Partner & Food Preparation Innovation Award

  • Imagine a place where you can find all of the homewares, gifts and ideas you need to inspire and delight your customers, at the best buying time of the year. Spring Fair is that place, bringing over 58,000 visitors and 2,500 exhibitors together across 14 show sectors, Glee and Jewellery & Watch, under one (rather large) roof at the NEC.

    Seeing, touching and experiencing new products in person; meeting the people presenting them to the market. Making real-life connections with new and existing suppliers; these are all experiences that cannot be replicated online. The perfect opportunity to kickstart your buying season, Spring Fair is the best way to start the year for any retailer.

Britain’s Best Housewares Salesperson

  • The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) represents over 200 supplier companies in the housewares, SDA, garden and DIY sectors. Speaking for £5 billion at retail and 9000 employees, it is the leading authority in home enhancement and home improvement and provides a unique channel for dialogue with UK and overseas multiple and independent retailers. A UKTI partner, it also provides export expertise as well as all the compliance, lobbying and commercial advice expected of trade associations.

Sponsor of the Charity Fundraiser

  • Blue Diamond Group is one of the UK’s largest Garden Centre Groups, with 30 centres throughout the UK and in the Channel Islands. Our centres are widely regarded as some of the best in the country and we have won many retail and restaurant awards.  
    Our centres and restaurants offer style and innovation in an aspirational environment which encourages loyalty and satisfaction from our customers.
    We hold a prominent position within the garden centre industry, priding ourselves on our inspirational approach to retailing which gives us a creative point of difference in the market. Our customers know that they can rely on us to offer excellent choice and the highest possible retail standards.

Britain’s Best Garden Centre Retailer

  • David Mason Design was established by the present chairman, David Cowan, in 1962 and has long been a successful supplier of award winning acrylic and wood salt and pepper mills. In more recent years, we have used our design and entrepreneurial expertise to create successful own label kitchen and dining collections for major retailers. In early 2017 we are launching our new collections from ‘The English Tableware Company’. This brand was established many years ago by DMD and epitomises everything that is great about British design.Using only the finest materials and designs these ranges have been inspired by everything that is quintessentially British.

    The English Tableware Company was established many years ago by David Mason Design.
    The brand epitomizes everything great about British design. Using the beautiful countryside as inspiration, we use natural forms and illustrations to create gorgeous gifts for the home.

    Our aim has been to make every product special, paying particular attention to the detail and carefully sourcing each product for its quality and appeal. Every design is created at our studios in Chesterfield, Derbyshire and we love to experiment with different techniques and ideas whilst keeping to our quintessentially British roots.

Sponsor of the Drinks Reception

  • Dutch Creative Brands Group is a Dutch family-owned company that operates in over 85 countries throughout the world. The company which originates from the invention of the Vacuum Wine Saver in 1986, specializes in the development, production & distribution of innovative houseware products. All products developed by Dutch Creative Brands Group are either positioned under the brands Vacu Vin & Tomorrow’s Kitchen or part of a special development program for other companies. DCB Group is continuously looking for new additional brands to expand its portfolio in order to be a market leader in innovative housewares.
    With creativity, flexibility, quality & social responsibility being the core values of DCB Group, the company wants to make sure it fulfills the needs of every customer. Whether they are consumers impressed by the product quality and comfort of use in daily life or retailers throughout the world that enjoy the support given that will increase sales and offer the optimal solution for both instore as online sales, DCB focusses on the complete process from design until finally reaching the end consumer.
    DCB’s current portfolio of brands offers a complete range of innovative barware, kitchenware and tableware. From high-level department stores to mass-market supermarkets, DCB’s portfolio is able to offer products that fit its customer’s retail strategies including suitable POS materials.
    All brands belonging to the DCB Group have a constant stream of new innovations varying from 10-20 products each year. An in-house design team is constantly working on tomorrow’s gadgets with a clear focus on functionality in design.

On the night sponsor

  • Gourmet Gadgetry is a family run business that grew from a passion for entertaining with food and has become synonymous with manufacturing quality electrical kitchenware gadgets that radiate style and inspire. Our kitchen electricals including an Award Winning Pizza Oven, Retro Popcorn Makers & Dessert Makers are manufactured to look as appealing as the food or drink that each gadget produces.
    Combined with recipes and serving suggestions allowing the end user to experiment with their creative skills in the kitchen. We are always looking for new ways to inspire our customers’ culinary skills, sharing recipes and ideas on our social networking pages, and showcase website.

