Vapouround Awards 2018
An Evening to Remember - Vapouround Awards 2018
As day one of the UK and Europe’s largest vape expo wound down, the stage was set and the who’s who of the e-cigarette industry gathered for this exclusive event. Over the course of the evening, 21 first place awards were presented to winners from every corner of the globe, and right here in the UK. Second and third places were also recognised, with clear competition on the cards for next year. The very foundation of the awards is to make them accessible and transparent each year, and we feel we have achieved this yet again. But the main mission is to celebrate all the industry has achieved year-on-year.
The awards were separated into four categories. The judge’s category consisted of a panel of independent judges who came to the Derby Vapouround Lounge and spent four days blind-tasting thousands of juice entries. The readers’ awards saw thousands of people voting online to decide the likes of the best overall juice and other prestigious awards. We decided the Vapouround Awards would be for Innovation of the Year and Best Trade Show Stand. We wanted to have the final say on these, as no one goes to more expos or sees more innovation than Vapouround. And finally, the industry awards were voted for by industry leaders, many of whom attended on the night.
Last year, we as an industry were on the verge of the implementation of the Tobacco Products Directive. This year, further challenges have presented but we have continued to thrive, thanks to the strength, devotion and capacity of our colleagues and partners. It’s Vapouround’s hope that the awards will continue to grow as we do, and as the industry continues to explore new heights. Commenting on the third occasion of the awards, Vapouround founder and editor-in-chief Paul Caplin said: “We welcomed 450 of the biggest players from this rapidly growing global industry to an unforgettable night. It’s a night we never want to end! The Awards are about blowing off steam, celebrating goals and networking, but more than anything they’re about advocacy. If you were at our awards, you are an advocate for the vape industry, which is a large group of people from around the world who want to help others, smokers, live a better quality of life. As Vapouround Magazine prepares for its third birthday in August, we anticipate bigger things to come and we have a number of exciting developments to look forward to, which will be announced in due course.”
Hosting for the third year in a row was Ashley Hansen of Strawberry Queen who travelled to the Vaper Expo UK from Los Angeles. Joining Ashley at the podium was Johnnie Lovell of Bournemouth’s BHVape. Having co-hosted the awards last year with Ashley, this was a special night for Johnnie, who was recently signed to the magazine’s YouTube channel. Entertaining on the night was Nick Einhorn, Vapouround’s go-to magician while Ian Irvine commanded the stage as the night’s comedian.
The Vapouround Awards 2018 were officially sponsored by Vampire Vape. Vapouround would like to thank the companies that sponsored individual awards. The 2019 official sponsor was announced on the night as Vape Dinner Lady, and we look forward to working with them in the next 12 months.
Vampire Vape – Official Sponsors of the 2018 Vapouround Awards
The night was one to remember and all the staff had a great time. Ashley and Johnnie made the night as always with their crazy antics and witty humour. I think everyone was blown away with the fantastic magic show and the hilarious comedian that had us all in stitches. We were very thankful for winning the award for best menthol again. We have some new flavours coming out over the next few months and look forward to what the judges think of these next year. I hope everyone liked their very own limited-edition bottles of either Heisenberg or Pinkman and for the ones that didn’t, they missed out. We spotted lots of people picking them up at the end and putting them in their bags – these will probably end up selling for a fortune on eBay! The new range Vampire Vape Shortz went down a storm at the expo and orders have been flying in ever since. Thanks again for a fantastic evening and well done to all the other winners, this industry wouldn’t be what it is today without you all so keep up the good work, continue to keep making great liquids and good luck to everyone in the future.
Nasty Juice – Best Branding/Marketing and Industry Leader
First and foremost, we would like to thank all the Nasty Juice fans out there. Also, we would like to thank the whole team in the UK, Malaysia and worldwide. It’s a huge honour to accept these two prestigious awards which takes us to 19 awards in total worldwide. Its been a tough journey but a memorable one, with many hurdles along the way. Winning the best branding and marketing award two years running was an honour but winning the industry leader is really special as it shows our hard work is paying dividend and being recognised within the industry. I would like to thank everyone for voting Nasty Juice. This is just the beginning as we have some very exciting and amazing projects ahead of us. To all our resellers and fans out there, watch this space. Nasty got the juice.
Vape Dinner Lady – Juice of the Year
“This really is the highlight of the vape industry calendar” – Founder, Mo Patel Lancashire e-liquid company, Vape Dinner Lady, has bagged the ‘Big One’ - scooping the highly coveted Juice of the Year award for Lemon Tart at the prestigious annual Vapouround Awards. The cult Lemon Tart range is no stranger to international accolades, but this latest one is extra special, with the final vote cast by tens of thousands of vape consumers, industry connoisseurs and discerning Vapouround readers worldwide. Vape Dinner Lady Founder Mo Patel said, “This really is the highlight of the vape industry calendar and we’re incredibly proud to be recognised here, at such a high profile international event. The fact that this particular award is voted for by consumers – and in such huge numbers – is the icing on the cake for us. Lemon Tart, as with all our juices, is about flavour quality and user enjoyment.” Founded less than two years ago by Blackburn based entrepreneur Mo, Vape Dinner Lady supplies its unique, old-school pudding inspired range of quality e-liquids to retailers in over 60 countries across Europe, Australia and the US. A commitment to investing in the use of premium grade ingredients manufactured in the UK, coupled with a more customer-focused approach, has helped scoop Vape Dinner Lady no less than 13 international awards.
Usonicig – Outstanding Contribution to the Vape Industry
It was our first time attending the Vapouround Awards and it was really awesome. The food was lovely and the whole night was joyful. We enjoyed it very much and appreciate Vapouround giving us a chance to be known and recognised by more people. Also, thanks to the Usonicig team who worked hard behind this. It is they who worked out the brilliant vaping device that does not require coil and brings the industry a safer and better vaping experience. We hope we can come again next year and win the first place of the innovation award.