The IFHS exhibition, which took place at the Dublin's National Show Centre from 24-27th this month, saw the return of the Irish Furniture and Home Awards, a scheme designed to celebrate the event's best products.
Ireland’s largest trade-only furniture and homewares show introduced a new categories this year – Retailers Choice Awards for Best Supplier and Best Sales Rep, for which visitors were asked to cast a vote at the point of registration.
Best Supplier: Annaghmore Agencies
The Best Supplier award was won by Annaghmore Agencies for the second year in a row.
Director Conor McKeown comments: "We are both delighted and honoured to receive the award of best supplier for the second year running. We appreciate that we are up against stiff competition in a highly competitive market, which makes the receipt of this award all the more special. To receive such a prestigious award is recognition of a combined effort by all the Annaghmore team, where we focus every day on achieving the highest levels of customer service possible, and I know everyone at Annaghmore are extremely proud to see their efforts acknowledged.
"On behalf of all the Annaghmore team, we sincerely thank all our customers for their ongoing support – and in particular those who voted for us. We hope that we can continue to offer the products, pricing and service levels that the trade has come to expect."
Best Sales Rep: IFHS organiser Mark Gannon with Sherborne Upholstery's Gary Corcoran
The Best Sales Rep award, which aims to celebrate competitive spirit and superior sales achievements on the front line, went to Sherborne Upholstery's Gary Corcoran.
A total of 10 other awards went to exhibitors boasting the best products and displays, judged by an expert panel of independent retailers.
Best New Furniture Product: Contarini oval ceramic table, Red Tree Furniture
Best Overall Product Display & Exhibition Stand: WJ Sampson & Co
Best Bedroom Collection: New Clare Bedroom, Arch Furniture
Best Upholstery Product: Linea, Furniture Plus
Best Cabinet Collection: Seville Collection, Annaghmore Agencies
Best Irish Manufactured Product: Retro curved four-seater, McQuaid Upholstery
Best Overall Product of the Show: Plazoni chair, Fifty Five South
Best New Homeware Product: Nova sideboard, Derry's
Best Mattress Innovation: Opulence, Comfizone Group
Best New Decorative Product: Art Orion, Scatter Box
"A big congratulations from the whole team at IFHS to Annaghmore Agencies and the rest of the winners," says show organiser Mark Gannon.