The Housewares Innovation Awards 2016 shine a spotlight on retailers and suppliers

The winners of the Housewares Innovation Awards were revealed at a glittering ceremony on Monday night (February 8), hosted by celebrity Jay Rayner.

The event was organised by Datateam Business Media Group, the publisher of Housewares Magazine and its digital partner

Some 400 guests attended the ceremony, held at the Vox Conference Centre within Resorts World Birmingham at the NEC.The evening kicked off with a champagne reception followed by a three-course dinner. Journalist, writer and broadcaster Jay Rayner then took to the stage to present the awards.

Commenting on the proceedings, event director Hannah Dedman said: “These awards are designed to shine a spotlight on the UK’s most outstanding retailers and suppliers for ensuring that the end user, the consumer, gets the service, quality, style and functionality they expect. The team has worked incredibly hard on the event and Jay was perfect as host. Thanks must also go to our sponsors as without them, none of this would have been possible.”

Commemorating ‘30 years of cookware innovation’ for its cookware brand Circulon at the Spring Fair, Meyer continued its celebrations into the evening as headline sponsor, along with Spring Fair, of the awards. The event also enjoyed the very generous support of 22 other sponsors: Aspin, BHETA, bira direct, Creative Media Solutions, Creative Tops, EFG Housewares, Grunwerg, Horwood, ICTC, International Housewares Association, JWP, Kitchen Craft, La Cafetiere, Lakeland, Magimix, Polder Housewares, PR Direct, Rainy Day Trust, T& G Woodware, Spring Fair, Villeroy & Boch and What More UK.

During the evening, a collection was made among guests which raised funds for industry charity Rainy Day Trust, which provides financial assistance to individuals from the home improvement and enhancement sectors.

At the end of the night, the winners were invited to return to the stage for a group photo with Jay (pictured), before dancing the night away to music from a live band.

Here is the full list of 2016 winners:

Britain’s Best Cookshop Award – sponsored by Horwood

WINNER: Potters Cookshop, Hockley, Essex

HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Mill Shop, Isle of Man  


Britain’s Best Rising Star – sponsored by Magimix

WINNER: Retro Cookshop, Deal, Kent

HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Colourful Cook Shop, Hunstanton, Norfolk


Britain’s Best Multiple Garden Centre Award – sponsored by Kitchen Craft

WINNER: Haskins Garden Centres

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Blue Diamond Group


Britain’s Best Independent Garden Centre Award – sponsored by Kitchen Craft

WINNER: Barton Grange Garden Centre, Preston, Lancashire


Britain’s Best Housewares Retail Website Award – sponsored by JWP




Britain’s Best Multiple Housewares Retailer Award – sponsored by Creative Tops

WINNER: Charlies Stores



Britain’s Best Independent Department Store Award – sponsored by Grunwerg

WINNER: Bakers & Larners, Holt, Norfolk

HIGHLY COMMENDED: H & J Cutlack, Ely, Cambridgeshire


Small Electricals Innovation Award – sponsored by IHA

WINNER: Gourmet Gadgetry Retro Diner pizza oven & multi-grill

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Redmond RMC-M4502E Multicooker


Bakeware Innovation Award sponsored by Lakeland

WINNER: Horwood Stellar Hard Anodised oven & bakeware

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Kitchen Craft Crusty Bake 6-hole shallow baking pan


Food Preparation Innovation Award – sponsored by bira direct

WINNER: Joseph Joseph Lock Block child-safe knife block

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Kitchen Craft Spiralizers


Cookware Innovation Award – sponsored by Lakeland

WINNER: Horwood Stellar Tate cookware

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Dexam Chef’n Pop Top microwave popcorn popper


Kitchenware Innovation Award – sponsored by Spring Fair

WINNER: Auteur Scoop That! range

HIGHLY COMMENDED: CleverstiX child development cutlery


Tabletop Innovation Award – sponsored by What More UK

WINNER: Fairmont & Main Vie Naturelle stoneware collection

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Kitchen Craft Master Class Artesa range


Packaging Innovation Award – sponsored by PR Direct

WINNER: Arthur Price Warwick cutlery range

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Nosh Universal knife guards

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Kitchen Craft Master Class Artesa range


Britain’s Best Housewares Salesperson Award – sponsored by BHETA

WINNER: Paul Marchant


Britain’s Best Wholesaler Award – sponsored by Polder Housewares

WINNER: Stax Trade Centres

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Home Hardware South West


Service Award – sponsored by EFG Housewares

WINNER: Kitchen Craft



Kitchen Hero Award – sponsored by Housewares Magazine

WINNER: David & Charles Grunwerg


Winning smiles: The Housewares Innovation Awards 2016 winners with host Jay Rayner

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