The deadline for The Furniture Awards 2023 is fast approaching, and January Furniture Show exhibitors are being invited to explain why their business excels in one of several thematic categories, to be in with a chance of being named one of the event's best and brightest suppliers.
Established in 2015 by Furniture News magazine in partnership with the January Furniture Show, The Furniture Awards 2023 will be chaired by awards co-ordinator Paul Farley, and judged by: Malcolm Walker (owner, FIRST MW); Suzy McMahon (CCO, Oak Furnitureland); Sheetal Sachdev (founder, Treniq); and Andy Stockwell (senior retail manager, Gardiner Haskins). The categories are:
Sustainability: Environmental and ethical concerns are more important than ever – do your materials or manufacturing processes make you a natural winner? This category is for any business that champions sustainable practices and demonstrates the will to make the world a better place.
Best of British: As British-made goods gather momentum, are you delivering the best in homegrown design and build? This category is for businesses that principally manufacture in the UK, and demonstrate high standards of output, with regard for their place in the local economy and industry.
Design Innovation: You may push the boundaries of creativity, or simply deliver impeccable style – but are you leading the way when it comes to good product design? This category is for any business that puts original design at the heart of its strategy – entries should include visual evidence of these directions, plus detail of their route to market.
Global Player: With fluctuating prices and problematic supply chains still the norm, imports remain a difficult juggling act. This category is for any business that majors in imports, and their entry will need to reflect their strengths in product development, pricing and fulfilment, plus details of how their offer is tailored to the UK marketplace.
Superior Service (new for 2023): As the pace of change accelerates, businesses must embrace new, more efficient ways of working. This category gives the industry’s service providers – from software and CGI specialists to sales and logistics providers – an opportunity to highlight why their offer could be a game-changer in today’s market.
The finalists are revealed in January, and the winners announced at the show. See a summary of the 2022 winners here.
Confirmed January Furniture Show 2023 exhibitors can enter here. The deadline for entries is Wednesday 7th December.