The winners of this year’s ERT Awards have been announced!
They were revealed at the prestigious lunchtime ceremony at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London earlier today (Monday).
The day also featured the Turning Point Live! conference, with an impressive line-up of guest speakers, including leading independent electrical retailers and industry experts in the areas of websites and digital marketing, electrical safety and smart home technology.
They all spoke about how retailers in this market can adapt and secure future success with new initiatives and new technologies.
Dorset-based Dacombes of Wimborne won big in the retailer categories, picking up the coveted Turning Point Award (awarded to the retailer that demonstrates initiative and proven positive adaptation to their business model) as well as the award for Best Independent Consumer Electronics Retailer – Small.
Best Independent Consumer Electronics Retailer – Large went to Booth Scotland, while Best Independent Electrical Retailer Website was picked up by Freemans Television/Powerbutton.
In the category for Best Independent Domestic Appliances Retailer – Large, Basil Knipe Electrics was the winner and Coopers Stores won Best Independent Domestic Appliances Retailer – Small.
The Sales Excellence Award went to Paige Cox from Empire Kitchens and Appliances.
On the supplier side, this year’s winners were:
Best New Product – Major Domestic Appliances: Beko – A++ 60cm Connected Dishwasher with AutoDose DEN59420D
Best New Product – Small Domestic Appliances: Panasonic – NN-CD87 Microwave
Best New Product – Consumer Electronics: Panasonic – GZ2000
Best Supplier Customer Service: Hoover Candy UK
Sales Representative Award: Humax – Meena Toor
Training Provider Award: Beko
Editor of ERT magazine, Jack Cheeseman, said: “Huge congratulations to all of this year’s winners! We had a record number of entries this year, which just goes to show the quality of electrical retailers we have in the industry today.
“With challenging market conditions and consumer confidence, it’s never been more important for retailers to stand out on the high street.
“Winning one of the prestigious ERT awards is a huge achievement and, in this highly competitive arena, a real chance to separate your company from your competitors and shout about everything that you do in order to attract new business opportunities. Past retailer winners have gone to great lengths to promote their wins and they’ve reported that customers see this as a huge endorsement that they are shopping with a modern, well-respected, reliable company.”
This year’s ERT Awards sponsors were AWE Europe, Blomberg, Calculus Software Solutions, Electrical Safety First, Hisense, Humax, retra, Sirius Buying Group, Yamaha and Yusen Logistics. The supporters of the day were AMDEA, Gekko and techUK.
There will be a full write-up of the Awards and the Turning Point Live! conference in the next print issue of ERT magazine. Keep an eye out!