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Corks Out Wins Awards


 Corks Out win Champagne Retailer of the Year 2016 at the Drinks Retaling Awards

Corks Out Champagne Retailer of the yearThis is Corks Out's 7th Award to come from the Drinks Retailing Awards. A great event that takes place every year to applaud the thriving businesses of the wine and spirits industry. 


Corks Out have focused on the sales of Champagne in their stores and website in the last 2 years offering the customers value for money and a point of difference to the supermarkets. 



Corks Out win Independent Online Retailer of the Year at the Harpers Awards 2015Corks Out Win Online Retailer of the year with Harpers

Corks Out's website has gone from strength to strength in the last few years with the new design checkout making it easier for the customer to order quickly and efficiently. The website also allows you to search by style of wine and by groups such as organic and vegetarian wine.




Corks Out win Small Chain of the Year at the Off Licence News Awards 2015drinks retailing awards 2015

The Judges said- 
The first thing you notice about Corks Out stores is that they are immaculately presented. There’s a strong brand theme running through signage and POS, of which there is plenty and every detail of the retail offering has clearly been thoroughly thought through, from merchandising to section positions, and the role that information and promotional activity – and we’re not just talking about price here – plays around the stores.


The shops all differ to suit their locations and Corks Out is always trying new things to get more customers through the door and to make those who already shop there enjoy the experience that bit more. It has the look, the attention-to-detail and sheer fun, giving customers the feeling that you’re in a playground for grown-ups. 



Corks Out win Top Merchant of the Year for over three stores in the Harpers Awards 2014corks out win harpers award

Harpers said- Founded and run by Ruth Yates, beat off stiff competition to be named Best Top Merchant of the Year for retailers with over three stores.

The Judges congratulated ‘’Yates and all her team for what is such a highly professional, standard bearing all round independent retail business, which is rightly envied across the country.


Corks Out continues to grown and evolve with new innovations and ideas that have both her customers and vitally her own staff at the heart of the business. Corks Out continues to set the standard for both high street and online retailing within the independent sector.




Corks Out wins Multiple Specialist Retailer of the Year 2014 at the Drinks Retailing Awardsdrinks retailing awards 2014

Corks Out is proud to announce another win at the Drinks Retailing Awards, this time picking up the national trophy for ‘Multiple Specialist Retailer of the Year 2014’ against the other finalists, Majestic and Bargain Booze. 

Judges said – ‘This Cheshire chain has graduated from the Independent to the multiple sector of the Drinks Awards, an indication of just how far it has come in a relatively short space of time. The past 12 months have seen Corks Out reinvent three stores with a classy wine bar refit, combining the best elements of the on-trade with a top-notch wine merchant. It has stayed true to its principles with emphasis is on quality over price, a proposition backed with quirky food match suggestions, staff recommendations and varied tutored tastings’.

Ruth Yates – ‘We are once again thrilled and honoured  to win at the Drinks Retailing Awards, however, this award recognises the strength and development of what started out as a small Independent.  We firmly believe that our continued innovation, focus and quirky uniqueness will help us to develop Corks Out further.  I am proud of the team and what we have developed together over the last ten years, they are extremely committed and passionate about what they do and the customers love them for it, so here’s to the next ten.’



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Corks Out win Champagne Retailer of the Year 2013 at the Drinks Retailing Awards

Corks Out are the proud winners at the Drinks Retailing Awards, picking up the national trophy for Champagne Retailer of the Year 2013, shortlisted against Sainsbury and Wine Rack.  Judges were particularly impressed that the Cheshire based Independent Chain has increased its focus on Champagne, taking its range from 45 to more than 100.  A key part of the strategy has been educating customers about why Champagne is special through tastings and dinners run in conjunction with producers.  Corks Out has gorwn it's Champagne sales at a time when other retailers have been relying on cheaper sparkling wines. 

Ruth said the team are delighted to win against the big retailers out there, it's lovely to educate our customers in a way that helps them appreciate more about what's behind the label.



