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Above: The winners of the 2017 Excellence in Housewares Awards on stage with host Charlie Baker (centre front) and PH’s Patrick Wade, Jakki Brown, Emma Cain and Warren Lomax.

The music, the movies, the unmistakable fashion of big hair and big shoulders, and a time when shoppers thronged to their high streets – there are plenty of reasons to be nostalgic about the 1980s.


e don’t need Doc Brown’s infamous car (from Back the Future) to dive back in time for this year’s retro themed 19th Excellence in Housewares, presented by Progressive Housewares magazine in conjunction with bira: Cookshop and Housewares. Aside from the nostalgia, we are here to celebrate today’s housewares hits (although some were around back then, of course, and are ‘Die Hard’s from the 80s). We will be applauding every Excellence in Housewares Awards finalist: proactive and pioneering retailers, innovative products and superlative suppliers. It is a huge achievement to be one of the impressive finalists who make the stellar line-up featured on the big screen tonight. I hope you will Stand By Me in congratulating each and every one. Thank you to everyone of you who have collectively helped to make this our industry event of the year: whether you are one of our sponsors, whether you generously donated raffle prizes and goodies for the Goody Bag, and, of course, all of you who have nominated retailers and products and submitted entries for these Awards. Every year, there are always awe-inspiring stories, and this was no exception. These are challenging but exciting times in housewares. Showing our commitment to the sector, we are delighted at Progressive Housewares to have just launched our twice-weekly online newsfeed. Our new digital ‘baby’, HousewaresNews.Net will aim to bring you the latest industry news into your inbox and will continue to share awe-inspiring stories and exciting housewares initiatives all year round. We will also be welcoming on stage some faces you may not be familiar with as yet, including PH’s bolstered team members: advertisement manager, John Barry and (although he has been instrumental behind the scenes for some years), publishing director, Rob Willis, as well as Andrew Goodacre, who has taken over the bira reins from Alan Hawkins as bira ceo. Above: PH team (left to right): John Barry, After tonight’s official proceedings and the revelation of the advertisement manager, Emma Cain, product page 2018 Excellence in Housewares Awards winners, there will, of editor, Jo Howard, editor, Jakki Brown, editorial director course be some Flash-dance-ing as guests cut Footloose to and joint md, and Rob Willis, publishing director. 80s tunes and more. Moreover, thanks to KitchenAid, we have our own tribute to the film, Cocktail (although I am not sure if this extends to a Tom Cruise lookalike bartender!). No more harking back to 1980s movie greats. All of us at Progressive Housewares and our co-hosts, bira hope that you enjoy your part in our Stay updated with The Excellence in 80s Electric Dreams Excellence in Housewares Awards tonight. Jo Howard, Emma Cain, Rob Willis, John Barry, Mark Grayson, Jakki Brown and Warren Lomax

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Excellence In Housewares Awards 2018 Inset: The 25 retail buyers and influencers that comprised the Product Judging Panel 2018 raise their glasses to the Excellence in Housewares Awards, along PH and observers from co-hosts bira, and sponsors BHETA, the IHA and Exclusively Housewares.

Finding the finalists and winners for The Excellence in Housewares Awards is an industrywide effort involving suppliers and retailers from across the housewares spectrum. PH goes behind the scenes to explain the judging process.

t s e b e h t r o f t Ques

The Product Judging Panel for 2018

Picture perfect The retro 80s themed Awards night on October 3 sets the stage for the announcement of retailer and product winners, as well as the winners of the Supplier Awards for Excellence in Marketing, Service and Innovation, which are the result of an industrywide retailer poll. A massive ‘thank you’ to all of our category and event sponsors, including entertainment and photo gallery sponsors: Imperial and Eaziglide. * See



Zoe Atkins, merchandise planner, Harrods Gina Blake, merchandise manager, Debenhams David Caldana, co-founder, Borough Kitchen Tom Carter, director, Potters Cookshop, Hockley David Conduit, purchasing manager, Harts of Stur Rachna Dewan, director of product, Lords at Home Matt Fendall, manager and buyer, Essentials of Hazlemere Paul Geoghegan, proprietor, The Kitchen Range, West Wickham Melissa Harper, buying manager, Tesco Nicola Hattersley, buyer, John Lewis Simone Hillman, buyer, Borough Kitchen Alison Hobbs, visual merchandiser, Potters Cookshop, Hockley Christine Lynn-Thomas, proprietor, Kooks Unlimited, Richmond Nicole Mapplebeck, buyer/category manager, Blue Diamond Garden Centres Siobhan McMillan, head of buying, Steamer Trading Helen Miller, senior buyer, Fenwick Brent Cross Ellen Mitchell, assistant buyer, Debenhams Amanda Reed, buying controller, Leekes Philippa Simons, head of trading, kitchen electricals and food, Lakeland Rachel Taylor, buyer, Home Hardware Matt Thomas, buyer, John Lewis Charlotte Thornes, buyer, Harrods Holly Wilson, owner, Prep Cookshop and Richard Dare Alan Wood, joint md, Trevor Mottram Sarah Wood, joint md, Trevor Mottram * Besides the PH team, judging day observers and hosts were: bira’s Kate Godber; BHETA’s housewares director, Will Jones; Exclusively Housewares’ Lindsey Hoyle and, Sarah Seltzer as a UK representative of the IHA and IH+HS.


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Arriving at the product finalists Suppliers submitted their most innovative products (launched at retail between June 2017 and June 2018), including some nominated by any housewares stockist. New products, ranges, modifications and extensions to existing ranges were eligible. Entry was free of charge and all product entries gain the attention of the prestigious judging panel. The Product Judging Day brought together 25 respected and proactive retail buyers and influencers from across the housewares retail spectrum. Judging criteria includes product innovation and design excellence, quality of manufacture and presentation, and sales record or sales potential. Judges scrutinised, handled and discussed product entries, category by category. They each completed a confidential ballot form, selecting their top six entries for each award. Points were then allocated accordingly and collated to arrive at the finalists and winners from the hundreds of entries. The Innovation in Product Award focused judges’ attention on the innovative or pioneering aspects of new products or adaptations that improve functionality. For The Icon Award, each member of the judging panel nominated classic housewares products. Judges ‘champion’ icons on the resulting short list, and then voted to determine finalists and winner. All Award winners remain confidential.

Above: Essentials’ Matt Fendall and Fenwick’s Helen Miller inspect entries on the Product Judging Day.

Above: Steamer Trading’s Siobhan McMillan and Tesco’s Melissa Harper filling in their voting forms on the Product Judging Day.

Taking on the world

Determining the retailer finalists PH conducted an industrywide poll whereby suppliers vote for UK retailers who have excelled in the past year. Suppliers’ votes drew on the ‘frontline’ knowledge of their sales teams across the country. Retailers were also invited to self-nominate themselves for the Excellence in Retailer Initiative Award, Excellence in Retail Display Awards, Excellence in Retail Training and the Retail Employee of the Year (putting forward their ‘star’ members of staff.) PH invited all retailers nominated by suppliers for the Excellence in Retail Display Awards to submit six photographs of their best displays, as well as inviting those nominated by the trade in the Initiative category to submit information. PH also asked for retail employers to support trade nominations for their Retail Employees with their own personal statements. The Retail Validation Panel is made up of supplier representatives, with wide ranging collective experience of our industry. The Panel met to validate the results of the supplier poll. They looked at retailer submissions and discussed initiatives, training, displays and retail employee entrants to determine these categories’ winners and finalists. Above: The members of the panel in discussion with the PH team, at the Retail Judging and Validation Day, which took place at The Grosvenor House Hotel. Left: Members of the Retail Judging and Validation Panel look at display entries. Below: Stefan Kaczmarczyk from Groupe SEB is deep in thought while judging Excellence in Retail Display entries.

