The entry process is underway for the 2019 edition of the Housewares Innovation Awards, and companies from across the sector are busy perfecting their submissions to put themselves in with the best chance of winning a prestigious accolade.

With an expanded range of categories, there are even more opportunities to be recognised for innovative products, outstanding services and exceptional individual efforts.

Following high demand from industry, the award for Britain’s Best Family Business has been introduced to highlight the UK’s leading family-run stores, whether they are an independent or chain of stores. In its inaugural year, the award will be sponsored by Harts of Stur – a fourth generation, family owned award-wining business based in the small market town of Sturminster Newton in North Devon.

Philip Hart, managing director at Harts of Stur, comments: “As a successful family company, we have an understanding of how special and unique family companies can be; something a company owned and run anonymously can never replicate, so recognising and honouring those companies is very important to us.”

“We have been fortunate enough to win a couple of these prestigious awards in the past, and it’s a humbling and exciting feeling and a great reward for all team members. Sponsoring this award is our way of giving something back to a fabulous industry as well as showing our continued commitment to the housewares sector.”

Other accolades available for housewares retailers include Britain’s Best Independent Department Store; Instore Demonstrations; Multiple Housewares Retailer; Online Retailer; Staff Training; Wholesaler; Window Display;  Retailer Service; Garden Centre; Retail Buyer; Salesperson and Independent Cookshop.

On the brand front, the Sugar Craft Innovation Award is the latest to join the line-up of accolades that recognise the very best in Bakeware, Food Preparation, Kitchenware, Packaging, Small Electricals, Tabletop and Supplier Service.

Entries can be submitted through the quick and easy online form, which will be available until the deadline of Tuesday 2 October.

Following this, an esteemed panel of industry judges will be tasked with reviewing every single entry and deciding upon the rightful winner in each category. For entrants, the judging process is a unique opportunity to get their products and stores in front of key decision makers from leading retailers and major brands.


A key time on the housewares calendar

Spring Fair, the UK’s number one home & gift trade show and a partner of the Housewares Innovation Awards, takes place at the NEC Birmingham from 3-7 February 2019 – and the very best of the housewares sector will be there to enjoy the unmissable wholesale trade show.

It is apt that the Housewares Innovation Awards ceremony, a celebration of the best products and retailers within the sector, takes place on Monday 4 February just down the road at the NCC, Birmingham.

Claire Budgen, marketing director of KitchenCraft and Creative Tops – sponsoring the Britain’s Best Housewares Retail Website and Britain’s Best Multiple Housewares Retailer awards respectively – comments: “As we all come together at Spring Fair to the view the latest in industry product development and discuss how to drive retail sales forward in the year ahead, it seems fitting that the Housewares Innovation Awards on the Monday evening forms a focal point to praise and acknowledge successes from the previous year.”

Guests at the Awards will not only enjoy high-profile awards presentations, but a unique opportunity to network with representatives from leading brands and foremost retailers.

Tickets to the ceremony are now available to purchase on the Housewares Innovation Awards website.

Get involved

The Housewares Innovation Awards has received the backing of key industry names, including Spring Fair, The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA), Creative Tops, David Mason Design, Gourmet Gadgetry, Harts of Stur, Home Hardware, ICTC, The International Housewares Association (IHA), Joseph Joseph, KitchenAid, KitchenCraft, Lakeland, Potters Cookshop, SMART Worldwide, Stellar Cookware, T&G Woodware and What More UK Ltd.

With the awards picking up pace, now is the perfect time for companies to put themselves in the mix and be a part of this unmissable industry event. For more information on the range of bespoke sponsorship opportunities available, contact Laurie Marrington on 07903 712102 or at

For more information on the Housewares Innovation Awards 2019, and to submit an entry, visit