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Excitement builds as Hal Cruttenden is announced as CFJ Awards host

Kick-Start Publishing, which publishes CFJ, is delighted to announce that the distinguished stand-up comedian Hal Cruttenden, will host the CFJ Awards on Friday 6 September this year.

This prestigious, highly anticipated awards ceremony, revered for its recognition of excellence in the flooring industry, is once again set to captivate guests at the Dallas Burston Polo Club in Warwickshire.

‘We’re absolutely thrilled to have Hal on board,’ said Kick-Start Publishing ceo, John Heath. ‘He’ll continue the esteemed legacy created in recent years by hosts Rev Richard Coles, Jo Caulfield and Justin Moorhouse, and we’re confident our guests will be thoroughly entertained.’

Hal is one of the top touring stand-up comedians working in the UK and Ireland today, as well as being a highly accomplished writer, presenter and actor.

He has hosted ‘The Rugby’s On,’ on BT Sport with Ugo Monye, and has also made several appearances on ‘Live at the Apollo’, ‘Have I Got News for You’, ‘The Royal Variety Performance’, ‘Would I Lie to You’, and ‘Mock the Week’, among many other well-loved TV shows. He’s also one of the most experienced and in demand hosts for corporate events in the country.

He’s toured extensively in the UK and Ireland over the past 10 years, and has also taken shows to the Montreal, Melbourne, and New Zealand comedy festivals, as well as recording three stand-up specials for Next Up – ‘Tough Luvvie’, ‘Straight Outta Cruttenden’ and ‘Chubster’.
Hal wrote and starred in his own sitcom, ‘Hal’ on Radio 4, as an actor, has appeared in ‘Shackleton’; ‘Eastenders’; ‘Touching Evil’, ‘Bramwell’, ‘Mrs Dalloway‘, ‘Brexit’, ‘Making News’ and ‘Orwell A Celebration’.

With Hal’s talent and comedic prowess at the helm, the event promises an evening of laughter and celebration, ensuring an unforgettable experience.

Installation entries for CFJ Awards 2024 now open, to close on Thursday 29 February

ENTRIES for the CFJ Awards 2024 have opened on Kick-Start Publishing’s Award Force system. Award Force is software-as-a-service which means entrants get a platform ready-to-go. It’s highly configurable, fast to get started and you benefit from regular innovations and improvements.

Entries for the installations awards will close on Thursday 29 February, so please make a note of this date in your diary.
Each year the awards has been growing in size and next year’s event on a date yet to be confirmed, will be no exception.

This is your best chance to shine, receive accolades for your installations and get loads of free publicity. If you have one or more installations you’re proud of, don’t hesitate to enter them in this year’s awards.

This year’s awards generated huge excitement among industry professionals; the level of dazzle and impressiveness exceeded expectations. The event welcomed a prestigious gathering of influential figures, including contractors, manufacturers, and distributors.

Many of them left the ceremony proudly clutching well-deserved trophies. The ambience at Dallas Burston Polo Club, located on the Stoneythorpe Estate in Southam, Warwickshire, was electrifying, with entertainment provided by our host, comedian Justin Moorhouse.

The awards will be divided into three sections: the first deals with the Manufacturer and Distributor of the Year, which will be voted on online by SurveyMonkey. Look out for our emailer reminders and articles in CFJ to find out when the voting opens and closes for those.

The second section of the awards involves the installations awards: these are the ones entered on our Award Force system where you’ll need the following information: the category you wish to enter; the number of floorlayers involved; manufacturers and their products (or contractors if you’re a manufacturer); end-user comments; sustainability initiatives; details of the initial installation brief; challenges faced and overcome; installation beginning and completion dates; and a selection of hi-res jpeg images to illustrate the project.

The third and final section of the awards will deal with individual awards such as the CFA Apprentice of the Year; the CFJ Lifetime Achievement of the Year Award; and a brand new award, Employee of the Year. 

An independent panel of seasoned judges meticulously evaluates every entry, guaranteeing that only the worthiest candidates advance to the final stage.

Stand-up comedian Hal Cruttenden, will host the CFJ Awards