ANNOUNCING THE GREATS 2020 FINALISTS

Gift retailers line up for glory at this year’s Greats Gift Retailer Awards

After a nail-biting few months, the finalists of the Greats Gift Retailer Awards 2020 have been confirmed!

“Now in their 18th milestone year, The Greats Awards continue to go from strength to strength, with an exceptionally high standard of entry received in every category,” comments Sue Marks, editor of Progressive Gifts & Home/GiftsandHome.net, published by Max Publishing, which organises and owns The Greats.

“Once again, the Greats Awards have revealed the passionate gift retailers and gift departments who really get behind their shops, their products, their displays, their websites, their marketing, their social media, their communities and their local charities.”

Adds Sue: “In a tough retailing environment, they have demonstrated their resilience, with many independents opening new shops over the past year, and all retail finalists showing their entrepreneurial flair in responding to a changing retail landscape.”

The Greats 2020 finalists are:  (in alphabetical order):

RETAIL EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR 2020

.Ella Bradbury, shop manager, Forget Me Not, Stubbington

.Rita Huston, manager, Paprika, Chippenham

.Alex Kingdom, manager, The Barn at The Hollies

.Ellie Kennedy-Walker, manager, Hand Picked by Henrietta, Chapel-En-Le-Frith

.Gina Pratt, sales advisor and assistant merchandiser, Orange Tree, Darts Farm, Topsham

.Touchi Prime, area manager, Lark London

INDEPENDENT GIFT RETAILER OF THE YEAR – LONDON (INSIDE M25)

.The Indigo Tree, Streatham and Crystal Palace

.InSpitalfields, Spitalfields Market

.Northwood Cards and Gifts, Northwood

.The Ark, Stoke Newington

.Temptation, Temple Fortune

.W. A. Green, Shoreditch

INDEPENDENT GIFT RETAILER OF THE YEAR – HOME COUNTIES, SOUTH & SOUTH EAST

.All About Rose, Thame

.Alligator Pear, Tadworth

.Bay Tree Gifts, West Wickham

.Five and Dime, Hertford

.Metalyka, Stony Stratford and Leighton Buzzard

.Zest, Crowborough

INDEPENDENT GIFT RETAILER OF THE YEAR – EAST ANGLIA

.Abigails Lifestyle, Ingatestone

.Ark, Cambridge

.Amore, Woodbridge

.Bells of Suffolk, Bungay

.Buy The Light, Bury St Edmunds

.Little Boat Gifts, Brightlingsea

INDEPENDENT GIFT RETAILER OF THE YEAR – MIDLANDS & WALES

.The Celtic Company, Welshpool

.Chi Chi Gifts, Lickey

.Ian Snow, Machynlleth 

.Joco, Nuneaton

.MOOCH, Olney, St Giles Street, and Towcester (concession: Bell)

.Wonder Stuff, Treorchy

INDEPENDENT GIFT RETAILER OF THE YEAR – SOUTH WEST

.The Cats Whiskers, Bishops Cleeve; Polkadot, Keynsham

.Cilla and Camilla, Beaminster, Bridport, Sherborne

.Highworth Emporium, Highworth

.Lulu Loves, Stubbington

.Paprika, Bath and Chippenham

.Swagger, Chipping Sodbury

INDEPENDENT GIFT RETAILER OF THE YEAR – NORTH & NORTHERN IRELAND

.Brian Hunter, Limavady

.Hand Picked By Henrietta, Chapel-En-Le-Frith

.Hares & Graces, Hull

.Kemps General Store, Malton and Whitby

.Pure Inspiration, Ramsey

.Within Reason, Sheffield

INDEPENDENT GIFT RETAILER OF THE YEAR – SCOTLAND

.Ewe & Me + Ewe Too, Grantown on Spey

.The Keekin’ Glass, Prestwick

.The Old School Beauly, Beauly

.Liquorice Tree Gifts, Glasgow

.Pippin, Edinburgh

.Starlings, Kirkwall

BEST NEWCOMER: SOUTH & WALES

.Bill & Berts, Colchester

.Ginger Nut, Lynton

.HOLD, Brighton

.Oliver’s Brighton, Brighton

.Sunshine & Snow, Bideford

.Raven Lifestyle, Tavistock

BEST NEWCOMER: MIDLANDS, NORTH & SCOTLAND

.The Bean Hive, Kettering

.The Dotty House, Gateshead

.For The Love Of The North, Whitley Bay

.Giftilicious with Thorntons, Nuneaton

.Peony Lane Interiors, Wombourne

.The Wild Ginger, Ansdell

BEST SPECIALIST MULTIPLE GIFT RETAILER

.Between The Lines (15 stores)

