BALPPA Excellence awards 2018: winners revealed!

Supplier of the year Gold award – Craftis

Monday 26th November saw the second annual BALPPA Excellence Awards take place at Drayton Manor Park, held in conjunction with BALPPA’s Leisure, FEC and Indoor Play Trade Exhibition.

Building on the success of its 2017 inaugural event, this year’s awards were bigger and better, with even more categories and winners.

The event celebrated excellence within the leisure industry, providing an opportunity for BALPPA  Members and non-Members to nominate others or self-nominate their business across seven categories of awards.

More than 200 people attended the Excellence Awards, and enjoyed a drinks reception, entertainment from Miss Penny, and a sumptuous three-course dinner before the awards ceremony.

BALPPA CEO,  Paul  Kelly was in charge of the proceedings, and welcomed up the sponsor of each category to present the highly commended, bronze, silver and gold awards to the deserving winners. Congratulations to all the winners, and indeed to everyone who was nominated.


Food and Beverage Award, presented by Regency

  • Gold – Head Over Heels
  • Silver – Safari MK
  • Bronze – Hobbledown
  • Highly commended – Mega Fun – Jack In a Box


Attraction under 12,000 sqft Award, presented by AAK

  • Gold – Head Over Heels
  • Silver – The Bubbles Factory
  • Bronze – Mega Fun – Jack In a Box
  • Highly commended – Oceans of Fun


Attraction over 12,000 sqft Award, presented by Vennersys

  • Gold – Safari MK
  • Silver – Kidspace Romford
  • Bronze – Riverside Hub
  • Highly commended – DJs Play Park
Attraction of the year (over 12,000 sq ft) Gold award – Safari MK

Employee of Excellence, presented by Polestar

  • Gold – Jen Brennan, Safari MK
  • Silver – Ceili Hatchett, DJS Play Park
  • Bronze – Jordan Sharp, Partyman
  • Highly commended – Linda Buttress, Oceans of Fun


Supplier of the Year, presented by Indoor Play

  • Gold – Craftis
  • Silver – Teddy Mountain
  • Silver – Regency Purchasing Group
  • Bronze – Vimto OOH
  • Highly commended – Play Area Hygiene Services


One to Watch (None BALPPA Member), presented by Lorica

  • Gold – Otterspool Park
  • Silver – The Jungle
  • Bronze – Out of Bounds
  • Highly commended – Oceans of Fun


Digital Communication, presented by Teddy Mountain

  • Gold – Colchester Zoo
  • Silver – Blackpool Pleasure Beach
  • Bronze – Drayton Manor Park
  • Highly commended – Paradise Wildlife Park
  • Highly commended – Odds Farm Park


Innovation, presented by Bandai Namco

  • Gold – Robin Hill, Jungle Heights
  • Silver – Robin Hill, Electric Woods
  • Bronze – Riverside Hub
  • Highly commended – DJs Play Park


Inclusivity, presented by

  • Gold – Sandcastle Waterpark
  • Gold – Little Bugs, Web Adventure Park
  • Silver – Childcare Hub, Kidsplay
Inclusivity award – Sandcastles Waterpark

The evening’s chosen charity was Autism Puzzles, and more than £1,200 was raised during the occasion for the worthy cause.

The  trade  exhibition  saw  more  exhibitors  and  the  purpose  of  the  event  was  to  assist  existing  leisure  operators  or  those  looking  to  enter  the  market,  to  connect  with  key  suppliers  and  experts  already  operating  within  the  industry  as  well  as  providing  network  and  educational  opportunities  via  a  seminar  programme.

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