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    Womenswear Independent of the Year 2022

    Recognising independent multi-brand womenswear retailers, the winner of this prestigious award will stock a carefully curated range of products that perfectly suits its target customer base while offering an outstanding customer service and shopping experience. Entrants will be required to outline a solid business plan, buying strategy and future growth plan as well as evidence that they’re recovering from the pandemic. Retailers entering this award can stock several product categories but womenswear must command its largest percentage of sales.

    1. Please provide a synopsis of your overall business including when and why it opened, your ethos, how many stores you operate, when you started selling via e-commerce, the number of staff you employ and your target customer:

    2. What are your top three best-selling brands? When and where do you do your buying (e.g. which trade shows/ showrooms)? What percentage do you dedicate to forward orders and in-season orders?

    3. What have been your greatest business achievements in the past 12 months?

    4. What changes have you made to the business to succeed during the pandemic and are you starting to see financial recovery?

    5.How do you plan to grow your profits in 2022/23?

    6. What makes your store/s stand out from other UK independents? Why do you think you deserve to win?

    Supporting material: Please send at least three supporting images to julie@bpmedialtd.co.uk and gemma@bpmedialtd.co.uk

    Independent Group of the Year 2022

    Celebrating the country’s leading independent fashion/lifestyle retail groups, entrants for this award must operate more than one UK-based multi-brand bricks-and-mortar store. The winner will be an outstanding retail group with commercial success across each of its stores as well as online. Judges will be looking for a great buying strategy and business model with brands that suit its target customer base. The winner will offer an excellent shopping experience and customer service and demonstrate how this is cohesive across all of its stores and website. Retailers entering this award can carry any category including womenswear, menswear and lifestyle products.

    1. Please provide a synopsis of your overall business including when and why it opened, your ethos, how many stores you operate and when they opened, when you started selling via e-commerce, the number of staff you employ and your target customer:

    2. Which categories do you carry in your stores? For example, womenswear, menswear, childrenswear, lifestyle etc

    3. What are your top three best-selling brands? When and where do you do your buying (e.g. which trade shows/ showrooms)? What percentage do you dedicate to forward orders and in-season orders?

    4. How do you ensure you’re providing a consistent, coordinated customer experience across all sales channels?

    5. How has the pandemic impacted your business and how do you plan to grow your profits in 2022/23?

    6. What makes your stores and website stand out from other UK independents? Why do you think you deserve to win?

    Supporting material: Please send at least three supporting images to julie@bpmedialtd.co.uk and gemma@bpmedialtd.co.uk

    Creative VM Independent of the Year 2022

    Rewarding an independent fashion or lifestyle retailer with outstanding visual merchandising, the winner of this award will demonstrate creative excellence in all areas of their bricks-and-mortar store. Entries should outline how they use VM to enhance the overall shopping experience, generating sales and attracting in-store footfall with their store windows and shop floor displays. The winning store will have VM as an integral part of its strategy and will regularly produce creative and innovative displays that appeal to its target market. Retailers entering this award must stock several brands and only one store can be entered per business/ group.

    1. Please provide a synopsis of your overall business including when and why it opened, your ethos, how many store/s you operate and your target customer:

    2. How do you merchandise your shop floor and what is your overall VM strategy? E.g. are brands separated or merchandised together? How do you think this affects sales? How often do you re-merchandise the shop floor?

    3. What have been your best window displays in the past 12 months? Can you describe how they looked, the strategy behind them and how they helped to increase sales?

    4. What makes your store’s visual merchandising stand out? Why do you think you deserve to win?

    Supporting material: Please send at least three supporting images to julie@bpmedialtd.co.uk and gemma@bpmedialtd.co.uk

    Social Media Strategy of the Year 2022

    This award is for independent fashion and lifestyle retailers with outstanding social media channels. The winning retailer will be outshining its competitors on social media across one or several platforms. Its social media channels will be perfectly tailored for its target customer base, offering relevant content that attracts followers and sparks engagement. The winner will be able to demonstrate how it uses social media to boost sales as well as offering a community for its customers. It will also be one step ahead of other indies, jumping onto new social media trends in a fast and effective way. Multi-brand independent retailers carrying womenswear, menswear, fashion accessories or lifestyle products can enter this award.

    1. Please provide a synopsis of your overall business including when and why it opened, your ethos, how many store/s you operates, your target customer and how you plan to grow your profits and customer base:

    2. Please give details of your social media strategy. Which platforms do you have a presence with and why are these suited to your customers? How do you use your social media channels to sell your products and raise general awareness of your business?

