Harpers Awards 2015 are open for entry!

The entry process for the Harpers Awards 2015 is well and truly underway with the opportunity for businesses and individuals from across the UK on and off-trades to receive recognition for their hard work and achievements.

The awards are now in to their fourth year and will once again bring together all parts of the UK wine trade to celebrate the very best in the UK wine and spirits industry. This year’s awards will once again be held on the first night of the London Wine Fair, but in a new central London venue at London’s Park Plaza in Victoria.

The Harpers Awards will once again be split in three main areas: the At Your Service awards covering the on-trade; Top Merchant awards for independent wine merchants; and overall Industry Awardscovering national drinks distributors, multiple and specialist and online retailers.

The on-trade categories will be judged by the Harpers On-trade Academy made up of leading on-trade experts, consultants, journalists, sommeliers, distributors and restaurateurs who will be asked to name those outlets and individuals they think are doing the most to raise standards in British hospitality.

The independent merchant and main industry awards are for self-nomination only and will be judged by separate industry panels made up of appropriate experts and trade figures relevant to that awards category.

There is a new award this year to recognise achievements within the regional wholesale industy.

Harpers will also name its own Special Achievement award to the individual it thinks has done the most to represent the UK wine and spirits industry in the last year.

Harpers Awards 2015

The judging process covers the year from February 2014 to February 2015 and anyone interested in entering the awards is urged to read each category’s criteria carefully as points out of 10 will be given by our judges to each category. Hence if you choose or fail to answer a specific criteria your chances of success will be limited.


The key dates for the Harpers Awards 2015 are:

  • Janaury 8: awards entry process opens (entry fee is £97 plus VAT)
  • February 27: awards entry process closes
  • April 8: finalists announced
  • May 18: awards ceremony, London Park Plaza Victoria


To enter the awards go to our dedicated entry area here


The self-nomination categories are:

• Best Independent Wine Merchant of the Year (up to three stores)

• Best Independent Wine Merchant of the Year (over three stores)

• Best Independent Merchant Wholesaler of the Year

• Best Independent Merchant Online Retailer of the Year

• Best Distributor/Supplier to Independents

• Best Multiple Drinks Retailer of the Year

• Best Specialist Drinks Retailer of the Year

• Best Overall Agent/Distributor of the Year (large)/(small)

• Best Regional Distributor/Wholesaler of the Year

• Best Multiple/Specialist Online Retailer of the Year

• Best Standalone Online Retailer of the Year

• Engaging the Consumer Award

• Best Digital/Social Media Strategy of the Year


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