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Harpers Awards 2016 open for entry!

Published:  26 May, 2016

The Harpers Awards 2016 are now open, celebrating the best of what the UK on and off-trade has to offer.

As of today (May 26), the Harpers Awards 2016 are open to those in the industry to nominate either themselves and others in multiple categories designed to recognise a year of hard work and achievements.

This year, the new look Harpers Awards feature a refreshed line up of award categories to reflect the multifaceted way our industry is reaching consumers across all sectors of the trade.

We are looking to reward the heroes of the drinks industry and are calling retailers and operators to enter their businesses today.

Once again, the awards will be split into three main categories: the Off-Trade categories where those in the UK off-trade must enter themselves, and the On-Trade and Harpers Heroes categories, where members of the trade are invited to nominate others who they believe deserve recognition.

The On-Trade and Harpers Heroes categories will also be judged by the Harpers Academy, a consortium 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.

Entry for the Off-Trade categories is £97 per entry.

Visit for more information on the categories and entry criteria.

Key dates for the Harpers Awards 2016:

  • May 26: Awards entry process opens
  • June 20: Awards entry process closes
  • September 3: Finalists announced
  • September 21: Awards ceremony, venue to be announced

Off Trade categories (self nomination):

Best Large Independent Retailer of the Year

Best Small Independent Retailer of the Year

Best New Launch Retailer of the Year

Most Inspiring Supermarket of the Year

Most Dynamic Drinks Chain Retailer of the Year

Best Online Retailer of the Year

Best Luxury Premium-End Retailer of the Year

Engaging the Consumer

Entries cost £97 plus VAT per entry and are based on a 100 word written submission that can be entered online at

On Trade Categories:

Best Independent Operator of the Year

Best Multiple Operator of the Year

Best New Launch Operator of the Year

Most Dynamic Drinks Chain Operator of the Year

Harpers Heroes:

Harpers Drinks Writer of the Year

Harpers On-Trade Hero

Harpers Independent Hero

Harpers Multiple Hero

Harpers Supplier Hero

All entries can be submitted online at

For more information about the awards, contact Sarah Stevens, Events Manager, at (0)1293 590049 or Email Sarah.