Applications are now open for the CWB Independent Retail Awards 2017, recognising performance and innovation across the children’s retail sector.
Winners will be chosen by an industry judging panel selected by and including CWB editor Laura Turner and announced in December.
Commenting on the awards, Turner says, “I am delighted to embark on the third round of CWB Independent Retail Awards following the success of the previous years’. In a time where independent retail is facing so many challenges, not least the uncertainty of Brexit, we hope these industry awards will play some small part in supporting childrenswear independents, flagging up the talent, creativity and innovation that goes into this sector.
“I cannot wait to see this year’s line-up of wonderful retailers take their crowns and receive the commendation they deserve.”
As well as the prestige of being crowned the best in childrenswear retail, winners will receive a comprehensive store marketing package and dedicated coverage in CWB magazine, both in print and digitally.
Independent retailers across the UK are invited to nominate their stores for the following categories:
• BEST KIDS’ INDEPENDENT STORE
The Best Kids’ Independent Store category is open to independent retailers across the UK who solely trade within the children’s apparel, footwear or accessories sectors. Designed to recognise the talent of those who bring the best in branded childrenswear to customers in their local region and beyond, the award will highlight a retailer within the sector which has become a destination store in its own right.
• BEST ONLINE STORE
The Best Online Store category is open to independent retailers across the UK who do not have a bricks and mortar shop and trade exclusively online in children’s apparel, footwear and accessories. Designed to recognise the talent of those who bring the best in branded childrenswear to customers on a digital level, the award will highlight a retailer who has turned a domain into a destination in its own right.
• BEST FOOTWEAR STORE
The Best Footwear Store category is open to independent retailers across the UK who specialise exclusively in the children’s footwear sector. Designed to recognise the talent of those who bring the best in branded children’s footwear to both parents and children, the award will highlight a retailer with exceptional fitting and customer service as well as an essential offer of footwear brands.
• BEST NEW STORE (less than two years)
The Best New Store category is open to independent retailers across the UK who trade solely in children’s apparel, footwear and accessories and have opened within the past two years. Designed to recognise a start-up retailer that has opened since 1 July 2015, the award will highlight the innovation and determination required to launch a successful independent business.
• BEST BABY STORE
The Best Baby Store category is open to independent retailers across the UK who specialise exclusively in newborn and baby essentials, including baby clothing, nursery product and maternitywear. Designed to recognise those serving the comprehensive needs of parents and gift buyers, this award will highlight the in-depth knowledge, specialised customer service and complex product mix required to be a success in this field.
Closing date for entries: 29 September 2017