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Daily Express owner Richard Desmond championed the inaugural Express Home and Living Awards as a tribute to businesses who turn our houses and flats into happy living spaces.
Fourteen exceptional winners, selected from an original 60 entrants, received their awards in front of 350 guests at the iconic De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden.
As well as Mr Desmond, VIPs included BBC One presenters Martin Roberts of Homes Under The Hammer, and Gabrielle Blackman of DIY SOS, who were also on the judging panel.
Mark Dolan, comedian, writer and star of Channel 4’s Balls of Steel, kept the glitzy audience amused as master of ceremonies for the four-hour event.
Express Home and Living Awards: Mark Dolan, Gabrielle Blackman, Richard Desmond and Martin Roberts
Daily Express editor Hugh Whittow attended, and Martin Townsend, editor of our sister paper The Sunday Express, made a speech praising the successful brands and retailers.
“Today’s awards brings together the businesses, large and small who are making our homes more beautiful and functional,” he said.
“Express readers are incredibly proud of their homes – they have exacting standards and love supporting home-grown businesses.
“Today’s awards brings together the businesses, large and small who are making our homes more beautiful and functional.”
Martin Roberts added: “Now, more than ever, we’re a nation obsessed with making our homes as beautiful – and practical – as possible.
“The variety of those companies entering the awards shows just how many ways there are to improve our living space.”
Other members of the judges’ panel were Mr Townsend and senior Daily and Sunday Express journalists Victoria Gray, Deb Stone and Louise Midgley.
The awards have been set up to recognise the best household products, services and retailers, from kitchen and bathroom designers to outdoor products and eco-living innovations.
This year’s competition was supported by Gtech, who sponsored the Best of British category, and Red Rock Entertainment, sponsors of the Best Money Saving Product category.
Express Home and Living Awards: Martin Townsend, Gabrielle Blackman and Richard Desmond
BEST BATHROOM SUPPLIER
BEST OF BRITISH
BEST CARPET AND FLOORING SUPPLIER
BEST DECORATING BRAND
Graham & Brown
BEST DESIGNER PRODUCT RANGE
BEST ECO LIVING SOLUTION
BEST GARDEN CENTRE
BEST KITCHEN SUPPLIER
BEST MODERN LIVING INNOVATION
Hyde & Sleep
BEST MONEY SAVING PRODUCT
BEST OUTDOOR BUILDING SUPPLIER
BEST OUTDOOR LIVING FURNITURE
BEST OUTDOOR LIVING PRODUCT
BEST RETIREMENT LIVING SOLUTION