The recipients of the 22nd European Office Products Awards (EOPA) were announced at a gala dinner on 13 March. The annual EOPA were once again presented during the OPI Partnership event held from 12-14 March at the Hotel Okura in the Dutch city of Amsterdam.
The EOPA winners were revealed during an evening of celebration that highlighted great products, initiatives, companies and individuals from the workplace supplies sector. Attended by leading industry figures, the toast was given by Viking Europe CEO Christa Furter.
It was also an opportunity to get together, meet existing business partners and forge new relationships while raising a toast to all that is innovative, progressive and resilient in our sector.
There were several UK winners and highly commended entries and campaigns on the list. Cheltenham-based Commercial took home the award for Sustainability Excellence in the reseller category. The EOPA judges acknowledged that Commercial is a business like no other in the European workplace supplies industry. Sustainability is genuinely in the company’s DNA, with efforts going far beyond best practice across all aspects of its operations.
James Day won the Young Executive of the Year award amid considerable competition from his contemporaries. In his role as Sales & Marketing Director of Durable UK, he impressed the judges with his incredible work ethic and how he has built trust with his channel partners.
Day possesses a clear vision of how Durable can grow with its resellers and has already made a real impact at the vendor, both in terms of sales growth as well as internal team effort and collaboration.
Sylvamo Europe won the Initiative of the Year award for its highly effective 2022 Comics Rule! campaign. Sylvamo’s REY brand linked up with the National Literacy Trust to help improve reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the UK’s most disadvantaged communities, where up to 40% of people have literacy problems. The EOPA judging panel was hugely impressed with this initiative and its strong links to an important charity.
In the Highly Commended list this year, three out of the four selected were UK companies and campaigns. These were Avery UK for its Think Safe, Work Safe marketing campaign, Lyreco for Lyreco Goodness Supplier Support Programme and sustainable toilet tissue manufacturer The Cheeky Panda.