Claire and Edward Bourne, the owners of Bishops Home Hardware in Forest Row, East Sussex, have been declared winners of the Bertie Kingdon Perpetual Memorial Cup as Home Hardware Retailer of the Year.
The business – which was judged on effort, enthusiasm, initiative, development, enterprise, innovation, appearance, merchandising, marketing and overall commitment to Home Hardware – beat off stiff competition from over 450 other Home Hardware stores nationwide.
Bishops was set up as a small hardware store in 1918 by Samuel Bishop. Claire and Edward Bourne are the fourth generation to run the company, which now consists of three businesses: Bishops Home Hardware, selling cookware, homewares and gardening and DIY products; Global Adventurer, selling camping and outdoor leisure items; and S Bishop & Son, a building contractor.
“It’s both an honour and a privilege to receive this prestigious award,” Claire Bourne said, and she added her thanks to their staff “for all their on-going hard work and dedication, and Home Hardware for their continued support.
Pictured from left at the presentation of the cup are David Bunce of former winner Bunce’s Home Hardware, Claire Bourne, Louise Bunce of Bunce’s Home Hardware, and Edward Bourne.