A host of top housewares retailers, suppliers and products have been honoured in the Excellence in Housewares Awards 2010, presented last night at the Lancaster in London.
The retailer accolades saw Erica Coombes, manager and buyer of the Denby visitor centre, walk away with the Retail Employee of the Year award, while Most Promising Newcomer was Barton Grange Garden Centre cookshop, near Preston.
Excellence in Retailer Training was won by Kitchens of Bath, Bristol and Cardiff, while Amazon Online took the Excellence in Direct Retailing award.
Excellence in Retail Display, Independent went to The Kitchen Range of Market Harborough and Oakham, for its themed windows, while the same award to a multiple or department store was won by London store Heal’s.
Tunbridge Wells cookshop Trevor Mottram runs kitchen workshop events, which won it the title of Excellence in Retailer Initiative.
Two awards were made in the Excellence in Multiple Retailing category: Tesco won as the non-specialist, and Steamer Trading as the specialist.
The Best Department Store accolade was taken by Bentalls of Kingston, and, finally in the retailer awards, the CHA Retailer of the Year was given to Kitchens.
The Cutting Edge product award saw a win for Robert Welch’s Signature knives, while Meyer’s Prestige Traditional range won in the Plugged In category. Excellence in Cookware went to Le Creuset’s Toughened non-stick milkpan, and the title of Excellence in Homewares was awarded to the Progressive collapsible salad spinner from Eddingtons.
Chomette Dornberger walked away with the Top Tool or Gadget title for its Zoku Quick Pop Maker, while Top of the Table went to the Hands-On salad bowl by Joseph Joseph.
Finally in the products section, the Icon award was won by the half-pint mug from Emma Bridgewater.
Le Creuset scored for a second time when it came to the supplier awards, scooping the Excellence in Marketing award. And Joseph Joseph too won a second title – Excellence in Innovation. The Excellence in Service award went to Kitchen Craft.
Martin, Sam and Julian Rayner, the brothers who run Lakeland, received the Honorary Achievement award, while, finally, the GIA award went to Nicky Foster of Kitchens.