The 2018 Retail Validation Panel: Dr Samir Attia, chairman, SMART Worldwide Louise Ayres, head of national accounts, DKB Household Mark Baumann, sales director, Meyer Group Emma Kampa, national account manager, Le Creuset Ivan Coveney, field sales manager, FKA Brands (Salter) Michelle Dickinson, managing director, Burton McCall Stefan Kaczmarczyk, marketing manager, Groupe SEB Jeff Moody, managing director, bira direct Helen Simpson, marketing manager, KitchenAid Tim Yeadon, national field sales manager, KitchenCraft




Two very special retailer awards will also be presented on October 3. The Excellence in Housewares Awards night will reveal which retailer winner will represent UK retail excellence as gia UK winner for 2018-2019. For the past 14 years, The Excellence in Housewares Awards has been linked with gia: the Global Innovation Awards programme, globally sponsored by the International Housewares Association (IHA) and the International Home + Housewares Show (IH+HS), with PH as UK sponsor. The gia national winners fly out to Chicago for the international gia gala and the IH+HS (March 3-5). The show features an exhibit of gia winners, in the Hall of Global Innovation. At the gia gala, five Global Honorees, as well as Visual Merchandising and Digital Commerce Honorees are announced from around 30 national gia winners (following gia’s international judging process). Global Honorees retain this title, and cannot be a national winner again. The UK’s prestigious list of Global Honorees include Selfridges, Bentalls, Steamer Trading, Lakeland, John Lewis, Lords, Borough Kitchen and Harrods. See Meanwhile, the prestigious OSS Retail Award is an award for an exceptional retailer that the panel agreed deserving of the investment in their career. OSS Retail has been transforming the careers of retail professionals from their first steps in retail management right through to board level since 1923. Many of the top retail leaders attribute their success in part to their OSS experience. The winner will access the highest quality specialised retail management training, designed by retailers for retailers, with a value up to £3250. This covetable prize will inspire new ways of thinking and working and have a positive impact on the business. The OSS Retail programme portfolio includes the Foundation, Academy and Masters.


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2018 Finalists Retail Employee of the year Criteria: Nominations were sought for retail employees who make a difference, with their enthusiastic, attentive and knowledgeable service (and who could be considered ‘the unsung heroes’ of the shop floor or customer services team.) In all cases their managers or retail owners submitted a citation as to why they are worthy winners of this award.

l Nadine Coyle

l Sara Hunt

l Sue McCarthy

department sales manager


senior buyer

Fenwick Brent Cross

Trevor Mottram, Tunbridge Wells

Charlies, Wales & The Borders

“Nadine has worked here for nearly 13 years and leads from the front in all aspects of retailing. She is well liked and respected by all of her colleagues who look to her for guidance, whether it be for her fantastic customer service skills, superb product knowledge or the sorting of their rotas and holidays. Customers regularly ask for Nadine’s help, and she also has a fantastic relationship with all reps and agents, managing to obtain great service and support from suppliers.”

“Sara has been with us 10 and a half years! She is very hardworking and always finds plenty of jobs for everyone else too. Like us she is very ‘make do and mend’ in her attitude, and she encourages the ’can do’ approach in the shop. Sara has an evil sense of humour, which is just as well as we do spend a lot of time laughing. She is excellent with customers and does not shy away from any sort of confrontation, such as returns or delivery issues.”

“Sue is a much loved and valued member of the Charlies team, appreciated for her strong work ethic, the results she delivers and for the fun and energy she brings. Sue has a fantastic eye for selecting products and combines it with a strong ability to negotiate and recognise a deal. These skills have resulted in our Housewares department currently trading +11% in a tough climate. Sue is a hands-on employee that is always willing to muck in, especially on the shop floor, and leads by example.”

l Evelyn Spencer

l Sue Stone

l Vicky Yeoll

Le Creuset consultant


assistant sales manager

Fenwick Brent Cross

Dinghams, Winchester

Steamer Trading, Horsham

“Evelyn commenced employment with Fenwick in November 2000. I poached her from the Cutlery department to work on Cookware as the Le Creuset consultant in May 2015, which was a great decision as we have seen the sales grow considerably. Evelyn has phenomenal sales skills and could even sell ice to an eskimo! She is passionate about the products, has amazing product knowledge, excellent customer service and always makes sure that displays look wonderful. Evelyn also has a great relationship with Le Creuset.”

“Sue has been working at Dinghams since 1998 and is incredibly valuable to the company and to the family. She is a superb manager who takes exceptional pride in the Winchester store to continuously drive and build the business, offer the best service and to make the store a great workplace for its employees and a unique experience for customers. Her product knowledge is outstanding and her baking skills are inspirational. Sue is Dinghams personified for our customers - inspiring cooks and homemakers.”

“Vicky joined as a sales assistant in February 2012. Her progression within the store has seen her move to supervisor level and then onto her first management role. Vicky is recognised for her superb product knowledge, her visual skills and for being an outstanding support to colleagues throughout the Steamer Trading family (supporting several store openings with visual merchandising and training). Her passion for housewares and her pride in the Horsham store - and for Steamer Trading - make her an outstanding candidate for this award.”

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2018 Finalists most promising newcomer Criteria: Nominees had to be a new cookshop or housewares business (not including new branches of cookshops), which has opened or started up in the UK over the past three years (ie since 1 July 2015).

l Brambles Cookshop

l Chef’s Ware

l House UK



Situated in a bustling village beside the Shropshire Union canal, Brambles (which opened in September 2017) attracts around 40% of its shop trade from canal users, in addition to locals and nearby towns. In the heart of dairy country, Brambles’ fixtures resemble a farm shop, and customers often exclaim: “What a beautiful shop!” Its ecommerce site gives a flavour of the retailer, which stocks many iconic brands.

Run by a father and son team, Chef’s Ware opened in November 2017 in a road that approaches the town centre, which also houses a new deli. Chef’s Ware offers “quality at good prices” with an extensive range of over 4,000 lines. Described by customers as “a lovely Aladdin’s cave,” Chef’s Ware is now expanding to include an in-store café/bistro.

With initial openings in April 2018 (Oxford, Bracknell and Sheffield Meadowhall, plus ecommerce), House UK brings a successful Australian concept to a new market. The retailer specialises in knives and cookware, and takes particular pride in staff training and visual merchandising that creates “a memorable shopping experience.” House aims to bring “leading products with fantastic value for money to the UK market while offering first class service.”

l Luxe Cookshop

l Rye Cookshop

l Wooden Spoon,



Established in September 2015 (inside the home furnishing store, Bells of Northampton) Luxe Cookshop is experiencing “exciting times”. In September, it moves into a larger area in Bell’s newly renovated former Victorian warehouse (with original architectural features) allowing for a wider range of stock, plus Sunday openings. The family run Cookshop takes pride in uncluttered displays that attract high-end kitchen shoppers.

Having opened in September 2016, Rye Cookshop quickly became the town’s ‘go-to’ destination for cookware, tableware and clever gadgetry for cooking enthusiasts of all levels. The shop has expanded its stock and is sourcing products that are “more unusual, offering points of difference.” Delighting tourists and locals alike, gifts and seaside themes are strong for Rye Cookshop.

The Cookshop

Derby Having been in housewares retailing since 2009 (previously with Livsstil and Cookshop Clearance Company), Wooden Spoon’s owner has plenty of cookshop knowledge. Having opened in February 2017, Wooden Spoon moved to a new and bigger site within the city’s intu Shopping Centre in July. Its wide collection of “affordable cookware” is growing, with a portfolio that includes many leading brands.

OXO is proud to be the sponsor of the Most Promising Newcomer Award. This award recognises and celebrates strong, new businesses entering the housewares market. OXO was founded in 1990 on the philosophy of universal design and offers hundreds of products covering many areas of the home, all created based on this principle and to make everyday living easier.




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2018 Finalists Excellence in direct retailing Criteria: Nominees could be retailers of housewares that use one or more non- ‘bricks and mortar’ channels as a highly significant or primary route to its consumers. Retail channels could be internet, catalogue, TV or a combinations of these.

l Amazon

l Emporium Cookshop

l Harts of Stur

Amazon recently won three GlobalData Customer Satisfaction awards, including the Best Retailer category, and topped the chart for service in the Institute of Customer Service’s index. Its kitchenware department promises wide choice with ‘shop now’ banners that include lifestyle imagery and an invitation to shop US housewares via Amazon’s global store.

