awards 2019


Who will make the cut?

The Housewares Innovation Awards 2019 judges prepare to review entries


ith entries now closed for the Housewares Innovation Awards, two expert judging panels comprised of highly-esteemed figures have convened to review each and every submission

and decide who will be among those taking home a prestigious industry accolade at the 2019 ceremony. Speaking ahead of the two judging days, sales & event manager Alison Farrell commented: “We have received so many amazing entries for this year’s scheme, which means our judging panels are going to have an incredibly hard task on their hands to pick our winners. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our judges for committing their time and expertise to ensure that only the very best take home an award.” The decision-making process began on Tuesday 6 November with the ‘retailer’

categories. Bringing knowledge and experience to the table will be Adam Smith, marketing manager at Eddingtons; Christian Dalton, UK country manager of Dutch Creative Brands; Darren Nickolls, UK sales director at KitchenCraft; Dr Samir Attia, chairman of SMA, owner of Smart Worldwide; Geoff Hounslea, sales and marketing director at JWP; Helen Simpson, marketing manager at KitchenAid; Linda Ayres, sales director at Katy Sue Designs; Rob Blackburn, director of sales and sourcing at David Mason Design; David Agnew, sales director at RKW; Stephen Fennell, key account manager at Pyrex and Tom Basford, field sales manager for Meyer UK. Following this, a second panel convened on Thursday 8 November to test and

critique all of the innovative products submitted by housewares suppliers. On hand to help decide the winners were Alison Hobbs, visual merchandiser and sales assistant at Potters Cookshop of Hockley; David Conduit, retail and internet purchase manager at Harts of Stur; Nicole Mapplebeck, buyer at Blue Diamond Group; Rachel Taylor, product manager for Home Hardware; Samm Swain, buying & merchandising director at Lakeland; consultant Siobhan McMillan, former head of buying at Steamer Trading Cookshop; Tom Carter, director at Potters Cookshop of Hockley and Tom Grinnall, buyer at Blue Diamond Group. “Both judging panels decided upon a shortlist of companies in each category which will be revealed on the Housewares Innovation Awards website on Monday 19 November.”

Join us for an evening of celebration The next batch of Housewares Innovation Awards winners will be inducted into the prestigious ‘hall of fame’ at a ceremony taking place at Birmingham’s National Motorcycle Museum on Monday 4 February 2019. A key date in the housewares calendar, the ceremony takes place on the second night of Spring Fair - providing an opportunity for industry professionals to relax and, with the representatives from the very best companies in attendance, a chance to network in a fun and convivial environment. Guests will also enjoy an exclusive drinks reception, three course meal with wine andentertainment from a special host.Tickets are in limited supply and are available to purchase through a secure online form on the Housewares Innovation Awards website.

Supported by the industry The Housewares Innovation Awards would not be possible without the continued support of industry heavyweights, with the 2019 edition already receiving the backing of BHETA, Creative Tops, David Mason Design, The English Tableware Company, Gourmet Gadgetry, Harts of Stur, Home Hardware, The International Housewares Association (IHA), KitchenAid, KitchenCraft, Lakeland, SMART Worldwide, Spring Fair, T&G Woodware and What More UK. With the countdown now on to the awards ceremony, there are a limited number of opportunities remaining for brands to get involved and enjoy the exposure that the Awards’ unique platform presents. For more information, contact Alison Farrell on 01622 699197 or at

To find out more about the Housewares Innovation Awards or to book your tickets to the ceremony, visit

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