About Loo of the Year Awards

The awards have a simple objective, namely, to encourage the highest possible standards in all ‘away from home’ washrooms. Everyone has a shared responsibility to make this happen – washroom providers, managers, washroom suppliers, contractors, staff, visitors and customers – all washroom users.

The Awards are owned and run independently and since their introduction in 1987 the annual Loo of the Year Awards competition has helped focus the spotlight on ‘away from home’ washrooms. It is now considered as ‘the washroom standard’ and the Awards are supported by the national tourism bodies of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Jersey.

Any type of ‘away from home’ washroom can be nominated or entered in the competition, in any of the sixty one separate Awards categories listed on the entry form. Entries are accepted from anywhere in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands.

Anyone can nominate – staff, customers, visitors, managers, owners or contractors. Entries need to be authorised by owners or managers to guarantee payment of relevant entry fees which cover the inspection visit(s) etc.

Each entry is fully assessed against established judging criteria, covering both male and female facilities, as well as any baby changing, accessible, Changing Places, Space to Change or Hygiene Room facilities. All entries will receive a grading; Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum, following an unannounced visit by a fully trained and authorised Loo of the Year Awards Inspector.

The Washroom Cleaner of the Year Awards form part of the annual Loo of the Year Awards but relate specifically to the cleaning staff that looks after facilities, rather than the washrooms themselves. All cleaning staff seen during an inspection visit will automatically be entered for a Washroom Cleaner of the Year Award for all entries that are declared as ‘Full time attended toilets’ on the Entry Form.

National and UK Awards are presented at a daytime Presentation Event at the beginning in December each year. For 2017 this will be on Friday 8th December at the elegant four star St Johns Hotel in Solihull. In addition to presentation of the Awards there will be a sparkling wine reception, four course lunch with wine, supplier exhibition, after lunch cabaret by a top class entertainer and excellent networking opportunities