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Loo of the Year 2011 - winners announced

Published 11th December, 2011 by Neil Nixon

Loo of the Year 2011 - winners announced

Ceredigion County Council has won the ‘UK overall winners’ trophy, only the forth council to win the award, in the 24th Loo of the Year Awards competition to find the very best ‘away from home’ toilets in the UK.

Awards managing director, Mike Bone, said: “Despite the economic climate which has led to unprecedented public toilet closures, Ceredigion County Council continues to place significant importance on the provision of first class toilets that contain the facilities their residents and visitors need and expect when in Ceredigion. Their excellent public toilets, and toilets in schools and other council buildings, are setting the standard throughout the UK.”

Leading toilet providers recognise the importance of meeting this basic human need and entries for Loo of the Year Awards continue at high levels despite the economic situation. Standards in awards entrant’s toilets are improving - 78% of the total entries achieved the top 5 star grading (58% in 2009).

Other major UK trophy winners were: McDonald’s for individual category entries; Carmarthenshire County Council for public toilet entries; JD Wetherspoon for corporate provider entries; Asda Galashiels for accessible facilities; Highland Council for ‘Changing Places’ toilets; Tesco Omagh - TC Contractors for baby change facilities; The Phoenix Centre Sandwich for eco friendly toilets; Highland Council for toilets in education; and Staffordshire County Council for local authority toilet entries.

Trophy winners in the associated Attendant of the Year awards - for the people who put the sparkle and pride into the UK’s toilets - were: Westminster City Council, Great Portland Street toilets (individual attendant team); McDonald’s (in-house cleaning team); and Asda Stores (external contactor team).

Representatives from the top 20 local authorities public toilet providers - the Loo of the Year Awards ‘premier league’ - were also honoured at the awards presentation event held on 2 December at the Chesford Grange Hotel in Kenilworth, along with 31 members of the Awards ‘champions league’ - the standard of excellence for participants achieving five or more five star award grades.

The 2011 awards were run in association with Airdri, The British Cleaning Council, The Changing Places Consortium, Clos-o-Mat, Vectair, and Wallgate. The four national tourism bodies - Visit England, Visit Scotland, Visit Wales and The Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Danfo, SCA Tork and Willings Services supported this year’s awards.

Next year’s event will be held on 7 December, venue to be confirmed.

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