The new Drapers Top Independents awards event, which was due to be held in October, has been renamed, reorganised and rescheduled.
The event has been rebranded as the Drapers Independents Awards, moved to later in the year (with the date still to be confirmed) and changed from its original informal reception format. The awards categories have also changed.
New categories include Best New Business, Best New Store, Best Independent Multichannel Operator, Lifestyle Independent Retailer and Lifetime Achievement. Four Brand of the Year categories have been added. Occasionwear Offer, Lingerie Offer, Footwear Retailer, Best Customer Service Award and International Independent have been dropped.
Full details of the changes are listed on www.drapersindependents.co.uk.
Drapers’ new editorial director Eric Musgrave – who joined earlier this month – explained: “I was delighted to see that independent retailers had been given their own dedicated awards. But I felt we could make this marvellous celebration of independent fashion retailing even more relevant.”