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The Excellence in Housewares 2016 winners are announced

Housewares ‘stars’ gathered in style to hear the announcement of the 2016 Excellence in Housewares Awards winners on Wednesday 5 October.

Over 400 retailers and suppliers attended the ‘all singing and dancing’ awards night at London Lancaster with its exuberant Bollywood theme, complete with Bollywood dance sensations and music from sitah and dhol players. Awards host, BBC Radio DJ and TV presenter, Tommy Sandhu and impressionist, Anil Desai added their own brands of humour to the glittering event. An interactive Bollywood dance workshop as well as music from live band, The Lionels and the Excellence in Housewares DJ helped guests celebrate into the early hours.

Jo Howard, editor of Progressive Housewares commented on the fitting theme for the evening: “’Bollywood’ provided a sensational backdrop for our celebration of the housewares’ industry’s achievements.” She added: “After all, so much of today’s housewares retailing is about putting on a showstopper instore to capture the attention of ever more demanding consumers.”

Excellence in Housewares 2016 Winners are:

Outstanding Contribution To The Housewares Industry
Patrick Wade

Retail Employee of the Year 2016
Sponsored by Brabantia (UK)
Stephan Amis, cookshop team leader, Jarrold, Norwich

Most Promising Newcomer
Sponsored by OXO
Ruby & Scarlet, Felixstowe

Excellence in Direct Retailing
Sponsored by SMART Worldwide
Harts of Stur

Excellence in Retail Training
Sponsored by Wilton Brands
Steamer Trading

Excellence in Retail Display (Independent)
Sponsored by Meyer Group
Borough Kitchen, Borough Market, Hampstead and Chiswick

Excellence in Retail Display (Multiple of Department Store)
Sponsored by Tefal
Barkers Home, Northallerton

Excellence in Retail Initiative
Sponsored by DKB Household

Excellence in Non-Specialist Multiple Retailing
Sponsored by Camelbak

Excellence in Specialist Retailing (Multiples and Large Independents)
Sponsored by KitchenAid

Best Department Store (Independent)
Sponsored by British Independent Retailers Association (bira)
Barnitts, York

Best Department Store (Multiple Branch or Group Member)
Sponsored by Joseph Joseph
Fenwick Colchester

CHA Retailer of The Year
Sponsored by Le Creuset UK

gia UK winner 2016/2017
Sponsored by International Housewares Association and Progressive Housewares
Borough Kitchen, Borough Market, Hampstead and Chiswick

Oxford Summer School Award 2016
Sponsored by British Independent Retailers Association (bira)
Fenwick Colchester

Excellence in Cookware
Sponsored by bira direct
M-Cuisine from Joseph Joseph

Top Tool or Gadget
Sponsored by Cookshop and Housewares Association (CHA)
Healthy Eating Collection from Kitchen Craft

Plugged In Award
Sponsored by Exclusively Housewares and Exclusively Electricals
Fast Slow Pro from Sage by Heston Blumenthal

Cutting Edge Award
Sponsored by Spring Fair
Anysharp Pro from Aydya

Excellence in Homewares
Sponsored by International Housewares Association
Zyliss Fresh Storage from DKB Household

Top of The Table
Sponsored by Messe Frankfurt Ambiente
Masterclass Artesà from Kitchen Craft

The Innovation in Product Award
Sponsored by Top Drawer/Home
OXO Good Grips Greensaver Produce Keepers from OXO

The Icon Award
Sponsored by Homedics Group
Orange Handled Scissors from Fiskars

Excellence in Marketing Award
Sponsored by BHETA
The Rayware Group

Excellence in Innovation Award
Sponsored by BHETA

Excellence in Service Award
Sponsored by BHETA
Kitchen Craft

Honorary Achievement
Sponsored by Kitchen Craft
Jeremy Horwood