Barrow Clark & Glasswells named top independents by AIS
Alstons, Nolte & Harrisons win supply categories
Devon retailer Barrow Clark Complete Furnishers and Suffolk based Glasswells were named retailers of the year by buying group AIS at its September furniture and beds shows.
AIS splits its retail Member of the Year into two categories, with one award for larger independent retailers and the another for smaller companies.
Scotland's Sterling group and Fishpools of Waltham Cross were runners up to Glasswells in the larger category, while Barrow Clark beat Clarkes Furnishers of Maidstone and JH Sinclair & Co of Scarborough into second and third place respectively in the other.
AIS merchandise director Peter Mallinson said: "Service is one key element for today's independent retailer and we are delighted to recognise not just these retail members but also our suppliers who demonstrate the same core values."
Alstons was named upholstery supplier of the year, ahead of Celebrity and Sherborne, while Nolte Mobel was voted ahead of Corndell and Caxton owner Woodberry Bros & Haines in the cabinet category.
Harrison Beds won bed supplier of the year, with Dreamworks Beds and Stuart Jones in second and third places.