For our winning retailers, taking home a Drinks Retailing Award represents the ultimate accolade for their business and is a huge achievement. A few of our winners from last year have shared their thoughts on winning;
"Simply being a finalist at the 2013 Drinks Retailing Awards for "Independent Wine Retailer of the Year" as well as "Newcomer of the Year" was incredible. Winning both categories was just as unexpected as it was humbling.
As a small independent, to be recognised by the broader GBP 5 Billion drinks retailing industry in such a way really goes to show that Vagabond is on to something with our off-piste approach to engaging customers and selling wine. And having these two terrific awards definitely enhances our credibility with new customers -- they're a powerful stamp of approval".
Stephen Finch, Managing Director, Vagabond Wines
Winner of Independent Wine Retailer of the Year 2013 and Newcomer of the Year 2013
"When you win a Drinks Retailing Award it feels like you have won an Oscar - For us it provided validation that we are actually doing the right things and proved that all of the hard work we have been putting in to provide an exceptional service to our customers is worth it.
Receiving this sort of recognition within the industry provides a great confidence boost and also helps to massively raise your profile, not only with customers but with suppliers as well."
Leigh Norwood, Owner, Favourite Beers
Winner of Independent Cider Retailer of the Year 2013
"Wining the DRA 2013 has been fantastic; it is good to have hard work recognised as well as how far we have come in terms of range in the last four years. It is a great talking point with consumers and helps give them confidence in what we do."
Dawn Davies, Wine and Spirits Buyer, Selfridges
Winner of Independent Spirits Retailer of the Year 2013
All retailers who make it to the final round are invited to attend the awards as our guest. The awards will be held at a glittering event on the evening of February 4, 2014 at one of London's most prestigious venues The Dorchester Hotel.
HOW TO ENTER
It's FREE to enter. Simply visit click here and download your entry form today!
Entry deadline: August 30, 2013