Cousins owner Robert Shotton and WorldStores ecommerce director Tristan Lynch will be among the judges at the inaugural The Furniture Awards next month.

They will be joined by Scarlett Design UK founder Rob Scarlett and Paul Farley, editor of trade journal Furniture News, which has designed the Awards in partnership with the January Furniture Show.

The Awards are for furniture and furnishings products specifically launched at the show, which takes place at the NEC from Tuesday 13th to Thursday 15th January.

Robert Shotton is chairman of independent retailer Cousins, which has three stores in the Midlands and North West, while Tristan Lynch has nine years’ experience in buying and ecommerce sales. Rob Scarlett has designed product for retailers including John Lewis, Heal’s and Marks & Spencer.

The deadline for entries is Friday 12th December.