Judges announced for Housewares Innovation Awards

With just a month left to go until the deadline, key industry figures are urging retailers and suppliers to enter the 2015 Housewares Innovation Awards.

Judges announced for Housewares Innovation Awards

Organised by Housewares Magazine and www.HousewaresLive.net, the Awards aim to celebrate innovation in the housewares industry. The Retail Awards reward businesses that go the extra mile, while the Product Awards commend the most exceptional housewares products launched in the past 12 months.

Five judges, with decades of culinary experience between them, have been recruited to assess the product entries. They are: Trisha Schofield, head of testing for the Good Housekeeping Institute; chef, culinary innovator, TV presenter, author and British Ambassador for Food, Drink and Tourism Alan Coxon; Sally Fitzgerald, editor of the ‘Food Heaven’ series of consumer magazines and TV chef Malcolm Harradine and his wife, customer liaison director Mel Harradine.

Sally Fitzgerald said: “I know how important it is for our readers to have access to reliable information about, and reviews of, the latest equipment on the market. With so many different products available to choose from, they need to know which ones to invest their hard earned money on – and what could be a better endorsement than a Housewares Innovation Award?” Trisha Schofield added: “It’s refreshing to be part of an Awards scheme which separates the gimmicks from those products which truly benefit the consumer. The standard last year was exceptional and I’m sure this year will be even tougher.”

The winners of the Innovation Awards will be announced during an evening ceremony held at Wokefield Park in Berkshire on Wednesday April 22 2015. This glittering event will follow The Housewares Conference, which takes place during the day at the same venue.

The line-up of speakers at The Housewares Conference so far includes Jeffrey Siegel, ceo of Lifetime Brands; Carol Paris, director general of the HTA (Horticultural Trades Association ); celebrated homeware designer Julie Dodsworth; and Tom Gill, creative director of Creative Media Solutions (CMS).

The Awards will be presented by globally acclaimed celebrity chef Ken Hom OBE, who is widely regarded as the world’s leading authority in Chinese cookery. Delegates at the conference will have the chance to meet Ken on the DKB Household stand during the day, where he will be discussing his range of cookware and signing copies of his recipe book.

Malcolm and Mel Harradine said: “What better place to get your message across and develop your business than The Housewares Conference & Innovation Awards? It’s where the like-minded gather to learn from others and celebrate the longevity of an ever-growing industry. Enter your store or your product and see the results of success first hand.”

Alan Coxon agreed: “I wholeheartedly believe that The Housewares Conference & Innovation Awards can help stimulate market interest during these challenging times, expose products and brands in a positive light, and ensure that innovation receives the full recognition it truly deserves.”

The deadline for entries to the Innovation Awards is November 14. To download your entry and booking forms, visit www.housewaresconference.co.uk. For more information, contact Laurie Marrington, sales manager of Housewares Magazine and www.HousewaresLive.net at lmarrington@datateam.co.uk

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