    3. What is your most successful social media channel? How often do you post and what kind of images/ captions/ topics do you tend to post about (please include images/ grid post, videos/ reels, stories and live content)?

    4. Has the way you use social media changed since the start of the pandemic? How much time/ money do you dedicate to social media and how important is it to your overall business strategy?

    5. How quickly do you jump onto new features/ trends on social media to stay ahead of the curve? Could you give an example of how you’ve experimented on social media over the past two years and what results you’ve seen?

    6. What makes your social media channel stand out? Why do you think you deserve to win?

    Supporting material: Please send at least three supporting images to julie@bpmedialtd.co.uk and gemma@bpmedialtd.co.uk

    New Independent Retailer of the Year 2022

    Open to multi-brand independent retailers that opened after January 2020, this award will celebrate the industry’s most promising start-ups. The winner will have a solid business plan and USP in place alongside a carefully curated range of products that perfectly suits its target customer base. Judges will be looking for a new indie with a strong buying strategy and future growth plan. It will need to demonstrate success despite the challenges of the pandemic. Multi-brand independent retailers carrying womenswear, menswear, fashion accessories or lifestyle products can enter this award.

    1. Please provide a synopsis of your overall business including when and why it opened, your ethos and USP, how many stores you operate, if you sell via e-commerce, the number of staff you employ and your target customer:

    2. What are your top three core brands and why do they suit your target market? Where do you do you buying and what percentage do you dedicate to forward orders and in-season orders?

    3. How successful has the business been since opening? Have you managed to grow your customer base, sales and/or profits since its launch despite the pandemic?

    4. What are your biggest achievements since opening the store?

    5. How do you plan to grow your profits in 2022/23?

    5. What makes your store/s stand out from other new UK independents? Why do you think you deserve to win?

    Supporting material: Please send at least three supporting images to julie@bpmedialtd.co.uk and gemma@bpmedialtd.co.uk

    Sustainable Independent of the Year 2022

    New for 2022, this award will celebrate independent fashion/ lifestyle retailers making strides towards operating more sustainably. The winner will be able to demonstrate that they stock a selection of sustainable brands that appeal to its target market. The retailer will also be focused on minimising its own environmental impact wherever possible with an ethos that mirrors its conscious suppliers. Entries should also outline their environmental commitments and action plan for a more sustainable future. Retailers entering this award can stock several categories including womenswear, menswear, childrenswear and lifestyle.

    1. Please provide a synopsis of your overall business including when and why it opened, your ethos, how many stores you operate, if you sell via e-commerce, the number of staff you employ and your target customer:

    2. What are your top three core brands and why did you choose them? Where do you do your buying and how do you find sustainable brands that match your ethos?

    3. As well as the brands you stock, how do you try and minimise your own environmental impact as a business? What plans do you have in place to improve your commitment to sustainability?

    4. Do you have any initiatives in place to encourage/ help your customers to shop more responsibly? Do you have plans to introduce any new recycling/ zero waste schemes in the future?

    5. What makes your stores stand out from other UK independents as a leader in sustainable fashion retail? Why do you think you deserve to win?

    Supporting material: Please send at least three supporting images to julie@bpmedialtd.co.uk and gemma@bpmedialtd.co.uk

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    Sustainable Brand of the Year 2022

    New for 2022, this award will celebrate the independent fashion/ lifestyle brands making serious efforts to operate more sustainably. Judges will be looking for a sustainable product range and conscious production process. The brand will be committed to creating its entire range consciously and will be part of a wider eco-friendly supply chain. It will also be focused on minimising its own environmental impact wherever possible using greener materials and adopting less wasteful production and distribution techniques. Lastly, it will be committed to improving its environmental efforts as part of a long-tern plan. This award is open to all independent fashion, lifestyle, accessories and footwear brands based in the UK and abroad.

    1. Please provide a synopsis of your overall business including when and why it opened, your ethos, USP, how many staff you employ, your target consumer and stockist as well as how you plan to grow your profits and customer base:

    2. What is your sustainability policy and what makes your brand a conscious choice for your stockists?

    3. How closely do you work with your suppliers and manufacturers to ensure they are also operating as consciously and sustainably as possible?

    4. What’s been your biggest achievement as a brand in the last 12 months? What plans do you have in place to improve your environmental efforts in the future?

