The industry’s pre-eminent award event, The Excellence in Housewares Awards 2019 (co-organised by PH and Bira Cookshop & Housewares) are now open for product entries, retailer nominations and submissions.
“The Excellence in Housewares Awards are an antidote to all the negativity, anxiety and uncertainty felt in the UK right now – they are all about celebrating the great things in our industry – and there are plenty – on the retail and supplier fronts,” states Rob Willis, publishing director of Progressive Housewares. “This is your industry celebration and we want to make this year’s event the best yet, so please do get entering, get nominating, and talk to us about how you can be a partner on the big night – all ideas welcome!” Rob continued.
Entering is totally free of charge and easy to complete. Suppliers can download a product entry form here, which should be sent along with product samples to PH’s London HQ by Friday 14 June. All entries will be analysed by a panel of leading retail buyers from across the housewares retail spectrum, allowing for a completely independent judging process – while giving your products exposure to the very people you wish to influence.
This year’s awards’ programme sees the launch of a timely new product category – The Eco Award that will recognise products that promote sustainable living and environmental awareness, and again tapping into what’s hot at retail at the current time.
With retailers being a key focal point of the awards, to reward and recognise their excellence – especially in tough retail climates, we also urge suppliers to nominate those shops who are going above and beyond. Please download retailer nomination form here, and share this internally with sales teams. If easier, suppliers can also send a direct note through to Jo Howard – firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of May with details of who they feel needs recognising.
Indeed, retailers are also encouraged to shout about their successes by nominating themselves for the Excellence in Retailer Initiative, Training and Display awards, as well as putting forward a retail star from the shopfloor or customer services team for the Employee of the Year Award. They can enter by emailing images and summaries directly to email@example.com. Information required can be found on the forms here.
PH editor, Jo Howard encourages all members of the industry to join the great quest to reward the UK’s most innovative products and proactive retailers. “We look forward to celebrating our industry’s achievements and are delighted to introduce the new Eco Award, recognising the growth of products that help consumers cut down on plastic waste and encourage sustainability.”
The industry’s big night will table place on Wednesday October 2 at the Royal Lancaster London Hotel. The glitzy, celebratory evening will once again serve as the industry’s annual party, with a champagne reception, three course meal, celebrity entertainment, awards ceremony, and what we hope will be the best after-party to date.
This year’s Excellence in Housewares Awards sponsors include to date: Ambiente, BHETA, Bira, Bira Direct, Burton McCall, Exclusively Electrical and Exclusively Housewares, Joseph Joseph, KitchenAid, KitchenCraft, Le Creuset, OXO, Meyer Group, Salter (FKA Brands), Spring Fair, Tefal, The Inspired Home Show (in Chicago) and Top Drawer.
To discuss opportunities for event sponsorship, contact PH’s Rob Willis at firstname.lastname@example.org – there are numerous ways to be involved.
To book tickets or tables for The Excellence in Housewares Award, contact Clare Davies at Createvents on 01733 294524 or email@example.com
See www.excellenceinhousewares.co.uk for more information and the photo gallery from last year’s event.