This year’s IOG National Awards will be held on Thursday November 25 at the Swalec Stadium in Cardiff.
Sanli UK – which was established in the UK last October – has brought to the UK what Mark Osborne describes as “an unbeatable range of mowers, brushcutters, chainsaws, generators and hedge trimmers”.
Backed by a multi-million pound investment by its Chinese parent, Sanli UK’s two-year sponsorship of the IOG Innovation in Grounds Maintenance Award is seen as a strategic part of the Sanli branding process in the UK and Ireland, says Mark.
“The Sanli product range is now out there working in the field and is being very well received, especially the 17 inch push- and self-propelled mowers and our two portable generators,” says Mark. “Currently the products are being demonstrated, supplied and supported by a network of around 200 dealers, and I fully expect 300 dealers to be on board following the IOG SALTEX show in September.
“A major key to our success is product innovation – for example, the design, development and manufacture within six months of a pedestrian rotary mower with rear roller drive. With this in mind, the IOG’s Innovation in Grounds Maintenance Award is a perfect fit for Sanli UK’s extensive brand awareness and customer support programme.”
The IOG Industry Awards comprise 16 categories of entry covering sport, grass roots, young people and the environment:
- The Groundsman’s Groundsman of the Year
- Spectator Sports Ground of the Year
- Independent School Sports Ground of the Year
- Best Maintained Artificial Pitch of the Year
- Professional Sports Grounds Management Team of the Year
- Public Sector Sports Ground of the Year
- Grass Roots Sports Ground of the Year
- Volunteer Sports Grounds Management Team of the Year
- Volunteer Sports Groundsman of the Year – sponsored by Mark Harrod UK
- Most Promising Sports Turf Student of the Year
- Young Groundsman of the Year
- Environmental Project of the Year
- Employer of the Year
- Innovation in Grounds Maintenance
- Public sector outdoor facility of the year
- Lifetime Achievement of the Year.
With industry-recognised judges, each category will be judged on criteria which will include available resources, budget control, maintenance and use of machinery, presentation and housekeeping standards, technical knowledge, scale of operations and frequency of use, health & safety management, record keeping, environmental issues, community involvement and training & education.
Visit www.iogawards.com for full information, including category and entry/nomination details.