Kingfisher toasted success at the prestigious Oracle Retail Week Awards on 12 March. Former Group Chief Executive Sir Ian Cheshire won the Outstanding Contribution to Retail accolade. The award was presented jointly by Sir Geoff Mulcahy, Kingfisher’s former CEO and Kim Buckland, co-founder of Liz Earle, the beauty and cosmetics company.
Also at the awards, B&Q UK won the award for Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year for its Greener Gardening initiative. With its EasyGrow bedding plant technology, B&Q developed a new way to package and grow bedding plants, cutting peat use and ending the use of polystyrene trays, most of which had previously ended up in landfill. In addition to reducing waste, the initiative was also a commercial success with an increase in sales of bedding plants.
Screwfix was nominated in the Multichannel Retailer of the Year category at the awards event at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London and also nominated for Speciality Retailer of the Year.