About BCTF

At BCTF each year a number of prizes are awarded to exhibitors. Each award is sponsored by an organisation that is actively involved in the UK craft and giftware industry. To find out more about these organisations, and read details of the prizes that will be awarded, click on the sections below.

Awards sponsors

Sponsors of The Award for Excellence

At The Giftware Association we recognise the remarkable talent and creativity on display at the British Craft Trade Fair. Each year we are proud to present The Giftware Association Award for Excellence in recognition of well-designed products with commercial viability.

The lucky winner gains substantial PR coverage in national trade press, social media, The GA website and e-newsletter, attracting the attention of buyers. Additionally, you will also receive a year’s free membership with all the savings and assistance that we offer including free advice and legal help, savings on carriage costs as well as design protection with our Copywatch scheme and much more.

Sponsors of the Award for Excellence in Jewellery

Automatically open to all jewellers exhibiting at the British Craft Trade Fair. The judges will take into account quality, design and craftsmanship. Prize is a trophy and ‘Designer Craftsman’ entry to the NAJ, plus publicity to the value of £1,000.

Sponsors of the Post-Newcomer Award

The winner will receive complimentary ACID membership for a year which includes free initial legal advice on intellectual property and design issues, access to the ACID IP Databank to upload evidence of original designs, along with the full range of ACID member benefits. See acid.uk.com for more information.

The winner will also be presented with a unique ACID trophy, £100 shopping voucher and an ACID Member Focus promoting your products to the ACID community.

Sponsors of the 'WOW' Factor award

The 2 Highly commended will receive:

  • free entry in the Members Yearbook.
  • free designGap membership for the year
  • free entry to either Gift of the Year, kids & parents consumer awards or Fashion accessory awards.
The winner will receive all the above and can attend any seminars or Meet the Buyer events during the year absolutely free and mentoring with Sarah Ward

The highly commended prizes have a value of £400 and the winner prize £1000.

Sponsors of the Greeting Card Award and the 'Just Because' Award

Sponsored by Greetings Today, the largest-circulation trade magazine for the greetings industry and the only one to be independently audited, the inaugural Greetings Card Award will be presented this year in recognition of the growth of this sector at the fair.

Judged at the show by Greetings Today editor Tracey Bearton alongside an independent buyer and established publisher (to be confirmed shortly), they will pick a Winner, Highly Commended and Commended plus a Just Because from all the greetings exhibitors. They’ll be judged on a combination of originality, commercial viability, and wow factor with the Just Because winner chosen for exactly that reason – just because the judges like it.

The prize for all is editorial coverage in Greetings Today and on the website along with a certificate recording their achievement.

Sponsors of the Best Newcomer Award

We are excited to include our BCTF winners in our 2019 programme.

The winners will be selected on originality in creating distinctive pieces that will excite and delight our many visitors.

We are committed to discovering and nurturing emerging talent so are delighted to offer exhibition space to the Winner and Highly Commended.

Alongside this fabulous opportunity we will support the winners across all their main social media platforms. We will also offer a mentoring session, in regards, to portfolio preparation for approaching galleries and venues, the session will also include help to develop further their creative practice.

Heart Gallery is passionate about providing a relaxed yet stimulating environment to showcase the very best of work produced by UK designers, makers and artists.

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Sponsors of the PlatForm & Function Award

The Platform Gallery is a Craft gallery based in the Ribble Valley, North West of England. Established in 1994, it is recognised nationally.

The winners will receive a 3 month duration showcase exhibition within the annual Platform & Function exhibition from January 2020.

The Gallery is committed to supporting Independent Makers and looking out for exciting development in Craft.

Sponsors of the BCTF Award for Excellence

Entry for this award is automatic and is open to all the makers exhibiting. The judges will select a Winner, and 2 Highly Commended. They will be Judged on Professionalism, Skill, Workmanship, Design, Creativity, and Stand Display.

Pyramid Gallery has been representing British crafts in York since 1982, and has been owned and managed by Terry Brett since 1994. All craft disciplines are represented with particular emphasis on jewellery, glass, ceramics, wood, bronze, textiles, printmaking and sculpture in all mediums.

The Winner’s prize will be a solo exhibition in 2019/2020 held at the Pyramid Gallery in York and will run for a minimum of 4 weeks.

The prize for the two Highly Commended winners is a joint exhibition in 2019/2020 held at the Pyramid Gallery in York. Again, the exhibition will run for a minimum of 4 weeks.

Along with this fantastic prize all winners will receive a certificate presented to them at the award ceremony.