Nuline Builders Merchants of Notting Hill, west London, has been named a Silver Winner in the 2010 Britain’s Best Retailer Awards.
Nuline won the award for its new retail lighting showroom, opened earlier this year and profiled in BMJ’s July issue.
The judges praised Nuline’s “significant investment state of the art retailing”. “They have identified an opportunity and done it in an absolutely inspirational way,” said one – “They have gone completely left field, with excellent showroom displays – and with a strong environmental angle, because it’s all low-energy lighting.”
Lighting department manager Les Banks wasn’t able to attend the awards dinner in Manchester on November 11, but received the award from BMJ publisher Colin Petty after the event.
Banks revealed that the new department is on course for sales of £1m-plus in its first year, from around 2,300sq ft of display space. Furthermore, this is all genuine retail business – account customers are still served at the electrical trade counter elsewhere in the building.
Location has a great deal to do with the new department’s success – the Notting Hill area has many multi-million-pound homes, as well as a great deal of bedsits and buy-to-let properties. Banks said that he generally expects a £5k order for lighting, switches and sockets “at least once a week”.
Britain’s Best Retailer Awards were launched in 2003, and are organised by BMJ’s sister titles DIY Week, Housewares and Hardware & Garden Review.
Nuline is the first and only builders merchant to feature in the results since then.