April 2021 News

Sirius Awards recognise leading brands and retailers


Sirius Buying Group has announced the winners of its exclusive Sirius Awards 2020. Traditionally announced at its Annual Awards ceremony in September, restrictions meant the previous event could not go ahead. Instead, there was a Digital Trade Show in October last year. The results across the seven categories were as follows... Retailer of the Year – Large: Winner: Joe Graham, Luton;

Highly Commended: EH Services, Belfast. Retailer of the Year – Medium: Winner: Kellyvision, Peterborough; Highly Commended: Hosies, Broughty Ferry. Manufacturer of the Year: Winner: Whirlpool; Highly Commended: Liebherr. Distributor of the Year: Winner: Domestic Appliances Distributors; Highly Commended: Swift Electrical. SDA Supplier of the Year: Winner: RKW; Highly Commended: Connect Distribution. Representative of the Year: Vanessa Gardner, BSH Home Appliances. Special Recognition Award: Symphony Group. Steve Jones, Managing Director at Sirius Buying

Group, commented: “We are very proud to recognise the achievements of our talented Group as the industry rose to unprecedented challenges in 2020, which is why these awards really do honour the best. “The overall standards of customer service, showroom

presentation and commitment to not only the Group but the industry as a whole were regarded by the Sirius Board of Directors and I am extremely pleased to see new emphasis on the customer journey, as well as creating supportive and collaborative relationships within the industry more than ever before.”

Digital Trade Show In other news, Sirius also announced it will hold its second Digital Trade Show event on 27 May 2021. Following the success of its debut virtual event in October, the buying group said the next one will be “even bigger, better and more interactive”. It also confirmed that, conditions permitting, its

physical Trade Show and Gala Dinner will return in September this year at The Forest of Arden. Mark Veysey, General Manager at Sirius Buying Group,

said: “It is very important for us to be able to provide an effective platform for our Approved Members and Suppliers, enabling them to safely and confidently network and plan for the future. We are offering the chance to virtually discuss exclusive promotions and talk about how we can all work closely together in 2021.”

Damion Templar has taken over as new Managing Director of JURA UK. He steps up from Head of Sales UK and Ireland (Consumer Division) and succeeds Roger Heap, who will be moving to a semi- retired position with some part-time consultancy responsibility. In a statement, Andrew Thornber, Head of

Finance and Operations, thanked Mr Heap for his “immense contribution”. Mr Templar, with his 20-year track record within

consumer durables, appliances and coffee, said he is “thrilled” to be taking on his new role. “I thank the owners of the business for offering

me this fantastic opportunity. We’re going forward from really strong foundations within premium bean-to-cup, even in these uncertain and difficult times.”

John Lewis has launched a new own-brand value range called ‘ANYDAY’ – with over 2,400 home essentials now available online and in-store spanning key areas of the home, including Living Room, Kitchen, Home Office, Outdoor and more. Consumer electronics and large appliances are not

currently included, but the retailer said further categories will be added in the Autumn. The new range will focus on delivering “enhanced

value” through daily life products, John Lewis said, to appeal to a broader group of shoppers and their wide range of needs.

New John Lewis own-brand targets money-conscious consumers The products will be the company’s most affordable

to date. ANYDAY prices are on average 20 per cent lower than the chain’s current own brand prices. Within the range is a 1.7L cordless kettle and matching two- slice toaster, priced at £25 each. Pippa Wicks, Executive Director at John Lewis, said

customer research had shown that 60 per cent of UK adults are more money conscious now than they were at the start of the pandemic. And the launch of ANYDAY is “a critical element” of John Lewis’s turnaround strategy. Ms Wicks continued: “This new range signals a real stepchange in the modernising of our brand. We want

to challenge value perceptions of John Lewis and attract a broader group of shoppers who want to combine true style and value."

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