Home furnishings retailer Housing Units has won the Best Independent Department Store award at the 15th annual Excellence In Housewares Awards.

The company, founded in 1947, fought off competition from the likes of Jarrolds and Harrods, London to win the category, which celebrates the overall efforts of independent department stores over the past 12 months.

Housing Units has had an impressive year to date, seeing record numbers of customers and a 26% uplift in sales at its Summer Sale launch. In addition to this, a six-figure media schedule and extensive PR campaign has proven a success, with social media figures and national media presence at an all-time high.

The annual ceremony took place on Wednesday 8th October at The Lancaster, London. The awards aim to recognise and celebrate the achievements of both retailers and suppliers in the UK housewares industry.

Commenting on the win, Nick Fox, merchandise and marketing director at Housing Units, says: “We are thrilled to have won the award alongside such strong competition. It’s been a great year for Housing Units, and to receive recognition for this is a fantastic accomplishment for the business and its loyal and hard-working staff.”

Housing Units currently boasts a 150,000 sqft of retail and distribution space over a five-acre site in Failsworth, Manchester, with a 500-space car parking lot adjacent to its 60,000 sqft distribution and administration centre.