Melting pot of benefits at this year’s Sirius Members Trade Show

Last month, Sirius Buying Group held its annual VIP Members Trade Show and Awards Dinner.

Taking place on 18 September at the Forest of Arden Marriot Hotel and Country Club in Warwickshire, the Trade Show was a place for leading manufacturers, distributors, retailers and installers from within the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom electrical appliance industry to introduce their latest products and for retailer members to be inspired with new business ideas.

“Since being formed in March 2001, the Group’s successful growth and ultimate benefits for all involved have become amazing,” commented Gordon Jones, Chairman of Sirius Buying Group.

“A key factor in the continuing success of the Group is the mutual support with its diverse approved suppliers and members, having a close working relationship for mutual benefit.”

Occupying a 2,000sqm space during the day, it was a cost effective footprint for suppliers to create an inviting environment for Sirius members to take advantage and successfully incorporate in their current and future business plans.

Winners of Sirius Annual Awards 2019 revealed

At the latest Awards event, hosted by comedian and MC, Russ Williams, and complemented by the table magic of Bradley Duncan, manufacturers, distributors and member retailers were recognised with the presentation of awards at the Dinner.

The Retailer of the Year category now has two store sub-categories – Medium and Large.

Large store winner was Appliance City of Bunny, with Highly Commended awarded to Crampton & Moore, Barnsley. Medium store winner was Wholesale Appliances, Sevenoaks, with Highly Commended awarded to Smiths TV of Southport.

The Hoover Candy team collecting the award

Winner of Manufacturer of the Year went to Liebherr, with Highly Commended given to Hoover Candy Group.

Distributor of the Year Winner was picked up by Pik-a-Pak, with Highly Commended being awarded to Swift Electrical.

SDA Product of the Year was awarded to Beko and Nigel Clarke of Hoover Candy received the award for Representative of the Year.

As with all major Sirius events, a charity auction was incorporated. Over £11,000 was raised on the night, which was shared between Sense UK and CAFT UK (Children’s Adventure Farm Trust).

The 2020 Sirius Conference will take place on 17-20 May, held on the 5 Star Sunborn Yacht Hotel in Gibraltar, followed the week after, 26-28 May, for a UK-based conference in Hertfordshire.

The 2020 AGM, VIP Trade Show and Awards Dinner will be held on 22-23 September, back at the Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel.

This month’s ERT Interview is with Steve Jones, Commercial Director of Sirius Buying Group. Read more from him in the upcoming issue.