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The Greats Awards 2015 Winners and Finalists

The Greats 2015 Winners Congratulations to all of the finalists and winners of the Greats Awards 2015 for Gift Retailers. It's a wonderful thing to be nominated for awards. We hope that you enjoyed the day 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 loyal retailers. 

The Greats Awards 2015 Winners are:


The Honourary Achievement Award went to Mike Burgess from Parlane International.


Mandy Elliot, retail supervisor, Giant's Causeway Gift Shop, National Trust Ireland is Retail Employee of the Year  

FinalistsMike Burgess - The Greats Awards 2015
David Brooks, creative sales assistant, Bluestone, Glasgow
David Budd, department manager Oxford Street, John Lewis
Anne Connolly, shop manager, Velvet Moon, Glasgow
Katie Daw, sales assistant, The Stationery & Gift Boutique, Ampthill
Linda Hoskins, till operator, Hawley Garden Centre, Dartford
Gemma Pickervance, buyer, Cliftons, Lytham

Charles Farris, Battersea won Independent Gift Retailer of the Year - London (inside M25)

FinalistsCharles Farris - The Greats Winner 2015
Gift, Crouch End
Grand Passions, Clapham
The Loft, Teddington
Map Gift Shop, Archway, N London
Tickled Pink, Wandsworth Common and Earlsfiel


Forget Me Not, Stubbington won for Home Counties, South and S East
Feather & Fern, Dorking, Surrey

Maddy Moo's, Totton, Southampton
Paisley Cat, Farnham
Red Card, Petworth 
Something Special, Edenbridge


Inside Out, Cheltenham won Independent Gift Retailer of the Year - South West

FinalistsInside Out - The Greats Awards 2015
Bickleigh Mill, Tiverton
Bloomsbury, Bath
Emporium, Cheltenham and Winchombe
Gifts, St Ives

Sugar Loaf, Cheltenham


Love It, Stamford and Bury St Edmunds won Independent Gift Retailer of the Year - East Anglia

Daisy Chain, Histon
Glyph, Hitchin
Lottie Mutton, Saffron Walden

Rapport, Stamford


Marmalade Meringue, Hinckley won Independent  - Midlands and WalesMarmalade Meringue - The Greats Awards 2015 Winner

The Bottle Kiln, West Hallam
Flint, Groby, Leics.

Lavender Blue, Market Harborough, Leics.
Village Crafts, Bets y Coed
Wonder Stuff, Treorchy


Retro 36, Scarborough won Independent  - North and Northern Ireland

FinalistsRetro 36 - The Greats Awards 2015
Bigwicks, Chesterfield and Barnsley

The Bottom Drawer, Co. Armagh

Mantons, Isle of Man
Saffrons of York and Little Saffron, The Shambles
Utility (3 shops), Liverpool and London


The Old School, Beauly won Independent Gift Retailer of the Year - Scotland

Bijou, Elgi

Bluestone, Glasgow
Brodie Country Fare, Brodie, By Forres
The Granite House, Fort William
Velvet Moon, Glasgow


The Country House Gift Company, Winscombe won Best Gift Retailer - Newcomer South and Wales

FinalistsThe Country House - The Greats Awards 2015
The Dinky Dove, Chertsey

The Indigo Tree, Streatham
Mrs Robinson's Store, Worthing, West Sussex
Polkadot Home, Keynsham, Bristol
WOW, Hythe

Rhubarb, Malvern won Best Gift Retailer - Newcomer North and Scotland

The Brotique, Edinburgh
A Little Mooch, Derby
GiftsMade4u, Northants
Quirky Coo, Dundee
Tilly Mint, Crosby, Liverpool


Temptation Gifts won Best Specialist Multiple Gift Retailer

FinalistsTemptation Gifts - The Greats Awards 2015
Aspire Style (5 stores)
Love Aroma (4 stores)
Sass & Belle (5 stores)
Time & Tide (6 stores)
Vinegar Hill (7 stores)


John Lewis, Oxford Street won Best Department Store Retailer of Gifts

Sasse and Belle - The Greats 2015Sasse and Belle - The Greats 2015


Barretts of St Neots
Dawsons, Clitheroe and Skipton
Debenhams, Oxford Street
Housing Units, Failsworth
Rossiters of Bath and Cardiff

About Living, Giffnock, Glasgow won Best Non Specialist Retailer of Gifts


Bay Tree Books and Gifts, GlossopAbout Living - The Greats Awards Winners 2015
Foyles, London
Loch Leven's Larder Gift Shop, Kinross
Retro 36, Scarborough
Scape Interiors West, Bournemouth

Armstrong Ward Lifestore, Kendal won Best Gifts Lifestyle and Homewares (interiors)

Homer, Edinburgh and Aberfeldy
JOY (multiple)
Oliver Bonas (multiple)
Orange Tree, Topsham

Sparks Yard, Arundel


Bluestone - The Greats 2015 Winner

Bluestone, Glasgow won Best Gift Retailer of Jewellery

Bertie Brown, Perth
Cliftons, Lytham

Metalyka, Stony Stratford and Leighton Buzzard
The Olive Tree, Londonderry
Pippin, Edinburgh


Whitehall Garden Centre, Bristol and Lacock won Best Garden Centre Retailer of Gifts

Hawley Garden Centre, Dartford, Kent
Mains of Drum, Banchory

Smiths Nurseries, New Denham


Aspire Style - The Greats 2015

Chester Zoo Diamond Jubilee Gift Shop won Best Visitor Attraction Gift Shop

The Battle of Bannockburn Gift Shop

University of Glasgow Gift Shop
New Forest Museum, Lyndhurst
Stonehenge Visitor Attraction
V&A Shop


Aspire Style won Best Retail Display

Emporium, Cheltenham and Winchcombe
Forget Me Not, Stubbington
Aspire Style - The Greats Awards Winners 2015
Lynn Tait Gallery, Leigh On Sea

Old School Beauly, Beauly
Pippin, Edinburgh


Cliftons Jewellery won Best Online Gift Retailer, to include Mail Order


The Brilliant Gift Shop
Gifts From Handpicked
The Inside Man
The Present Finder
Temptation Gifts/Campus Gifts


Loch Levens Larder, Kinross and Pert won Best Retailer Initiative for Cinderella's Gone Missing in store promotion.

Finalists:Loch Levens Larder - The Greats 2015

The Brotique, Edinburgh - Tashe, Trims and Tears fundraiser for Mo'vember.
Manton's, Isle of Man - Full colour catalogue initiative.
Oliver Bonas - 21st anniversary programme of events.
Orange Tree, Topsham - Decorate Your Christmas Table workshop.
Retro 36, Scarborough - The First Snowfall of Christmas - A Christmas Story


Winners of Best Service to the Independent Retailer

Joe Davies won Gold

Widdop Bingham won SilverLynn Tait and JakkiBrown - The Greats 2015

Gisela Graham won Bronze

Finalists 2015 (in alphabetical order)

Now in their thirteenth 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 British gift industry for a day 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 Awards ceremony for 2015 was held on Thursday 7th May at The Savoy in London celebrating their 13th anniversary of The Greats with a 'Tropical' themed event which included and cocktail reception, lunch, awards and entertainment.

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 month on Tuesday June 2nd at 3pm at the Business Design Centre in Islington. Contact Ian Hyder through the PG Live website for details

See previous winners of the Greats Awards

Discover which British gift suppliers won at the Gift of the Year Awards 2015