The Excellence in Housewares Awards - The Categories and Sponsors

The judging for the retail and product finalists has now taken place. Here are the finalists across all categories:


Retail Employee Of The Year

Finalists 2017

Rob Falconer, buyer of Steamer Trading
Alison Hobbs, visual merchandiser of Potters Cookshop, Hockley
Maureen Hooker, retail sales manager of Bakers and Larners of Holt
Lesley Murray, housewares manager of Highland Industrial Supplies, Inverness
Nick Timmins, concession manager of Admiral, Walsall
Mary Wallace, supervisor of the Cook Shop at Rejects, Kirkcaldy

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

Finalists 2017

Bakers and Larners - Holt
Barnitts - York
Creaseys -  St Peter Port, Guernsey
Dawsons - Skipton and Clitheroe
Jarrold - Norwich
Harrods - London

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

Finalists 2017

Bentalls - Kingston-upon-Thames
Camp Hopson - Newbury
de Gruchy – St Helier, Jersey
Fenwick Brent Cross - London
Fenwick Newcastle - Newcastle
Peter Jones - London

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

Finalists 2017

Jupes Cookshop, Melton Mowbray
Kerrys, Lowestoft
Luxe Cookshop, Northampton
Prep Cookshop, Stoke Newington
Rye Cookshop, Rye
Wooden Spoon Cookshop, Leek

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

Finalists 2017

Abraxas  - Banbury, Northampton, Rugby and Weedon Bents Garden  & Home - Glazebury
Borough Kitchen - London
Kitchen Range - Market Harborough
Potters - Hockley
Webbs of Tenterden

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

Finalists 2017

Barkers Home – North Allerton
Bentalls – Kingston upon Thames
Harrods - London
John Lewis – 40+ stores
Lakeland - 60+ stores nationally
Leekes – 10 stores and concessions

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)

Finalists 2017

Abraxas - Banbury, Northampton, Rugby and Weedon
Admiral Housewares  - four stores within Boundary Mill
Art of Living - Banstead, Cobham and Reigate
Borough Kitchen - Borough Market, Chiswick, Hampstead and
Lakeland – 60+ stores nationally
Steamer Trading – 40+ stores nationally

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

Finalists 2017

Blue Diamond Garden Centres – 19 centres
Dobbies – 30+ centres
Dunelm – 160+ stores
Frosts Garden Centres – Brampton, Frilford, Willington and Woburn Sands
Leekes – 10 stores and concessions
Otter Garden Centres – five centres

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

Finalists 2017

Amazon
Emporium
Harts of Stur
The Hut
Lakeland
Ocado
Prezola

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

Finalists 2017

Bentalls: for its Gift Bags
Harts of Stur: for its Kitchen Magazine
The Hut.com: for its The Hut Magazine
The Kitchen Range, West Wickham: for its Supper Club
Potters Cookshop: for its Potters Cookshop Hockley Re-launch
Steamer Trading: for its Divertimenti Cookery School

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

Finalists 2017

Borough Kitchen, London
Fenwick Brent Cross, London
Harts of Stur
Jarrold, Norwich
John Lewis – 40+ stores
Lakeland - 60+ stores nationally

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

Finalists 2017

Art of Living - Banstead, Cobham and Reigate
Barnitts - York
The Kitchen Range - Market Harborough
Lords At Home – Six stores in the London area
Potters Cookshop, - Hockley
Trevor Mottram, - Tunbridge Wells
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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.)

Excellence in Cookware

Finalists 2017

Experience by Tefal from Group SEB
Non-stick Bakeware from Oxo
Sabatier Cast Iron Collection from Creative Tops
Scanpan Pro IQ Range from Haus
Stellar Rocktanium Frypans from Horwood
Toughened Non-stick 32cm Wok from Le Creuset

Sponsored by bira direct

www.bira.co.uk

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

Top Tool or Gadget Award

Finalists 2017

Big Peeler from New Soda
Delta Folding Masher from Joseph Joseph
Prepara Avocado 3 in 1 Tool from PHA KitchEssentials
Stojo from Auteur
Smart Cutter & Crinkle Blade from Creative Products
Vegetable Chopper with Easy Pour Opening from Oxo

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).

The Plugged-In Award

Finalists 2017

Bonavita Variable Gooseneck Kettle from Beam Group
Café Cino Capsule Machine from Dualit
Judge Mini Food Processor from Horwood
Pro800 / Designer725 from Blendtec
Raclette Quatro Concrete Base from Boska Holland Cheesewares
SMART Waffle Bowl from SMART (an SMA Worldwide Co.)

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.

Cutting Edge Award

Finalists 2017

Epicurean Cutting Boards & Surfaces from Eddingtons
Love Herbs from New Soda
Master Series Food Graters from Microplane
Sabatier Edge Keeper Knives from Creative Tops
Viners Eternal Knives from Rayware
Wusthof Kitchen Surfer from Haus

Sponsored by Spring Fair/Autumn Fair

www.springfair.com | www.autumnfair.com | www.ascential.com

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

Excellence in Homewares

Finalists 2017

Bee's Wrap - Sustainable Food Wraps from Eddingtons
Dot Hydration Tracking Waterbottle from Joseph Joseph
Furlifter Range from Oxo
Industrial Kitchen from Kitchen Craft
Stay Clean Silicone Scrubber Sponge from Kuhn Rikon
Salter Cook Pro Bluetooth Recipe Scale from Homedics Group

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

Finalists 2017

Anton Studio Designs Fizz Gin Glasses from The DRH Collection
Bordallo Pinheiro ‘Cabbage’ from Designed in Colour
Epicurean Melamine Tableware from Eddingtons
Gin Cocktail Set from LSA International
Himalayan Salt Shots from Root7
La Cafetiere Edited Collection from Creative Tops

Sponsored by Ambiente

ambiente.messefrankfurt.com

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

Innovation in Product Award

Finalists 2017

Built Hydration from Creative Tops
Helix Range from Joseph Joseph
Salter Cook Bluetooth Thermometer from Homedics Group
Stasher Bags from PHA KitchEssentials
Stojo from Auteur
Twist n Sprout from Dexam

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.

Icon Award

Finalists 2017

Brabantia Bin
Global Knives from Grunwerg
Index Chopping Boards from Joseph Joseph
Rushbrookes Striped Butcher’s Apron from Dexam
Screwpull from Le Cresuet
Victorinox Paring Knife from Burton McCall

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.

Supplier Awards

Finalists 2017

Excellence in Innovation

Auteur
Joseph Joseph
Kitchen Craft
LSA
New Soda
Oxo
Robert Welch
Sage

Excellence in Marketing

DKB
Horwoods
Joseph Joseph
KitchenAid
Le Creuset
Robert Welch
Tefal
Vitamix

Excellence in Service

Beam
Dexam
Eddingtons
Haus
Horwood
Kitchen Craft
Le Cresuet
Meyer

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.

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.