White Stores are proud to be finalists in this year’s eCommerce Awards for Excellence (Best Home & Garden, DIY & Tools eCommerce and Medium eCommerce Company of the Year categories), Essex Business Excellence Awards (Best Growing Business – Medium Companies and Young Entrepreneur of the Year categories) and Online Retail Awards (Home & Garden and Small Online Retailer Site of the Year categories).
Celebrating our 10th anniversary in 2015, White Stores are now one of the UK’s largest independent online retailers of garden furniture and accessories. From rattan sofas, dining sets and sun loungers to BBQs, outdoor lighting and artificial Christmas trees, we are able to offer our customers huge savings on a vast range of outdoor living products. The friendly and knowledgeable team at White Stores are happy to answer any questions and help shoppers decide on the perfect products for their garden, patio, balcony, conservatory, home or business.
“It is a tremendous honour for all of us here at White Stores to be finalists in the Essex Business Excellence Awards and Online Retail Awards for 2015,” says James Whiteley, the 30-year-old founder and managing director of White Stores. “Over the past 10 years, everybody on the team has put their heart and soul into providing the best possible products and service to our customers. We hope our successful association with these prestigious business awards will help White Stores achieve even greater things over the next 12 months.”
Starting in the garden furniture industry aged 16, stuffing cushions at his father’s factory, James launched his own company in 2005. From a business initially operating out of his bedroom, White Stores now employs over 30 people and generates an annual turnover of over £7m.
On also being nominated a finalist in the Young Entrepreneur award category, James adds:
“I truly believe that starting up and growing a successful business can change people’s lives for the better. That’s why I devote myself to work. To have my enthusiasm for business life officially recognised by the judges of the Essex Business Excellence Awards has been a fantastic boost to me, both personally and professionally. I would also like to take this opportunity to encourage other young UK entrepreneurs to go out there and make their own dreams happen.”
White Stores would like to thank everybody involved with the organisation and judging of these awards – and are now keeping our fingers crossed for a successful outcome when the award winners are officially announced next month.
The Awards In Full
Best Home & Garden, DIY & Tools eCommerce – White Stores
Medium eCommerce Company of the Year – White Stores
Now in their 7th year, the eCommerce Awards for Excellence celebrate the very best the industry has to offer – from groundbreaking innovations and campaigns to customer service excellence and revenue growth. The winners will be announced in front of more than 500 eCommerce professionals on Wednesday September 30th, 2015 at Park Plaza Riverbank London.
Best Growing Business (Medium Companies) – White Stores
Young Entrepreneur of the Year – James Whiteley
The Essex Business Excellence Awards programme, organised by the Essex Chronicle Media Group, is designed especially for any private business, public sector organisation or charity based in Essex. The winners will be announced at the awards evening being held at Hylands House in Chelmsford on Friday September 25th, 2015.
Home & Garden – White Stores
Small Online Retailer Site of the Year – White Stores
The Online Retail Awards are international, impartial, independent business awards that can be won by online retailers of any size anywhere in the world. The second stage judging will scrutinise the shortlist of ORA finalists and decide the Category Winners and the Awards of High Commendation. Winners will receive their awards at The Online Retail Awards dinner and ceremony on the evening of Tuesday September 15th, 2015 in London.
A Look Back At White Stores In 2015
White Stores launched our new delivery, assembly and packaging removal service in early 2015 – along with a new fleet of branded delivery vans.
In spring, White Stores opened our first retail concession at a garden centre in Yarnton, Oxfordshire. More of our showrooms will launch in garden centres around the UK in the coming years. Our main garden furniture showroom in Wickford, Essex is also open daily throughout the year.
White Stores and our customers raised £2,691.20 for the Greenfingers charity on the annual Garden Re-Leaf Day appeal in March 2015. This money is now helping to build new gardens at children’s hospices across the UK.
White Stores donated this lovely rocking chair to Alan Titchmarsh’s popular TV show, Love Your Garden, during the summer. It quickly proved to be a favourite for the worthy new owner, Maggie Simkiss, a Macmillan nurse and grandmother from Hull.