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Voting now open for Buyers' Power List Awards

Celebrate and recognise UK buyers – the second awards now open for nominations

Voting is now open for the second Buyers’ Power List Awards, so you can nominate who you think are the best and most influential buyers around.

The awards are designed to celebrate, reward and recognise the contributions of buyers and retailers throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland.

These unique accolades are won via an industry-voted nomination system, ensuring an unbiased and democratically-elected group of winners who will be revealed at Spring Fair, run by i2i Events.

The first stage of the process is a round of nominations open to the whole industry, followed by a second round of peer nominations in which finalists will be able to rank their peers across each awards category – Best Buying Team Multiple (six stores or more), Best Independent Buying Team, Best Pure Play Buying Team and the Buyers’ Power List itself.

The first round of nominations will also reveal a Power 30 list of 30 buyers, who industry peers will vote for and rank to produce an overall winner, considered by the industry to be the most inspirational retailer in the country – in last year’s first competition, Greetings Today columnist Jo Barber, who runs The Stationery & Gift Boutique in Ampthill, Beds, was named in the top five.

The Buyers Power List shortlist will be compiled and reviewed in the run up to Spring Fair, which runs at Birmingham’s NEC from February 7-11, by an advisory panel of key industry influencers including The Giftware Association, BIRA, BIRA Direct and the BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association).
Last year’s winner of the Best Independent Retailer (six stores or more) category was the Mike Adams, Managing Director of Temptation Gifts, who said: “We are honoured and flattered to have won this award.

“Temptation Gifts was established in 1983, so we have over 30 years’ buying experience in the gift industry. We now buy for our seven town-centre stores and our two multi-award-winning websites, and the range of products that we carry is both wide-ranging and increasingly diverse.”
The 2016 finalists and winners will be commended and awarded at the Spring Fair Buyers Power List awards Champagne Reception, to be held on site at the show,

The Buyers Power List is now open for nominations – visit

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