Retail heroes celebrated in Retail Week Awards 2022 shortlist

Over 50 retailers working in Britain’s shops, retail HQs, distribution and delivery centres have been shortlisted in the 2022 Retail Week Awards.

Taking place at Old Billingsgate, London, on 26 May, the Retail Week Awards 2022 will celebrate the outstanding work of British retailers and the retail workforce over the last year by recognising excellence across the industry. The ceremony will follow Retail Week Live 2022, a two-day innovation festival, which takes place 24 – 25 May, and welcomes speakers including Jo Graham, CIO of boohoo; Katia Walsh, Chief Global Strategy and AI Officer at Levi’s, Matt Grest, CIO of The Very Group, as well as New Look chairman, Mike Coupe, who was announced as the keynote speaker for Retail Technology Show (26 & 27 April, London Olympia) earlier last week.

Awards will be presented to retail workers, diversity champions and head office staff who have gone and above in their roles to serve customers, colleagues and communities. Dozens of businesses ranging from grocery giants, Tesco and Aldi, to speciality brands, including HelloFresh and Sosandar, are also in line to receive an award.  With categories including Best new store, Best place to work and Retail leader of the year, the winners will be selected by Retail Week’s judging panel of retail leaders, including Liz Evans, Managing Director of Asda; Jo Whitfield, CEO of Co-op Food; Manju Malhotra, CEO of Harvey Nichols; and Pano Christou, CEO of Pret.

“I am delighted to be part of the judging panel for this year’s Retail Week Awards. There is a great line up of nominees who have made a significant contribution to the retail industry, and during a particularly demanding year this makes them even more remarkable. I am looking forward to learning more about the nominees.”

Manju Malhotra, CEO of Harvey Nichols

Megan Dunsby, Senior Commercial Content Editor at Retail Week, added:

“The calibre of entries this year was exceptional. One thing that screamed out at me was the sheer amount of investment, work and collaboration retailers have been driving at their respective businesses this past year; going above and beyond to meet evolving customer expectations.

“Retailers are at the coalface of disruption and the entries highlighted that rather than standing back, retailers are leaning into this challenge. Whether this be implementing innovative new solutions to optimise supply chains, rolling out game-changing technology to enhance the in-store experience or adopting employee engagement initiatives that mobilise thousands of colleagues.” 