From humble beginnings as a brick and mortar shop in the heart of Gainsborough, Emporium Cookshop has become a leading online retailer of quality kitchen and home products. It offers top-quality service and “treats every customer like a member of the family.” This ethos, along with an evergrowing range of premium brands is why customers come back time and time again.

After another busy and successful year, Harts of Stur is focusing on the future with further development and expansion at its store and online. As a key player in the ever-changing online retail industry, a brand new website is under construction. Building on an already successful model, the new website will feature improved functionality and user experience.

l Ocado

l Philip Morris Direct

l The Hut

Ocado says its “investment in housewares is relentless, in terms of people, range and technology.” It has outlined ambitious expansion plans that include hi-tech warehouses to sell housewares. An analyst recently called Ocado: the “Microsoft of retail”. Ocado has increased active customers by 12.8% and grown retail revenue significantly ahead of the market.

Philip Morris & Son was established in Hereford as an ironmonger in 1845. While still very much a family business, it has developed a thriving online store that compliments its Hereford department store and is proud to provide its high quality customer service to over 30,000 online shoppers, with a wide range of leading housewares brands.

The Hut is a leading luxury online department store specialising in homewares and lifestyle products, along with fashion and beauty. The Hut’s curated selection of international homewares brands caters to a wide range of homeware needs, and provides consumers with inspiration room by room, incorporating some aspirational lifestyle imagery.

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2018 Finalists Excellence in retail training Criteria: This award is for a retailer’s approach to training for its team. This could be an on-going training programme or specific training initiative that has been instigated (or been particularly significant) in the last year.

l Borough Kitchen

l Essentials, Hazlemere

l Lawsons

Enhancements to support the retailer’s training strategy include small group induction sessions with discussions on the ‘whys’ of Borough Kitchen’s approach - how it started and its strategy - as well as product training. It has also introduced a weekly conference call that anyone can join to, for example share experiences and business performance, as well as new product sheets/emails.

In 2017, Thomas Rutland, the shop’s assistant manager, attended the Foundation Programme of the Oxford Summer School. Matt Fendall, its shop manager has completed the Academy Programme. The benefits are huge as the confidence and knowledge instilled in both of them is filtering down to the staff all the time. Thomas is also completing his third distance learning course organised by bira training.

Lawsons holds weekly training sessions for all staff to focus on product and statutory requirements such as first aid, health and safety and fire drills. The retailer regularly invites suppliers to come and demonstrate and train staff in-store. Lawsons also works closely with suppliers for its annual food festival where staff work alongside them demonstrating and selling product to customers.

l Leekes

l Potters Cookshop,

l Steamer Trading

The many aspects of Leekes’ training includes detailed product training carried out by supplier representatives as well as core skills training carried out in store. The team are trained in customer service and then monitored using mystery shoppers (with recognition then given to the staff who score 100%). Besides staff training, refresher courses are run regularly for the existing team.


Changing the retail field team and moving to a district manager structure has ensured that colleagues at Steamer Trading, Divertimenti and Kitchens all receive a regular training focus for both product and operational knowledge. Training has also included a focus on the Reduce Waste and Re-use story and mentoring on the Localism message, including shopping locally for the best food and how to cook it.

Every month one or two staff members take a product home to use. Then they makes a presentation to colleagues about it (as though they were a customer using it for the first time). This gives personal experience to share with consumers, helps staff members become passionate about products, and is also “a great laugh and bonds our team together even more!”

With a pedigree and history dating back to 1912, Tower Housewares has the experience and excellence in manufacture and distribution of cookware, housewares and kitchen appliances to millions of households across the globe. Building the brand with products distributed across Europe and China, Tower has become a name synonymous with outstanding performance, exceptional quality and unbeatable value. PROGRESSIVE



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2018 Finalists Excellence in retail display - independent

Criteria: Nominees had to be an independent retailer. This award is for window and/or in-store displays from the last year which are either specific to one product range or of a more generic nature which demonstrate originality and maximise visual impact.

l Borough Kitchen

l Dinghams

l Garsons


Salisbury and Winchester

Esher and Titchfield

Fewer products combined with cleverly crafted props enhance Borough Kitchen’s striking windows. These may also show a ‘teaser’ of products available online only, reminders for customers to share photos on social media plus references to Cook School classes. Inside the three stores, ‘Why We Love It’ signs are thoughtfully positioned.

Products are brought to life in Dinghams’ lifestyle displays on the shelves of homely kitchen dressers, making use of colour schemes and seasonality with the addition of faux or real flowers, plants and leaves. The retailer also exploits the casual lifestyle theme in its new home furnishing room in Salisbury.

In these bright, airy garden centre interiors, display tables are given height using mannequin busts adorned with aprons, wooden crates and homely pieces of furniture. A summer picnic theme included fake grass, foliage and fruit trees interspersed with baskets and picnicware, while World Gin Day was celebrated with fruity props.

l Harts of Stur

l Kitchen Range

l Potters Cookshop

Sturminster Newton



Harts of Stur’s in-store displays include branded areas with co-ordinated crossmerchandised categories, while changing fixtures celebrate seasons and events. For example, the recent World Cup table focused consumers’ attention on the likes of beer glasses, drinks coolers, party snack trays, pizzas stones and cutters, with a red and white theme.

Kitchen Range’s large windows are typically bursting with products that are co-ordinated in colours and themes, grabbing attention and evoking a sense of homeliness with small details, such as eggs in eggcups and wooden tools in cups and tins. Inside, feature trolleys are elegantly decked with colour themed products across ranges, offering lifestyle inspiration.

Potters’ creative and bold use of props include a motorbike in its De’Longhi Italian Café and – for the Alice in Wonderland window - an Alice mannequin accompanied by pink flamingos in a garden set for tea. Christmas windows included a polar bear, plus elves and toys that are surrounded by products for festive gingerbread making and Christmas baking.

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2018 Finalists Excellence in retail display-multiple or department store Criteria: Nominees could be a multiple retailer, a department store chain or independent department store. This award is for window and/or in-store displays from the last year, which are either specific to one product range or of a more generic nature, which demonstrate originality and maximise visual impact.

l Barkers

l Blue Diamond



Barkers takes pride in its inspiring, thoughtprovoking and eye-catching displays. When introducing artificial flowers from Parlane, the store brought in a local florist to make up arrangements. Following trends and supporting local events, the store celebrated the Tour de Yorkshire by using props to create a unique window display.

Products are presented in blocks of on trend colours, and on elegant and yet accessible fixtures, including chunky wooden tables of various shapes and finishes. Backlit kitchen cupboards and upper shelves also provide settings for small collections, and a range of olive wood products is displayed under the boughs of a tree.

l Harrods

l Steamer Trading


Carefully arranged feature tables provide frequently changing sources of inspiration for consumers, following occasions such as Pancake Day preparations and cooking for Valentines Day. Gifts ideas are plentiful, coordinating with trends such as flamingos or gin. Meanwhile, lifestyle table settings are realistically staged with ‘ice’ in glasses, all set for entertaining.

Cook Shop’s regularly changing feature tables reflect seasonal cooking and entertaining as well as topical cooking shows. They can also tie in with articles in Harrods’ publications or events in the Food Halls. Real food and herbs, cookbooks, textiles and mannequins enhance merchandising, while housewares sometimes take centre stage in Harrods’ dramatic windows.

Tefal continuously strives to deliver excellence in non-stick cookware with innovations like Thermo-Spot and Ingenio that improve consumer’s cooking experiences. Likewise we are delighted to be associated with this award for multiples and department stores that attract, excite and hopefully convert shoppers via attractive retail display.




l Brigg Garden Centre Part of British Garden Centres, Brigg Garden Centre creates homewares displays that catch moods and trends, including tropical oases (with plants jostling with vases) and the utilitarian - and yet chic industrial kitchen. The retailer maximises space above and below display tables, packing product collections together to provide impact and evoke curiosity.

l Vincent Davies

& Son

Haverfordwest Amid light, contemporary fixtures, Vincent Davies’ stylish displays are often simple yet striking. For example, symmetry and depth of product create impact in its Emma Bridgewater bay. Moreover, a recent window used glass-fronted frames to display collections of Monsoon Home by Denby, highlighting the tableware’s eclectic, collectable charm.

