ERT Awards 2016 – the winners

The winners of this year’s ERT Awards have been announced.

Almost 200 people attended the lunchtime ceremony at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London’s Covent Garden on October 17.

Now in their ninth year, the awards are aimed at recognising excellence and outstanding achievements in the electrical retailing sector.

This year, for the first time, independent retailers were asked to vote for their preferred suppliers, products and sales reps in a survey carried out by leading field marketing agency Gekko.

Purewell Electrical in Christchurch, Dorset, won the Independent Electrical Retailer of the Year award for the second year running and also picked up the gong for Independent Electrical Retailer Website of the Year.

wnners-group-shot-webD&C Sound and Vision in Disley, Cheshire, scooped the award for Consumer Electronics Retailer of the Year, while Avensys, in Crawley, West Sussex, walked away with the prize for Consumer Electronics Showroom of the Year.

AF Thomas in Newport, south Wales, won Domestic Appliances Retailer of the Year and Stellisons in Canterbury, Kent, was awarded Domestic Appliances Showroom of the Year.

The winner of Small Domestic Appliances Retailer of the Year was Dacombes of Wimborne in Dorset and Salesperson of the Year – Independents went to Clive Stevens of Mifsuds Photographic in Brixham, Devon.

Robert Hughes, managing director of Hughes Electrical, received the Special Achievement Award.

Manufacturers who won prizes were Panasonic (Consumer Electronics Supplier of the Year and Consumer Electronics Product of the Year for the DX902 4K TV), BSH (Domestic Appliance Supplier of the Year), Miele (Training Award), LG (Domestic Appliance Product of the Year for the GMJ916NSHV door-in-door refrigerator) and Samsung (ERT Product Innovation Award for the Family Hub refrigerator).

L to R: ERT editor Sean Hannam, Hughes managing director Robert Hughes, and Owen Watters, chief executive of Roberts Radio, which sponsored the award
L to R: ERT editor Sean Hannam, Hughes managing director Robert Hughes, and Owen Watters, chief executive of Roberts, which sponsored the award

The award for Sales Rep of the Year – Independents went to Big Red’s Stuart Hoad, sales agent for London, the South-East and the Home Counties.

Sponsors of this year’s ERT Awards were Amdea, Astra, Blomberg, Electrical Safety First, Freeview Play, Magimix, Miele, Panasonic, Retra, Roberts, Smeg, Sony and techUK.

The welcome drinks reception was sponsored by Yamaha and there was also a music quiz, which was sponsored by Samsung.

Said ERT editor Sean Hannam (pictured top): “Congratulations to all of the winners and thanks to all of our sponsors. It was great to see the industry come out in full force for the industry’s most prestigious awards event.”