Last night’s Excellence in Housewares Awards included the announcement of two special retailer awards: gia (Global Innovation Award, sponsored by the International Housewares Association and IH+HS) and The Oxford Summer School (OSS) Prize.
Having scooped two Excellence in Housewares Awards during the evening, Potters Cookshop, Hockley was announced as the UK gia winner 2018-2019.
The cookshop will receive its national trophy at the gia gala in March 2019 during Chicago’s International Home + Housewares Show (IH+HS). The show includes a showcase of national gia winners in the Hall of Global Innovation. Potters will go head to head with around 30 other national winners from around the globe to compete for the coveted title of gia honoree.
After winning the gia award, Tom Carter, director of Potters admitted: “I’m in shock and very honoured!”
The Oxford Summer School’s Dominic Prendergast presented the OSS Prize to Steamer Trading Cookshop. The prize entitles the cookshop chain to specialised retail management training, with a value of up to £3,250.
Top: Potters’ Tom Carter and Alison Hobbs receive their gia certificate from the IHA’s vice president international, Mark Adkison, on stage with Awards host, Tania Edwards.