Dinghams, with cookshops in Salisbury and Winchester, has been announced as the winner of the 2012-2013 national Global Innovation Award for the UK.
The GIA programme, which is sponsored and organised by Chicago’s International Home + Housewares Show and the International Housewares Association, honoured 23 home and housewares retailers from 22 countries in total.
The competition is structured on a two-tier level, national and global. Each national GIA winner is invited to the International Home + Housewares Show in March, where the jury then selects up to five GIA Global Honorees and the winner of the Martin M Pegler Award for Excellence in Visual Merchandising. These will be announced at a special awards dinner at the show, to which all winners are invited.
Along with Dinghams, the 2012-2013 national GIA winners are: Argentina, Plata Lappas; Australia, Matchbox; Brazil, Coqueluche; Canada, Linen Chest; China, Derucci; Colombia, Muebles BL; Denmark, Bahne; France, Fleux; Germany, Claudia Scheck, Küche und Genuss; India, HomeTown; Italy, Quality Living; Japan, TBD; Netherlands, Kookpunt; New Zealand, Taylor Road Homewares; Poland, Witek’s; Russia, Polnaya Chasha; Singapore, ToTT Store; Switzerland, Zemp AG; Turkey, Korkmaz; Uruguay, La Maison de Famille; and USA, Cooks of Crocus Hill and Cooking.com.
The retailers were judged on overall mission statement, vision and strategy; store design and layout; visual merchandising, displays and window displays; marketing, advertising and promotions; customer service and staff training; and innovation.
The show will also see a special honorary GIA award presented to India’s TRRAIN (Trust for Retailers and Retail Associates of India), which works towards improving the lives of people in Indian retail through various initiatives.
Dinghams is a family-run business established in 1982, which places particular emphasis on customer service.