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The Greats Awards 2012 for Gift Retailer - Winners and Finalists

The Greats Gift Retailer Awards 2012 - Winners and Finalists

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

Hannah McMurray, manager, Orange Tree, Topsham, Devon
Prathiba Serasinghe-Yapa, sales assistant, Fenwick, Brent Cross, London
Sharon Statton, head of sales, Pebbles of Tavistock, Tavistock, Devon

The Inside Man, Wandsworth won Independent Gift Retailer of the Year - London (inside M25)


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


Flutterbyes, Bromley
Inklings, Hungerford
Penny Royal, Battle, Rye and Hastings
Pink & Brown, Sunninghill

The Bottle Kiln, West Hallam won Independent Gift Retailer of the Year - Midlands and East Anglia


Blue Dog, Clare
Breeze, Cambridge
Iapetus Gallery, Great Malvern
Jupes, Melton Mowbray

Cane & Able, Cwmbran won Independent Gift Retailer of the Year - South West & Wales


Heritage in Thornbury, Bristol

iota, Bristol
Lumin-Essence, Poole
Wonderstuff, Treorchy

Jam, Wakefield won Independent Gift Retailer of the Year - North and North East


Cherry Tree, Knutosford
Fagans, Cockermouth
Give The Dog a Bone, York
The Attic, Ambleside & Windermere

About Living, Glasgow won Independent Gift Retailer of the Year - Scotland


Baxters, Stranraer
Bonkers, St Andrews
Charisma, Dunblane
Scarlet Ribbons, Falkirk

La De Da! Cheltenham won Best Gift Retailer - Newcomer South and Wales


Florrie’s Gifts and Homewares, Street
Fresh, Witney
Okapi House, Leighton Buzzard
Ruby blu, Southgate

Celebrations, Stourbridge won Best Gift Retailer - Newcomer North and Scotland


Decisions, Barnoldswick
Limetree, Stewarton, Ayrshire
Marmalade Meringue, Hinckley
The Orchard, Leicester

Between The Lines won Best Specialist Multiple Gift Retailer (4 or more shops)

Finalists 2012

Collectables in the North East of England
Ortak in Scotland & the North of England
Temptation Gifts in the Home Counties
Utility in Liverpool, Preston & London

Rooms of Coventry won Best Department Store Retailer of Gifts


Jarrold, Norwich
John Lewis, Oxford Street
Heal’s, London
Selfridges, Oxford Street

Paperchase won Best Non Specialist Retailer of Gifts


Cards Galore
Steamer Trading

Orange Tree, Darts Farm won Best Gifts Lifestyle and Homewares (interiors)


Hamptons, Penarth
Oliver Bonas, London
Plate Tableware, Fulham
Yummy Home, Pinner

Melbury Gallery, Sherbourne won Best Gift Retailer of Jewellery


Bloomsbury, Bath
Denham & Finney, St Margaret’s, Twickenham
Saswa, Cardiff
Leila, Crouch End, Islington and Muswell Hill

Mains of Drum, Banchory won Best Garden Centre Retailer of Gifts


Brookfields Garden Centre, Nottingham
Perrywood Garden Centre, Tiptree, Essex
Scotsdale Nursery & Garden Centre, Great Shalford
Webbs of Wychbold, Droitwich

Aston Pottery, Oxfordshire won Best Museum/Visitor Attraction Gift Shop


National Gallery Shops, London
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
Royal Collection Shops, London
World of Beatrix Potter, Bowness-On-Windermere

Dulwich Trader, Dulwich won Best Retail Display


Cocoa Bean, Windsor

Housing Units, Nailsworth
Salt & Pepper, Monmouth
Tiger Tiger, Newbury & Marlborough

Temptation Gifts won Best Online Gift Retailer, to include Mail Order


The Brilliant Gift Shop
Treather, Treathim

Wonder Stuff – Personalised Shopping won Best Retailer Initiative


Daisy Park – Keep It Local
Jeyes of Earls Barton – Royal Wedding Street Party
Something Special – Improve the High Street
Fairwind – Fair Trees

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
Nemesis Now
Robert Taubman
Think Pink

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