Shop of the Year

Independent retailers from across the UK have gathered at the Guild’s home in London, No. 42 Southwark Street, to discover the winners of the Guild of Fine Food’s Shop of the Year, the awards that recognises and promotes retail excellence.

Photo gallery from 20th September
awards ceremony

2019 Shop of the Year

Shop of the Year will give awards in up to six categories in 2019:

  1. Delicatessen & Grocer
  2. Specialist Cheese Shop
  3. Farm Shop (farmer owned)
  4. Food Hall
  5. Specialist food or drink shop
  6. Newcomer (to be awarded to any entrant in categories 1-5 who has been trading less than 24 months)

Each retailer must complete a simple entry form and submit supporting evidence on why you should be considered. Entry is limited to one category per business.

The award for Newcomer of the Year will be awarded at the discretion of the judges to a shop who has entered into categories 1-5.

Enter your business into Shop of the Year 2019 (entry open now) >>

Shop of the Year 2019 Online Entry Guidance Notes

2018 Shop of the Year

Results announced: The 2018 winners

The winners of the 2018 Shop of the Year awards have been announced at a ceremony in London attended by independent retailers from across the UK:

Farm Shop or Garden Centre with Food Hall: Keelham Farm Shop
Sponsored by Petty Wood

Delicatessen: Delifonseca Dockside
Sponsored by Le Gruyere AOP

Grocer, Village or Community Shop: Godfrey C. Williams & Son
Sponsored by Le Gruyere AOP

Specialist Cheese Shop: The Cheese Society
Sponsored by Le Gruyere AOP

Newcomer: Fillet & Bone
Sponsored by Le Gruyere AOP

Retail Hero: Clare Jones from Delifonseca Dockside
Sponsored by Le Gruyere AOP

What is Shop of the Year?

Shop of the Year 2018

What is Shop of the Year?

Shop of the Year is an accreditation that recognises and promotes retail excellence. Independent retailers from all over the UK and Ireland will compete to win these highly coveted awards, covering the key areas of retail skills, food know-how and operations.

Why is Shop of the Year different to other awards?

We have 35 years of experience working with small businesses, deli people, cheesemongers, farm shops and grocers. We’ve been putting a spotlight on them, through Shop of the Year, for quite some time too. The Guild understands what makes a successful retailer and SotY will celebrate the wonderful things small shops and independent retailers are achieving. This year sees the award scheme expand and improve. We have additional retail categories and an even more robust judging procedure.

Why enter?

Each retailer will be asked to complete a simple entry form and submit supporting evidence on why you should be considered. Our panel of judges, selected for their genuine food retail experience, will then assess the entry, creating a shortlist of shops that will be mystery shopped by Insight6 to look at customer service, merchandising and sales skills. On a separate visit, the shop will be assessed by one of our food retail judges to measure the food knowledge, expertise and range and to delve deeper into the business. This visit will be announced, and the retailer will know the judge is visiting and be able to prepare. Any retailer shortlisted will receive constructive feedback to help them improve or, simply to give an enormous pat on the back to their team. Shop of the Year is free to enter.  Entry for the 2019 competition is open now.

The judges

Shop of the Year judges

Useful downloads & press

Press releases from previous years are available in our Press Room. For further press enquiries, please contact Amy Brice or Tortie Farrand.

Interested in sponsoring Shop of the Year? Click here

Shop of the Year 2019 Online Entry Guidance Notes

Key timings for 2019

21 September 2018

Open for entry

19 October 2018

Deadline for entry

Mid-November onwards 2018

First round anonymous judging

Mid-November onwards 2018

Second round announced judging

11 March 2019

Winners announced

sponsors

  • Le Gruyère AOP
  • Petty Wood
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