    5. What makes your brand stand out from your competitors? Why do you think you deserve to win?

    Supporting material: Please send at least three supporting images to julie@bpmedialtd.co.uk and gemma@bpmedialtd.co.uk

    Accessories/ Footwear Brand of the Year 2022

    Highlighting remarkable footwear and accessories brands, this new award will be presented to an outstanding business making strides in this competitive product category. Judges will be looking for a solid USP and business plan, customer service offering, growth strategy and strong sell-through rates. The winner will be operating a profitable business offering a high quality range of products that appeal to its target market while providing an excellent service to its independent stockists including high margins and aftercare support. This award is open to all independent footwear and accessories brands based in the UK and abroad.

    1. Please provide a synopsis of your overall business including when and why it opened, your ethos and USP, how many staff you employ, your target consumer and stockist as well as how you plan to grow your profits and customer base:

    2. Where and how do you promote/ present your collections to UK buyers? What was your sell-through rate in the UK over the last 12 months?

    3. What margins do you offer retailers? What do you offer as part of your aftercare service? How do you help your stockists improve their business?

    4. What’s been your biggest achievement as a brand in the last 12 months and how do you plan to grow your profits in 2022/23?

    5. What makes your brand stand out from your competitors? Why do you think you deserve to win?

    Supporting material: Please send at least three supporting images to julie@bpmedialtd.co.uk and gemma@bpmedialtd.co.uk

    British Brand of the Year 2022

    Aiming to highlight the country’s best independent fashion brands, this award will recognise Britain’s leading womenswear, menswear and accessories labels. Entrants will need to outline a solid business plan, customer service offering, growth strategy and strong sell-through rates. The winner will be operating a profitable business offering a high quality range of products that appeal to its target market while providing an excellent service to its independent stockists including high margins and aftercare support. This award is open to all independent fashion brands based in the UK.

    1. Please provide a synopsis of your overall business including when and why it opened, your ethos, USP, how many staff you employ, your target consumer and stockist as well as how you plan to grow your profits and customer base:

    2. What percentage of each new season collection is forward order and how much can be bought in-season? What was your sell-through rate over the last 12 months?

    3. What margins do you offer retailers? What do you offer as part of your aftercare service? How are you helping independent retailers improve their business?

    4. What’s been your biggest achievement as a brand in the last 12 months and how do you plan to grow your profits in 2022/23?

    5. What makes your brand stand out from your competitors? Why do you think you deserve to win?

    Supporting material: Please send at least three supporting images to julie@bpmedialtd.co.uk and gemma@bpmedialtd.co.uk

    Fashion Agency of the Year 2022

    Open to UK-based fashion agencies working with multi-brand independent retailers, this accolade recognises to the industry’s leading suppliers. The winner will have an exciting range of commercial brands on its roster with strong sell-through rates, curated with its target customer in mind. Entrants should demonstrate that they are running a profitable business that offers excellent customer service, healthy margins and year-round support for independent retailers. This award is open to all fashion agencies running a multi-brand operation encompassing womenswear and/or menswear.

    1. Please provide a synopsis of your overall business including when and why it was established, where it is based and how it presents its collections to UK buyers (e.g. showroom, trade shows etc), how many staff it employs, your target consumer and indie stockist as well as your plan for growth:

    2. Which brands do you represent? How do these complement your customers’ existing product ranges? What was your sell-through rate in the UK over the last 12 months?

    3. What margins do you offer retailers? What do you offer as part of your aftercare service? How are you helping independent retailers improve their business?

    4. What’s been your biggest achievement as a brand in the last 12 months and how do you plan to grow your profits in 2022/23?

    5. What makes your agency stand out from your competitors? Why do you think you deserve to win?

    Supporting material: Please send at least three supporting images to julie@bpmedialtd.co.uk and gemma@bpmedialtd.co.uk

    International Brand of the Year 2022

    The International Brand of the Year award gives recognition to the best independent fashion brands based outside of the UK. Judges will be looking for a solid business plan, customer service offering, growth strategy and strong sell-through rates. The winner will be running a profitable business offering covetable products that appeal to its target market while providing an excellent service to its independent stockists including high margins and aftercare support. This award is open to all independent fashion brands based outside of the UK.

    1. Please provide a synopsis of your overall business including when and why it opened, your ethos, USP, how many staff you employ, your target consumer and stockist as well as how you plan to grow your profits and customer base:

    2. What percentage of each new season collection is forward order and how much can be bought in-season? What was your sell-through rate over the last 12 months?

    3. What margins do you offer retailers? What do you offer as part of your aftercare service? How are you helping independent retailers improve their business?

    4. What’s been your biggest achievement as a brand in the last 12 months and how do you plan to grow your profits in 2022/23?

