COMMENT Meet the 2019 finalists

No 5,851 - 22 February 2019

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The latest headlines from across the home improvement and garden sector

P10 / RETAILING DIY Week talks to CEO Andy Dunkley

about the huge growth it has achieved and big plans for the future

“There’s something for everyone this year”

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This issue you can feast your eyes on the products that made the cut as 2019 DIY Week Award finalists. We had a really fun day of judging – full-on but fun – and, although there was a lot to get through, we managed to have some laughs and good discussions along the way. Whilst many of the judges were already familiar with a number of products, it was great to still have some surprises up our sleeve, with launches they knew nothing about and were able to get very excited about. That always brings a smile to my face, as the awards really is about celebrating innovation and exciting products that keep pushing the envelope and driving the industry, as a whole, forward. You can see the full shortlist from page 16 to 19. Hopefully there will be a few new launches in the mix that you weren’t aware of too, as that’s another important part of why we do this – to bring these fantastic innovations to our readers and help provide you with a bit of inspiration when shaping your own DIY, home and garden offer. From ground-breaking new technology, to quirky products that solve real DIY dilemmas,

there’s something for everyone this year; and even just making the shortlist is tough enough with our judging panel, so rest assured that the products in our line-up are worth a look. Next week our second judging panel convenes to discuss our retailer entries, which will be another packed day but, again, one that I enjoy, as it’s always really heartening to talk about growth and new initiatives in the retail sector. With a year that’s been punctuated by doom and gloom, thanks to Brexit and an unwelcome barrage of political uncertainty and scaremongering, I was both surprised and delighted at the retailers shouting about new developments, strong trading, exceptional customer service and creative campaigns. If you didn’t enter but can count yourselves as such a retailer, then I take my hat off to you as well because it hasn’t been an easy time – and more to the point, get yourself in the running next year!

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A rundown of this year’s supplier finalists in the product categories


A closer look at trends for Christmas 2019, plus top merchandising tips for in-store displays


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