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2018 Finalists Excellence in retailer initiative Criteria: This award is for a single recent initiative that has been executed in the last year to promote the sale of housewares products and/or raise the profile of the retailer and foster customer loyalty (from any housewares retailer, whether independent or multiple).

l Cookmate Worcester

l Essentials, Hazlemere

l Harts of Stur,

for Cookmate Cookery School

for 30 Things We Love

for the Cheese Festival Weekend

Cookmate has created the city’s only Cookery school having renovated rooms above the shop. It offers a wide range of hands-on cookery courses as well as dining experiences (where guests watch their food being cooked), corporate team building and a venue for parties and product launches. The school (with its stylish website) officially opened in April to rave reviews.

This 30th Birthday campaign has driven sales and customer loyalty. Over the year up to January 2018, Essentials held 30 competitions to win favourite products, which were promoted on its Facebook page. Anyone who liked the page was entered into a draw and winners had their photo taken in the shop. Facebook followers have quadrupled. Essentials also held a Birthday Bonanza party, with 30% off products.

The Sturminster Newton store opened throughout its local cheese festival weekend (with demonstrations and special offers) and ran the Mouse Trap Food Demonstration Theatre at the festival. The Theatre’s events included the unveiling of the world record breaking giant Victoria Sponge cake. Harts reported that in-store footfall was up 1200% on an ordinary weekend.

Hobbs of Penzance


Steamer Trading

for Plastic Free Coastlines

for Go Plastic Free

for Reduce and Reuse

Hobbs the Kitchen Shop is supporting the Plastic Free Coastlines movement in Penzance by helping its customers go ‘plastic free’ with product choices, as well as making significant changes in the shop and working with suppliers to reduce plastic packaging in deliveries. In March, the shop itself was awarded Plastic Free Coastlines status. Consumers are welcoming this initiative and it is fostering customer loyalty.

Lawsons is giving customers practical solutions to reduce, recycle and reuse and go increasingly ‘single-use plastic-free’. The retailer created an informative flyer showing lots of ways to reduce plastic usage (from biodegradable outdoor tableware to towels made from plastic bottles). Lawsons mailed out 120,000 flyers to individuals in the locality of all of its four shops and has also been blogging and putting posts on Facebook.

Steamer Trading has produced three videos with the theme ‘Reduce and Reduce’ as part of its ongoing social media campaign. Thought provoking content combined with aspirational lifestyle photography to reflect the retailer’s range of low or zero waste, reusable and recycled solutions. Steamer has engaged in blogger outreach to raise awareness and has partnered with, enabling consumers to fill water bottles in participating stores.

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DKB is proud to sponsor this year’s Excellence in Housewares Awards. We are working in an industry which needs constant innovation and thought leadership to succeed, but it is equally important that we take time to recognise everyone’s achievements and efforts be it within the retail or supply sectors. We wish everyone who has entered the best of luck and look forward to celebrating with you all on the night. PROGRESSIVE



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2018 Finalists Excellence in non-specialist multiple Criteria: Nominees must have three stores (and online sales) and above, and stock housewares as part of their selection of goods. This includes supermarkets, home improvement stores, garden centres, home furnishing stores and general stores (but does not include department stores). The award is for excellence across the retail spectrum including product range, marketing and promotion, display and (if relevant) multi-channel retailing.


l Blue Diamond Group

l Dobbies

l Dunelm

Blue Diamond offers innovative products, creating points of difference and an in-store experience tailored to its target customers. This allows the retailer to stand aside of mainstream garden centre retailers and focus on quality products and strong in-store merchandising. Its kitchen department continues to over perform and has proven that lifestyle merchandising in stories leads to a focused and positive shopping experience.

For 150 years, the Dobbies name has stood for quality horticulture. Today Dobbies is one of the UK’s largest garden centre retailers, with 34 stores across Scotland, England and Northern Ireland. Dobbies’ Cookshop is situated perfectly, next to the Farm Foodhall, local butcher’s shop and restaurant – each inspiring the other in everything to do with cooking.

Passionate about value for money and great customer service, Dunelm has developed into a market leader for homewares, with over 160 stores. It is also trailing new concepts for store layout, bringing its Kitchen area to the fore, and rolling out new displays that make the shopping experience easier and more inspiring.

l Klondyke Garden

l Leekes

l Scotsdale Garden


The family owned, independent group of 22 garden centres prides itself on its commitment to quality and customer care. Having started off modestly, Klondyke is aware of the importance of continuity of service to its customers. Its homewares section offers unique style ideas for the home, including a wide range of glassware and ceramics and gifts for food lovers.

Leekes is an award winning family-run retailer that has been providing everything for the home under one roof for 120 years. It has built up strong customer loyalty thanks to an extensive choice from leading brands, superb selection of exclusive own branded products at great prices and an experienced, friendly and knowledgeable sales team. Leekes also creates in-store theatre with product demonstrations.


The Cambridgeshire group that includes garden centres in Shelford, Horningsea and Fordham is proud to be a family-run business that started around 50 years ago. The garden centres have now grown to become popular leisure destinations with customer events and ranges that include well-presented kitchenware, homewares and gifts.

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2018 Finalists Criteria: Nominees had to be a specialist retailer (other than a department store chain) with three stores plus an online store, or four or more stores. They needed to demonstrate excellence in areas across the retail spectrum including: product range, product knowledge, staff training, customer care, marketing and promotion, display and (if relevant) multi-channel retailing.

Excellence in specialist retailing - multiple and large independents

l Abraxas

l Art of Living

l Borough Kitchen

Weedon, Rugby, Northampton and Banbury

Banstead, Cobham and Reigate

Borough Market, Chiswick and Hampstead

Holding the identity of the business and not being tempted to diversify is more important than ever to Abraxas with the current challenges that all retailers are facing. Its focus remains on strong brands, an extensive range of products and a wonderful team who are highly trained with exceptional customer service skills.

Art of Living Cookshop has been a leading retailer of high quality kitchenware since 1972, providing expert advice and a wealth of cookery knowledge. Its Cookery School is geared towards tasty, achievable home cooking and the retailer’s well-established online shop features an informative blog that reflects seasonal foods and new culinary directions such as vegan recipes.

l Lakeland

l Lords At Home

l Steamer Trading

68 stores nationally

London and Chorleywood

40+ stores nationally

Lakeland’s store teams do a fantastic job of bringing the Lakeland brand values to life with every customer interaction. Colleagues create theatre and engagement, with autonomy to try things out. For example, one store encouraged children to make a mess on the store windows and then invited parents to try its amazing Nilglass glass cleaner with excellent results for sales and clean windows!

With its six stores in and around London, as well as its aspirational website, Lords At Home With Quality focuses on being an innovative and thoughtful housewares retailer, offering excellence in the quality of its products and the service it gives. Lords listens to customers and takes pride in serving its local communities by providing for all their housewares needs and aspirations.

A current goal at Steamer Trading Cookshop, Divermenti and Kitchens is ‘Localism’ – working with local producers and chefs and encouraging consumers to purchase in their town. Coffee is one area that has seen phenomenal success this year, providing a great example of colleagues’ expert knowledge and passion. Meanwhile, Steamer’s websites provide informative and inspiring online platforms.

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Borough Kitchen takes pride in its highly educated team, great products from its partner brands and distributors, and its engaging displays. Its ‘Why We Love It’ information is essential to communicate its rationale for carrying particular products. The Cook School’s classes, demonstrations and tutorials help customers develop skills and techniques.

KitchenAid is proud to sponsor the Excellence in Housewares Awards 2018. Since the introduction of the legendary stand mixer in 1919 and the first dishwasher in 1949, KitchenAid has built on the legacy of these icons to become the ultimate kitchen resource. From utensils to appliances, large and small, the range is designed for passionate gourmets, to deliver professional performance. PROGRESSIVE



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2018 Finalists Best department Store - independent Criteria: Nominees had to be an individual independent department store or branch of a small group of up to three stores. They should have shown excellence in areas across the retail spectrum, including: product range, product knowledge, staff training, customer care, marketing and promotion, display and (if relevant) multi-channel retailing.

l Bakers and Larners

l Barkers

l Dawsons



Skipton and Clitheroe

The multi award winning Cookshop is one of the store’s most popular areas. Since Sharon Jiggins took on the department manager role at the beginning of 2018, Cookshop has seen many enhancements, while still maintaining its renowned staff experience, expertise and personal approach. Staff members are on hand to provide expert advice and cookery demonstrations in the Complete Kitchen area.