Britain’s Best Family Business &
Kitchenware Innovation Award

  • Harts of Stur is a fourth generation, family owned award-winning business. We are based in the small market town of Sturminster Newton in North Dorset which is home to our large department store. We are one of the UK’s largest online and instore retailers of cookware, kitchenware and kitchen electricals. Our company motto is ‘Big enough to cope, small enough to care’ and our aim is to exceed customers’ expectations in every way. We pride ourselves on our extensive range of products offered at competitive prices. Our exceptional customer care is second to none. Whether you are shopping instore or talking to one of our customer services team on the phone, our extremely knowledgeable staff have been trained to give advice on virtually everything we sell. And we continue to offer advice and assistance after the sale is made. Orders are carefully dispatched in environmentally friendly packaging and we offer a rapid delivery service throughout the UK.

Kitchen Hero Award

  • Home Hardware are the largest dealer-owned buying organisation in the UK for independent hardware retailers. Our extensive wholesale distribution services include: over 19,500 products from over 300 leading brand names in bathroom, camping, cleaning, cookware, DIY, electrical, gardening, gifts, glassware, hardware, housewares, ironmongery, outdoor leisure, paint, plumbing and tableware. We also offer an extensive private label range, superior stock availability, low-cost efficient weekly deliveries from our distribution centres, over 200,000 direct shipment lines, industry leading illustrated Buyers Guide, Homelink.net and B2B ordering system, extensive consumer premier league promotions and an optional corporate marketing programme.

Small Electricals Innovation Award

  • The International Housewares Association (IHA) is a not-for-profit, full-service association committed to maximizing the success of the home and housewares industry. Owned and operated by the IHA, the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago features over 2,200 exhibitors from more than 50 countries and 56,000 total attendees from 130 countries. The Show is a leading marketplace to source market-driven innovative housewares and homegoods products, designs and trends.

Britain’s Best In Store Demonstrations

  • Joseph Joseph love solving everyday problems through intelligent design. Be it for the kitchen, bathroom or utility room, they apply the same inventive thinking to everything they do. Their mission is to create desirable products that enhance everyday life and stay true to their philosophy of creating Brilliantly Useful Design. Their ability to blend innovative design, contemporary styling and a distinctive use of colour is unique within the industry. While many brands concentrate on just one of these aspects, Joseph Joseph focuses on the whole user experience – creating products that work beautifully and are a pleasure to have around the home. Since 2003 the brand has expanded successfully into many product areas and it continues to enter new houseware categories. It may have all started with a simple glass chopping board, but Joseph Joseph is now one of the fastest growing companies in the worldwide housewares market and it continues to earn accolades and awards for its unique, innovative designs.

Britain’s Best Independent Department Store

  • Since the introduction of the legendary stand mixer in 1919 and the first dishwasher in 1949, KitchenAid has built on the legacy of these icons to become the ultimate kitchen resource.  Today, the KitchenAid brand offers virtually every essential for the well-equipped kitchen with a collection that includes everything from countertop appliances to cookware, refrigerators, ovens and wine cellars. 

    Designed in 1937 by one of the great American style gurus, Egmont Arens, the original Stand Mixer remains timeless in its simplicity and function.   The Artisan Stand Mixer continues to use the same ‘planetary action’, which sees the beater rotate in one direction while it whisks and turns in the other. It’s also still assembled by hand from solid die-cast metal parts, receiving the individual attention to detail vital to ensuring top performance and quality. 

    KitchenAid sets the standard for reliability, flawless performance and timeless design.

Britain’s Best Housewares Retail Website & Britain’s Best Multiple Housewares Retailer

  • Products and service are at the heart of our business and we strive to deliver a one-stop shop for all kitchenware categories including cooking, baking, food prep, serving, tabletop, tools and gadgets, knives and homewares items. With a 4000 strong product range which mixes bestselling everyday essentials with on trend next big thing favourites, we continually reinvigorate of all key categories and products, so you always have something fresh for your customers.

    With a finger on the pulse of global product, design and consumer trends coupled with a focus more than ever on the relationship between product design, consumer use and lifestyle, our collections have extensive stories behind their provenance. Our passion for food is unrivalled, so we have focused on what people love to cook, how they like to eat and how this fits with their lifestyle. Our ranges have then been built around them.

    Our array of up and coming brands including MasterClass, Colourworks, BarCraft and KitchenCraft, coupled with our multiple award winning service throughout our 168 year history, means we tick the boxes in terms of product, consumer demand, price and serviceability, so rest assured, we are focused on making products that work for you.

Cookware Innovation Award and Bakeware Innovation Award

  • Lakeland has been providing customers in the UK with its innovative kitchenware and home solutions for over 50 years. Their dedication to exceptional products as well as customer satisfaction has set Lakeland apart from its competitors, and provided the loyal customer following that has established Lakeland as the UK’s leading kitchenware company. Lakeland is now multi-national as well as multi-channel and provides millions of customers around the world with ‘can’t live without’ essentials. From humble beginnings in the heart of the Lake District, Lakeland have established themselves as the experts in cooking, baking, cleaning and laundry. Lakeland now has 68 stores nationwide in the UK, with further stores trading internationally.

