It’s time to send your nominations for Independent Business Awards 2010

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The process of selecting the nominations for the Independent Business Awards has just begun. The Awards, which recognise excellence of electrical retailing and manufacturing, conducted annually since 1993 by IER magazine, are acknowledged as the most prestigious awards event in our industry.

All UK electrical manufacturers are encouraged to put forward their products, campaigns and services for one or more of the awards categories listed on the awards website: This will give them an opportunity to bring to the industry’s, attention a wide spectrum of their achievements in terms of product development, advertising or training.

The companies that rely on the efforts of independent electrical dealers to sell their products and wish them to receive one of The Best Independent Dealers Awards, should also enter their names into the nomination process. 

Independent electrical retailers, proud of their professional achievements, should also nominate their companies for one of the Best Independent Retailers Awards 2010.

All submissions will be considered by a panel of experts in early March 2010, and the list of finalists will be agreed on that day. The list of finalists will then be published in a Special Awards Supplement in the May 2010 edition of IER, and will be voted for by the readers of IER in May 2010.

trade update…

Armour Home has become the exclusive distributor of Anolis ‘architectural’ LED lighting solutions to the UK custom installation market.  Founded in 2005, Anolis has established itself as a leading manufacturer of low energy light sources in the architectural, retail and industrial markets.

EEIBA’s income stream has been adversely affected by commercial conditions. Some companies have been unable to maintain their level of support for regional and national fundraising events. Although EEIBA’s biggest fundraiser, powerBall, brought over £225,000, net proceeds of the charity are considerably less than in 2008. EEIBA’s Chief Executive, Timothy Lambert, asked individuals and companies to do all that they can in support of their industry’s charity.

The BBC and Freesat are to expand the beta trial of BBC iPlayer on Freesat by formally releasing the code needed to access the service. It is the first time BBC iPlayer has been delivered on a subscription-free TV service. It was initially limited to a small number of consumers, however following high levels of interest, the trial is now being opened up to all Freesat users who have the right equipment.

Freesat will show the best sporting events from the 2010 Winter Olympics Winter in high definition. Kicking off with the grand opening ceremony on 12 February, the BBC HD channel will be following events right the way through to the finals.

Husky has teamed up with drinks giants Coca-Cola and Budweiser in a World

Cup-winning partnership aimed at maximising sales to football fans unable to make the trip to South Africa in June. Husky is aiming to keep viewers refreshed with the help of two new refrigerators carrying the branding of the competition sponsors.  

retra, welcomed a record number of associate members last year, including

Big Red Sales Ltd, D.A.D, Digital Radio Development Bureau,, Kodak – Tetenal Ltd, Midwich Ltd, Euro Digital Services, Humax Electronics Co. Ltd, LG Electronics UK Ltd, Philex Electronic Ltd, The Sirius Buying Group and Technisat Digital UK Ltd.

A British Retail Consortium (BRC) survey reveals that landlords are not delivering on rent reform. Despite the recession, only a small minority of landlords (12%) are allowing retailers to switch to paying rents monthly rather than insisting on the archaic practice of quarterly payment upfront.

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