The high street department store is known for its retail theatre: creative displays and entertaining demonstrations, which showcase the passion, knowledge and flair of its staff. Activities include a gin event featuring tastings of homemade flavoured gins, recipe cards and explanations of the benefits of different glasses for gin-based drinks. Social media activity includes ‘Like and Share’ competitions.

The family owned business continues to be a leading independent in the centre of Clitheroe, where it originated as an ironmonger in 1936, while its Skipton store opened in 2014. The well-presented and comprehensively stocked Cookshops are a key focus. The retailer’s eCookshop (established in 2004) is renowned for its good service, promotional campaigns and customer engagement.

l Harrods

l Housing Units

l Jarrold




Harrods’ Cookshop and Home Appliance rooms are inspiring and welcoming, catering for serious home cooks and professionals. Demonstration areas provide excitement, with cookery demonstrations that link in with seasonal foods in the famous Food Halls and 'foodie' book signings in its book department. Meanwhile, Harrods’ publications and social media provide education and inspiration on cooking and new technology for the kitchen.

Known as the home furnishing centre of the north, HU celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2017. It promises everything consumers need to make cooking and entertaining simple and enjoyable, with many leading kitchen brands. The store is known for its exceptional customer service from the moment tophatted doormen greet shoppers. HU uses social media to inform customers of new styles, new launches and trends.

Established in 1823, the family-owned department store is one of Norwich’s renowned landmarks and offers a unique and contemporary shopping experience with a sense of heritage. Jarrold’s cookshop tabletop and housewares department includes a vast array of cookware and hosts demonstrations and tastings while benefiting from ‘foodies’ visiting the store’s expanded delicatessen and food hall.

For the past 119 years the British Independent Retailers Association (bira) has been in the corner of independent retailers across all kinds of industries. Over that time bira has built a support team committed to the continuing success of every business they work with. Working with thousands of independent businesses of all sizes, including independent department stores, it’s bira’s goal to make every member feel supported, informed and inspired. bira sponsors this award to give industry recognition to those outstanding independent department stores and the inspiring people (often whole families) behind them. PROGRESSIVE



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2018 Finalists best department store - multiple branch or group member

Criteria: Nominees had to be a specific branch of a department store chain or group of above three stores (including members of the Fenwick Group). Excellence in areas across the retail spectrum, including: product range, product knowledge, staff training, customer care, marketing and promotion, display and (if relevant) multichannel retailing.

l Bentalls

l Fenwick Brent Cross

l Fenwick Colchester


Fenwick Brent Cross’ cookshop, tableware and electrical departments pride themselves on interesting in-store events, elegant fixtures, engaging end of aisle information screens, and knowledgeable, helpful staff for whom regular product training is a priority. Housewares have also been under the spotlight when taking centre stage in some recent window displays.

The airy, bright large central atrium on the third floor provides shoppers with an inspiring environment for products for their home, including Cookshop, Dining and Small Electricals, with attractively laid out fixtures and feature areas. Successful recent events in the departments have included a demonstration by James Martin, putting his Wahl electrical appliances through their paces.

l John Lewis

l Selfridges

l Sterling Furniture

Oxford Street

Oxford Street


John Lewis is prioritising the shopping experience and related services for consumers and the central London flagship store excites shoppers with activities in its demonstration kitchen, the changing culinary themes of its Cook’s Table (near the Food Hall) and Event Zone, providing inspiration for occasions such as Pancake Day and Easter baking.

The iconic historic store provides a contemporary setting for cookshop, tableware and electricals in its lower ground floor, with plenty of new interest in its changing fixture tables. Seasonal themes and new trends engage consumers with ideas for accessorising the home as well as entertaining. Selfridges pioneers sustainability and continues its partnership with The Zoological Society of London to protect oceans.

The Homestores at Sterling Furniture have evolved over many years with a simple yet ambitious objective – to allow customers to accessorise and style every room without needing to go anywhere else. The team of specialist buyers travel the world and work with the most famous and emerging brands to ensure they are at the forefront of new home and housewares styles and trends.

Cookshop in Bentalls is a constantly evolving business where trend led products are layered-in with core cookware ranging. The last year has seen the incredible rise in awareness about sustainability and recycling. Bentalls provides customers with a wide choice of solutions including eco coffee cups. It acknowledges that its selection of unique and exciting products are helping to drive sales.

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2018 Finalists bira cookshop & housewares retailer of the year

Criteria: Nominees had to be independent bira members (currently and through to 2019). They should have demonstrated excellence in areas across the retail spectrum, including: product range, product knowledge, staff training, customer care, marketing and promotion and display (and, if relevant, multi-channel retailing.)

l Barnitts

l Lords At Home

l Potters Cookshop


London and Chorleywood


In the heart of historic York, the family-run independent department has become one of the city’s much-loved destinations. Having steadily expanded into neighbouring premises, Barnitts prides itself on offering everything for the home and garden, including well-stocked and neatly presented kitchenware, tableware, utility and small electrical appliances, with friendly service.

With its six stores in and around London, as well as its aspirational website, Lords At Home With Quality focuses on being an innovative and thoughtful housewares retailer, offering excellence in the quality of its products and the service it gives. Lords listens to customers and take pride in serving its local communities by providing for all their housewares needs and aspirations.

Along with its extension last year that included an increase of its cookware bays from three to nine, Potters Cookshop is making full use of its demonstration kitchen area. Events create a buzz and help generate sales. Recent examples include an exclusive demonstration by Raymond Blanc. Customers also make a beeline to come and see Potters’ inventive window displays.

l Prep Cookshop and Richard Dare

l Salt and Pepper

l Trevor Mottram


Tunbridge Wells


Brenda Elsmore, previously a master baker and professional cake decorator, opened Salt and Pepper Cookshop in 2000 and won Most Promising Newcomer in 2001. The retailer’s recent awards include best Independent Retailer of Wales. With a passion for quality and service, Salt and Pepper has grown in size and reputation; its portfolio includes a coffee shop, gift shop, clothes and toy shops.

Situated in the historic pedestrian area of The Pantiles and now entering its 43rd year, Trevor Mottram has always been described as ‘a cook’s paradise’. The cookshop prides itself on the knowledge of its staff and breadth of stock. Its most recent recruit celebrates her 10th year with the shop this year. As Trevor Mottram’s customers often say: “If it’s not in here, you don’t need it.”

Prep Cookshop was winner of Most Promising Newcomer award and acquired the long established North London cookshop, Richard Dare last year. Both shops focus on providing a service to their local communities with their attentive service, considered product selection, inspiring display and community events. Prep is also growing its online community via Trouva.

Le Creuset is a world-leading cookware brand renowned for its premium, high-performance, stylish cookware and kitchen products. Established in 1925 in Fresnoy-le-Grand, France, innovation, timeless design and outstanding quality remains at the heart of the brand. Offering a lifetime guarantee across its cookware ranges, Le Creuset is a worthy investment, providing superior cooking results every time. PROGRESSIVE



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2018 Finalists excellence in cookware Criteria: All cookware and bakeware products in metals, glass, ceramic, silicone, plastic or any other material, which were launched at UK retail or modified between June 2017 and June 2018.

MasterClass Smart Ceramic Non-stick Bakeware

Baker & Salt Vitreous Enamelware

GreenPan Mayflower Classics Remastered

from What More UK

from The Cookware Company

Baker & Salt® vitreous enamelware in black & cream features an integral front handle to aid easier removal from the oven. This oven-to-tableware has a timeless look that will grace any kitchen. A new dual baking tray was launched at Exclusively Housewares and product development is ongoing.

New for 2018 is this ‘classics remastered’ design Mayflower, recreating the style from a traditional kitchen but with contemporary GreenPan features like Infinity Professional, energy-saving Magneto induction base and heavy-gauge construction for quick and even heat distribution. The design has wooden handles with an extended flame guard.