    5. What makes your brand stand out from your competitors? Why do you think you deserve to win?

    Supporting material: Please send at least three supporting images to julie@bpmedialtd.co.uk and gemma@bpmedialtd.co.uk

    Fashion Distributor of the Year 2022

    Acknowledging the industry’s leading fashion brand distributors across womenswear and menswear, this award will celebrate outstanding suppliers working with independent retailers. Judges will be looking for a profitable distribution operation that provides a standout mix of brands and customer service tailored for its target independent retailers. Its collections will have proven high sell-through rates while it will also actively source new products or introduce exciting international labels to the UK market. Entrants should be offering year-round support to its indie stockists including healthy margins and aftercare. This award is open to all fashion distributors running a multi-brand operation encompassing womenswear and/or menswear.

    1. Please provide a synopsis of your overall business including when and why it was established, where it is based and how it presents its collections to buyers (e.g. showroom, trade shows etc), how many staff it employs, your target consumer and indie stockist as well as your plan for growth:

    2. Which brands do you represent? How do these complement your customers’ existing product ranges? What was your sell-through rate over the last 12 months?

    3. What margins do you offer retailers? What do you offer as part of your aftercare service? How are you helping independent retailers improve their business?

    4. What’s been your biggest achievement as a brand in the last 12 months and how do you plan to grow your profits in 2022/23?

    5. What makes your distribution service stand out from your competitors? Why do you think you deserve to win?

    Supporting material: Please send at least three supporting images to julie@bpmedialtd.co.uk and gemma@bpmedialtd.co.uk

    Occasionwear Brand of the Year 2022

    Open to brands specialising in women’s occasionwear, this award celebrates the industry’s leading suppliers of special event, evening and wedding guest wear. The winning brand will be able to demonstrate why its collections hold strong appeal for independent boutiques and event shoppers as well as how it supports its retail stockists. Entries should outline a strong business plan, strategy and vision for future growth alongside evidence that it provides an outstanding customer service.

    1. Please provide a synopsis of your overall business including when and why it opened, your ethos, USP, how many staff you employ, your target customer and stockist as well as how you plan to grow your profits and customer base:

    2. How would you describe the overall signature aesthetic of your collection? What percentage is available on forward order and how much do you offer in-season?

    3. What margins do you offer retailers? How many independent retailers stock your collection and who are your key stockists?

    4. How have you supported your stockists during the pandemic and national lockdowns?

    5. What’s been your biggest achievement as a brand in the last 12 months and why do you think you deserve to win this award?

    Supporting material: Please send at least three supporting images to julie@bpmedialtd.co.uk and gemma@bpmedialtd.co.uk

    Black-Owned Brand of the Year 2022

    A celebration of black-owned fashion brands, this new award will highlight the world’s best labels and collections created by black individuals. Entrants will need to outline a solid business plan, customer service offering, growth strategy and strong sell-through rates. The winner will be operating a profitable business offering a high quality range of products that appeal to its target market while providing an excellent service to its independent stockists including high margins and aftercare support. This award is open to all independent black-owned fashion, accessories and footwear brands in the UK and abroad.

    1. Please provide a synopsis of your overall business including when and why it opened, your ethos, USP, how many staff you employ, your target consumer and stockist as well as how you plan to grow your profits and customer base:

    2. How would you describe the aesthetic of your label? What percentage of each new season collection is forward order and how much can be bought in-season?

    3. What margins do you offer retailers? How many independent retailers stock your collection?

    4. What’s been your biggest achievement as a brand in the last 12 months and how do you plan to grow your profits in 2022/23?

    5. What makes your brand stand out from your competitors? Why do you think you deserve to win?

    Supporting material: Please send at least three supporting images to julie@bpmedialtd.co.uk and gemma@bpmedialtd.co.uk

    NOMINATIONS FOR SPECIAL AWARDS:

    Lifetime Achievement 2022

    Open for nominations only, this award is for an individual that has made an outstanding contribution to the industry throughout their career. They will be an industry veteran, championing independent retailers and aiding the sector’s growth and development. This award is open to anyone working in the independent fashion retail and wholesale sector.

    Nomination name:

    Nomination job title:

    Nomination business name:

    Why do you think they deserve to win?

    Newcomer 2022

    This award will recognise an outstanding individual who joined the independent fashion retail community in 2020 or 2021. The winner will be passionate about the industry and contributing to its future success. They will already be a shining star in their current employment and will be eager to play a significant role in the overall industry. The award is open to any individual working on the retail or wholesale side of the industry including retail staff and owners, trade show teams, designers and those working for agencies and distributors.

    Your name:

    Your job title:

    Your business name:

    Nomination name:

    Nomination job title:

    Nomination business name:

    Why do you think they deserve to win?


     

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