The Housewares Innovation Awards 2019 winners revealed

Hundreds of housewares professionals gathered at Birmingham’s National Conference Centre last week (Monday, February 4) to hear the winners of The Housewares Innovation Awards 2019.

Organised by Datateam Business Media, publisher of Housewares Magazine and housewareslive.net, in partnership with Spring Fair, the Awards recognise and reward products, companies and people from across the housewares sector.

Opening the ceremony, Housewares Magazine and Awards sales manager Alison Farrell, who joined the company six months ago, said: “I’m delighted to have become a part of such a vibrant industry and even more so, I’m incredibly grateful to you all for giving me such a warm welcome.

“While working on the Awards, I’ve been amazed by the innovation of the products that you develop, the creativity of the retailers within the sector, and the passion that you hold for all things housewares – and I’m proud to be able to play a role in providing a platform to recognise and reward all of your hard work.”

Here is the full list of winners and highly commended entrants:

BRITAIN’S BEST INDEPENDENT COOKSHOP
Winner: The Kitchen Range Cookshop Highly Commended: Woodbridge Kitchen Company

BAKEWARE INNOVATION AWARD
Winner: KitchenCraft MasterClass Smart Ceramic Large Roasting Pan with Lid
Highly Commended: Captivate Brands: Bakehouse & Co 4.5Ltr Mixing Bowl Set

BRITAIN’S BEST MULTIPLE HOUSEWARES RETAILER
Winner: Lakeland
Highly Commended: Fenwick

COOKWARE INNOVATION AWARD
Winner: Meyer Group Kitchen Hacks Range
Highly Commended: The Cookware Company GreenPan Featherweights Dutch Oven.

BRITAIN’S BEST IN-STORE DEMONSTRATIONS
Winner: Harts of Stur
Highly Commended: Blue Diamond Group

FOOD PREPARATION INNOVATION AWARD
Winner: Dexam Forest and Forge Kitchen Knife Range
Highly Commended: PHA KitchEssentials Architec Ecosmart PolyCoco and Marble Effect Boards

BRITAIN’S BEST WINDOW DISPLAY
Winner: Woodbridge Kitchen Company
Highly Commended: Potters Cookshop

BRITAIN’S BEST HOUSEWARES RETAIL WEBSITE
Winner: Dawsons Department Store
Highly Commended: Lakeland

KITCHENWARE INNOVATION AWARD
Winner: JWP Eco from Lock & Lock
Highly Commended: Eddingtons Bee’s Wrap

BRITAIN’S BEST FAMILY BUSINESS
Winner: Hargreaves & Sons
Highly Commended: Lawsons

BRITAIN’S BEST STAFF TRAINING
Winner: Harts of Stur
Highly Commended: Art of Living

PACKAGING INNOVATION AWARD
Winner: The Cookware Company GreenPan Featherweights Dutch Oven
Highly Commended: PHA KitchEssentials Architec Ecosmart PolyCoco and Marble Effect Boards

BRITAIN’S BEST GARDEN CENTRE RETAILER
Winner: Bents Garden and Home
Highly Commended: Blue Diamond Group

SMALL ELECTRICALS INNOVATION AWARD
Winner: Melitta UK CI Touch Bean to Cup Coffee Machine
Highly Commended: Ultimate Products Beldray 2 in 1 Cordless Iron

BRITAIN’S BEST ONLINE RETAILER
Winner: Ocado
Highly Commended: Amazon

SUGARCRAFT INNOVATION AWARD
Winner: Katy Sue Designs Unicorn Cake Decorating Mould
Highly Commended: Katy Sue Designs Continuous Quilting Cake Decorating Mould

BRITAIN’S BEST INDEPENDENT DEPARTMENT STORE
Winner: Bakers & Larners of Holt
Highly Commended: Dawsons

TABLETOP INNOVATION AWARD
Winner: KitchenCraft Artesa Serving Collection
Highly Commended: LSA International Mixologist Collection

BRITAIN’S BEST WHOLESALER
Winner: Home Hardware Southwest
Highly Commended: Home Hardware Scotland

BEST SUPPLIER SERVICE AWARD
Winner: What More UK
Highly Commended: GreenPan

BRITAIN’S BEST CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE
Winner: Lakeland
Highly Commended John Lewis & Partners

BRITAIN’S BEST HOUSEWARES SALESPERSON
Winner: the late David Jarrett of Jarrett Professional Sales
Highly Commended: Hannah Hawkins, EPE International

BRITAIN’S BEST HOUSEWARES RETAIL BUYER
Winner: Kathryn Farrell, Lakeland
Highly Commended: Andrew Wilkins, AIS

KITCHEN HERO AWARD
Tony Grimshaw OBE, director of What More UK

 

The evening came to close with a charity fundraiser in aid of Guide Dogs, nominated by sponsor Blue Diamond Group. Guests gave generously for the cause, raising £1,025 in total.

The event was a great success but would not have been possible without the support of its sponsors: BHETA, Blue Diamond Group, David Mason Design, Dutch Creative Brands, The English Tableware Company, Harts of Stur, Home Hardware, International Housewares Association (IHA), Joseph Joseph, KitchenAid, KitchenCraft, Lakeland, Le Creuset, Meyer Group, Potters Cookshop, Pyrex, SMART Worldwide, Spring Fair, T&G Woodware and What More UK

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