We are now taking bookings for the 2018 BAMA Forum & Awards Dinner which will take place at the luxurious Oulton Hall in Leeds on the 17th & 18th October 2018. We received excellent feedback about this venue from guests who attended the event last year.

Although we do not have a programme available yet, bookings can be taken at a cost of £260.00+VAT.

The two day event had a significant rise in numbers in 2017, something which we felt extremely happy with and hope this will continue to develop through to 2018/19. Throughout the two days, you can make use of your time by catching up with industry colleagues, getting up to speed with the latest issues within the aerosol industry and learn about innovation and design all in one place.

The Venue

Within this grand 18th century setting, Oulton Hall boasts a state-of-the-art spa, well-equipped health club, beautifully landscaped gardens and a drawing room. The hotel is complete with 300 free parking spaces and offers complimentary WIFI to all BAMA delegates. The venue is ideally located 10 minutes from Leeds City Centre and train station and 15miles from Leeds Bradford Airport.

The Forum

The forum will start on Wednesday 17th October 2017 at midday with registration and lunch ending at approximately 5.00pm followed by a short AGM. On Thursday 18th October, the forum will begin at 9.30am and is expected to close at 2.00pm with a buffet lunch.

Awards Dinner

For its tenth year, the BAMA Awards dinner will take place on Wednesday 17th October and will start from 6:30pm. The BAMA Awards ceremony is the perfect opportunity to highlight many of the UK Industry's success stories to guests and BAMA members, sharing best practice and recognising innovative skills across the industry. We also have a guest appearance from broadcaster, writer and Church of England priest, The Reverend Richard Coles. 


We have arranged a special members’ rate with the venue. The total will include the two day forum, lunch both days, the awards dinner and accommodation on Wednesday 17th October and breakfast the next day. The cost for members is £260.00+VAT.

Please note: spaces are limited at Oulton Hall so please ensure you book early. 

Non-members may not attend the seminar but Members are encouraged to invited non-members to attend the awards dinner which takes place on the Wednesday evening. The cost for dinner guests is £80.00+VATpp or dinner and accommodation at the rate of £260.00+VAT.


To book at the members' rate, please book your place here (you need to log in first). Alternatively you can complete the booking form which you will find under the downloads section or email the BAMA team - bamaadmin@bama.co.uk

The programme, which will include an interactive session on day 2, will be available early 2018 but for now, book your place here (you need to log in first).

Award Entries are also now OPEN and our Award Entry Form is available for download. The closing date for entries is 5pm on 31st August 2018.

With £500 up for grabs for the Winners and £250 for Runners-Up, you really should consider highlighting your recent company innovations, training programmes, sustainability initiatives etc. The BAMA Awards will bring public recognition for your brand, company or team. 

The 2017 BAMA Awards – Results Announced

The 2017 winners of the BAMA Awards were selected by a panel drawn from the worlds of retailing, politics and environmental sustainability. The judges were: Robert Fell, Chief Executive of the British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA), Lucy Cook, Communications Manager of UKLPG & Ben Mitchell, Research Fellow from the Retail Institute at Leeds Beckett University.

The winners are:


Aerosol of the year
Aerosol of the Year Winner:

Swallowfield plc & PZ Cussons for their Sanctuary Spa Shower Burst. Swallowfield's Sanctuary Spa shower gel was praised for its superior functionality, subtle design and innovative colour matching between the gel and the can decoration.

The Judges' commented:

  • We love the coloured gel dispensed from the can as it represents to colour of the can
  • Feels thick for moisturising your body in the shower
  • Easy to use and easily dispenses
  • The sleeve on the can is excellent - great design and very subtle

Aerosol of the year
Runner up: Church & Dwight UK for their 50ml sleeved aluminium Batiste Marrakech Dry Shampoo.

For its efforts to simplify the supply chain, Church & Dwight was recognised by the judges for its Batiste Dry Shampoo product which featured an innovative sleeve design and offered an exotic, refreshing fragrance.

The Judges' commented:

  • This aerosol product has been produced via good supply chain reduction for getting to market
  • Sleeve design clever on the 50ml can
  • The Marrakech fragrance smells exotic and refreshing
  • Attractive design within their Batiste range - great for consumer attention

Aerosol of the year
Highly commended: Airpure®

Airpure® was highly commended by the judges, its Press Fresh air freshener product showcasing innovative design, consumer focus and superior functionality.

The Judges' commented:

  • This product deserves to be recognised as it stands out from the crowd


Aerosol packaging
Aerosol Packaging Winner:

Ball Corporation for their Tactile Can. Ball Aerocan's innovative design and distinctive, tactile print finish which provides a point of difference to other aerosols, was recognised as the winning entry.

The Judges' commented:

  • That achieving of the print finish and protecting of the print finish through manufacturing
  • The tactile finish is very clever
  • The tactile design is attractive on the eye and provides consumers with a different feel to other aerosol cans

Aerosol packaging
Runner up: Airpure®

Commending Airpure® on its dry spray Air Freshener 'Press Fresh', the judges recognised Airpure's innovative 'stick on the wall' functionality and informative design which states how many doses the aerosol can dispense.

The Judges' commented:

  • They liked that the product wasn't a wet spray
  • The 'stick on wall' element' was a great way to remind the consumer to purchase the product again
  • It was good to see that the can states how many doses the can dispenses


Sustainability Winner:

Unilever UK in conjunction with Moravia Cans for their DWI Aluminium Can. This entry, highlighting a 20% lighter aluminium can within its Dove range, offering 20% more cans per pallet and 20% fewer truck and pallet movements, was recognised as the winning Sustainability entry.

The Judges' commented:

  • The Judges said: We were amazed that the can is 20% Lighter, 20% More Cans can be added per Pallet and 20% Less Truck & Pallet Movements

Runner up: Wear Valley Aerosols for their 'Heat Exchanger Project'.

Wear Valley Aerosols was commended by judges for the carbon reduction and water savings offered by its innovative sustainability project.

The Judges' commented:

  • Captures elements of carbon reduction and water saving
  • Expenditure on water and sewerage has decreased by 20% against a national average increase of 1.5% (source: Water UK)
  • Carbon footprint of the business operation has decreased by 10%


Process Safety and training
Process Safety and Training Winner:

Swallowfield plc for their Safety Targeting Programme. Swallowfield's work to improve safety culture and the implementation of its hazard spotting exercise was recognised as the winning entry in the 2017 Process Safety and Training award.

The Judges' commented:

  • Like it - looks like Swallowfield are trying to make a safety culture change
  • The hazard spotting exercise is excellent
  • Creating a task is a good way to show trainees are paying attention in safety

Process Safety and Training
Runner up: Alloway UK for their Low Line Speed Microleak Detection System.

Alloway's new leak detection system was recognised as being an attractive and affordable proposition for many smaller businesses and will assist in raising general safety standards.

The Judges' commented:

  • Assists in raising the standards
  • Low cost is attractive to smaller companies to incorporate this system


Special Recognition

Tom Gilmour, Aerosol Chemist at Precision Valve UK, was also recognised by BAMA for his outstanding contribution to the aerosol industry and presented with the Special Achievement Award 2017.