Gifts Today magazine

Meyer and Horwood among bira winners

UK independent retailers awarded Meyer and Horwood as best suppliers in the Cookshop, Housewares, Tabletop & Gift sector

Independent retailers bestowed prizes on star suppliers in the latest bira direct awards, presented at the bira High Street Conference on 11 May.

The bira direct Supplier of the Year for Cookshop, Housewares, Tabletop & Gift goes to Horwood Homewares

Members had commented that they have continued to receive excellent service from this supplier, with many long-standing employees having built up very good relationships with bira members. Products are presented in strong packaging and the range is, members commented, excellent.

The bira direct winner of Best Growth in Cookshop, Housewares, Tabletop & Gift was awarded to Meyer Group Ltd.

Unveiling his second winner of the evening Matt Froome lauded the supplier for delivering close to 60 per cent year on year growth and commented: "This supplier has shown great commitment to bira direct promotion inititatives. Offering a great rebate scheme for members, their field sales team has shown a continuous dedication to engage with bira members."

The finalists in this section also included:
• Bodum
• Stow Green

Other awards
In addition, Stax Trade Centres came out on tops in the bira direct Best Marketing, recognising its investment in marketing to the independent sector through bira direct channels and demonstrating “creativity, flair and passion.”

Stax also won Supplier of the Year for Hardware, Garden, DIY and Pet for “their continued support of the independent retailer”.

And picked as winner of the bira direct Best Growth, Hardware, Garden, DIY & Pet was SKS, who beat a strong field to win this award, presented by bira direct’s director of buying, Steve Akers.

He said of SKS, also a winner in 2014, that it had: "seen a 27% increase in sales whilst at the same time growing the number of members buying from them by over 30 per cent."

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