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The Excellence in Housewares Awards 2019 Winners Announced

Organised by Progressive Housewares magazine in conjunction with Bira, the Awards night took place at the Royal Lancaster London where nearly 400 movers and shakers of the housewares industry gathered to celebrate into the early hours. Awards host was popular televised comedian Stuart Goldsmith.

In what was a notably lively event, celebrating two decades of Excellence in Housewares, the annual gathering included great fun and surprises including the return of popular highlights such as the KitchenAid Cocktail Station, popcorn from Smart Worldwide, the glitter station, and the classic casino tables – this year sponsored by Exposé Travel who are offering the winner a trip to Chicago.

Jo Howard, editor of Progressive Housewares and HousewaresNews.net commented: “The 20th Excellence in Housewares Awards night has been a wonderful night in recognising hard work, creativity, innovation and determination for housewares suppliers and retailers.”

Rob Willis, publishing director of Progressive Housewares and director / co-owner of HousewaresNews.net agreed, saying; “This was a real coming-together of industry, and it’s clear that the sector unites to celebrate their achievements as a collective – which is exactly the spirit to have, especially in tough trading climates.”

There will be a special newsletter on Friday with dedicated awards follow-up stories, but for now the Winners of the Excellence in Housewares Awards 2019 are:

Retail Employee of the Year: Eamonn Ferry, Home Improvements Business Manager, Leekes Retail

Most Promising Newcomer: Chef’s Ware

Excellence in Direct Retailing: Lakeland

Excellence in Retail Training: Borough Kitchen

Excellence in Retail Display: Independent: Woodbridge Kitchen Company

Excellence in Retail Display: Multiple or Department Store: Morleys Group

Excellence in Retailer Initiative: Potters Cookshop

Excellence in Non-Specialist Multiple Retailing: Dobbies Garden Centres

Excellence in Specialist Retailing (Multiple and Large Independents): Lakeland

Best Department Store: Independent: Jarrold Department Store

Best Department Store: Multiple Branch or Group Member: Elys of Wimbledon

Bira Cookshop and Housewares Retailer of the Year: Prep & Richard Dare

gia UK Winner 2018-2019: Jarrold Department Store

Excellence in Cookware: GreenPan Featherweights from The Cookware Company

Top Tool or Gadget Award: Hip CleanStraw from Auteur

The Plugged-In Award: Veritable Smart Arctic White Indoor Garden from Haus

Cutting Edge Award: Signature Book & Prism Knife Block Sets from Robert Welch Designs

Excellence in Homewares: Stojo Brooklyn and Stojo Mini range from Auteur

Top of the Table Award: Bee Happy from David Mason Design

Innovation in Product Award: Veritable CONNECT Garden from Haus

The Eco Award: If You Care from Eddingtons

Icon Award: Wüsthof Classic Knives from Haus

Excellence in Innovation Award: Dexam

Excellence in Marketing Award: Le Creuset UK

Excellence in Service Award: Horwood Homewares

Honorary Achievement Award: Philip Hart

 

Sponsors included: Ambiente and Sherwood Events, Bira, Bira Direct, BHETA, Burton McCall, David Mason Design, The DRH Collection, Expose Travel, EKO, Exclusively Shows, FKA Brands, HousewaresNews.net, Joseph Joseph, KitchenAid, KitchenCraft, Le Creuset, Meyer Group, OXO UK, RKW Wholesale, Spring and Autumn Fair, SMART Worldwide (an SMA Worldwide Company), Tefal, The Inspired Home Show, Tramontina, Ultimate Products.

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