Attendees and winners of the PC Retail Awards 2009, held last month at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London, have praised the event for its networking opportunities and entertainment on the night, which included comedy from Adam Bloom, a casino, and DJ.
CK, owner of London-based independent retailer YoYoTech, took home the prestigious Industry Achievement Award, which was introduced to the event this year. "I just kept staring at the Industry Achievement Award in my hands – and it was such a humbling experience, to think that so many people voted for me. Truly, it's one of my best memories from working in this industry for over 20 years."
Bobby Watkins, UK head of vendor Acer, which was presented with the Grand Prix and the Sales Team: Business Award, said: "This is a great achievement and we are especially pleased that the award was in recognition of both our channel strategy and our product innovation and marketing."
EntaTech also did particularly well on the night, taking home both the Sales Team: Business and the Sales Innovation prizes in the Distribution Category.
"On behalf of all at EntaGroup, thank you to all those who voted for us," said Jon Atherton, commercial group vice president. "Winning one award was fantastic, two was immense. It was a well organised event I do hope that PCR now realises it can go even bigger."
Lisa Foster, managing editor of PC Retail said of the evening: "We're extremely pleased with the PC Retail Awards 2009.
"The inaugural event last year aimed to unify all aspects of the trade under one awards ceremony, which was achieved successfully. This year's awards built on that foundation, introducing new features such as the Industry Achievement award, and demand was greater than ever.
"The feedback we've received so far has been hugely positive. We'd like to thank all the sponsors and everyone involved in making the night possible. These awards are publicly voted for by an expert panel of judges, so all of the winners should be very proud of what they have achieved," added Foster.
"The whole team looks forward to seeing everyone again for the PC Retail Awards 2010."