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ERT Awards entry deadline extended… But you don’t have long!


It is hard to ignore that the past few months have been incredibly difficult for the electrical retailing industry and we want to make sure that the outstanding efforts and contributions of all in the sector are honoured. With that in mind, we have made some important changes to this year’s ERT Awards scheme. Firstly, the entry deadline has been delayed until Friday 2 October. For electrical retailers, this will provide a bit more


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breathing room to put together your amazing submissions and for manufacturers whose product launches may have been delayed, there will be extra time to put your innovative products forward for consideration. There are no changes to this year’s manufacturer/supplier categories, so if you have launched an innovative small/major domestic appliance or a product in the brown goods sector, you are sure to find your opportunity to shine.


Entering is simple You can enter online in three simple steps. Simply head to www.ertawards.co.uk. Follow the ‘CLICK HERE’ button on the home page, select your category (or you can select multiple categories at the time of entering), supply your supporting information and media, and add your contact details. The retailer categories will be judged solely by this


year’s judges, while the manufacturer categories are voted for by retailers using a dedicated online platform via the ERT Awards website. So manufacturers, now is the time to engage with your retail partners more than ever to encourage more votes! By surveying the responses of ERT readers via this online platform, we will be able to get a definitive answer on who the best suppliers are, which new products have caught retailers’ imagination and which sales reps are really going the extra mile. The full list of this year’s categories can also be found on the ERT Awards website.


Save the date for 2020!


This year’s winners will be announced at the prestigious ERT Awards 2020, which has now moved slightly later – to 3 December – and will be a virtual live-streamed event for the whole electrical retail industry! At this current time, the safety of attendees is essential so the decision has been made to host a digital Awards event. Keep an eye on the ERT website and Twitter –


@ERTonline – for more information and all the latest updates. Or contact marketing@ertonline.co.uk with any questions.


End of school holidays sees footfall figures decline across the UK


Footfall across UK retail destinations declined by 6.3 per cent this month. UK retail destinations saw the first week on week decline in footfall since the end of April. This is for the period 6 – 12 September 2020 and data from Springboard shows that high streets and retail parks saw week on week declines of 5.4 and 5.2 per cent respectively, whilst in shopping centres footfall dropped by nine per cent.


The impact of the start of the school term and consequent tailing off of staycations was evident in the greater drop in footfall in towns that appeal to holiday makers, the retail research company said. Footfall in coastal towns and


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historic towns dropped by more than in high streets generally. However, this didn’t mean that people returned to their offices, as there was also a proportionately greater decline in footfall in regional cities of 7.9 per cent, although footfall in Central London dropped by just three per cent. “The back to school boost to footfall ended sharply,” commented Diane


Wehrle, Springboard’s Insights Director. “Whilst this is a pattern of consumer activity that Springboard has come to expect, the magnitude of the drop has been larger than in any previous year. This signifies the continued impact of many Brits continuing to work from home as offices across the UK remain closed.”


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