Enter the Drinks Retailing Awards now

The clock is ticking for independents to enter the 2020 Drinks Retailing Awards.

The awards showcase the very best the UK off-trade has to offer, with categories for the top specialists in wine, spirits, cider and Champagne & sparkling wine, plus the all-round drinks stores that excel in all these areas.

We want to find the best chains from around the regions and the wholesaler that does the most to provide our retailer readers with the best products and service.

There’s also a category for hybrid retailers that combine elements of off-trade retailing with on-premise consumption, the best new retailer in take-home and the top convenience retailers putting BWS at the heart of their business.

Lea & Sandeman was Independent Wine Retailer of the Year in 2019 and head of buying and operations David Porter said: “It is a real pat on the back for every single member of staff. Being acknowledged for doing what we all work very hard to achieve every day is hugely satisfying. 

“The great thing about the DRAs is that judges make a real effort to properly get to grips with what you are doing and why, to understand your aims and hopes as a retailer.

“Physically visiting our shops and seeing the range and how we operate adds huge weight and value to the decision-making process and ultimately makes the award all the more relevant and real somehow."

Independents have until August 16 to enter the 2020 awards here.

You can follow @DrinksRetailing on Twitter and @drinksretailingawards on Instagram to keep up with the latest on this year’s competition.