KITCHEN Kapers are top of the kitchenware industry after winning the title Cookshop Retailer of The Year at the Excellence in Housewares Awards.

Held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel near London’s Hyde Park, the ceremony is the most important event in the housewares industry calendar.

Manufacturers, designers and retailers, both national store groups and specialists, gather to receive awards recognising their contributions to the industry.

Kitchen Kapers beat off stiff competition from some of the most successful cookshop companies in the UK to be the national winners.

The five-branch chain, with its head office in Camberley, was the first company in the industry to receive Investor In People recognition for its training and customer service.

And now it has received the highest accolade available to any kitchenware retailer.

The company started in Farnham 23 years ago.

Managing director Gary Gordon said: “It’s a national award and the Excellence in Housewares Award was open to everyone in our industry so to be chosen as retailer of the year was amazing.

The standard of competition was very high and we were thrilled to bits to win.”

He added: “We have Investor In People status and that is a combination of training and the attitude we promote.

“We try to create the right atmosphere that our customers benefit from.”