Following the success of the first Housewares Conference & Innovation Awards last year, plans for the 2013 event are now well under way.
Scheduled for April 16 2013, it will combine the Housewares Innovation Awards for retailers and products with The Housewares Conference in a programme that promises to be informative and inspirational – and with plenty of opportunities for networking.
The venue once again is Oxfordshire’s Heythrop Park – a magnificent and historic country house set in 440 acres of parkland.
Amongst speakers already lined up for the conference are trend forecaster, brand strategist and director of Trend Bible, Joanna Feely; Michael Weedon, deputy CEO and communications director of the British Independent Retailers Association; the founders of design-led housewares supplier Joseph Joseph, Richard and Antony Joseph; and Carol Paris, operations director of Garden & Leisure Group.
The 2013 event will be co-chaired by leading member of the housewares industry Pam Plant, who will share the role with Gary Gordon, joint managing director and buying director of Kitchen Kapers cookshop chain.
Host for the Awards presentation and dinner will be Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Britain’s best-loved interior designer and whose successful product ranges include tableware, glassware and cutlery along with a host of other homewares lines.
And the Awards are now open for entry. Suppliers can enter products for the Cookware & Bakeware Innovation Award, Small Electricals Innovation Award, Food Preparation Innovation Award, Kitchenware Innovation Award and Tabletop Innovation Award.
For retailers there are four award categories up for grabs: Retail Innovation Award (under £10m turnover), Retail Innovation Award (£1m – £10m turnover), Retail Innovation Award (over £10m turnover) and Rising Star Award.
Suppliers also have a chance to nominate a retailer who they believe deserves to win an Award. And retailers can nominate the person they think is the industry’s best salesperson.
The Housewares Conference & Innovation Awards are organised by Housewares Magazine and HousewaresLive.net and have once again attracted support from leading brands, events and organisations right across the housewares industry, in the UK and beyond. The 2013 sponsors are: Arthur Price; AIS; Spring Fair International; Exclusively Housewares; Lakeland; EPE; Horwood; Home; Wilton; Kuhn Rikon; Creative Tops; Melamaster; BHETA; International Home + Housewares Show; Haus; Denby; ICTC; Tescoma; JWP; Parlane International; Taylor’s Eye Witness; The Sales Company; Villeroy & Boch; and Maxwell & Williams.
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