ERT Awards 2018 – entries close next week!

Time is running out to enter the ERT Awards – the deadline is midday on Friday June 15.

For information on how to send in your submission, please visit

Retailers only have to submit one entry form, but a panel of expert judges will decide which awards category or categories they are suitable to be put forward for and then narrow them down to a shortlist, which will be announced in late June.

The winners of this year’s awards will be revealed on October 1, at the ERT  Turning Point Live! event at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London’s Covent Garden. There will also be a Special Achievement Award to recognise an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the industry.

Manufacturers are eligible to enter one awards category this year – the Training Award. Dealers will also get the chance to vote for their favourite independent sales rep, in a survey carried out by field marketing agency Gekko.

This year’s awards have been combined with the magazine’s Turning Point campaign to create an exciting, new one-day event – Turning Point Live! – the first of its kind in the industry. Turning Point Live! will shine a light on best practice in the electrical retail sector, taking the ERT Awards – now in their 11th year – and extending it to become a whole day of Turning Point-themed content.

Before the awards ceremony, there will be a whole morning of conference-style sessions, featuring proactive electrical retailers sharing their experiences, advice and views on the best ways to do business, make the most of new opportunities and ensure a healthy future for the industry.

This will be followed by the lunchtime ERT Awards pub quiz – hosted by ERT editor Sean Hannam – and then the ERT Awards ceremony, where the winners will be presented with their trophies.

Said ERT editor Sean Hannam: “Our Turning Point initiative has been shaking up the independent electrical retail sector since its launch in February last year and now we’re combining it with the industry’s leading awards to create a vital new one-day event focused on the best of electrical retailing. It will be bigger and better than ever! ERT is perfectly positioned to debate the issues surrounding the future of electrical retailing and highlight those who are embracing change and going the extra mile to improve their business as our industry reaches a turning point. Don’t forget to get your entries for this year’s ERT Awards in – the deadline is midday on Friday, June 15.”

Sean Hannam, editor, ERT

This year’s ERT Awards are supported by Amdea, Blomberg, Electrical Safety First, Exertis, Freeview Play, Gekko, Hoover, Miele, Panasonic, Retra, Roberts and techUK.

The hospitality partners for the day will be Yamaha and Yusen Logistics.

For more information on the ERT Awards 2018 and Turning Point Live! please visit