Your guide to the second European Rental Awards

By Murray Pollok16 February 2009

The 2nd European Rental Awards - being organised again by International Rental News (IRN) and the European Rental Association (ERA) - will take place in Manchester on 26 May during the ERA's 2009 convention. Murray Pollok reports.

This year's awards will be a slimmed down affair compared to the inaugural event last summer, with four award categories rather than eight. The new format has been chosen as being appropriate for the smaller scale ERA Convention - over one and a half days - and because there is no International Rental Exhibition taking place this year.

While smaller in scale, the purpose of the 2009 awards remains the same, which is to recognise and celebrate exceptional performances by companies and individuals in Europe's rental industry during 2008.

All European rental companies and suppliers who sell in Europe are eligible to enter the awards, and the four categories are:

Large Rental Company of the Year (10 depots or more)

Small Rental Company of the Year (under 10 depots)

Rental Product of the Year (launched during 2008)

The ERA/IRN Rental Person of the Year

If you think that your company deserves such recognition, or if you wish to nominate a candidate for the ERA/IRN Rental Person of the Year, then please submit an Award Entry Form, which you can download at www.KHL.com/rentalawards

The deadline for entries is FRIDAY 27 MARCH 2009.

HOW TO ENTER

Entries should comprise a written submission in no more than 1200 words explaining why the nominated company, individual or product should win the award. See the award criteria on this page.

A panel of five industry professionals representing a broad range of experience from different countries will be chosen to judge the entries.

The deadline for entries is Friday 27 March 2009. Entries should be sent by E-mail to Murray Pollok, IRN Editor, at: murray.pollok@khl.com

AWARD CRITERIA

Large Rental Company of the Year (10 depots or more)
Can you demonstrate an excellent and improving performance in one or more areas of your business achieved in 2008? For example, how have you improved your levels of customer service? Are the training needs of your employees being met, and what investment have you made in your fleet? How are you performing financially?
Who can enter?
Open to all rental companies operating in Europe.

Small Rental Company of the Year (under 10 depots)
Same judging criteria as above.
Who can enter?
Open to all rental companies operating in Europe.

Rental Product of the Year
Has your company offered rental companies a truly innovative product during 2008? Has it created a genuinely new rental market, or significantly enhanced an existing rental sector, and has it been taken up successfully by rental companies in Europe?
Who can enter?
Applies to products introduced during 2008. The award is open to any supplier that is selling its products in Europe.

The ERA/IRN Rental Person of the Year
This award will recognize an outstanding contribution to Europe's rental industry in 2008, or maybe he or she should be rewarded for a career dedicated to excellence in rental.
Who can enter?
Companies or individuals in Europe's rental industry can nominate one of their own employees or colleagues, or individuals from other companies.

THE AWARDS DINNER

The awards will be presented during the European Rental Association's formal dinner on Tuesday 26 May at the Midland Hotel in Manchester, UK. For details, and to book your place, contact the European Rental Association at:

ERA Secretariat
Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 761 16 04
E-mail: era@erarental.org

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