Last night the very best from across the housewares sector gathered at Birmingham’s National Motorcycle Museum to celebrate the successes of the past twelve months.
Organised by Housewares Magazine and its digital partner Housewareslive.net, in partnership with Spring Fair, the Awards recognises and rewards the outstanding products, retailers and suppliers that make the sector so great.
On arrival guests were treated to an exclusive drinks reception, providing an opportunity to catch up with old industry friends, colleagues and potential clients ahead of the awards ceremony.
The evening was hosted by actor, presenter, writer and producer Ryan Philpott, who was joined by industry favourites – The Wine Show’s Joe Fattorini and School of Wok founder Jeremy Pang.
Ahead of the awards presentations, sales & event manager Laurie Marrington noted the outstanding calibre of this year’s competition: “This year we received a record number of entries and they truly raised the bar – which is great for the industry, but not so great for our judges who had to pick the winners!”
In the retailer categories, Potters Cookshop was victorious in two categories; Best In-Store Demonstrations and Best Window Display. Lakeland also clinched two awards, Best Service and Best Housewares Retail Website. On the garden front, Blue Diamond Garden Centres were awarded the Best Multiple Garden Retailer accolade and the Best Independent Garden Retailer award went to Raemoir Garden Centre.
The Kitchen Whisk, Dublin was recognised as the Best Rising Star, Home Hardware seized the Best Wholesaler award, London’s Borough Kitchen took home the Best Independent Cookshop award and Steamer Trading Cookshop was honoured with the Best Staff Training award.
Nisbets Catering Equipment was the first winner of the Best Hospitality Wholesaler Award, while Dunelm was presented with the Best Multiple Housewares Retailer Accolade and Fenwick, Brent Cross, was recognised as the Best Independent Department Store.
As well as recognising incredible companies, there were also awards for individual contributions to the sector; David Conduit of Harts of Stur was noted as the Best Housewares Retail Buyer and David Mason Design’s Rachel Proctor and Dexam’s Sue Knight were the joint winners of the Best Housewares Sales Person accolade.
In the supplier categories, three brands hit the double; KitchenCraft was awarded with both the Cookware Innovation Award for the MasterClass Cast Aluminium Range and the Kitchenware Innovation Award for the Industrial Kitchen Collection. Creative Tops’ Alice in Wonderland proved a huge hit, winning both the Tabletop Innovation and Packaging Innovation Award. Dexam clinched the Best Service award as well as the Food Preparation Innovation Award for its Chef’n Twist’n Sprout Brussels Sprout Prep Tool.
SMART Worldwide’s SMART Bacon Express claimed the Small Electricals Innovation award, What More UK was presented with the Bakeware Innovation Award for its Baker & Salt Vitreous Enamel Bakeware collection, while the prestigious Product of the Year award went to LSA International for its GIN Collection.
The final award of the evening was The Kitchen Hero Award. After providing 30 years’ of service, dedication and inspiration to the housewares industry, Alistair Fisher of Taylors Eye Witness was honoured with the prestigious accolade.
While celebrating the successes of the industry, the Housewares Innovation Awards also took time to honour the vital work of The Rainy Day Trust. For 175 years, the charity has been providing financial assistance to individuals from the home improvement and enhancement sectors. A charity collection took place throughout the evening, which saw £1,269 raised for The Rainy Day Trust.
The Housewares Innovation Awards were sponsored by Aspin, the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA), Brookes & Co, Creative Products, Creative Tops, David Mason Design, Dexam International, DKB Household, Dutch Creative Brands, The English Tableware Company, Gourmet Gadgetry, Harts of Stur, Home Hardware, Horwood, The International Housewares Association (IHA), Joseph Joseph, KitchenAid, KitchenCraft, Lakeland, Magimix, MJ Harradine Ltd, Potters Cookshop, PR Direct, School of Wok, Stax Trade Centres, SMART Worldwide Ltd, T&G, What More UK Ltd, Villeroy & Boch and The Rainy Day Trust.
For the full list of this year’s winners and highly commended, and for more information on The Housewares Innovation Awards, visit www.housewaresinnovationawards.co.uk.