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Signature Cast Iron Rectangular and Deep Square Grills

Staub Plancha

Stellar Rocktanium Cookware

from Le Creuset The new Le Creuset cast iron 30cm Signature Rectangular Grill features a unique special surface design, split into two parts allowing you to cook different types of food at the same time, while the new 30cm Signature Deep Square Grill with deep walls offers a bigger capacity and is perfect for roasting big joints of meat.

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from Zwilling JA Henckels The STAUB brand has its origins in France – more precisely in Alsace, a region worldfamous for its culinary artistry and good food. The product range focuses on castiron and ceramic cookware for consumers who seek the authentic and emotional experience of cooking and taste. This cast iron plancha can be used for cooking as well as serving purposes. It can be used on the hob, oven and is perfect for the BBQ!

MasterClass Smart Ceramic is a high-quality range of bakeware that combines functional design with outstanding performance. A non-stick surface, slightly textured and reinforced with ceramic for outstanding durability, allows flawless food release without the use of oil.

from Horwood The desirable and distinctive stone appearance of Stellar Rocktanium features the tough non-stick Quantanium Non-Stick coating. Manufactured from a thick aluminium with an induction base, these pans are suitable for all hob types. The comfortable, stainless steel cast handles are suitably strong, and users love the visibility offered by the vented glass lids.

It is with pride that bira direct sponsors the Excellence in Cookware Award for 2018. bira direct is passionate about serving the cookshop industry and supporting members who sell kitchenware and housewares. We're pleased to reward those who are committed to innovation and quality within the sector. Good luck to all the finalists and special thanks to all those who continue to support bira direct and the independent retailer. PROGRESSIVE



Calling all independent retailers We’re here for independent retailers from all areas and retail sectors. As part of that commitment we have a specialist association dedicated to cookshop and housewares retailers. This means we can offer unique benefits like product buying, sector specific surveys and more.

Offers on housewares, cookshop and gift products and brands through bira direct Regional free-to-attend networking events Important sector specific surveys to benchmark your business against and to be used to inform the media and government on the state of independent retail

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2018 Finalists top tool or gadget Criteria: Any gadget, tool, utensil or range of the same - whether practical, aesthetic or fun (includes mills), which were launched at UK retail or modified between June 2017 and June 2018.

Barista & Co Brew It Stick

GoAvocado 3-in-1 Avocado Tool

Good Gravy Fat Separator

from Nixxee

from Joseph Joseph

from OXO Good Grips

Specifically designed to convert instant coffee drinkers over to a fresh brew. Our Brew It Stick is incredibly easy to use and is compact in size. The product is perfect for coffee lovers who are always on the go. All you need to do is fill, stir, brew and go. Better coffee made simple. #ditchtheinstant

Preparing avocados can be difficult, messy and even hazardous if using a sharp knife. GoAvocado is the ultimate avocado preparation tool, allowing you to open, destone, scoop and slice all in one handy tool. It features a fold-out plastic blade, a stainless steel pitter, a curved slicing head and an ergonomic, soft grip handle.

For leaner gravy with all the same flavour, use OXO’s Good Gravy Fat Separator. A simple squeeze of the trigger on the handle releases gravy from the base, leaving the fat behind. The built-in strainer catches herbs or large pieces of meat as you pour. The heat resistant clear Tritan body allows you to see the contents and comes with measurement markings.

Silicone Pressure Cooker Rack

Spice Mill 2-in-1

Stojo Biggie

from Microplane International

from Auteur

from OXO Good Grips

The Microplane Spice Mill 2in1 is a must-have for freshly grated spices. It is designed to grate and store hard spices, such as nutmeg, cinnamon, Tonka beans and many more. The photo-etched, ultra-sharp stainless steel blade - Made in USA- effortlessly grates spices for superior results. The spices are precisely and finely cut for a full aroma! The Spice mill also includes an airtight compartment on the top to store spices.

Stojo Biggie is ultra-portable, leak-proof, collapsible and reusable. Biggie gives you that little extra room for your on-the-go drinks holding 470ml and comes with a reusable straw, perfect for sipping iced drinks and smoothies. Stojo is a convenient alternative to bulky travel mugs and collapses into a disk, perfect for every situation - just collapse, stow and go! Stojo is also BPA, phthalates and glue free.

The OXO Good Grips Pressure Cooker Rack makes the most of pressure cookers by providing a platform to elevate food while cooking, allowing grease and fat to drain into the cooker, away from meat, poultry or veggies. The open design prevents food from sticking, a common pet peeve for pressure cooker enthusiasts.

bira Cookshop & Housewares is delighted to sponsor the Top Tool and Gadget Award at this year’s awards. Innovative kitchen tools and gadgets are designed each year, many of which become essential kitchen items and we are thrilled to celebrate the work and creativity that goes into them. bira’s Cookshop & Housewares division is proud to represent cookshop, housewares and gift retailers who sell all shapes and sizes of gadgets and we wish all the finalists the best of luck. PROGRESSIVE



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2018 Finalists plugged-in award Criteria: All products which have an electrical plug and whose use is concerned with the processing of food/drink or the carrying out of household tasks, and were launched or modified between June 2017 and June 2018.

50's Style Hand Blender

Aroma Fresh Grind and Brew

Baking Bamix

from Smeg

from Melitta

Designed to be durable, functional and perfectly handy with its ergonomic and anti-slip grip, the Smeg hand blender is an indispensable home appliance for cooking quickly and intelligently. The convenient speed control at the top of the grip makes it easy to operate, while the turbo function makes the most of the 700W motor.

The AromaFresh Grind & Brew filter coffee machine delivers outstanding coffee thanks to its integrated grinder. The coffee beans are freshly ground with an easily adjustable grinder to adjust the size of the grind to create great tasting filter coffee. There’s also the option to switch the grinder off if you prefer to use ground coffee and there’s a handy timer function too.

Precision engineered in Switzerland, the baking bamix is equipped with a capable 200w heavy duty motor. The soft grip ergonomic handle is home to the two speed setting button which can power the blade to an impressive 17,000 rpm. Double insulation allows the stick blender to be immersed right up to the handle. Includes a multi-purpose blade, whisk, beater, meat mincer, processor, power disc and many more handy features.

SMART Samosa Maker

Solis 5-in-1 Table Grill

from SMART Worldwide

from Beam Group

This is a smart and stylish kitchen appliance that helps you make your favourite snack quickly and efficiently and also healthier. You can make 24 deep-fill samosas at a batch, with potatoes, chilli and peas, minced meat, cheese, fruit or your favourite filling (sweet or savoury). The non-stick plate makes cleaning an easy task. The healthy, non-fried, best tasting samosa ever!

This high-end multi-functional 5 in 1 table grill offers a sophisticated, versatile way to create various dishes and tastes in one appliance: raclette cheese, mini pizzas, wok dishes, crèpes and meat grilling. Made of solid, premium materials and includes all the accessories you need to recreate fine cuisine dishes at home with family and friends.

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Exclusively Electrical and sister show Exclusively Housewares are delighted to sponsor the ‘Plugged-In’ award category as part of their commitment to the SDA sector. With a focus on providing a specialist view of what’s new in small kitchen and domestic appliances, housewares and tableware, the Exclusively Shows are a ‘must visit’ for retailers in the industry. PROGRESSIVE



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2018 Finalists cutting edge award Criteria: All knives, scissors, cutting equipment, allied storage items, chopping boards and sharpeners, which were launched at UK retail or modified between June 2017 and June 2018.

l 16-Piece Cutlery Carving set

Epicurean Cutting Board Kitchen Series

Forest and Forge range

from Tramontina UK

from Eddingtons

This exquisite set exudes the Tramontina ethos of bringing people together to enjoy fabulous hospitality, enjoy good times and create lasting memories.With stylish good looks and high quality, many exceptional features prevail including super-sharp serrated stainless-steel blades and sculpted real wood handles which are dishwasher safe and come with a unique five-year warranty.

The original Epicurean Kitchen Series cutting board is the classic “go-to” all-purpose surface for everyday food preparation. With a natural look and texture from an ecofriendly, organic, wood fibre composite, these boards are super durable, non-porous, knife friendly and dishwasher safe. This is the perfect everyday board for hygienic food preparation and easy clean-up.

