The first Paul Bidwell Memorial Award was presented on the first evening of Plantworx 2017 to Altrad Belle. This worthy winner was judged to have demonstrated a real commitment to the success of Plantworx through its design, safe construction and delivery of an attractive stand complete with an informative working demonstration area. The selection was made by the Plantworx organisers who were greatly impressed by the creativity and enthusiasm of the Altrad Belle team.

Rosie and James Bidwell at Plantworx surrounded by members of the Altrad Belle team
who were the first winners of the Paul Bidwell Memorial Award.

This new Plantworx Award recognises the long term contribution made to the UK construction plant industry by the well-liked Paul Bidwell who tragically died in May last year at the age of only 58. Having first worked for Poclain, Paul joined Manitou UK in 1988 and latterly, in his role of Marketing Manager, used to organise and manage the company’s many exhibition stands.

The Award presentation provided a good opportunity for colleagues and friends to fondly remember Paul who was, for so many years, so much a part of the UK plant exhibition scene. Paul’s wife Rosie and his son James travelled from Verwood to Bruntingthorpe to personally hand the Award over to a very appreciative Altrad Belle team. At the handover, Rosie stated that Paul loved his job and was particularly passionate about Plantworx.

During the well-attended award ceremony, CEA Chief Executive and Plantworx Team Leader Rob Oliver stated that Paul was a very committed and valued colleague. Paul was one of the original members of the Plantworx ‘working-group’ and his extensive experience and informed advice really helped to shape the event. So it is apt that, with this Award, his cherished memory will live on.