The Silver winners in the inaugural Housewares Innovation Awards have been unveiled today – but they and the rest of the industry will be kept in suspense for a few weeks more before they can find out who has won Gold.
The awards form part of the housewares industry’s most exciting new event – The Housewares Conference & Innovation Awards – which has received overwhelming support from housewares retailers and suppliers alike. Taking place at the magnificent Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire on Tuesday March 27 2012, it will combine a stellar line-up of conference speakers with the presentation of the Silver awards – and, of course, reveal the winners of the coveted Gold.
There are three elements to the awards: the Housewares Innovation Awards, which honour top products, the Retail Innovation Awards for the industry’s best retailers, and Housewares Salesperson of the Year.
In the first, Silver winners in the Cookware and Bakeware category, sponsored by AIS, are Silverwood’s Victoria Surprise loose-based cake set, Horwood’s Stellar Eazistore nesting bakeware and Mastrad’s Macaron gift set.
Silver in the Small Electricals category, sponsored by Spring Fair International and Autumn Fair International, goes to EPE’s Graef Una slicer, DeLonghi’s Brillante kettle and toaster and two coffee machines from Nespresso – the Pixie and the Lattissima +.
In Tabletop, sponsored by EPE, Silver is scooped by Portmeirion’s Dawn Chorus tableware, PHA’s KitchEssentials Siliconezone Egg Chair collection, The Just Slate Company’s mini butter cloche and knife with slate plate and Vogue International’s Eko Earth products.
The Silver awards in the Food Prep category, sponsored by Exclusively Housewares, go to DKB’s Cole & Mason Precision Mills System, Rayware’s Mason Cash Jubilee bowls, OXO’s GoodGrips flour sifter and Zwilling JA Henckels’ Miyabi 5000 MCD knives.
Finally, in Kitchenware, sponsored by Lakeland, Silver goes to Dexam’s Chef’n Freshforce range extensions, Simplehuman’s 48l Rectangular Sensor Recycler and two products from Joseph Joseph – the Arena self-draining dishrack and Elevate carousel set.
Now to the Retail Innovation Awards. Silver winners in the Under £1m Turnover category, sponsored by Chomette, are Loose’s Cookshop of Norwich, Kate’s Cook Shop in Melton Mowbray and Cook to Perfection in King’s Lynn.
In the £1m-£10m Turnover category, sponsored by Clarion Events’ Home show, the awards go to Kitchens of Bristol, Bath and Cardiff, Jarrold of Norwich and Bentalls of Kingston-upon-Thames. And Silver in the Over £10m Turnover category, sponsored by Wilton Enterprises, goes to Steamer Trading, Lakeland and John Lewis.
Finally, the Retail Innovation Awards also recognise the best newcomers to housewares retailing with its Rising Star accolades, sponsored by Jarden Consumer Solutions. Here, Silver goes to Smith and Webb Cookshop in West Malling, Kent, Papylon in north London, Apple Crumble & Kitsch of Bishops Waltham, Hampshire, and Bert and Betty in Greenwich, London.
Silver winners in Housewares Salesperson of the Year, sponsored by BHETA, are Allison Lawson, Paul Marchant, Peter Wigmore and Kevin Towler.
Many congratulations to all the winners, and good luck to all of them when the Gold accolades are handed out on March 27! To find out more about The Housewares Conference & Innovation Awards, and to book your place, please visit www.housewaresconference.net.