CATEGORIES

This year we have the following categories



Categories open to Independent Retailers - businesses with up to 10 stores

There are thousands of brilliant independent retailers scattered across the country, so these categories require a different judging process. We require independent retailers to fill out an entry form listing why they deserve to win the prize in a specific category. Each independent category has its own set of criteria – which can be viewed by clicking here – so please check the guidelines before entering. One of our judges will visit each store that is nominated for an award and compile an in-depth report on it. We then bring together a panel of retail experts to vote on the winner in each category.

Independent Categories

 

This award recognises the achievements of retailers who have recently joined the industry. The award will go to the small multiple or independent retailer who has set up a new operation within the last two years (since August 1, 2018). The award targets independents or small chains with 10 or less stores. It is open to all-round drinks shops and those who specialise in either wine, beer, spirits or cider. Judges will be looking to recognise true rising stars who have successfully built a new business with flair and determination.

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This award will go to the independent cider retailer that has done the most to champion cider and made it a core element in the success of their business in the past year. Cider should be a substantial and growing part of your business.

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This award will go to the independent wine retailer that has done the most to champion wine and made it a core element in the success of their business in the past year. Wine should be a substantial and growing part of your business.

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This award will go to the independent beer retailer that has done the most to champion beer and made it a core element in the success of their business in the past year. Beer should be a substantial and growing part of your business.

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This award will go to the independent spirits retailer that has done the most to champion spirits and made it a core element in the success of their business in the past year. Spirits should be a substantial and growing part of your business.

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This award will be given to the independent convenience drinks retailer, multiple branch, fascia group member or franchise outlet that has most effectively used beers, ciders, wines and/or spirits to improve their business.

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This award will go to the independent drinks retailer that has most effectively combined on-trade and off-trade elements to contribute to the success of the business in the past year. It is open to drinks all-rounders and those who specialise in either wine, beer, spirits or cider.

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  • This award will go to the best all-round independent drinks retailer. To win this award you will have to demonstrate excellence in range in ALL major drinks categories - beers, ciders, wines and spirits – as well as overall commercial success in the past year.
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This award will be given to the department store or high-end retailer that has done the most to champion wines, spirits and beers of exceptional quality, driving genuine value into the market, cementing the industry’s super-premium credentials and promoting the drinks trade as one capable of standing toe to toe with any industry in terms of luxury.

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This award is open to chains of 2 – 10 company-owned and managed shops that has demonstrated its own commercial success and contributed to the overall health of the specialist sector.

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This award will go to the independent retailer that has done the most to champion Champagne and other sparkling wines and made them a core element in the success of their business. Champagne and sparkling wine should both be substantial and growing parts of the business.

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This award will go to the wholesale supplier of alcoholic drinks (or any particular type of drink such as wine, beer, whisky etc) that has demonstrated the highest standards of customer service and excellence in product range to allow off-trade retailers to create and operate successful businesses.

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This award will go to the independent or multiple online drinks business that, in the opinion of the judges, has consistently achieved the highest standards in customer service and sales performance in the past year. The judges will be looking for businesses that have achieved significant growth through customer recruitment and retention. Online businesses must supply their full web address.

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