Forest and Forge, a premium collection of exquisite British made knives. With blades hand crafted in Sheffield, each native British wooden handle has been responsibly sourced from estates in Yorkshire. With a knife suited to all styles of cooking, this collection brings together sustainability and professionalism. The steel is chosen for sharpness and longevity, while wind damaged wood creates a personal and unique collection.

Miyabi 5000MCD Nakiri Knife

Pro Sharp 'Twist 'n' Sharp' Knife Sharpener

Signature Q Knife Block

from Zwilling JA Henckels

from Eddingtons

from Robert Welch Designs

Miyabi knives combine beauty and exceptional sharpness. They are thus manufactured in the tradition of the ancient masters. Miyabi knives are designed by the Japanese and manufactured in Zwilling's own factories in Japan. Miyabi 5000MCD Nakiri, also known as a Japanese vegetable knife, has a 17cm blade.

The new Pro Sharp Twist ‘n’ Sharp is a 2-in-1 knife sharpener with a simple singlehanded pull-through operation. The Twist ‘n’ Sharp achieves professional results, even on old and blunt knives. It can also be used to sharpen serrated blades and scissors. The tungsten steel edges will sharpen the bluntest of knives whilst the ceramic edges will hone and perfect the blade.

The Signature Q Knife Block stores up to four Robert Welch Signature kitchen knives. The lacquered wood veneered block features a mirror polished 18/10 stainless steel stand, with the addition of non-slip feet. Innovative ABS sleeves house hidden magnets which are an ideal space saving and protective storage solution for Signature kitchen knives.

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Welcome to all UK home and housewares professionals to the 2019 International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago, 2 -5 March! Hear what your colleagues have to say about the Show… The Show was a great mix of big brands and smaller innovators. It allowed us to see a broad scope of what is out there in a really well organised environment. This Show has opened up new opportunities that other shows do not provide. I'll definitely be back. Samm Swain Buying and Merchandising Director Lakeland

I find the Show very useful for understanding the latest trends and how the market is moving forward. The Hydration event and the Pantone colours area were very interesting and gave me ideas to work with and meet some new suppliers. Retail in Chicago is also very good for inspiration from a visual merchandising point of view and again to see what the product and colour trends are. Priti Merchant Senior Buying Manager Cookshop Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc

As a UK Distributor of many US brands, this show offers us a wonderful platform to spend unpressurised quality time with major UK buyers, which is rare at other shows. It also gives us an opportunity to explore potential new brands with exhibitors showing no resistance to having discussions on the stands. We always enjoy being in Chicago, and appreciate the excellent organisation of the Show. The New Exhibitor and Trending Today Previews were fantastic, offering a great way to start the Show with a quick snapshot of what's new. The dates for next year's Show are already in the diary. Mohamed Hajat Head of Sales – Home, Garden & DIY Burton McCall Ltd

What makes the Chicago Housewares Show stand out for me is both the sheer diversity of product on offer – I will often come away inspired to look at a category that I hadn’t got on my wish list before attending – and the extent of innovation shown, which is unmatched by any other show. Increasingly, Chicago seems to be the next port of call for products fresh from successful crowdfunding campaigns, now ready for a wider market. Ben Phillips Director Steamer Trading

2019 Show information and free online pre-registration: For travel arrangements, contact Expose Travel, Paul Vasdev, Tel: +44 1883 349576, Email:

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2018 Finalists Excellence in homewares Criteria: Kitchenware products not covered in other categories that assist in preparation of food and drink, such as storage containers, scales, measuring equipment and household products that assist in cleaning, laundry, utility storage and waste disposal, which were launched at UK retail or modified between June 2016 and June 2017.

58 litre dual compartment sensor bin with voice and motion control


Bee's Wrap

from KitchenCraft

from Eddingtons

BarCraft has become the one-stop destination for barware, leading the way with ongoing introductions embracing the latest trends. Flowing iridescent effects across sleek glassware, along with hammered stainless-steel barware, iridescent copper effect bar accessories and a Tropicana styled range all exude relaxed, nostalgic and fun themes.

Bee's Wrap is the sustainable, natural alternative to plastic wrap for food storage. Made of beeswax, organic cotton, organic jojoba oil and tree resin, the wraps are fully biodegradable and compostable. This range is totally on trend with consumers who care about food contact, recycling, waste and the economies of re-use.

Flex and Flex Plus Toilet Brushes

If You Care

Mepal Cirqula Multi Bowl

from Joseph Joseph

If You Care kitchen and household products are made from sustainable, renewable or recyclable resources ie FSC certified and compostable. There are no added chlorines or toxins. The packaging is made from unbleached Totally Chlorine-Free (TCF) or Processed Chlorine-Free (PCF) cardboard with only vegetable-based inks for printing and non-toxic glues for fastening. All claims are backed by third-party certifications.

from simplehuman The new dual-compartment recycler from simplehuman has fast, accurate, voice recognition. Just say “open can” and the lid opens automatically. The smart bin also has a motion sensor so it opens with a wave of your hand.

Conventional brushes hold dirt and liquid, making them messy and unhygienic and their bristles distort and wear. Flex is an innovative toilet brush that features a flexible, D-shaped head that reaches all areas, and It has widely spaced bristles that prevent dirt clogging, allowing liquid to drain quickly and minimising drips between cleaning and storing.

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from Mistral Brands The Cirqula multi bowl from Mepal has been designed for a complete ‘circle of use’. The versatile bowl can be used for preparing and serving food, as well storing food in the fridge or freezer. It can also be used in the microwave. The lid has a transparent window so that the contents can be seen, and is 100% leak-proof making it ideal for food on the go.

The International Housewares Association and International Home + Housewares Show proudly present the Excellence in Homewares Award. The 2019 International Home + Housewares Show, taking place in Chicago, 2-5 March, features over 2,200 exhibitors from over 50 countries and 56,000 total attendees from 130 countries. For additional information and to register, visit PROGRESSIVE



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2018 Finalists top of the table Criteria: All tableware, glassware, tabletop accessories, serveware and tabletop textile products, which were launched at UK retail or modified between June 2017 and June 2018.

Bialetti Crystal Clear Induction Stove Coffee Maker

Drift Barware Collection

Epicurean Melamine Tableware

from Robert Welch Designs

from Eddingtons

from Nixxee

The extensive Drift Barware Collection offers a range of theatrical presentation pieces for a table or bar setting. Each piece has been designed to make the service of wine, champagne and other various beverages a considered and extra special experience. All Drift Barware items are made from the finest mirror polished 18/10 stainless steel.

The Eddingtons Epicurean range of melamine tableware has been developed using the latest technology featuring reactive glazed hand finishes. It looks and feels just like ceramic. However the Epicurean Melamine resists breakage, scratching, chipping and is dishwasher safe. Whatever the occasion our designs provide something for everyone.

Grey Serve Stick Platter

Mixologist Collection

from Ladelle

Uniquely comprehensive, this new LSA International collection invites you to create your own cocktail bar from the assortment of designs for preparing, mixing and serving drinks. Mouthblown glasses have modern, stepped silhouettes and thick stems. Cocktail tools for muddling, juicing and chopping are tied with leather toggles.

Sara Miller London for Portmeirion Chelsea Collection

The Bialetti Moka celebrates more than 80 years of classic design elegance and technological simplicity. From the early 1950s to the present day, Bialetti has manufactured over 200 million coffee makers. The next development was to create a sleek elegant design using borosilicate glass for induction use.

The Ladelle Grey Serve Stick Platter is the perfect entertainers’ piece. Fruit, cheeses, or dinner; whatever you’re serving up will pop against the high gloss grey finish. By adding a modern wood handle to a simple round porcelain plate design, the Serve Stick Platter makes it quick and easy to move around and share food with others.

from LSA International

from Portmeirion Sara Miller is an award-winning British designer. Sharing the same commitment to beautiful, sophisticated and stylish designs, Sara Miller London and Portmeirion have collaborated to create The Chelsea Collection – an enchanting fine porcelain afternoon tea collection that’s bright and beautiful with stunning gold detailing.

