Congratulations to all of the finalists and winners of the Greats 2012. It's a wonderful thing to be nominated for awards. We hope that you enjoyed the evening and would like to thank all of you who stock our cards. We consider ourselves very privileged to be serving such a fine host of retailers. For those of you we are not supplying, what are you waiting for?! Click here to stock us.
The Greats Awards Winners 2012 are:
Temptation Gifts win overall Gift Retailer of the Year 2012
The Honourary Achievement Award went to Oliver Tress, founder of Oliver Bonas
Oliver adds this Greats Award to a clutch of very prestigious awards, including Retail Week's Rising Star Award. The Evening Standard recently listed him as among the top 1000 most influential Londoners and, earlier this month, he sat alongside the BBC's economics editor on the panel of TV’s The Apprentice You're Fired.
Judy Stock, sales assistant, Blue Dog, Clare, Suffolk is Retail Employee of the Year
Luke Cherry, assistant manager, Utility, Liverpool
Kim Hancock, display supervisor, Forget-Me-Not, Stubbington, Hants
Gill Wing, Islington
Grand Passion, Battersea
In Spitalfields, Spitalfields Market
The Gift Box, Uxbridge
Cocoa Bean, Windsor win Independent Gift Retailer of the Year - Home Counties, South and South East
The Bottle Kiln, West Hallam won Independent Gift Retailer of the Year - Midlands and East Anglia
Cane & Able, Cwmbran won Independent Gift Retailer of the Year - South West & Wales
Heritage in Thornbury, Bristol
Between The Lines won Best Specialist Multiple Gift Retailer (4 or more shops)
Rooms of Coventry won Best Department Store Retailer of Gifts
Paperchase won Best Non Specialist Retailer of Gifts
Melbury Gallery, Sherbourne won Best Gift Retailer of Jewellery
Mains of Drum, Banchory won Best Garden Centre Retailer of Gifts
Aston Pottery, Oxfordshire won Best Museum/Visitor Attraction Gift Shop
Dulwich Trader, Dulwich won Best Retail Display
Cocoa Bean, Windsor
Temptation Gifts won Best Online Gift Retailer, to include Mail Order
Wonder Stuff – Personalised Shopping won Best Retailer Initiative
Winners of Best Service to the Independent Retailer
Joe Davies won Gold
Widdop Bingham won Silver
Yankee Candle won Bronze
Finalists (in alphabetical order)
Carte Blanche Greetings
East of India
History & Heraldry
Now in their tenth year, The Greats Awards have become the accolades to strive for and the Awards event itself has become one of the most exciting and vibrant in the country. It brings together the entire gift industry for a night of celebration.
The Greats Awards are owned and organised by Progressive Gifts & Home Worldwide (published by Max Publishing). They recognise and celebrate not only the top independent and multiple gift retailers regionally and nationally, but also one-off niche retailers, garden centres and supermarkets as well as outstanding retail employees.
The Greats 2012 'big night' was held this week on Thursday 17 May at the Lancaster London celebrating their 10th anniversary of The Greats with a ‘Circus’ themed event.
NB: Wherever possible the names of the shops are clickable for you to be able to see finalists website and social media links.
All gift retailers who have been named as a Greats winner or finalist over the past 10 years of the Greats are invited to attend a special Greats Party at PG Live next week on Tuesday May 29th at 3pm at the Business Design Centre in Islington. Contact Ian Hyder through the PG Live website for details www.progressivegreetingslive.com.