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ig Red Sales agent Stuart Hoad has won the organisation’s Sales Agent of the Year Award for the second time, and is pictured (centre) receiving his prize – a brand new Volvo V40 – from Big Red Sales UK Sales Manager Robert McDougall (left). Big Red Sales Ltd currently runs an 11-strong independent sales force, and Hoad has been on the national sales team for nearly four years covering London and the Home Counties. Commenting on his success, he said: “Thanks are due to all the other Big Red Sales agents for making this so difficult and pushing me right to the wire.” Hoad also extended his thanks to Big Red and its manufacturing clients, and to his retail customers for their continued support. “It was a very closely fought competition and well done to all our agents,” added Big Red Sales founder John Reddington. Runner-up John O’Neill (pictured right), who covers Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man and won the top Award last year, received £500 cash. Second runner-up, Tracy West, whose patch is the Midlands and Wales, received £250 cash.

 SHORTCUTS Haier has been ranked world No.1 in the Major Household Appliances category for the eighth consecutive year by Euromonitor International, achieving a 10.3% retail volume market share in 2016, up from 9.8% in 2015.

BSH Home Appliances Ltd has been certified as a Top Employer for the second year running. The Top Employers Europe Certification 2017, conferred by the Top Employers Institute, coincides with the company’s 50th anniversary.

Baumatic has launched a consumer promotion offering an ovenware giftset comprising a large ceramic baking dish and a lidded casserole dish with purchases of single ovens, double ovens and selected range cookers from its collections. The offer runs until the end of April 2017.

Hotpoint has received iF Design Awards for four of its Class 9 built-in appliances. The Class 9 built-in induction hob, microwave oven, steam oven and coffee machine received Awards for their “winning combination of authentic design, innovative features and great performance.”

Connected Distribution has been appointed exclusive UK distributor for Krika, the connected device tracker that provides installers with the ability to monitor and troubleshoot without costly site visits. Krika products remotely monitor the equipment on customers’ networks and provide installers with real-time status updates on the connected devices that are part of the installation. Electrolux UK has received official Top Employer certification from the Top Employers Institute, a global organisation that has been recognising excellence for 25 years and applies a uniform standard of assessment criteria to companies across 116 countries worldwide.



The German Design Council has presented Loewe with Awards for its bild 7 and bild 1 TVs, its klang 5 wireless floorstanding speakers and klang 1 and 5 subwoofers. The klang 5 subwoofer, bild 3 TV and the German manufacturer’s redesigned TV operating system, Loewe OS, also won 2017 iF Design Awards. Distributor of technology products Exertis has announced a distribution agreement with Yale which includes its Smart Living range of smart door locks, smart alarms, and smart CCTV systems. A distribution agreement has also been confirmed with Netatmo, which develops and produces a range of connected consumer electronics.

HUGHES’ SHOP WINDOW CELEBRATES LOCAL HISTORY Hughes Electrical in Spalding’s Sheep Market has turned its shop window into a storyboard depicting the historic importance of the site the building now occupies. The move was made following collaboration with the Spalding & District Civic Society, which had drawn attention to the fact that several town centre shops had unattractive windows, many using what was described as “garish” vinyl. The Sheep Market site originally housed a prison, built in 1826, which had also been used as a drill hall and garage. In 1927 it was occupied by the Regent Cinema, until the building became a bank in 1959. The premises later became a restaurant, and were taken over by Hughes Electrical in 2013. Civic Society projects and campaigns officer John Charlesworth praised Hughes’ proactive response and said he hoped other firms in Spalding would follow the retailer’s “great example.” “As a business we are guests in the town and it is only right that we work to be good neighbours in this vibrant local community,” said Hughes Electrical Managing director Robert Hughes.

Get Connected Magazine - March 2017  

04 Editorial Comment 06 The Word In and around the industry 13 Guest Column Retailers still need to bridge the gap between online and in-sto...

Get Connected Magazine - March 2017  

04 Editorial Comment 06 The Word In and around the industry 13 Guest Column Retailers still need to bridge the gap between online and in-sto...