Retail Week Awards 2022 Shortlist
The Quadient store hero award
  • Store 6482 Team, Boots UK
  • Geoff Wood, Store Manager, The Co-Op
  • Thomas Robson, Store Manager, Central England Co-Op
  • Darren Kenworthy, Store Manager, Currys
  • Dee Rutherford, General Manager, Dobbies Garden Centres
  • Steve Tappin, Store Manager, Holland & Barrett
  • Kim Scott, Team Leader, Homebase
  • Nick Holmes, Solihull Shack Manager, Loaf
  • Brian Torley, Store Manager, M&S Falkirk
  • Sheena Irvine, Community Champion, Morrisons
  • Claire McCabe, Store Manager, New Look
  • Joanne Hammond, Store Manager, Poundland
  • Sarah Patterson, Store Manager, Tesco
  • Simon Cuzner, Branch Manager, Waitrose
Distribution and delivery hero award
  • Liam Hayward, DC Operations Assistant Manager The Body Shop
  • John Mark Brown, Delivery Driver, The Co-Op
  • Birmingham distribution team, Currys
  • Logistics Safety Team, Sainsbury’s
  • Jhorvis Tyrell, Warehouse Operative, M&S
  • Paul Mooney, Excellence Manager, Ocado Group
  • AJ Jones and Alex Tansley, Engineers, Ocado Group
  • Andrew Wiseman, LGV Team Manager, Ocado Group
Head office hero award
  • Customer Care Team, Asos
  • Feel As Good As New – cross functional team, Boots UK
  • Steve Bird, Wellbeing Manager, Currys
  • Customer Contact Centre, Iceland Foods
  • Alison Booth, Laura Curtis, Mark Hughes, Head of Property, Head of VM, Maintenance Manager, Jigsaw
  • People Team, New Look
  • People Team, Pets at Home
  • Group Safety and Insurance Team, Sainsbury’s
  • Distribution and Fulfilment Team, Tesco
  • The Digital Customer Experience Tribe, The Very Group
Diversity champion award
  • Gavin Gillie, Assistant Store Manager, The Body Shop
  • Deb Garrett, Wellness & Inclusion Partner, B&Q
  • Leanne Cahill, CEO, Bravissimo
  • Peter Batt, Divisional Managing Director, The Co-Op
  • Geoffrey Williams, Global Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Dr Martens
  • Prince Okoro, Store Manager, EE
  • Louise Blaize, Display Planner and M&S Culture & Heritage Network Co-Chair, Marks & Spencer
  • Hannah Berman, Senior Talent Acquisition Business Partner, Moonpig
  • Alice Cleary, Chief Marketing Officer, schuh
  • Joanne Mackie, Customer and People Director, Superdrug and Savers
  • Leon Donald, Buying Manager, Food – Fresh, Tesco
Best new store award
  • The Body Shop, Edinburgh St James Quarter
  • Boots, Welwyn Garden City
  • The Floor Room by Carpetright, Tottenham Court Road, London
  • Central England Co-op, Lichfield
  • Eataly London
  • Holland & Barrett, Knightsbridge, London
  • Homebase, Bradford
  • Nespresso, Bluewater Shopping Centre, Kent
  • Situ Live, Westfield Shopping Centre, London
  • Sports Direct, Oxford Street, London
The customer experience award
  • Aldi Best Version of Us
  • ASOS Customer Care – Customer experience transformation
  • MarTech with the ‘feel good’ factor!, Boots UK
  • Convenient solutions delivering last mile locally, The Co-Op
  • Currys PC Builder with Hullabalook
  • Customer Service improvements, EE
  • Personalising the Experience, Harvey Nichols with SEC Newgate
  • Screwfix Sprint
  • Sky Glass Experience Bluewater
  • Whoosh & GetGo, Tesco
Best place to work award
  • Aldi
  • ASOS
  • B&Q
  • The Body Shop
  • Ocado Retail
  • Pets at Home
  • TJX Europe
  • The Very Group
The Relex responsible retailer award
  • Aldi
  • Amazon
  • Boots
  • The Co-op
  • H&M
  • Ikea UK and IE
  • Joules
  • Nespresso
  • Superdry
  • Tesco
Fashion retailer of the year
  • ASOS
  • H&M U.K. & Ireland
  • In The Style
  • Joules
  • Sosandar
  • The Very Group
Grocer of the year
  • Aldi
  • Iceland Foods
  • Marks & Spencer
  • Morrisons
  • Ocado Retail
  • Sainsburys
  • Tesco
Speciality retailer of the year
  • Card Factory
  • COOK
  • Dreams
  • HelloFresh
  • ManoMano
  • The Perfume Shop
  • Pets at Home
  • schuh
  • Woolovers
Best own brand range or product award
  • New Best Ever Body Butters, The Body Shop
  • Boots Own Brand, Boots
  • Country Living Kitchen Collection, Homebase
  • Perricone MD, THG
  • Goodmove, M&S
  • Lua, Mamas & Papas
  • Simply Be – Own Brand Lingerie, N Brown
  • Site, Screwfix
  • Plant Chef, Tesco
Best retailer under £250m
  • Beaverbrooks
  • Farmison & Co
  • In The Style
  • Loaf
  • Net World Sports
  • Seasalt
  • Simba Sleep
  • WoolOvers
Best retailer over £250m
  • The Body Shop
  • Halfords
  • Ocado Retail
  • Pets at Home
  • Primark
  • Tesco
  • The Very Group
  • Wickes

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