The Kitchen Retailer of the Year Award is the big one. It’s the prize that judges your overall business and says you are among the best retailers in the industry.

PLEASE NOTE: One entry form enters you for both the Retailer of the Year and Showroom of the Year categories. You do NOT have to enter both separately.

The rules

  • You must be a retailer of kitchens in the UK or Ireland.
  • You must have a physical showroom.
  • If you are a multiple retailer i.e. have more than one showroom, then you must pick one showroom and enter that. This could be your flagship store, or the latest opening, it’s up to you but you cannot enter an entire network of showrooms as one entry.

The criteria

The judges score each retailer against the following criteria. Each carries an equal weight towards the final score.

  • Demonstrable business success
  • Staff policies and training
  • Marketing to target audience (includes online)
  • Unique ideas and initiative
  • Showroom effectiveness for target audience
  • Product and supplier choice for target audience

What judges do NOT include in their deliberations:

  • Size of company – They judge the business on its merits not its size.
  • Size of turnover – They are not looking for who is making the most money. Business success is relative to circumstance.
  • Market position – Premium, mid-market or entry level retailers have as much chance as each other. The key is the definition of target audience.
  • Writing ability and photography quality

The judging process

The judging process for the kbbreview Retail & Design Awards is unique in its focus and detail. We have several stages to make sure the entering is easy but winning is hard!

In the retail categories, the submitted entries are firstly viewed by an expert judging panel. They choose four finalists for each category and then, over the course of several weeks, each one is visited by a judge to see the business up close and really understand how it ticks. The winners are then chosen.

The cost

It is completely FREE to enter the kbbreview Retail & Design Awards. In fact, unlike some other awards, if you’re shortlisted as a finalist you will get to come to the awards event for free too.

The closing date

The closing date is midday on November 22nd 2017. Please note, there will be NO extensions.