The Excellence in Housewares Awards are recognised by the industry as the ‘Oscars‘ for the housewares trade. As the awards ceremony shines a spotlight on the best of both – retail and industry, it matches Ambiente’s global positioning perfectly. We are very proud to be part of it.




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2018 Finalists the innovation in product award Criteria: A new innovative product or any innovation that demonstrates improved functionality to an existing product. The innovation must be launched between June 2017 and June 2018.

58 litre dual compartment sensor bin with voice and motion control

Bo Touch Bin

Flex and Flex Plus Toilet Brushes

from Brabantia Say hello to Brabantia’s unique Bo Touch Bin, the bin that doesn’t look like a bin. Nearly a century of craftsmanship, Dutch design and heart for the planet culminate in the cabinet-like Bo. With its four elegant legs and eight available colours, Bo is both good-looking and practical. You can choose from one, two or three inner buckets, all made from 100% recycled materials,.

from Joseph Joseph

Kilner Fridge Dispenser

Smarter iKettle

from The Rayware Group

from Smarter

The Kilner 3-Litre Fridge Drinks Dispenser conveniently stores the suggested daily consumption of water. It has been designed to maximise space on your fridge shelf whilst perfectly keeping drinks fresh and cold for longer. Fill, chill and pour from your dispenser as an alternative solution to using plastic bottles.

Smarter's latest edition of its iconic iKettle, is the most innovative and stylish designed kettle yet. The essence of the iKettle is convenience, with time and energy-saving features like 'Wake Up' or 'Home' mode that are easily scheduled via app on your smartphone or tablet. A simple touch of the button on your device, wherever you are will have the iKettle boiled before you've even made it in to the kitchen.

Stasher Reusable Silicone Clear Half Gallon Bag

from simplehuman The new dual-compartment recycler from simplehuman has fast, accurate, voice recognition. Just say “open can” and the lid opens automatically. The smart bin also has a motion sensor so it opens with a wave of your hand.

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Conventional brushes hold dirt and liquid, making them messy and unhygienic and their bristles distort and wear. Flex is an innovative toilet brush that features a flexible, D-shaped head that reaches all areas, and It has widely spaced bristles that prevent dirt clogging, allowing liquid to drain quickly and minimising drips between cleaning and storing.

from PHA KitchEssentials Stasher bags are changing the way we store and cook at home for the better. The plastic free bags are freezable, microwaveable, can be used for sous-vide cooking and are air-tight! One Stasher bag can be used thousands of times and is top rack dishwasher safe.

Top Drawer is the UK’s leading design-led trade show, showcasing over 1500 lifestyle brands and thousands of new products across nine expertly curated sectors. Held at the iconic Olympia London, each edition offers buyers a one-stop shop to source from the very best brands and up-coming names. The HOME edit for January (13-15 2019) brings an exclusive selection of the best in housewares for the new season. PROGRESSIVE



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2018 Finalists the icon award Criteria: Classic housewares products that have withstood the test of time. Products can only win this award once, after which they join the Icon Gallery. Previous winners of this Award are the Dualit toaster, the Ceramic Pestle and Mortar, the traditional Cafetière, the Pyrex Jug, the KitchenAid mixer, the TG Green Cornish Blue Dreadnought Jug, Le Creuset Cocotte, the Kenwood Chef, the Mason Cash mixing bowl, the Krisk Bean Slicer, Emma Bridgewater Half Pint Mug, the Magimix Food Processor, the Chichester Carving Tray, the Tala Conical Measuring Jug, the Bialetti Moka Espresso Stovetop, Kilner Jars from Rayware and Rushbrooke’s Striped Butcher’s Apron.

Classic Table Model Corkscrew (formerly Screwpull) from Le Creuset Each Le Creuset Wine Accessory is recognised for performance, superb quality and design. It started with the Original Classic Table Model, the first selfpulling corkscrew, with its perfectly shaped Teflon screw, designed to glide through even the toughest corks.

POP Containers from OXO Good Grips With airtight seals, one-handed opening, and a variety of modular shapes and sizes, POP Containers are just what you need for a pantry makeover. Opening the Container is as easy as pushing a button. The button even pops up to serve as a handle for the lid! The new and improved POP range now features accessories that attach to the underside of the lids, so the right tool is always within reach.

Global Knives

Index Chopping Boards

from Grunwerg Having recently just celebrated its 30th Anniversary, Global Knives UK is one of the most successful knife brands in the world. Still crafted by hand in Yoshikins Factory in Niigata, Japan, Global Knives are manufactured to extremely high standards. The brand now has three ranges including the award winning Global Classic range, Global Ni and Global SAI.

from Joseph Joseph

Prestige Pressure Cooker

Thermos Flasks

from Meyer Group

For over 110 years, Thermos has delivered when it matters most. From the original glass-lined Tartan flasks to the new stainless steel Super Light range, Thermos brand products are designed to deliver reliable temperature retention performance day-in and day-out. Featuring the signature, patented, stainless steel vacuum insulation Thermos brand products are the perfect travel companion.

Every home needs a great pressure cooker! And no one knows more about them than Prestige - its Pressure Cookers will save you time, energy and preserve the healthy nutrients in your food. A classic item for any kitchen, and with eight newly launched stylish models to the Prestige collection, they will surely be the icons of the future.

Since its launch in 2008, Index has been a worldwide best-seller. The original colourcoded chopping board set helps reduce cross-contamination of food using the simple-yet-effective tab system. All boards have non-slip feet and sloped edges to catch any stray food and juices. They also have knife-friendly cutting surfaces and the case has a non-slip base.

from UK Thermos

Salter is proud to celebrate Great British design and innovation since 1760 and sponsor the Excellence in Housewares Icon award. The winner will join one of the most prestigious clubs in the housewares industry, achieving iconic status.




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2018 Finalists the supplier awards Criteria: To arrive at the ďŹ nalists (and winners) for these three awards, PH sent out 1,000 nomination forms to housewares retailers asking them to state which housewares suppliers they feel are the tops when it comes to marketing, innovation and service.

excellence in innovation award Criteria: A supplier that has achieved excellence in innovation and product development over the past year.

excellence in marketing award Criteria: A supplier that has demonstrated excellence in marketing over the past year, resulting in increased sales and/or brand awareness. This can be for a speciďŹ c campaign or for on-going strategies over the last year, and can include advertising in all its forms, public relations activities, point of sale and in-store promotional material.

excellence in service award Criteria: A supplier that has excelled itself in providing a great service to the housewares retailer over the past year.

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The Excellence In Housewares Awards provides the industry with an excellent opportunity to recognise retailer excellence plus supplier product innovation and service. It also encourages the industry to network and share their views on the latest market developments in a relaxed and enjoyable setting.




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2018 Finalists honorary achievement Criteria: This very special award is presented to an individual who has contributed greatly to the UK housewares industry. Nominations are invited from across the industry.

who will be the winner this year? roll of honour of previous winners 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011


Ben Philips, owner, Steamer Trading Jeremy Horwood, sales director, Horwood Leslie Gort Barton, ceo, Dualit Richard Plant, sales director, KitchenCraft Paul Woolley, managing director, bira direct Nicky Foster, managing director, Kitchens Patrick Gardner, managing director, T&G Woodware 2010 - Martin, Sam and Julian Rayner, directors, Lakeland 2009 - David Phillips, co founder, Steamer Trading 2008 - Peter Battersby, founder and chairman of Typhoon 2007 - Kate Carrick, former housewares buyer of JLP 2006 - Jonathan Swift, former md of the CHA 2005 - Paul Wright, md of Meyer Group 2004 - David Parkes, housewares controller, AIS 2003 - John Lennon, md, Brabantia 2002 - Pam Plant, housewares director, BHETA 2001 - Frank Picken, agent/distributor 2000 - Gary Gordon, joint owner, Kitchen Kapers

Above: Ben Philips, owner, Steamer Trading.

With a long standing (168 years) history in the housewares industry, we are immensely proud to sponsor the Honorary Achievement Award, recognising those that play a part, lead and inuence the innovation and dedication which both retailers and suppliers invest each and every year.




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