Housewares retailers and suppliers have just one week to submit entries to the 2015 Housewares Innovation Awards.
The deadline for entries is Friday November 14. So if you believe that you supply one of the best housewares products around – or that your retail store or website is one of the best in the industry – then don’t miss this opportunity to shout about it!
Organised by www.HousewaresLive.net and Housewares Magazine, the Innovation Awards celebrate innovation in the housewares industry. The Product Innovation Awards commend the most exceptional housewares products launched in the past 12 months. Entry is open to all suppliers and manufacturers within the housewares industry and the product must have come to market between January 2014 and December 2014. There are five categories: Cookware & Bakeware, Small Electricals, Food Preparation, Kitchenware and Tabletop.
The Retailer Innovation Awards reward businesses that go the extra mile in terms of customer service, and are a cut above the competition when it comes to their approach to all aspects of retailing – from imaginative in-store displays and interesting stock assortments to creative marketing initiatives. The categories are: Britain’s Best Cookshop, Britain’s Best Independent Department Store, Britain’s Best Multiple Housewares Retailer, Britain’s Best Housewares Retail Website and Britain’s Best Rising Star (for businesses launched within the last three years ie since January 2012).
There is also one category based entirely on retailers’ nominations. Britain’s Best Housewares Salesperson is a chance for retailers and suppliers to recognise and applaud salespeople – whether they are reps, agents, key account managers or national sales managers.
A host of prominent names have been lined up to assess the product and retailer entries. Their job is to decide which entrants will be worthy of taking home a Housewares Innovative Award trophy, with all the kudos and publicity that goes with it.
Our seven product judges share decades of culinary experience between them. They are: Trisha Schofield, head of testing for the Good Housekeeping Institute; chef, culinary innovator, TV presenter, author and British Ambassador for Food, Drink and Tourism Alan Coxon; Sally Fitzgerald, editor of the ‘Food Heaven’ series of consumer magazines; TV chef Malcolm Harradine and his wife, customer liaison director Mel Harradine; ‘The Great British Bake Off’ contestant, baker and author Cathryn Dresser, who was the face of Pyrex National Baking Week held last month; and CHA Retailer of the Year Sarah Wood, working director of Trevor Mottram cookshop in Tunbridge Wells.
Our retailer judges include David Parkes, housewares controller of buying group AIS (Associated Independent Stores), Patrick Gardner, managing director of housewares supplier T&G Woodware (which celebrates its 40th birthday next year) and Denise Rogers, director of cookshop chain Kitchenmonger.
To get your innovative product or range or retail business in front of our prestigious panels, download an entry form from our dedicated website:www.housewaresconference.co.uk
The shortlist of finalists will be announced once judging has taken place next month, with the winners announced on Wednesday April 22 at Wokefield Park in Berkshire, as part of the Housewares Conference & Innovation Awards event. During a glittering evening ceremony, the Awards will be presented by globally acclaimed celebrity chef Ken Hom OBE, who is widely regarded as the world’s leading authority in Chinese cookery.
Don’t forget – entries close on Friday November 14! For more information, visit www.housewaresconference.co.uk or contact Laurie Marrington at firstname.lastname@example.org.