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Entries for Harpers Awards extended by a week to March 6

Published:  26 February, 2015

The deadline to enter the 2015 Harpers Awards has been extended by a weeek to March 6 to alllow extra time for the trade to collate their entries.



The deadline to enter the 2015 Harpers Awards has been extended by a weeek to March 6 to alllow extra time for the trade to collate their entries. 

The Harpers Awards is the only trade event that looks to bring together all sectors of the trade - from both the on and off-trades, independent  secctor, suppliers, distributors and brand owners - for one night of celebration.

The awards are split in to three main areas - Top Merchants, At Your Service On-trade awards, and the overall Industry wards - meaning the top names across the UK on and off-trades and supplier base will all be present when the awards are handed out on May 18 at a new awards venue, London's Park Plaza in Victoria where the Harpers red carpet will await the finalists.

To enter simply go to the dedicated awards site, Harpers Awards 2015 and send your entrry through the online process. If you are intending on entering after this week's initial deadline then please contact Joanna Gibson on to let her know to expect an entry to come through next week.

The judging process for the awards is as follows:

The on-trade categories will be judged by the Harpers On-trade Academy made up of leading on-trade experts, consultants, journalists, sommeliers, distributors and restaurateurs who will be asked to name those outlets and individuals they think are doing the most to raise standards in British hospitality.

The independent merchant and main industry awards are for self-nomination only and will be judged by separate industry panels made up of appropriate experts and trade figures relevant to that awards category.

There is a new award this year to recognise achievements within the regional wholesale industy.

Harpers will also name its own Special Achievement award to the individual it thinks has done the most to represent the UK wine and spirits industry in the last year.

The judging process covers the year from February 2014 to February 2015 and anyone interested in entering the awards is urged to read each category's criteria carefully as points out of 10 will be given by our judges to each category. Hence if you choose or fail to answer a specific criteria your chances of success will be limited.

In some categories you are required to provide finanical information to support your claims. But this is only to help the judges and will remain confidential and will not be published. 

The key dates for the Harpers Awards 2015 are:

  • Janaury 8: awards entry process opens (entry fee is £97 plus VAT)
  • March 6: awards entry process closes
  • April 8: finalists announced
  • May 18: awards ceremony, London Park Plaza Victoria

To enter the awards go to our dedicated entry area here


The self-nomination categories are:

? Best Independent Wine Merchant of the Year (up to three stores)

? Best Independent Wine Merchant of the Year (over three stores)

? Best Independent Merchant Wholesaler of the Year

? Best Independent Merchant Online Retailer of the Year

? Best Distributor/Supplier to Independents

? Best Multiple Drinks Retailer of the Year

? Best Specialist Drinks Retailer of the Year

? Best Overall Agent/Distributor of the Year (large)/(small)

? Best Regional Distributor/Wholesaler of the Year

? Best Multiple/Specialist Online Retailer of the Year

? Best Standalone Online Retailer of the Year

? Engaging the Consumer Award

? Best Digital/Social Media Strategy of the Year