The shortlisted entrants of the Housewares Innovation Awards 2015 have been chosen – but who has won?
The final results will be revealed at The Housewares Conference & Innovation Awards 2015 event, organised by Housewares Magazine and www.HousewaresLive.net, and held at Wokefield Park in Berkshire on April 22.
The shortlisted entrants to the Housewares Innovation Awards were chosen by two panels of judges, selected for their expertise and experience in the housewares sector. There are two award categories, for products and retailers.
We would like to thank all the judges for sparing their time and sharing their knowledge, and our special thanks go to TV chef Malcolm Harradine and customer liaison director Melanie Harradine for overseeing both judging sessions.
The judges for the product categories were TV chef, author and British Ambassador for Food, Drink and Tourism Alan Coxon; Good Housekeeping Institute Head of Testing Trisha Schofield; Editor of Anthem Publishing’s ‘Food Heaven’ series of magazines Sally Fitzgerald; ‘The Great British Bake Off’ contestant, baker and author Cathryn Dresser and working director of CHA Retailer of the Year cookshop Trevor Mottram in Kent Sarah Wood.
The judges for the retailer categories were AIS housewares controller David Parkes; T&G Woodware managing director Patrick Gardner; Beam Group sales director Matt Innes; Charles Viancin UK development director Peter Battersby and The Cookware Company trade sector manager Darren Murley.
There are five retailer categories: Britain’s Best Rising Star (for businesses launched within the last three years ie since January 2012), Britain’s Best Housewares Retail Website, Britain’s Best Multiple Housewares Retailer, Britain’s Best Independent Department Store and Britain’s Best Cookshop.
The finalists for Britain’s Best Rising Star Award are Bakewell Cookshop, Bakewell, Derbyshire; Countryside Cookware, Kelso, Scotland; Creasey’s (home department), St Peter Port, Guernsey; Potters Cookshop, Hockley, Essex and Quiglo Kitchenware, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands.
The Britain’s Best Housewares Retail Website Award finalists are AGA Cook Shop www.agacookshop.co.uk, Harts of Stur www.hartsofstur.com, John Lewis www.johnlewis.com and Lakeland www.lakeland.co.uk.
The finalists for Britain’s Best Multiple Housewares Retailer Award are Charlies Stores, John Lewis, Lakeland and Steamer Trading Cookshop.
The Britain’s Best Independent Department Store Award finalists are Bakers & Larners, Holt, Norfolk; Barrett’s of St Neots, St Neots, Cambridgeshire; Creaseys, St Peter Port, Guernsey; Elys of Wimbledon, Wimbledon, London; Fenwick of Leicester, Leicester, Leicestershire;H & J Cutlack, Ely, Cambridgeshire; Jarrold, Norwich, Norfolk; and Smith Bradbeer, Romsey, Hampshire.
The finalists for Britain’s Best Cookshop Award are Bakewell Cookshop, Bakewell, Derbyshire; Cooks of Trentham, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire; Copperfields of Whitstable, Whitstable, Kent; Creative Cookware, Edinburgh, Scotland; Hargreaves & Son, Buxton, Derbyshire; Kitchen Kapers, Camberley, Surrey; Loose’s Cookshop, Norwich, Norfolk; The Kitchen Shop, Lichfield, Staffordshire and Trevor Mottram, Tunbridge Wells, Kent
There are six product categories for cookware, kitchenware, tabletop, bakeware, small electricals and food prepration.
The finalists for the Cookware Innovation Award are Imperial Eazigrip cookware, KitchenAid cast iron casserole and Sophie Conran for Portmeirion 12in frying pan.
The Kitchenware Innovation Award finalists are JWP Good2Go Too range of collapsible silicone containers, Pendeford Housewares’ Bubba personal flasks and sports drinking bottles and Root7 Vinnebago vacuum flask by Corkcicle.
The Tabletop Innovation Award finalists are Burleigh Pottery Blue Regal Peacock collection, Eddingtons Authentic Egg Cup Pails, LSA Paddle collection – vodka serving set and oak paddle, Rayware Group Kilner 9-piece mug and straw set and Villeroy & Boch La Classica premium bone china collection.
The finalists for the Bakeware Innovation Award are BergHOFF Earthchef baking range, KitchenAid 4-piece ceramic nesting dishes, KitchenAid non-stick bakeware, Navigate Beau & Elliot Confetti oven-to-tableware, Pyrex Asimetria metal bakeware, Silverwood Simple Simon mini pie set, Silverwood game pie mould and The DRH Collection BIA Heritage ovenware.
The Small Electricals Innovation Award finalists are Horwood Judge soup maker, KitchenAid 1.7 litre kettle 5KEK1722,KitchenAid personal coffee maker 5KCMO402, KitchenAid 2-slot toaster 5KMT221, Swan Products Swan Vintage SM22030 microwave, Tefal Cook4me intelligent multicooker and Vitality4life BioChef Atlas juicer.
The Food Preparation Innovation Award finalists are Charles Viancin Poppy range of silicone sealable lids, Dexam jelly baby mini mould, DKB Cole & Mason Melbury salt and pepper mill gift set and Haus Gefu Spiralfix range of spiral cutters.
There is also a category for Britain’s Best Housewares Salesperson Award. The finalists for this accolade are Derek Carter, Geraldine Finnan, Steve McQuitty, John Shelton, Rebecca Tanner, Henry Thompson and Wendy Rust.
Congratulations to all the nominees – and good luck to each and every supplier and retailer when the accolades are handed out on the big night by globally acclaimed celebrity chef Ken Hom. To find out more about The Housewares Conference & Innovation Awards, and to book your place at the event, please visit www.housewaresconference.co.uk or email event manager Laurie Marrington at firstname.lastname@example.org.