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Excellence in Housewares Awards retailer finalists revealed

Following industry-wide nominations from both suppliers and retailers, plus a day-long panel meeting to analyse and debate the housewares retail sector, the finalists for the Excellence in Housewares Awards 2019 retail categories have now been announced. and Progressive Housewares’ editor, Jo Howard enthused: “We are thrilled to present an inspirational line-up of finalists from across the housewares retail spectrum – reflecting how retailers are rising to challenges with their creativity, energy and outstanding practices.” Jo added: “We’re looking forward to celebrating the fantastic achievements of these finalists at The Excellence in Housewares Awards night on October 2.”

This year marks the 20th Excellence in Housewares Awards, organised by Progressive Housewares in conjunction with Bira: Cookshop & Housewares and widely recognised as the industry’s ‘Oscars’. The finalists are the result of the industry-wide poll of housewares suppliers (reflecting on retailers’ approach and achievements over the last year) along with self-nominations and submissions in certain categories, which culminated in the Retail Validation and Judging Day last week.

Each of the finalists will be featured in the next issue of Progressive Housewares, and all of the winners will be announced at the Excellence in Housewares Awards Night taking place at The Royal Lancaster Hotel in London on October 2. Tickets and tables can be purchased online via the Max Ticket Office.

PrintOne retail winner will also become the UK gia (Global Innovation Award) winner for 2019/2020 and represent the UK’s retailing excellence at next year’s gia celebrations during Chicago’s The Inspired Home Show (March 14-17 2020).



Excellence in Housewares Awards 2019 – Retail Category Finalists

 Retail Employee of the Year 2019
Fatima Ait-Hammou, store manager, Richard Dare, London
Connie Bishop, sales advisor, Beales, Yeovil
Cynthia Cornes, sales advisor, Fenwick Colchester
Louisa Doyle, sales associate, Borough Kitchen
Eamonn Ferry, home improvements business manager, Leekes
Lucy Richards, manager, The Kitchen Range, West Wickham

Most Promising Newcomer:
Bake, Exeter
Brambles Cookshop, Audlem
Chef’s Ware, Hastings
Cook’s Boutique, Letchworth
Treacle George, Tetbury
Wooden Spoon The Cookshop, Derby

Excellence in Direct Retailing:
Harts of Stur
Silver Mushroom

Excellence in Retail Training:
Borough Kitchen, London
Fenwick Group
Harts of Stur
Elphicks, Farnham
Jarrold, Norwich

Excellence in Retail Display – Independent:
Borough Kitchen, London
Divertimenti, London
Garsons Garden Centre, Esher and Titchfield
Potters Cookshop, Hockley
The Kitchen Range, Market Harborough
Woodbridge Kitchen Company, Woodbridge

Excellence in Retail Display – Multiple or Department Store
Bakers & Larners of Holt
Bradbeers, Romsey
Morleys Group
Philip Morris & Son, Hereford
Wardens of Newtonards

Excellence in Retailer Initiative:
Bakers & Larners of Holt for 1940’s Weekend
Borough Kitchen, London for Made in Britain
Harts of Stur for Centenary Celebrations
Potters Cookshop, Hockley for Community Eco-Warriors
The Kitchen Range, West Wickham for Win This Window
Woodbridge Kitchen Company for Bake-Off ‘Sweetstake’

Excellence in Non-Specialist Multiple Retailing
Blue Diamond Group
Frosts Garden Centres
Robert Dyas

Excellence in Specialist Retailing – Multiples and Large Independents:
Abraxas, Weedon, Rugby, Northampton and Banbury
Art of Living, Banstead, Cobham and Reigate
Borough Kitchen, London
House UK
Lords At Home, London and Chorleywood

Best Department Store – Independent:
Dawsons, Skipton and Clitheroe
Harrods, London
Jarrold, Norwich
Manns of Cranleigh
Philip Morris & Son, Hereford
Vincent Davies & Son, Haverfordwest

Best Department Store – Independent:
Dawsons, Skipton and Clitheroe
Harrods, London
Jarrolds, Norwich
Manns of Cranleigh
Philip Morris & Son, Hereford
Vincent Davies, Haverfordwest

Best Department Store – Multiple Branch or Group Member:
Bentalls, Kingston
Elys, Wimbledon
Fenwick, Brent Cross
Fenwick, Colchester
John Lewis & Partners, Leeds
Selfridges, Oxford Street

Bira Cookshop & Housewares Retailer of The Year:
Lawsons, Devon
Lords at Home, Greater London
Peppercorn, Llandeilo
Potters Cookshop, Hockley
Prep Cookshop and Richard Dare, North London
Trevor Mottram, Tunbridge Wells

​The Excellence in Housewares Awards are produced for the industry, with the collective support of the industry, in association with bira. Sponsors include: Ambiente, Bira, Bira Direct, BHETA, Burton McCall, Exclusively Shows, FKA Brands,, Joseph Joseph, KitchenAid, KitchenCraft, Le Creuset, Meyer Group, OXO UK, RKW Wholesale, Spring and Autumn Fair, Sherwood Events / Ambiente, SMART Worldwide (an SMA Worldwide Company), Tefal, Tramontina and The Inspired Home Show.

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