Housewares Innovation Awards judges prepare to review 2019 entries

With entries now closed, two expert judging panels comprised of highly-esteemed industry figures are ready to review each submission and decide who will be taking home a coveted award at the Housewares Innovation Awards 2019.

Ahead of the judging,sales & event manager Alison Farrell comments: “We have received so many amazing entries for this year’s scheme, which means our judging panel are going to have an incredibly hard task on their hands to pick our winners. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our judges for committing their time and expertise to ensure that only the very best take home an award.”

The decision-making process begins on Tuesday 6 November with the ‘retailer’ categories. Bringing knowledge and experience to the table will be Adam Smith, marketing manager at Eddingtons; Christian Dalton, UK country manager of Dutch Creative Brands;Darren Nickolls, UK Sales Director at Kitchen Craft; Dr Samir Attia, chairman of SMA, owners of Smart Worldwide; Geoff Hounslea, sales and marketing director at JWP Limited; Helen Simpson, marketing manager at KitchenAid; Rob Blackburn, director of sales and sourcing at David Mason Design; StephenFennell, key account manager at Pyrex and Tom Basford, field sales manager for Meyer UK.

Following this, a second panel will be convening on Thursday 8 November to test and critique all of the innovative products submitted by housewares suppliers. On hand to help decide the winners is Alison Hobbs, visual merchandiser at Potters of Hockley; David Conduit, retail and internet purchase manager at Harts of Stur; Nicole Mapplebeck, buyer at Blue Diamond Group; Rachel Taylor, product manager for Home Hardware; Samm Swain, buying & merchandising director at Lakeland; Siobhan McMillan,head of buying at Steamer Trading; Tom Carter, company director at Potters of Hockley and Tom Grinnall, buyer at Blue Diamond Group.

Both judging panels will decide upon a shortlist in each category, including the winner for each award, which will be revealed on Monday 19 November.

Join us for an evening of celebration

The next batch of Housewares Innovation Awards winners will be inducted into the prestigious ‘hall of fame’ at a ceremony taking place at Birmingham’s National Motorcycle Museum on Monday 4 February 2019.

A key date the housewares calendar, the ceremony takes place on the second night of Spring Fair – providing an opportunity for industry professionals to let their hair down and, with the representatives from the very best companies in attendance, an opportunity to network in a fun and relaxed environment. Guests will also enjoy an exclusive drinks reception, three course meal with wine and entertainment from a special host.

Tickets are in limited supply and are available to purchase through a secure online form on the Housewares Innovation Awards website.

Supported by the industry

The Housewares Innovation Awards would not be possible without the continued support of industry heavyweights, with the 2019 edition already receiving the backing of BHETA, Creative Tops, David Mason Design, The English Tableware Company, Gourmet Gadgetry, Harts of Stur, Home Hardware, Horwood, The International Housewares Association (IHA), KitchenAid, KitchenCraft, Lakeland, SMART Worldwide, Spring Fair, T&G Woodware and What More UK Ltd.

With the countdown now on to the awards ceremony, there are a limited number of opportunities remaining for brands to get involved and enjoy the exposure that the Awards’ unique platform presents. For more information, contact Alison Farrell on 01622 699197 or at

To find out more about the Housewares Innovation Awards or to book your tickets to the ceremony, visit