The winners of the Excellence in Housewares Awards 2020 have been revealed during a virtual ceremony, which bought together hundreds of members of the housewares industry from all around the UK, Europe and across the globe.
Retailers, suppliers and industry figures got together in the EIH Session Rooms to network and celebrate, and used the capabilities of the Hopin event platform to exchange chat and congratulate winners during the ceremony itself as well as reach out to friends and colleagues.
The EIH Awards production included an exclusive and uplifting interview with author, tv presenter and winner of The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) Nadiya Hussain as well as a guest appearance from GBBO judge and culinary superstar Prue Leith.
Speaking from her own kitchen, Prue was delighted to announce that: “The Excellence in Housewares Awards’ Winner of The Multiple or Small Group Retailer of the Year is Lakeland.” Prue (a self confessed Lakeland fan who launched her own range with the retailer this year) congratulated the team and described the Award as “very well deserved.” It was the retailer’s second award of the night, also winning The Excellence in Retailer Initiative Award for its MyLakeland loyalty programme.
Le Creuset is another double trophy winner, for both Excellence in Marketing and the new Licensing Award. Meanwhile, the winners’ line-up includes those picking up their first Excellence in Housewares trophies: CellarDine and Falcon Products in product categories, and, in retail categories, Camp Hopson, Newbury and Garsons in Esher.
The ultimate award of the evening, The Oustanding Achievement Award went to Antony and Richard Joseph, co-founders of Joseph Joseph. In acceptance speeches, the Joseph brothers paid homage to retailers and fellow suppliers for their support when launching their new brand some 17 years ago.
Opening the Awards, Progressive Housewares and HousewaresNews.net’s Rob Willis, director / co-owner at Max Publishing and Jo Howard, editor of Progressive Housewares / HousewaresNews.net acknowledged the tumultuous events of 2020:
“This year, home cooked food has become not just a source of nourishment and sustenance, but a source of comfort, reassurance and coming together,” reflected PH editor Jo Howard. “It’s hard to see, in the 21 years of The Excellence in Housewares Awards, when the housewares industry has been more important in providing essential tools for living, sharing and caring.”
The winners of The Excellence in Housewares Awards 2020 are:
Best Supermarket (sponsored by Ultimate Products)
Best Garden Centre (sponsored by Burton McCall)
Excellence in Online Retailing (sponsored by Oxo)
Excellence in Retail Training (sponsored by RKW/Tower)
Excellence in Retail Display – Independent (sponsored by Meyer Group)
The Kitchen Range, Market Harborough
Excellence in Retail Display – Multiple or Department Store (sponsored by Tefal)
Excellence in Retail Initiative (sponsored by Gastroback)
Lakeland – My Lakeland
Best Department Store (Independent) (sponsored by EKO Home)
Best Department Store (Multiple Brand or Group Member) (sponsored by Joseph Joseph)
Camp Hopson, Newbury
Independent Cookshop Retailer of the Year (sponsored by Le Creuset)
Trevor Mottram, Tunbridge Wells
Multiple or Small Group Retailer of the Year (sponsored by DKB Brands)
Retail Employee of the Year 2020 (sponsored by Tramontina)
Joyce Monogue, sales consultant, Fenwick Newcastle
Excellence in Cookware
Scanpan HaptIQ from Haus
Top Tool or Gadget (sponsored by Bira Direct)
Peugeot Kronos Coffee Mill from Burton McCall
Plugged-In Award (sponsored by Exclusively Show)
Electronic Wine Decanter from CellarDine
Cutting Edge Award (sponsored by Autumn Fair)
Viners Assure from The Rayware Group
Excellence in Homewares (sponsored by IHA/Inspired Home Show)
Stasher Tropical Collection from PHA Kitchessentials
Top of the Table Award (sponsored by Ambiente)
Modus from Denby Brands
The Licensing Award (sponsored by Licensing Source Book / LicensingSource.net)
Star Wars x Le Creuset from Le Creuset
The Eco Award (sponsored by Products of Change)
LocknLock ECO Oven Glass from JWP
The Innovation Award (sponsored by Expose Travel)
Bake-O-Glide Induction Hob Protectors from Falcon Products
The Icon Award (sponsored by HousewaresNews.net)
Global Knives from Grunwerg
Excellence in Product Development (sponsored by BHETA)
Excellence in Marketing (sponsored by BHETA)
Excellence in Service (sponsored by BHETA)
Outstanding Achievement Award (sponsored by KitchenCraft/Lifetime Brands)
Antony and Richard Joseph, co-founders of Joseph Joseph
Our thanks once again to all of the fantastic sponsors, which include: Ambiente, Autumn Fair, Bira Direct, BHETA, Burton McCall, DKB Household, EKO, Exclusively Shows, Expose Travel, Gastroback, Groupe SEB, HousewaresNews.net and Progressive Housewares, The Inspired Home Show and The International Housewares Association, Joseph Joseph, KitchenCraft from Lifetime Brands, Le Creuset, Meyer Group, OXO UK, Salter, Tefal, Tower from RKW, Tramontina, and Ultimate Products.