Sports Trade Awards hailed a great success

The Sports Trade Awards returned for its second year last night, with a glittering gala dinner and ceremony at the Four Pillars Hotel in Gloucestershire. A great evening was had by all, with major industry names gathered to celebrate the hard work and success of outstanding individuals and businesses in the sector.

Guests were welcomed by a champagne reception, followed by a delicious three course meal. Actor, presenter and sports fan Ryan Philpott hosted the Awards, delighting guests with his on-the-ball jokes and observations on the sports and industry news of the past year.

The 9 Dart Challenge, sponsored by Unicorn Darts, was the perfect way to finish off the evening, with everyone taking part – although with varying levels of skill! In first place was Darren Bird of Canterbury – he wins a pair of club Wembley Bobby Moore tickets. In second place was Ally Leek  – also of Canterbury – he wins a pair of tickets to a premier regional darts match. And in third place, winning  Fortnum and Mason Champagne and chocolates, was Brad Newick of Puma.

The evening also raised £1,160 for The Children’s Air Ambulance.

Industry members were invited to nominate brands, individuals, retailers and services who have shown distinction in the past twelve months for a variety of award categories. The secure online voting process produced five finalists, with the winners being those who had attracted the most votes overall.

Paul Ryder, event director and publisher of the SGB group of magazines, said: “The 2014 Sports Trade Awards provided industry members with an opportunity to commend those who have achieved and contributed the most to the trade this year. We were amazed by the response we received – the awards have become an established event on the sporting industry calendar and we look forward to next year!”

The winners were:

Best Independent Retailer

Winner: Rugby Heaven

Highly Commended: HPT Sports

Best Multiple Retailer

Winner: Tony Pryce Sports

Highly Commended: Runners Need

Best New Retailer

Winner: Sporting Feet

Highly Commended: Absolute Running

Best Online Retailer

Winner: ActivInstinct

Highly Commended: Less Bounce

Best Running Retailer

Winner: Runners Need

Highly Commended: Alton Sports

Best Fitness Retailer

Winner: Sweaty Betty

Highly Commended: DW Sports

Best Football Brand

Winner: Nike

Highly Commended: adidas

Best Lifestyle Brand

Winner: Skechers

Highly Commended: Nike

Best Cricket Brand

Winner: Gray-Nicolls

Highly Commended: Kookaburra

Best Hockey Brand

Winner: Grays International

Highly Commended: Kookaburra

Best Rugby Brand

Winner: Canterbury

Highly Commended: adidas

Best Running Brand

Winner: Asics

Highly Commended: Brooks

Best Racket Sport Brand

Winner: Head

Highly Commended: Babolat

Best Swimwear Brand

Winner: Speedo

Highly Commended: Zoggs

Best Darts Brand

Winner: Unicorn Darts

Highly Commended: Harrows

Best Fitness Brand

Winner: Reebok (RFE)

Highly Commended: Fitness Mad

Sports Brand of the Year

Winner: Asics

Highly Commended: Skechers

Best Wholesaler

Winner: Reydon Sports PLC

Highly Commended: Cartasport

Best Distributor

Winner: Reydon Sports PLC

Highly Commended: 1000 Mile

Most Innovative Product

Winner: Flicx UK – Crazy Catch

Highly Commended: adidas – Boost Technology

Best Sales Representative/Agent

Winner: Paul Chaplin, Brooks

Lifetime Achievement Award

Winner: Bob Ludlam