Retailer Awards 2022 format

Following the success of the 2021 Awards format, which shone a light on regional heroes who had gone above and beyond for their community in 2020/21, we decided to follow a similar format in 2022.

However, this year we will recognise specialist retailers who are doing their part to create a better world through sustainable initiatives, whilst supporting their customers, communities and suppliers.

We will award our 'Best in Region' winners live from the Farm Shop & Deli Show on Monday 25th April 2022.


Please read below for the 2022 format and schedule:
  • For 2022 the Awards are placing the emphasis on how specialist retailers have shown innovation to adapt their business during the unprecedented past 12-18 months. Perhaps it is steps that have been introduced to become a more sustainable business (examples could be in relation to packaging, recycle/reuse, waste, energy).
  • No matter how large or small the steps or financial investments are, all retailers should enter these Awards for a chance to be crowned Regional Winners in 2022!
  • The retailers will be judged by their region, and not category. Take a look at the regions here.
  • The Awards are encouraging consumers and suppliers to nominate retailers worthy of winning via an online nomination form by Friday 28th January 2022, with a chance to win a foodie hamper from Fortnum & Mason. 
  • Nominated retailers will then be contacted in early February and invited to enter via a quick and easy online entry form.
  • They’ll need to provide their contact information, upload an image of their team or shop front and answer a question to tell the judges why they’re a worthy winner by 25th January. Take a look at the questions and tips on answering here. Please note that for 2022 we have introduced the option to provide testimonials from suppliers and customers to support your answer.
  • However, retailers do not need to wait to be nominated and can enter themselves by the online entry form from now, and by Friday 25th February 2022.
  • All eligible entrants will be listed on our Awards site from early March 2022.
  • Our 2022 finalists will then be announced in early April 2022 and invited to attend the ‘winners announcement’ on Monday 25th April 2022 live at the Farm Shop & Deli Show. They will also be announced on the Awards website and via email and Social Media.
  • The Award’s judges will score all online entries in March to determine the regional Finalists and ‘Best in Region winners’.
  • There will not be a consumer voting stage, judges visits or overall ‘Retailer of the Year Award’ for the 2022 Awards.
  • Instead, the ‘Best in Region winners’ will be celebrated at the winners announcement live from the Farm Shop & Deli Show, NEC Birmingham on Monday 25th April 2022, culminating in a wonderful celebration of the speciality sector.

Find out more about the show here:
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