Fresh categories and a new venue – it’s all change for 2014’s BikeBiz Awards.

BikeBiz Awards 2014: Lobbying opens

This year, for the seventh edition of the BikeBiz Awards, we’re shaking up the categories with more prizes than ever dedicated to the retail side of the bicycle business for the cycle industry awards. Without further ado, let us take you through the categories… 

Independent Bike Dealer
This award will be shortlisted according to our Top 20 IBDs 2014 feature (BikeBiz issue 99; April 2014). So if you were one of our Top 20 IBDs then you could be in the running.

Specialist Retailer
Like last year’s Specialist Retailer prize, this award is open to both bricks and mortar and online retailers.

Mainstream Retailer
This new award will draw together the best examples of bicycle retailing from mainstream retailers who also operate in other sectors.

Star Store
This time our Star Store award will be shortlisted by our very own Mystery Shopper, who will choose which shops outperformed the rest to put together the top Star Stores.

Workshop Services
The Workshop Services category is open to not only top performing shop workshops, but also to workshop-only businesses, servicing companies working with hire or business fleets, service centres and similar.

Best Retail Event
Up and down the country bike shops are putting on events to drive business and engage their communities, local or national. We’re seeking the best of these for the Best Retail Event shortlist.

In-Store Experience
Has your store got an outstanding layout? Maybe a ground-breaking piece of point of sale? A bike fit offering without compare? We want to know about it for the In-Store Experience Award shortlist.

Online Store
Like it says on the tin, the Online Store award is for the retailers operating via the world wide web.

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Bike Distributor of the Year
Again, a pretty simple one this – the Bike Distributor of the Year is open to bicycle distributors that are operating to high standards.

P&A Distributor of the Year
For this award we single out the high achievers in the parts and accessories distribution sector.

Specialist Distributor
Some distributors specialise in particular sectors of the industry, whether it’s BMX, triathlon, CX, e-bikes or anything else – this is the award for them.

Bike Brand of the Year
Folders, BMX, MTB, road, CX… if it’s a bicycle brand, it can be in the running for the Bike Brand of the Year award.

P&A Brand of the Year
Gloves, bars, pegs, lights…P&A brands can enter for our awards in the P&A Brand of the Year category.

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Sales Team
Got a team that has delivered an impressive sales feat? Pioneered a new product or outperformed expectations? Then you can enter them into the Sales Team award.

Marketing Team
Whether working for distributors, directly for brands, retailers or agencies, marketing teams can enter the running for the Marketing Team Award.

Retailer Services
There are a number of hard-to-categorise companies that nevertheless provide an important set of services to retailers, whether that’s bespoke POS specialists, C2W providers, associations or something of a similar ilk.

Mechanic training is the obvious one here, but sales trainers and all manner of other training can benefit the businesses working in the bicycle business. We honour them with the Training Award.

Cycling Advocacy Achievement
There’s been no shortage of hard work by advocates to encourage cycling in the UK. In this award we will shortlist the best.

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Who’ll be Crowned a winner?
You can see who wins the 2014 BikeBiz Awards in person at the Crowne Plaza Birmingham NEC, just a stone’s throw from the NEC exhibition hall setting of Cycle Show. The BikeBiz Awards night is Wednesday September 24th, the night before the trade day of Cycle Show.

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