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Better Bathrooms Wins Another Two Prestigious Awards!

Better Bathrooms Wins Two Prestigious Collect+ Retail Week Enterprise Awards – Employer of the Year and Collect+ Retailer of the Year

Double delight for Better Bathrooms won have won the Employer of the Year Award and the prestigious Retailer of the Year Award at the 2014 Collect+ Retail Week Enterprise Awards.

The winners of the 2014 Collect+ Retail Week Enterprise Awards were announced on 25 November at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London. These awards celebrated fast-growing, entrepreneurial retail companies and the people behind their success.

Retailer of the year


To help fund his professional golfing dream, Wigan born Colin Stevens CEO of Better Bathrooms began at just 21 selling taps out of his bedroom on eBay. Coming from an area with little opportunity, his story is one of true success, with Better Bathrooms’ 13 year journey seeing the North West based multi-channel business now the UK’s largest independent retailer of bathrooms and tiles.

Operating a hugely successful online store at, six showrooms in Manchester, Warrington, Wigan, Slough, Leicester, and York, two warehouses, a distribution hub in Didcot, a transport hub in Birmingham along with two trade counters in Leigh and Didcot; Better Bathrooms in manned by every growing team of now 299. By consistently reinvesting company profits to encourage growth, Colin has developed a thriving retail business.

Specialising in offering customers the very best value within such a highly competitive industry, Better Bathrooms’ business model has remained the same from day one, keeping strong with their company slogan of ‘Better Prices, Better Service, Better Bathrooms’.

Colin Stevens, CEO of Better Bathrooms said: “I am ecstatic to have won two awards, I have spent a lot of time trying to create the perfect inspirational working atmosphere with incentives and benefits so to win Employer of the Year is an honour. To also walk away with Retailer of the Year is additionally amazing! When I started Better Bathrooms I never thought it would become a multi-channel, nationwide retail business achieving such phenomenal success. To be surrounded by the UK’s top business leaders and talent at the Retail Week Enterprise Awards was an achievement in itself, and to win two awards is the cherry on the cake.

Colin added: I want to inspire budding entrepreneurs across the UK, after all, I started out with nothing, just selling taps from my bedroom in Wigan. Anyone can create a hugely successful business, entrepreneurialism isn’t something you’re necessarily born with, it’s all about learning and being truly dedicated to what you believe it.”

George MacDonald, Executive Editor, Retail Week, concludes: “This is a great time in the UK, as innovative companies continue to grow, helping to ensure the country’s future economic success. That’s why we want to mark the importance of emerging companies and put them in the spotlight at this fantastic awards ceremony. Retail Week wanted to create a platform upon which we could shine a spotlight on these success stories – highlighting future industry leaders and demonstrating the brands shaping the future of the whole sector.”

On the night Manchester based won two awards including The Rider Levett Bucknall Retail Leader of the Year, Evans Cycles won the Marketing/ Advertising Campaign of the Year and The Entertainer was announced as Torque Logistics Multichannel Retailer of the Year.

Colin at the Enterprise Awards


Collect+ Retail Week Enterprise Award winners:

Caps Group Store Design of the Year
Samba Swirl Camden, Mizzi Studios

Customer Service Initiative of the Year
PetsPyjamas, Travel Service for

Employer of the Year
Better Bathrooms

Retail Technology Initiative of the Year
American Golf’s eCommerce with Demandware’s Cloud Commerce Platform

Marketing/ Advertising Campaign of the Year
Evans Cycles, Odd Ones

Start-Up Retailer of the Year
Secret Linen Store

Torque Logistics Multichannel Retailer of the Year
The Entertainer, The Entertainer’s Multichannel Strategy

Collect+ Pure Play E-tailer of the Year

The Rider Levett Bucknall Retail Leader of the Year
Mahmud Kamani & Carol Kane, Co-founders –

Collect+ Retailer of the Year
Better Bathrooms

About Better Bathrooms

Better Bathrooms’ story is one of exceptional growth in a competitive retail market. From humble beginnings 13 years ago as a purely online business, operating out of 21 year old founder Colin Stevens’ bedroom, to being firmly established as the UK’s largest independent bathroom and tiles retailer. We have over 250 staff based in either our head office in Leigh, our office in Warrington, distribution hub in Didcot, Transport hub in Birmingham, Trade Counters in Leigh and Didcot or in one of our showrooms in Wigan, Warrington, Manchester, Leicester, Slough and York.
Colin’s strong business sense and philanthropic approach to nurturing his staff make a winning combination and have led to Better Bathrooms becoming the UK’s largest independent bathroom and tiles retailer in a fiercely competitive marketplace. Better Bathrooms and Colin Stevens have become a great British success story and is often described as a true inspiration.

In the past 24 months, Colin Stevens has won 24 awards including:
• National Business Awards – Entrepreneur of the Year 2012
• 82nd Spot on The Sunday Times Virgin Profit Track 100 2014
• 33rd spot on The Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 2012
• eCommerce Awards Of Excellence – Best Home and Garden Retailer 2013
• IoD North West Director of the Year Awards – Young Director of the Year 2013
• Digital Entrepreneur Awards – E-commerce Business – SME: Better Bathrooms 2013
• National Business Awards – Entrepreneur of the Year 2012

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