The New Store Europe Retail Week Interiors Awards – designed to honour the best in shopfitting and retail store design – have always been an intensely fought competition, attended by some of the best in the business. The awards ceremony was held on the 29th September 2011 at the London Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, and was hosted by comedian Stephen K Amos. This year the stakes were higher than ever: the contemporary economic climate means that an imaginative and sensitive interior design is even more crucial, as John Ryan (Stores editor of Retail Week) commented:
“I’ve been doing this job a long time and I’m really struggling to remember a more difficult year in which people have had to do business…Which brings us to the reason for these awards. This evening is more than ever about recognising the sterling efforts of retailers designers, shopfitters – those who make retail vision reality”
To win is no mean feat. We are therefore delighted to announce the success of recent customer Bea’s of Bloomsbury in the ‘Best Small Shop’ category!
As you may remember from a previous blog, earlier in the year Worktop Express supplied 30m of wenge worktop to Bea’s for their new shop in One New Change. Located in the heart of the City of London, a stunning variety of wenge timber was required to kit out the luxury tea shop. Our worktops were used for the entire dining and servery area (including a large bespoke worktop of almost 5000mm).
We are thrilled to have played a small part in making Bea’s of Bloomsbury’s ‘retail vision’ a reality. Congratulations to all the team at Bea’s!