.Brocante (4 stores)

.Gifted (4 stores)

.Lark (5 stores)

.Smart Ideas (7 stores)

.Utility (4 stores)

BEST NON-SPECIALIST RETAILER OF GIFTS

.Brodie Countryfare, Brodie

.The Hollies, Little Budworth

.La Cookshop, Seaton Burn

.Lanerscost Tea Room, Abbey Farm,  Brampton

.Loch Levens Larder, Kinross

.Overton Gallery, Overton

BEST DEPARTMENT STORE RETAILER OF GIFTS

.Atkinsons of Sheffield, Sheffield

.Barkers Home, Northallerton

.John Lewis & Partners

.One Forty, Cranleigh

.Selfridges, London

.Strickland & Holt

BEST GIFT RETAILER OF JEWELLERY & FASHION ACCESSORIES

.Bay Tree Gifts, Wickham

.Bijou, Buckie

.Greenwood & Co., Saintfield

.Jewel, St Andrews

.Medusa Gems, Southport

.MiMi, Hartley Wintney and Wokingham

BEST LIFESTYLE OR HOMEWARES RETAILER OF GIFTS

.Daisy Lanes, Rayleigh

.Dear Grace, Colchester

.The Emporium Interiors, Clitheroe

.Orange Tree, Darts Farm, Topsham

.Skinny Whistle, Quorn

.White Rhino, Hastings

BEST GARDEN CENTRE RETAILER OF GIFTS

.Bernaville Nurseries, Cowley Bridge

.Blue Diamond Group

.Klondyke Group

.Longacres Group

.Ruxley Manor Garden Centre, Sidcup

.Smith’s Garden Centre, New Denham

BEST MUSEUMS OR VISITOR ATTRACTION GIFT SHOP

.Kew Garden Gift Shop, Kew

.National Portrait Gallery Gift Shop, London

.North of England Zoological Society (Chester Zoo)

.RHS Garden Wisley Gift Shop, Wisley

.Science Museum Gift Shop, London

.ZSL, Whipsnade

BEST IN-STORE OR WINDOW DISPLAY

.The Celtic Company, Welshpool

.Cornucopia, Worcester

.The Emporium, Clitheroe

.Garsons, Esher

.Highworth Emporium

.Rhubarb Home/Rhubarb Gifts, Malvern

BEST RETAILER INITIATIVE

.Highworth Emporium, Highworth

For its Shop Local Christmas raffle and Visa ad initiatives

.The Hollies

For its two pre-Christmas visitor days

.Jo Amor, Tiverton

For its Jo-A-Story online children’s bedtime storytelling initiative

.Joco, Nuneaton

For its Christmas video and Letter To Santa initiatives

.MOOCH, Northampton, Olney, Towcester

For its cark park charges initiative

.Papilio at Heritage, Thornbury

For its Junior Retail and Makaton initiatives

BEST SUPPLIER MARKETING AWARD

.Ashleigh & Burwood

.Chilly’s Bottles

.Katie Loxton

.Joma

.Marmalade of London

.Stoneglow

.Wild Things

.Wrendale

BEST SERVCE TO THE INDEPENDENT GIFT RETAILER

.Ashleigh & Burwood

.Enesco

.Gisela Graham 

.Heaven Sends                                            

.Joe Davies

.Lesser & Pavey 

.Nemesis Now 

.Straits Trading

.Widdop and Co 

.Wrendale Designs 

The winners of the Greats Gift Retailer Awards 2020 will be announced at London’s Honourable Artillery Club (HAC) on Wednesday May 13, with all strands of the gift industry invited to share in this very special day for gift retail.

Tickets to the event are available from event organiser Clare Hollick e: clare@keystonecomms.co.uk tel: 01733 294524. To read more about being at the hottest ticket on the gift industry’s calendar, visit http://www.thegreatsawards.co.uk/tickets/

An impressive line-up of Greats sponsors include (in alphabetical order): Candlelight; Gift Republic; GiftsandHome.net; Gisela Graham; Good Housekeeping; Harrogate Christmas & Gift; Joe Davies; Progressive Gifts & Home; Premier Decorations; Progressive Greetings Live; Spring Fair and Autumn Fair; Wrendale Designs and The Giftware Association.

For remaining sponsorship opportunities, please contact Angie Bryant on 01993 212994; e: angieb@max-publishing.co.uk

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