Britain’s Best Independent Cookshop

  • Le Creuset world-leading cookware brand renowned for its premium, high-performance, stylish cookware and kitchen products, are proud to be the sponsor of the Countryfile Kitchen.
    Established in 1925 in Fresnoy-le-Grand, France where Le Creuset enamelled Cast Iron cookware is still manufactured today for markets worldwide, innovation, timeless design and outstanding quality remains at the heart of the brand.
    Offering a lifetime guarantee across its cookware ranges Le Creuset is a worthy investment, providing superior cooking results every time.
    Le Creuset cookware also includes 3-ply Stainless Steel, Toughened Non-Stick, Toughened Non-Stick Bakeware and Stoneware, plus kitchen tools, textiles and wine accessories.
    Visit the Le Creuset stand to discover the pleasures of the great outdoors with the NEW Nature’s Kitchen collection, inspired by all that nature has to offer.
    Le Creuset…for a lifetime of delicious cooking.

Britain’s Best Staff Training

  • Meyer is a global leader in manufacturing and supplying innovative cookware. For more than three decades we have been a pioneer in bringing new and relevant products to the market with real benefits and value to consumers.

    The foundation of our cookware begins in the factories. Since 1969 we have manufactured all types of cookware.

    Our affiliates control the entire process to manufacture innovative cookware. Globally, we produce over 40 million pieces of cookware each year

    We are the world’s second largest supplier of innovative cookware and homewares products in the world. Through our extensive collection of affiliates and wide ranging portfolio of brands, we produce over 125 cookware ranges that are distributed and sold in over 30 countries.

    We produce all of our own packaging, both manufacturing the corrugated card and printing the colour sheets  Our total control in this process results in the highest quality packaging.

    Finally we are able to work closely with our marketing affiliates, retail customers and our suppliers to produce and a comprehensive product portfolio which we can be proud of.


Tabletop Innovation Award

  • Potters cookshop opened in September 2012 next to long established Inifer Potter & Son. Soon after in May 2013 the cookshop doubled in size adding many more brands to it’s shelves.

    In April 2017 we extended again to double the size celebrating with a special launch week ending on the Saturday with the GGBO winner Candice Brown.

    With over 15,000 lines in the shop, using over 100 different suppliers and a very large kitchen demo area being used every day the cookshop is going from strength to strength,  We now have a very successful website too, potterscookshop.co.uk.


Britain’s Best Housewares Retail Buyer

  • Today, a high percentage of British kitchens are home to a piece of Pyrex®. The well-known borosilicate glass products are manufactured in France and supplied globally. Each glass piece comes with a thermal shock resistance of 220°C meaning that they can be taken out of the freezer at -20°C and put straight into an oven at a maximum heat of 200°C. The brand now provides an extensive choice of quality products in various materials and designs to cover every preparation, cookware, baking and storage requirement. Pyrex® is a trademark of Corning Incorporated used under license by International Cookware.

Britain’s Best Online Retailer

  • SMART Worldwide is always happy to sponsor various categories where our clients are active in.   As usual, we are sponsoring  Britain’s Best Retail Website.  It is the largest growth sector among our clients.    It is important for the industry to celebrate excellence and at SMART we are proud to be associated with such events.

    As Industry disruptors, SMART owners believe in innovation, enriching the cooking and kitchen sector and creating something unique and pragmatic every time. We assist all retailers in positioning them ahead of the curve and making them fully in control of the rapidly changing SDA markets. 

Trophy sponsor

  • Established in 1975, T&G is one of Europe’s leading brands of everyday kitchen essentials and is very much a family run business. All T&G products are designed in the UK, this means thoughtfully designed, responsibly produced, exceptional quality products made to withstand the demands of real life. T&G’s core business is to design and produce inspiring kitchenware and gift products for the home, export, retails and catering markets. T&G has built its reputation on quality: quality of  product, quality of service and value for money. T&G has on offer products from the current vintage trends to everyday kitchen essentials; there is something for everyone!

Britain’s Best Window Display

  • What More UK Ltd are manufactures of plastic housewares, plastic garden ware products and plastic storage products. They also manufacture bakeware and are proud owners of the award winning Baker and Salt range and the PushPan range of products. All this at their state of the art 500, 000 sq. ft. Manufacturing and distribution facility in Accrington/Burnley Lancashire. Since the company was formed in 1999, the key word in the company’s rapid rise to market and brand leadership is INVESTMENT. Investment in machinery, investment in facilities, investment in new product development and most important of all, investment in its people. What More is made up of 246 colleagues who all pull in the same direction. They are the best of the best in all disciplines within our company. Our products not only grace the shelves of all good UK retailers, they also do the same in 72 countries around the world. Our products are available to 4.6 billion potential customers. Looking forward to the day they all buy one item from our extensive range of products.

    Great people, great products, great company and great customers.