Last night’s Excellence in Housewares Awards presented a host of accolades across the industry.
The event, held at the Lancaster in London, recognised top achievement in a range of categories covering retailers, suppliers, people and products.
In the retail categories, the Retail Employee of the Year was named as Dawn Novell, manager of Kitchenalia, while Most Promising Newcomer was Edinburgh shop, Creative Cookware. The Best Department Store was Housing Units of Manchester.
Two awards were handed out for Excellence in Retail Display. The independent winner was named as Damselfly Kitchen of Louth, while the Multiple or Department Store winner was Jarrold of Norwich.
The title of Excellence in Non Specialist Multiple Retailing went to Waitrose, while the winner of Excellence in Specialist Retailing Multiple and Large Independents was Steamer Trading.
Amazon walked away with Excellence in Direct Retailing, while the Excellence in Retailer Initiative went to Barton Grange.
Kitchens of Bath and Bristol took the Excellence in Retail Training accolade, and Kitchen Shop of Lichfield was named CHA Retailer of the Year.
When it came to the product awards Robert Welch was honoured twice – firstly in the Cutting Edge category with its Signature knife range extensions, and it won again for Top Tool or Gadget with its Signature mills.
The Nespresso Pixie won Plugged In, Greenpan took the title for Excellence in Cookware, and Bobble for Excellence in Homewares.
The Top Table accolade went to DRH for its camembert baker, while Cole & Mason scooped the Innovation in Product awards with its precision mills. Magimix was honoured with the Icon award.
Next, three awards that all went to the same companies for a second year running: Le Creuset once again took the Excellence in Marketing award, Excellence in Innovation went to Joseph Joseph, and Kitchen Craft retained the Excellence in Service award.
Finally, T&G managing director Patrick Gardner was chosen to receive the Honorary Achievement award, and, winning its second accolade of the evening, Barton Grange scooped the GIA award.