Entries open for Drinks Retailing Awards 2020

Entries are open for the 2020 Drinks Retailing Awards.

We’re looking for the very best independent drinks retailers across a variety of categories to suit all styles and sizes of business.

The awards are free and easy to enter and are a great way for independents to boost their profile and build business.

There are categories for specialists in specific drink types including wine, spirits, beer, cider and fizz, or for those who excel at being all-rounders. There are also awards for newcomers, on/off hybrid shops, luxury drinks retailers and independents with two or more stores.

We also want to find outstanding wholesalers whose product range and service help award-winning retailers become the best in drinks industry.

The 2019 winner in the Independent Drinks Retailer of the Year category was Gwyn Llyn Wines in Pwllheli, Gwynedd.

Co-owner Dean Pritchard said: “Winning has definitely raised our profile, not only in north Wales but also in the north west of England and the industry in general.

“We were so pleased to win, as was so aptly captured in the photo taken when we were announced as winners. It really did say it all.

“Our customers are so proud that ‘their’ shop in Pwllheli is regarded as the best in the UK and we were overwhelmed by the messages of congratulations not just from our customers but also from our suppliers.

“We have definitely not been shy about publicising our success.

“Thanks to the PR scripts and photos supplied by Drinks Retailing News, which included quotes from members of the judging panel, we have been featured in regional and local press.

“We have had the award logo made into signs for the outside of the shop and also into stickers which are used on all envelopes, invoices and correspondence we send out.

“If anyone is considering entering, don’t hesitate, just do it. You won’t regret it and your business will certainly benefit.”

Retailers have until August 16 to enter the 2020 Drinks Retailing Awards by visiting drinksretailingawards.co.uk, or click here.

You can also now follow the awards on Instagram @drinksretailingawards to keep up with more news over the coming weeks.