover); Surrey Beds for Bed Retailer of the Year (under £5m beds turnover); and Dreams for the Judges Choice Award.

Winners will be announced at the Bed Show Gala Dinner on Tuesday 20 September and tickets are now available. More details on the 2017 awards, including how to enter, are available on the website.