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4 Awards you can enter now as we get back to business
By Donna O’Toole
Monday 12 April 2021 will go down as the day when – finally – a degree of ‘normality’ has returned to these shores following the first significant easing of our national lockdown. It has meant that a huge number of UK businesses have been able to re-open to the public and start to benefit from much-needed revenue streams.
This really is a significant landmark in our recent history, following months of uncertainty and upheaval for business owners across the country. Simply surviving and getting through this challenging period has been the priority for most people, who have been working tirelessly to get to this window of opportunity. After all the hardship, trials and tribulations since late-2020, it is now time for the business community to thrive.
To celebrate this ‘new beginning’, and to recognise the extraordinary work that has been undertaken by countless business leaders in a range of retail-related sectors, we have hand-picked a selection of relevant awards that are currently open for entries.
BUSINESS AWARDS OPEN NOW:
THE RETAIL INDUSTRY AWARDS
These long-running retail awards are now in their 26th year of operation, and offer all kinds of businesses the chance to be recognised for their efforts across four distinct category types:
Independent Categories – for independent convenience retailers operating up to 10 stores.
Multiple Categories – open to grocery retailers with more than 10 stores.
Company-Owned Categories – for individual stores belonging to a group with more than 10 company-owned, managed stores.
Symbol / Franchise Categories – open to symbol, fascia and franchise groups operating within the UK convenience store market.
Showcase what you’ve achieved in the UK grocery retail sector – whether you’re a largest supermarket or small independent stores – in everything from the best use of new technology to local community engagement. What’s more, all of the awards are FREE to enter.
Entry deadline: Monday 31 May 2021
THE eCOMMERCE AWARDS
Open to all retailers, relevant agencies, marketers and any company that trades online, the eCommerce Awards offer a wealth of different categories under these sections: ‘Industry’, ‘Marketing and Engagement’, ‘Specialist’, ‘Website’ and ‘Business’.
Of the 33 categories available in total, specific ones include ‘Best Food & Drink eCommerce‘, ‘Best Fashion eCommerce‘ and ‘Best B2B eCommerce site‘.
With companies from all industries stepping up their digital strategies to meet changing customer demands and lifestyles, it has become critical for high street retailers to make their online offering as effective as possible. Get the recognition that you and your colleagues deserve for your outstanding efforts over the past year by entering these highly regarded awards.
Entry deadline: Monday 24 May 2021
THE CREATIVE RETAIL AWARDS
Retailers have had to work harder than ever to maximise the limited opportunities that have existed over the past 12 months to increase sales. The Creative Retail Awards celebrate retail innovation and design for all forms of outlet including shopping centres, supermarkets, high streets, pop-ups, retail concepts and in-store features.
There are 22 awards up for grabs, including categories such as ‘Innovative Display Product‘, ‘Food / Beverage and Supermarket Design‘ and – new for 2021 – ‘Bar and Restaurant Design’.
The awards night itself is a dynamic and inspirational annual event that blends networking with an informal party atmosphere celebrating the diversity in the retail industry.
Entry deadline: Friday 30 April 2021
THE RETAILX BRAND EXPERIENCE AWARDS
Providing a memorable experience is everything when you are trying to tackle the current challenging retail climate. The RetailX Brand Experience Awards give businesses the ideal platform to showcase their new technologies and strategies for winning customer attention.
The awards feature 10 categories including ‘Marketplace Strategies & Technologies’, ‘Pivot Strategy’ and ‘Digital Innovation: Creating a Cohesive Brand Experience’.
With all entries completely FREE, this is your ideal chance to get involved, demonstrate the impact that you’ve made within the retail industry and show how you’ve raised the stakes for your competitors.
Entry deadline: Monday 7 June 2021
ARE YOU READY TO BECOME AN AWARD-WINNER?
If you would like to become an award-winner and reap the rewards of your success in the retail sector – or any other industry – we can help take care of the entry process from start to finish.
Simply get in touch and we can choose the categories you are most likely to win, before doing all the work for you. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
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