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Members and even bira’s former CEO receive gongs at the glittering Excellence in Housewares Awards

400 suppliers and retailers from across the housewares sector attended this year’s Excellence in Housewares Awards. The deserving winners, which included Potters Cookshop, who won a hattrick of awards, were recognised for their formidable achievements across product and retail. Former CEO Alan Hawkins was also thrilled to receive the Honorary Achievement Award.

The event, organised by Progressive Housewares magazine in conjunction with bira, took place at the Royal Lancaster London with finalists and winners celebrating until the early hours, enjoying the 80s electric dreams theme.

Having scooped two Excellence in Housewares Awards during the evening, Potters Cookshop, Hockley was announced as the UK gia winner 2018-2019, which means they will be off to Chicago’s International Home + Housewares Show (IH+HS). They will go head to head with around 30 other national winners from around the globe to compete for the coveted title of gia honoree.

After winning the gia award, Tom Carter, director of Potters admitted: “I’m in shock and very honoured!”

OSS Retail’s Dominic Prendergast presented the OSS Prize to Steamer Trading Cookshop. The prize entitles the cookshop chain to specialised retail management training, with a value of up to £3,250.

The Excellence in Housewares Awards 2018 Winners are:

Retail Employee of the Year: Sue Stone, manager, Dinghams, Winchester

Most Promising Newcomer: House UK

Excellence in Direct Retailing: Harts of Stur

Excellence in Retail Training: Borough Kitchen

Excellence in Retail Display – Independent: Potters Cookshop, Hockley

Excellence in Retail Display – Multiple or Department Store: Harrods

Excellence in Retailer Initiative: Hobbs the Kitchen Shop, Penzance

Excellence in Non-Specialist Multiple Retailing: Blue Diamond Group

Excellence in Specialist Retailing (Multiple and Large Independents): Steamer Trading Cookshop

Best Department Store – Independent: Dawsons, Skipton and Clitheroe

Best Department Store – Multiple Branch or Group Member: Fenwick, Brent Cross

Bira Cookshop and Housewares Retailer of the Year: Potters Cookshop, Hockley

Winner of the Oxford Summer School Prize: Steamer Trading

gia UK Winner 2018-2019: Potters Cookshop

Excellence in Cookware: Stellar Rocktanium Cookware from Horwood Homewares

Top Tool or Gadget Award: Barista & Co Brew It Stick from Nixxee

The Plugged-In Award: Baking Bamix from Burton McCall

Cutting Edge Award: Signature Q Knife Block Range from Robert Welch Designs

Excellence in Homewares: Mepal Cirqula Multi Bowl from Mistral Brands

Top of the Table Award: Drift Barware Collection from Robert Welch Designs

Innovation in Product Award: Flex and Flex Plus Toilet Brushes from Joseph Joseph

Icon Award: Thermos Flasks from UK Thermos

Excellence in Innovation Award: Joseph Joseph

Excellence in Marketing Award: Le Creuset UK

Excellence in Service Award: Horwood Homewares

Honorary Achievement Award: Alan Hawkins


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