Corks Out win Independent Spirit Retailer 2012, Drinks Retailing Awards

drinks retailing award 2012It's a successful start to the New Year, as Corks Out was presented with the Independent Spirit Retailer of the Year 2012 award at the Drinks Retailing Awards last night.  Corks Out was also nominated in two other categories – Champagne Retailer of the Year, and Online/Direct Sales Retailer of the Year at the sparkling awards ceremony held at the Dorchester Hotel on Park Lane.

 The awards recognise that the company is continuing to develop and broaden the range of products in its stores, and also the success of corksout.com, the company’s website.  Ruth Yates was delighted with the win, “We are proud to be recognised for our Spirits and Champagne ranges, where the focus is on unusual and high quality products. We stock only the best products that offer great value for money, and it was good to see the judges recognising this in the awards. This is the third year in a row that Corks Out has won an award at the Drinks Retailing Awards, and is good to see that we are continuing to impress the judges."



Corks Out win the International Wine Challenge (IWC) award for Large Independent Retailer of the Year 2011

At a glittering award ceremony at the Hilton Park Lane in London. The award reflected Corks Out’s commitment to innovation, and yet again confirmed it as a leading wine retailer in the UK, with the judges saying “This is a wine merchant with lots of energy and a very approachable tone to its business. They excel in their fantastic events creating a very inclusive environment for their customers. They are notably active and engaged with people through social media.”



Corks Out wins Top Merchants Award for Best Retailer 2011

Corks Out picks up Top Merchants Award for Best Retailer in the UK with 3 or more shops. The awards ceremony, hosted at Vinopolis in London on 23rd February, included eight different categories covering  all aspects of the wine trade. Not content with just taking the top award Corks Out was runner up for Excellent Customer Care, Innovation and the Employer of the year. 

The awards have been introduced to recognise the most outstanding merchants in the UK that demonstrate excellence in key trading disciplines.Judges said‘Our winning retailer has made a dramatic impact not only on the wine retail scene in its region, but on the overall wine trade with its drive and innovation. A real breath of fresh air with a hatful of awards already to their name.



 Drink Retailing Awards February 2011.

Corks Out are so proud to announce that they are the winners of Independent Wine Retailer of the year award, as part of the National Business Awards 2011.

Held at the prestigious Dorchester Hotel in London the National Business Awards were lucky to have Corks Out as one of there contenders. 'Due to there brilliant customer service and new ideas Corks Out stole the show with an amazing victory'.



Ruth Yates is named 16th in the Top 75 most influential people in wine  

Corks Out are so proud to announce that they are the winners of Independent Wine Retailer of the year award, as part of the National Business Awards 2011. 

The drinks industry has just produced its inaugural list charting the figures wielding the most influence over the market, who we feel, in their area of expertise, are the power players with real authority. 

'Ruth Yates, Owner of Corks Out, Cheshire In the eight years since opening her first Corks Out store on the outskirts of Warrington, Cheshire, Yates has become one of the most high-profile businesswomen in North West England as well as the wine trade.  After giving up the corporate world of wholesale buying, she has proved herself as a true risk-taking entrepreneur, expanding the chain of five shops and becoming a positive voice of the industry through national media appearances.  Displaying flair, innovation, responsibility and attention to detail in equal measure.  She was named Independent Wine Retailer of the Year this Year.



Drinks Business Awards May 2010

Corks Out picked up ‘National  Independent Retailer of the  Year’ at the Drinks Business Awards ceremony at the London Wine Fair 19th May 2010.

After being nominated Corks Out  were praised for their  innovation, service and  knowledgeable team - Judges were impressed because of the high level of professionalism, a well thought-through business plan, slick operations and the fact that the Corks Out business punches above its weight.



Drinks Retailing Awards

The winners of the Drinks Retailing Awards 2010 were announced on February 2 at a glittering ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel. The awards were co-hosted by Off Licence News Editor Rosie Davenport and top wine writer Olly Smith.  Corks Out won the award for Neighbourhood Off-Licence of the year. Corks Out proved that they have worked hard to understand their market and have a service that rises above the norm. To sum up they are an inspiration to the rest of the drinks trade.



National Off Licence | Oct 09

These awards are firmly established as the “Oscars” of the industry, rewarding excellence in a raft of retail categories, so Corks Out are delighted to win this award.

