The nominees have been announced for this year’s TRIC Awards, to be presented at a lavish ceremony in central London on 15 September 2021. TRIC (the Television and Radio Industries Club) will

recognise the very best TV, radio and online shows, as well as Britain’s most-loved stars and talent. The awards will be presented in front of a live audience at the prestigious 8 Northumberland Avenue, in the shadow of Trafalgar Square. Also, for the first time, fans can watch all the action on a free livestream!

Jane Ostler, TRIC Chair, said: “It’s been a tough

year for broadcasters and we’re delighted to pay tribute to all those committed professionals who kept the show on the road and now we can’t wait to put on our party dresses and show our appreciation for a fantastic year in TV, radio and online.” There will be 18 hotly-contested awards on the

night, and with thousands of votes cast by the public and industry experts, the shortlist contains some of the biggest and best-loved names in the broadcasting industry.


Managing Director of Portway Domestic Appliances, John Bainbridge, has announced his retirement after more than 30 years at the helm of the company. He will leave on 27 August 2021. As only the fourth employee to join Portway back

in the early 1990s, Mr Bainbridge has been instrumental in developing the distribution centre over the years, which is now a 100,000sq ft premises hosting a number of brands that have been brought into the UK marketplace. These include Hisense, Fridgemaster, Ebac, Simfer and New World, and particularly Amica – a brand that Mr Bainbridge helped build from scratch in the UK. “John’s expertise and commitment in helping build

Portway into a modern-day national distribution force is unparalleled these days,” the team said, adding: “Jack, Ken, Rory and everyone at Portway wish John the very best for his retirement. And as they say, life begins at 60… it’s the new 40!”

July/August 2021

TRIC Awards 2021 nominees announced!

Read an exclusive Q&A with Jane Ostler over the page. Over half of

retail spend will be online


Online shopping will account for over half of post- pandemic retail sales globally. This is according to Wunderman Thompson Commerce – its Future Shopper Report 2021, which surveyed over 28,000 consumers across 17 countries on their current and future shopping habits. It also found that 72 per cent of shoppers say that

online shopping came to their rescue in 2020 and nearly three-quarters say eCommerce would be more important to them in 2021. Hugh Fletcher, Global Head of Consultancy and

Impressive growth for Haier

Haier has reported it achieved 20 per cent brand growth during its 2020-2021 financial year period, with 12 per cent European growth. The manufacturer said it accounted for 16.2 per

cent global market share, with every one in four fridges and one in four washing machines sold being from the Haier, Hoover or Candy brands. Speaking at the virtual 1 Vision smart conference

last month, UK and Ire CEO, David Meyerowitz, said growing consumer confidence had helped towards the group achieving number one positions in several product categories – including freestanding and built-

in washing machines, washer dryers and tumble dryers, multi-door refrigeration and wine coolers. Meanwhile, CEO of Europe, Yannick Fierling, reported

of Haier’s 30 per cent year-on-year increase in smart MDA sales… “through a focus on product experience, rather than just the models themselves”, he said. With over three million registered users, 18

connected product families and more than 12 million smart products in the market, Haier has invested heavily in its industrial footprint in order to meet growing demand. Three new factories will open this year and in 2022 in Romania, Turkey and China.

Innovation at Wunderman Thompson, said: “eCommerce can no longer be treated as the supplementary sales channel. Global shoppers have clearly stated that, in the future, it will be their primary channel for retail purchasing. For some organisations, and particularly marketplaces, they are reaping the rewards of investing in a strong online presence, while the news has been littered with stories of businesses who have not identified these changing demands going bust.” The report also stated that 41 per cent of respondents

said they are frightened about shopping instore in the wake of COVID-19. Mr Fletcher added: “2021 and beyond will usher in an

era of more diverse online offerings, with marketplaces, direct-to-consumer brand sites and social commerce all having a key role to play.”

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