PCR Awards set for March 19th

Second PC Retail Awards event to take place at the Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington. Lobbying opens now
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The computing and IT channel will once again be celebrated
next year, with the PC Retail Awards returning on Thursday
March 19th 2009.

Following last year’s successful event - which saw over 300 dealers, distributors and vendors applaud the great and the good of the industry - the PC Retail Awards 2009 will head to the lavish venue of the Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington.

The format of the Awards will remain the same, with 16 awards across three categories: Frontline, Distibution and Vendors. The prestigious Grand Prix Awards also returns, but in addition this year’s event will see the introduction of the Industry Achievement Award, recognising an individual who has gone beyond the call of duty for the computing and IT sector. This individual can be from any area of the market.

Lobbying for a finalist spot begins now and all nominations should be addressed to Lisa.Foster@intentmedia.co.uk. PC Retail will then choose five Finalists per category, announced later this year, with an industry-wide panel of judges then voting for the ultimate winners.

“The response we had to this year’s debut PC Retail Awards was beyond our expectations, so we had no doubts about lining up another event for next year,” said PC Retail publisher and Intent Media managing director Stuart Dinsey.

“The transparent format for the Awards remains the same, but we have introduced the Industry Achievement Award to recognise an individual in the market.

“In addition, we are moving the event to the prestigious Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, where we look forward to another fantastic evening of networking and celebration.”

THE AWARDS IN FULL

FRONTLINE
The Fronline Awards will recognise excellence in customer-facing organisations, be they on the High Street, the internet or dealing with businesses. The winners of these awards will be those organisations that have best represented the UK technology industry to the outside world. The categories are:-

High Street Independent
High Street Multiple
Online Retailer
Value Added Reseller
Best Technical Support

DISTRIBUTION
The distribution awards are designed to acknowledge the hard work put in by the unsung heroes of the channel. The sales and marketing teams at distributors are a vital link between vendors and retailers. The categories are:-

Sales Team: Home
Sales Team: Business
Marketing & PR Team
Sales Innovation
Specialist Distributor

VENDORS
The PC Retail Awards will once again concentrate on the sales and marketing teams, as they are the ‘face’ of those vendors in the channel. The categories are:-

Sales Team: Home
Sales Team: Business
Marketing & PR Team: Home
Marketing & PR Team: Business
Specialist Vendor

Grand Prix: Awarded to the company or team which has made a conspicious contribution to the channel in the previous year

Industry Achievement: Awarded to the individual deemed to have made a contribution to the channel above and beyond the call of duty.

LOBBYING
You can nominate your own company, a supplier or a customer now, by emailing Lisa.Foster@intentmedia.co.uk, telling us why this company or individual should be considered as a Finalist. Lobbying closes on November 26th, with the Finalists announced in the January issue of PC Retail and via the website.

TICKETS & SPONSORSHIP PACKAGES

A variety of sponsorship packages are available now. Contact Katie.Rawlings@intentmedia.co.uk to find out more. Ticket enquiries should also be made to Katie Rawlings.

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