Disley business up for retailer of the year

Iain Gilman managing director of D&C shortlisted in the national contest for Retailer of the Year.
Iain Gilman managing director of D&C shortlisted in the national contest for Retailer of the Year.

A Disley business has been shortlisted in the national contest for Retailer of the Year.

D&C Sound and Vision could be crowned the ERT consumer electronics champion of 2016.

The ERT Awards, now in their seventh year, reward retailers and manufacturers for excellence in the electrical retailing industry.

This award, which is sponsored by Panasonic, has excited the staff at the Buxton Road shop.

Iain Gilman managing director of D&C said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be recognised by our peers as one of the top three consumer electronics retailers in the UK.”

A panel of industry experts decided who should be in the running to pick up the retailer and training awards and, for the first time, independent retailers were asked to vote for their favourite suppliers, sales reps and products in a survey carried out by our ERT Awards research partner, leading field marketing agency Gekko.

Votes were collated for each category and each entry was awarded their percentage of the whole vote.

They were then given a percentage of the votes of those retailers who stocked them. An average of the two figures was used to arrive at the winner.

This ensured that smaller brands not stocked in as many stores had an equal chance of winning, thanks to the weighted voting system.

The winners of the ERT Awards 2016 will be revealed at a special ceremony on Monday, October 17, at The Grand Connaught Rooms in London’s Covent Garden.

Purewell, Christchurch, Dorset and Avensys, Crawley, West Sussex are the other contenders.

ERT editor Sean Hannam said: “Congratulations to all the finalists – I look forward to seeing you all in October.”