Housewares retailers are expected to make a strong showing again in the 2007 Britain’s Best Retailer Awards.
As well as competing in the housewares retailing category, cookshops and multiple retailers have also been consistently strong performers in the new business, training and marketing categories – sometimes up against retail giants like B&Q and Homebase.
Past gold and silver winners have included some of the best-known names in housewares retailing: Abraxas, Northamptonshire; Ashbourne House, Derbyshire; Billericay Cookshop, Essex; Boswells, Oxford; Cooks & Kitchens, Darlington; Cookstop, Belfast; Dinghams, Salisbury; The Gourmet Cookshop, Newcastle-under-Lyme; John Lewis Partnership, London; Kitchen Kapers, Berkshire; Kitchenmonger, south-west England; Kitchen Range, Market Harborough; Heal’s, Manchester; Marchants Cookware Emporium, Norfolk; PL8, Edinburgh; Countryside Cookware, Kelso; Salamander, Dorset; Selfridges, Birmingham; and Yes Chef! of Wokingham.
Organised by housewareslive.net and Housewares Magazine with its sister titles DIY Week and Hardware & Garden Review, Britain’s Best Retailer Awards are the UK’s only awards event covering the whole spectrum of home improvement and home enhancement retailers. Venue for this year’s black-tie award dinner is the stunning Deansgate Hilton in the heart of Manchester, and the date is Wednesday November 7. The dinner will be hosted by a major name from the world of entertainment.
Sponsors already committed to the event include Fairfax Coffee with the Jura brand, and Wade Ceramics. In non-housewares categories, big-name sponsors include Cuprinol, Decco with Fair & Square, the DIY & Garden Show with Totally Tools, Dulux, Phoenix Security, Polycell, Stax Trade Centres and Trumeter.
Entry forms will be available shortly, either by post from Elanor Sayers on 020 8651 7158, or as a PDF download from www.housewareslive.net.