The Retail Industry Awards are nothing if not prestigious. The longest-running accolades in the retail sector covering the independent, convenience and multiple sectors, the awards event is a unique occasion. It is the only time of year when the whole industry gets together to recognise the smallest independent retailers alongside the nation’s largest supermarket groups.



Warrington Business Awards | July 09

Ruth and all her team are delighted to have won the Retailer of the year Award for 2009 for the fourth year running!  Ruth was also 'Highly Commended' in the Business Person of the Year award.  The Corks Out team are dedicated to being the best in it's field and strive to deliver excellent customer service and product knowledge - we have a true passion for what we do so receiving this award is fantastic!

The judges said it was a firm choice for the prize, they said ' Corks Out continues to be a very strong business in a niche market.  They are a significant asset to Warrington.'  Ruth was praised by the judges for being a 'consistent and very strong leader in her field'



Best Retailer of the Year | June 09

Corks Out is very proud to announce that on Friday 5th June we won the 'Best Retail Business of the Year Award 2009' at the Visit Chester & Cheshire Awards. We had some tough competition, which included Cheshire Oaks, therefore, we are very proud and thank all our customers for nominating us in the first place. Judge's comments:  “This retailer has a quality product offer supported by knowledgeable and customer focused staff and really capitalises on all business opportunities making it a flagship store.”



Drinks Retailing Awards | Feb 09

Corks Out was once again a finalist for the National Spirits Retailing Award at the Drinks Retailing Awards in Feb 09 – Judges were impressed at the range of Spirits on offer at Corks Out, especially their Spirits room at the Chester store.

If you thought that Corks Out was just a wine merchant then take a trip to our Chester store and our Spirit Room, we have over 800 Spirits with a list of over 1200 available, not to mention 3 great members of the Corks Out team with fantastic knowledge, whether it's a Malt Whisky, a Cocktail, or a specialist Bourbon or Rum......



Retailer of the Year | Warrington Business Awards | July 2008

Corks Out won ‘Retailer of the Year’ for the third year running at the ‘Warrington Business Awards’ and Ruth was Highly Commended for Business Person of the Year, judges were once again amazed with the continuing success of her local independent wine business.



Warrington Business Awards | July 2008

Ruth Yates was Highly Commended for Business Person of the Year at the July 08 Warrington Business Awards, where judges were impressed with her success and expanding business in Cheshire.



Drinks Retailing Awards | Feb 08

Corks Out was a finalist this year for the National Spirits Retailing Award at the Drinks Retailing Awards Feb 08 – Judges were impressed at the range of Spirits on offer at Corks Out, especially their Spirits room at the Chester store.



Retailer of the Year | Visit Chester & Cheshire awards | June 07

Corks Out was voted Retailer of the Year at the Visit Chester and Cheshire Awards staged by the North West Development Agency. The judges said: “Corks Out demonstrated a real vision and desire to be the best in its field, with great attention to detail and the highest standards of customer service driven from the top.”



Retailer of the Year | Warrington Business Awards | July 2007

Corks Out won ‘Retailer of the Year’ for the second year running at the ‘Warrington Business Awards’ where judges were once again amazed with the continuing success of her local independent wine business.



Independent Off Licence of the Year | National Retail Industry Awards | Sept 07 Independent Entrepreneur of the Year | National Retail Industry Awards | Sept 07

The ‘National Retail Industry Awards’ was a double win for Corks Out, winning ‘Independent Off Licence of the Year’ whilst Ruth was awarded the coveted title ‘Independent Entrepreneur of the Year’. The Judges unanimously agreed that Corks Out ‘ticked all the boxes’ as a specialist independent wine merchant and were impressed with its outstanding range and service to both local enthusiasts and corporate businesses.



Cheshire Business Awards |Sept 07

Corks Out was Highly Commended for the ‘Small Business Award’ and Ruth was Highly Commended for the ‘Women in Business Award’ at the Cheshire Business Awards in September 07.

Our awards mean a lot to the Corks Out team and also to the independent wine retail sector as it’s not just about picking a product off a shelf, it’s about service, knowledge of product, passion and enthusiasm from the whole team that make Corks Out stand out above the rest. Service and knowledge is key, something we feel customers rarely get at larger retailers.

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