The Excellence in Housewares Awards - The Categories and Sponsors


Retail Employee Of The Year

Sponsored by Brabantia (UK)

www.brabantia.com

Criteria: Nomination of retail employees who make a difference with their enthusiastic, attentive and knowledgeable service (and who could be considered ‘the unsung heroes’ of the shop floor or customer services team).

Best Department Store - Independent

Sponsored by bira

www.bira.co.uk

Criteria: Nominees should be an individual independent department store or branch of a small group of up to three stores. Excellence in areas across the retail spectrum, including: product range, product knowledge, staff training, customer care, marketing and promotion, display and (if relevant) multi-channel retailing. Achievement in improving sales, profitability and/or footfall.

Best Department Store - Multiple Branch or Group Member

Sponsored by Joseph Joseph

www.josephjoseph.com

Criteria: Nominees should be a specific branch of a department store chain or group of above three stores (including members of the Fenwick Group). Excellence in areas across the retail spectrum, including: product range, product knowledge, staff training, customer care, marketing and promotion, display and (if relevant) multi-channel retailing. Achievement in improving sales, profitability and/or footfall.

Most Promising Newcomer

Sponsored by OXO Good Grips

www.oxouk.com

Criteria: Nominees should be a new cookshop or housewares business (not including new branches of cookshops), which has opened or started up over the past three years (ie since 1 July 2014).

Excellence in Retail Display - Independent

Sponsored by Meyer Group

www.meyer.com

Criteria: Nominees should be an independent retailer. Window and/or in-store displays which are either specific to one product range or of a more generic nature which demonstrate originality and maximise visual impact.

Excellence in Retail Display - Multiple or Department Store

Sponsored by Tefal UK

www.tefal.co.uk

Criteria: Nominees should be a multiple retailer, a department store chain or independent department store. Window and/or in-store displays, which are either specific to one product range or of a more generic nature, which demonstrate originality and maximise visual impact.

Excellence in Specialist Retailing (Multiple and Large Independents)

Sponsored by KitchenAid

www.kitchenaid.co.uk

Criteria: Nominees should be a specialist retailer (other than a department store chain) with three stores plus an online store, or four or more stores. They should demonstrate excellence in areas across the retail spectrum including: product range, product knowledge, staff training, customer care, marketing and promotion, display and (if relevant) multi-channel retailing. Achievement in improving sales, profitability and/or footfall.

Excellence in Non-Specialist Multiple Retailing

Sponsored by Camelbak (from Burton McCall)

www.burton-mccall.co.uk

Criteria: Nominees should have in excess of four stores, and stock housewares as part of their selection of goods. This includes supermarkets, home improvement stores, garden centres, home furnishing stores and general stores (but does not include department stores).
The award is for excellence across the retail spectrum including product range, marketing and promotion, display and (if relevant) multi-channel retailing. Achievement in improving sales, profitability and/or footfall over the last year.

Excellence in Direct Retailing

Sponsored by SMART Worldwide

www.smartworldwidefun.com

Criteria: Nominees should be retailers of housewares that use one or more non- ‘bricks and mortar’ channels as a highly significant or primary route to its consumers. Retail channels may be internet, catalogue, TV or a combinations of these.

Excellence in Retailer Initiative

Sponsored by DKB

www.dkbrands.com

Criteria: This award is for a single recent initiative to promote the sale of housewares products and/or raise the profile of the retailer and foster customer loyalty (from any housewares retailer, whether independent or multiple).

Excellence in Retail Training

Sponsored by Wilton Brands

www.wilton.com

Criteria: This award is for a retailer’s approach to training for its team. This can be an on-going training programme or specific training initiative that has been instigated (or been particularly significant) in the last year.

bira cookshop & housewares Retailer of the Year

Sponsored by Le Creuset

www.lecreuset.co.uk

Criteria: Nominees must be independent bira members (currently and through to 2018). Excellence in areas across the retail spectrum, including: product range, product knowledge, staff training, customer care, marketing and promotion and display (and - if relevant - multi-channel retailing.)

Cutting Edge Award

Sponsored by Spring Fair/Autumn Fair

www.autumnfair.com | www.springfair.com | www.i2ieventsgroup.com

Criteria: All knives, scissors, cutting equipment, allied storage items, chopping boards and sharpeners.

The Plugged-In Award

Sponsored by Exclusively Electrical

www.exclusivelyelectrical.co.uk

Criteria: All products which have an electrical plug and whose use is concerned with the processing of food/drink or the carrying out of household tasks, eg ironing.

Top Tool or Gadget Award

Sponsored by bira: cookshop & housewares

www.bira.co.uk

Any gadget, tool, utensil or range of the same – whether practical, aesthetic or fun (includes mills).

Innovation in Product Award

Sponsored by Top Drawer

www.topdrawer.co.uk

Criteria: A new innovative product or any innovation that demonstrates improved functionality to an existing product. The innovation must be launched between June 2016-June 2017. Entries for this award can be entered in another product award category as well, but separate forms and two samples need to be sent.

Excellence in Cookware

Sponsored by bira direct

www.bira.co.uk

Criteria: All cookware and bakeware products in metals, glass, ceramic, silicone or any other material.

Excellence in Homewares

Sponsored by the International Home and Housewares Show

www.housewares.org

Criteria: Kitchenware products not covered in other categories that assist in preparation of food and drink such as storage containers, scales, measuring equipment and household products, which assist in cleaning, laundry, utility storage and waste disposal.

Top of the Table Award

Sponsored by Ambiente

www.messefrankfurt.com

Criteria: All tableware, glassware, tabletop accessories, serveware and tabletop textile products.

Supplier Awards

Sponsored by BHETA

www.bheta.co.uk

Criteria: Three separate awards for Excellence in Marketing, Innovation and Service. PH sends out 1,000 nomination forms to housewares retailers asking them to state which housewares suppliers they feel are tops when it comes to marketing, innovation and service.

Icon Award

Sponsored by Salter Housewares

www.salterhousewares.com

Criteria: Classic housewares products that have withstood the test of time. These are nominated and voted for by a panel of housewares retailers. Products can only win this award once, after which they join the Icon Gallery. Previous winners of this Award are: the Dualit toaster, the Ceramic Pestle and Mortar, the traditional Cafetiere, the Pyrex Jug, the KitchenAid mixer, the TG Green Cornish Blue Dreadnought Jug, Le Creuset Cocotte, the Kenwood Chef, the Mason Cash mixing bowl, the Krisk Bean Slicer, Emma Bridgewater Half Pint Mug, the Magimix Food Processor, the Chichester Carving Tray, the Bialetti Moka Espresso Stovetop, Kilner Jars and Fiskars Orange Handled Scissors.

Honorary Achievement Award

Sponsored by Kitchen Craft

www.kitchencraft.co.uk

Criteria: This very special award is to be presented to an individual who has contributed greatly to the UK housewares industry. Nominations are invited from across the industry. The worthy winner can either come from the retail or the supply side of the industry. All nominations will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.