In line with the Schoolwear Association’s (SA) 10th anniversary, this year sees the launch of the inaugural SA Awards designed to appreciate the endeavours of the many businesses that make up the association’s membership, highlight their achievements and celebrate their performances.
SA members are asked to nominate their business – or an employee – together with their reasons for the nomination, for one of the following award categories.
BEST SCHOOLWEAR SPECIALIST
Awarded to the best retailer or direct-to-school operation, irrespective of size. Judges are looking for strong financials, strong school relationships, excellent customer service, staff tenure and examples of going the extra mile or CSR.
BEST SCHOOLWEAR SUPPLIER
Awarded to the best manufacturer, importer or wholesaler, irrespective of size. Judges are looking for strong financials, excellent service, investment in people and technology, ethical credentials, innovative products and also stock holding and lead-times.
BEST DIGITAL SCHOOLWEAR
Awarded to any business in the schoolwear marker – retailer, direct-to-school, manufacturer, importer or wholesaler – irrespective of size, who is a digital leader through a website, social media, and/or Epos. Judges are looking for quality, ease of use, engaging content and innovation.
OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO SCHOOLWEAR
Awarded to the individual who best exemplifies what the schoolwear trade is all about. Examples include a shop worker, warehouse operative, office administrator or sewing machinist. Judges will be looking for examples of an individual who goes above and beyond in their job role.
The winners of the SA Awards 2017 will be revealed at an awards presentation on Sunday 15 October at the SA fundraising evening following the first day of the Schoolwear Show.
Taking a glamorous, ballroom theme, this year’s evening do, titled Strictly Schoolwear, will be hosted at the Village Hotel, Solihull and in addition to the awards, will include a three-course dinner and dancing.
Entry to the awards can only be made by SA members. Contact the Schoolwear Association on firstname.lastname@example.org for an entry form.
Closing date for entries 31 August.