At the event, Fiona Robson received a special recognition award for her efforts. She is the manageress of the Isles of Scilly retailer The Islands’ Home Hardware.
The store’s owner Julia Day said: “There’s no doubt in my mind that our business would have folded without Fiona’s dedication and ability. She has never once hesitated or complained, and she gave me the time and space to care for my husband until sadly, he recently passed away. I cannot thank her enough.”
Home Hardware chief executive Martin Elliott commented: “We’re delighted to present this award to Fiona. It’s always nice to recognise the exceptional dedication and support of an outstanding person who has been such a major help to one of our members.”
Home Hardware is a dealer-owned wholesaler and buying group. It is owned by its 400-strong membership, which comprises independent hardware retailers, housewares shops, cookshops, ironmongers and garden centres.
Owned by the retailers it serves, Home Hardware enables its members to compete against multiple high street names and DIY superstores by combining buying power.
The Devon-based company’s team of professional buyers source products from around the globe, ensuring that stores offer ‘up to-date products at excellent prices’. Home Hardware provides national distribution from its two distribution centres at Barnstaple and Bedford
*Fiona’s full story appears in the November/December issue of Housewares Magazine. To register to receive copies of Housewares Magazine, please click on https://housewareslive.net/registration/
Fiona collects her trophy from Home Hardware chairman David Adams